The release of the Ontario government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy on December 4, 2008, marks a significant change from the terrible policies and practices of the past 15 years that have punished people who are poor for their poverty. The Wellesley Institute has released a detailed backgrounder that examines what’s in the latest announcement and sets out the crucial next steps. Overall, Ontario is to be congratulated for turning its back on “poor-bashing”. There are even some new and innovative ideas–such as strengthening the province’s third sector. But there is plenty of work to do, and major new investments are required. The bare foundation set out in the December 4 announcement, along with the limited new investments, set the stage for the vital next steps.