With the unanimous adoption of the Act to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion in 2002, Quebec reaffirmed its commitment to make this question a priority. The act establishes the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, with the objective of making the poverty rate in Quebec one of the lowest of all industrialized nations by 2013, based on accepted measures that allow for international comparisons. The strategy sets out various objectives; to measure their achievement and the success of the strategy, studies are being conducted by the Centre d'étude sur la pauvreté et l'exclusion (CEPE). These studies help us better understand gaps in current knowledge and the limitations of tools used to evaluate progress in achieving the goals outlined for Quebec in the national strategy.
The main objective of the International conference on Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion: perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad is to take stock of the state of current research and identify knowledge gaps:
The Conference aims to encourage international exchanges in order to document the diversity of situations and also wants to generate debate between the many different actors involved: organizations that produce statistics, researchers and users.