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.