Poverty Is A Health Issue: Wellesley Institute Submission On The Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy Living on a low income affects people’s lives in many ways. It can mean having fewer opportunities to fully participate in important day-to-day activities like work and education. But living on a low income can also contribute to having poorer health than those who are better off. Poverty is a health issue, but poverty and poor health are not inevitable. Ontario is currently working on a new five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy. This new Wellesley Institute report details how the province can improve the health of all Ontarians by reducing poverty.