It’s time for the federal government to commit to eliminating poverty in Canada, a coalition of more than 120 anti-poverty groups said in its annual report.

“With Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) on the horizon, government must commit to reverse the effects of decades of austerity budgeting and finally prioritize the prevention and eradication of poverty in Canada,” Anita Khanna, national coordinator of Campaign 2000, told a news conference in Ottawa on Nov. 21.

“With 1.2 million children and families living in poverty, it’s clear that the social safety net is not adequately supporting families who face no choice but to piece together precarious work, struggle to afford quality housing and childcare and scramble to pack school lunches.”