Eliminating gaps in the Poverty Reduction Strategy remains a goal with the Lakehead Social Planning Council.

Researcher Bonnie Krysowaty is working with the province to zero in on what she calls low social assistance rates.

“If you brought them to today’s cost of living, we’d have to raise the rates by about 40%,” Krysowaty points out, “They’re quite low, people living on those programs are living in poverty.”