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Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.



The McMaster Community Poverty Initiative (MCPI) was formed in 2007 by concerned faculty, staff, and students who were interested in expanding McMaster's role in addressing local conditions of poverty.



The people and volunteers behind the MCPI.



The activities affiliated with the MCPI.



Useful resources for the community and beyond.

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Education - Advocacy - Research

Who We Are

The McMaster Community Poverty Initiative is the title for a group of students, faculty and staff dedicated to research, advocacy and education and action related to poverty reduction. Together with our partners in the Hamilton community, we strive to use knowledge for social change.

It will bring together people from the university (faculty, staff and students) and from organizations in the community who work in pursuit of a more equitable and just society. It will strive to involve people who live in poverty in all facets of its work.

Its work and direction will be guided by the expertise of communities and individuals knowledgeable about what it means to be poor and to live in Hamilton. 

MCPI Beyond Income Event

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 4:00 – 6:30 PM | Celebration Hall, in Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room B116, McMaster University

Mar 21, 2018


Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 1:30-3:30pm | Moulton Hall (EMR), McMaster University

Mar 09, 2017

MCPI News: Changes to Tuition Funding in Ontario 2016: Addressing Student Poverty?

Reports from Statistics Canada on enrollment data continue to indicate that students from low income families are increasingly being shut out of Universities and Colleges because of rising costs. Only 10% of University enrollment comes from students in the bottom income quartile and almost 50% from students whose families are in the top income quartile.

Apr 01, 2016