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Introduction


Origin and functions

The Centre d'étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion (CEPE) is an observation, research and discussion centre entrusted with providing reliable and rigourous information, notably of a statistical nature, on  poverty and social exclusion issues.  The CEPE was created in the spirit of the Act  to combat poverty and social exclusion Link to external site. in spring 2005 under the aegis of the ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (). It is managed in collaboration with a steering committee composed of members  working in the academic, research or government sector, or working with people who are experiencing poverty or social exclusion.  Its purpose is to gather, integrate, compile, analyse and disseminate information, mainly of a statistical nature, on poverty and social exclusion.

The CEPE is just one step in a series of steps taken to combat poverty and social exclusion in Québec that involves both the State and civil society. The actions, proposals, recommendations and evaluations from civil society are described on sites belonging to organizations committed to combating poverty and social exclusion. For its part, the Québec Government, in response to a large movement of citizens proposing draft legislation to eliminate poverty, filed in June 2002, its own draft legislation on this subject and announced its policy entitled  National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion. During the public consultation in parliamentary committee on the draft legislation in fall 2002, 165 briefs were filed before the National Assembly. Later, in December 2002, the National assembly unanimously adopted the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion, of which the majority of the sections came into force in March 2003. This Act stipulates that the publication of a government action plan is obligatory. In April 2004, a first Government Action Plan to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion was made public, covering the years 2005-2009. It was followed by a second one in June 2010, entitled this time Government Action Plan for solidarity and social exclusion, covering the years 2010-2015 (extended till 2017). Finally, it was followed by a third one in December, 2017, entitled this time Government Action Plan to Foster Economic Inclusion and Social Participation, covering the years 2017 to 2023.

Statistics

One of the main mandates of the CEPE is to develop and recommend to the Minister a series of indicators to be used in measuring poverty and social exclusion and social and economic disparities, as well as other indicators of poverty. The Minister must make public the “determinants” or “factors” that he or she has retained. Finally, the CEPE must follow up on the indicators retained by the Minister in order to measure any progress realized within the framework of the Act  to combat poverty and social exclusion Link to external site., notably the improvement of the economic and social situation of persons and families  in situations of poverty or social exclusion. The Act also obliges Québec, within the ten years following its enforcement, that is in March 2013, to join the ranks of industrialized societies where there is the lowest number of persons living in poverty, consequently, stressing the importance of having statistical measures that will allow for international comparisons. For more details, consult the Statistics' section.

Research

The CEPE is also called upon to do qualitative and quantitative research to enhance the knowledge related to poverty and social exclusion. To this end, it may call upon experts and practitioners able to offer advice. For further details, consult the Research Activities' section.

Transfer of knowledge and collaboration

The CEPE also facilitates the transfer of knowledge to various stakeholders engaged in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It mainly collaborates with the concerned departments and organizations and the different research centres in Québec and elsewhere in the world. For further details, consult, among others, the Publications and Research Activities' sections.

Steering Committee

Functions

The steering committee determines the strategic thrusts, general objectives, policies and action plans of the CEPE, after consultation with the Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale. It also evaluates the pertinence, priorities and scientific quality of research programs and projects of the CEPE.

Members

The CEPE steering committee is composed of eleven members designated by the Minister. These persons from the government, academic and research sector are recognized for their competence and expertise on matters concerning poverty or social exclusion.  Also included are persons working directly with individuals living in situations of poverty or social exclusion.

Representatives from universities and research centres 

  • President: Céline Bellot, Full Professor, École de travail social, Université de Montréal
  • Charles Fleury, Professor, Dpartement de sociologie, Universit Laval
  • Nicole Gallant, Professor researcher, Centre Urbanisation Culture Socit
  • Christine Loignon, Professor, Centre de recherche Charles Lemoyne-Saguenay sur les innovations en sant, Universit de Sherbrooke
  • Anne-Marie Séguin, Professor researcher, INRS-Urbanisation, Culture et Société

Government representatives

  • Jérôme Martinez, chef d’unité scientifique, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Franois Roussin, Research Director, Ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarit sociale
  • Valérie Saysset, directrice générale de la Recherche, de l’évaluation et des statistiques, ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur

Persons working with individuals who are in situations of poverty or social exclusion

  • Marc De Koninck, community organizer, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale
  • Marie-ve Surprenant, Table de concertation de Laval en condition fminine (TCLCF), Laval

Personal and contact information

Director of the CEPE

Professional staff

Administrative support

 

Links with the CCLP

As part of its work, the CEPE must consult the Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion socialeLink to external site., whose primary responsibility is to advise the ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale on the design, implementation and evaluation of government actions to combat poverty and social exclusion. The Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l'exclusion sociale must also collaborate with the CEPE in the development of indicators that will serve to evaluate the progress made in reaching the goals set out in the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion. The advisory committee may also solicit  the contribution of the CEPE in the exercise of its functions

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