Building Bridges Together

June 2020 to June 2023


  • To discover the community-specific barriers to tax filing and the reasons for non-tax filing among people experiencing low income in the Durham Region;
  • To use a co-production approach to learn together with people living on low income about our needs related to financial literacy and what financial empowerment strategies actually work;
  • To co-create strategies related to Prosper Canada’s framework of five interventions to improve financial empowerment;
  • To provide evidence to support those co-produced strategies to be leveraged by other regions across Canada.


  • Abilities Centre
  • Community Development Council Durham
  • Congress of Black Women—Ontario Region, Ajax/Pickering chapter
  • DMHS Regional Housing Coordinator—Back Door Mission
  • Durham Community Legal Clinic
  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Durham Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
  • North House
  • Oshawa Public Libraries
  • Oshawa Senior Community Centre
  • Persons with lived experience
  • Region of Durham Policy Advisor
  • Region of Durham Research and Innovation Unit