The Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan 1 2009-2014 (OPT1) was a unique and collaborative plan that brought together a cross-section of New Brunswickers, including persons living in poverty and the non-profit, business and government sectors to develop and adopt a provincial poverty reduction plan. OPT1 lays out a comprehensive and holistic approach to overcoming poverty based on the public engagement initiative launched in October 2008.
In November 2009, OPT1 was launched. The process was successfully maintained as a non-partisan exercise. As part of OPT1, 22 action items (Section – Action Plan and 22 Priority Actions Progress) were identified as key activities to overcoming poverty in New Brunswick and toward achieving the following global objective:
By 2015, New Brunswick will have reduced income poverty by 25% and deep income poverty by 50% and will have made significant progress in achieving sustained economic and social inclusion.
As of December 2014, 95% of the action items were either completed or ongoing and 5% were in progress). 21 of the 22 actions items were either completed or ongoing and one is in progress.
Of the 22 priority action items, seven were aimed directly at reducing income poverty while two were uniquely aimed at reducing deep income poverty. Seven items were aimed at achieving both targets while six were foundational items related to delivery and accountability activities.
Take a look at the report here: The Impact of New Brunswick’s 2009-2014 Economic and Social Inclusion Plan