Study and Learn

Ambrose University has a very diverse faculty and prides itself in cross-disciplinary research and study. Teaching at Ambrose is intended to relate theory to practice, have relevance to society and church, integrate faith and learning and incorporate reflective instructional design. The teaching mandate of the Canadian Poverty Institute is to offer courses on poverty that provide practical learning opportunities for students, community, governments and churches to explore the causes and impacts of poverty and discover community-based solutions to eradicate poverty.


Poverty Studies (Undergraduate)


This interdisciplinary minor provides students with an introduction to the nature, causes and consequences of poverty. Consideration will be given to the impact of poverty and the ways in which social and economic policy work to address both. The program consists of 6 courses (18 credits) plus an internship. The program will equip students with the knowledge, leadership and professional practice skills to engage in effective poverty reduction work in government, business, social service or church ministry roles. The program will be appropriate for students from various disciplines including Behavioural Science, Business, and Christian Studies among others. For more information about our academic programs please visit Ambrose University or email us.


Poverty Studies (Graduate)


Graduate students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in Poverty Studies as part of the M.A. in Leadership and Ministry (MALM) offered through the Seminary at Ambrose University. This program provides enhanced preparation for professional ministries in a range of specialized areas. It is designed to enhance the ministries of experienced pastors and to prepare others for ministry roles such as education and discipleship, counselling or leadership. The purpose of the Poverty Studies concentration is to equip students with the appropriate skills, knowledge and disposition to work effectively with people experiencing poverty and to advocate for justice through their ministries. For more information about our academic programs please visit Ambrose University or email us.


Professional Development


  • Summer Institute: The Poverty Studies Summer Institute is a unique study opportunity that brings together students, practitioners and ministry workers into an intimate learning community. Over a 3 week period, participants will engage in active learning and discussion about the causes and impacts of poverty and best practices in how to alleviate and end it. The Summer Institute offers courses that respond to the material, social and spiritual dimensions of poverty providing both the knowledge and skill base to work effectively in the practice of poverty reduction. The program will consist of 3 one-week intensive courses which may be eligible for credit for Ambrose University degree programs. For more information about the Summer Institute click here


  • Seminars and Workshops: The Canadian Poverty Institute also periodically provides seminars and workshops to enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to effectively address the causes and impacts of poverty in their practice and community. Visit our Events page to find out about upcoming events.


Public Education


The Canadian Poverty Institute periodically provides public lectures and seminars to inform the broader public about the causes and impacts of poverty. Recent lectures and workshops include:


  • Justice for the Poor: A bi-weekly noon-hour study group exploring God’s call to justice for the marginalized and poor. Winter 2015-16.
  • Dignity for All: A stakeholder workshop hosted in 2015 partnership with Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice to provide input to the development of a federal anti-poverty plan. 
  • Basic Income Workshop: Public lecture with Guy Standing. November 2014.