As dozens of low-income Ottawa residents shuffled into a local food bank for a warm meal Tuesday, they were asked to wait quietly, crowded off to the sides of the room until Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos finished using their space to announce the Liberal government’s long-promised anti-poverty law.

Duclos then stood at a podium to share his government’s plans to enshrine into law targets to reduce the rate of poverty in Canada.

Almost 1 million Ontarians struggling to survive on social assistance will have to wait another two weeks to learn how the Ford government plans to revamp the system.

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced the 100-day review on July 31 when she scrapped the previous Liberal government’s basic income pilot project, “paused” 19 regulatory reforms, and halved a planned 3-per-cent rate increase to 1.5 per cent.

But instead of unveiling the reforms Nov. 8, as promised, MacLeod issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying she looks forward to “sharing our plan” on Nov. 22.

If you walk the streets of Helsinki, you will be hard-pressed to find a person huddling under a piece of cardboard.

Take it from the CEO of Finland’s largest non-governmental affordable-housing provider.

“You don’t see people sleeping on the streets,” Juha Kaakinen said after a presentation at the Hamilton Convention Centre Monday.

As the problem of homeless encampments in city parks and alleys grows, city staff are trying out a new approach to deal with the issue.

The number of homeless and marginalized Londoners living in make-shift shelters is on the rise across the city.

Now city hall is changing how it deals with so-called urban camping or sleeping rough.

Cities looking for more federal cash and a more regular flow of money to tackle poverty are being told that they will be able to tap into $1.25 billion over the next nine years through the Liberal government’s cornerstone homelessness strategy.

The Liberals agreed to overhaul the program after hearing complaints from cities about cumbersome reporting requirements, inadequate funding and unrealistic expectations about how quickly the money should be spent. Anti-poverty advocates have waited since the summer to find out how funding will move.

The federal government will introduce its Poverty Reduction Act next week, bringing forward new legislation to implement Canada’s first-ever official poverty line, HuffPost Canada has learned.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos said in an interview Thursday that having an official measure and target in place will force the government to be accountable for its poverty reduction goals

Those looking for shelter space can call 2-1-1 to check availability.

Community centres and other public buildings are also available during their open hours as spaces to warm up.

The city also activates Warming Centres in extreme cold weather as a life-saving measure when the temperature reaches -5°C or below, or it feels like -5°C or below.

Last year, roughly 100 people accessed the city’s Warming Centres on any open night.