Why Poverty: Ontario Short Documentaries

In observance of United Nations' International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17th 2012, TVO launches its multi-platform Why Poverty? campaign. TVO investigates poverty both globally and locally through documentaries, short films, a dedicated website, in-community events and on social media platforms as part of a groundbreaking, worldwide initiative. This series contains several short-form documentaries from Ontario.


Air Date: July 12, 2021 - 3:00
"Losing Power" highlights the inequity of hydro delivery charges in the remote community of Moose Factory in Northern Ontario.
Air Date: March 24, 2014 - 5:00
Housing agent Jim Kennedy meets with two landlords who discuss their experiences working with tenants from the "At Home" program for homeless people with mental health issues.
Air Date: November 12, 2012 - 4:56
Vac Verikaitis on his descent into depression and poverty
Air Date: November 06, 2012 - 3:33
Simran Khalsa gives his response to "Why Poverty?"
Air Date: November 05, 2012 - 4:39
"The Good Neighbours' Club" provides a home from home for homeless men in Toronto
Air Date: October 29, 2012 - 4:14
"Teo in Toronto" follows immigrant farmer Teodora as he visits a community project in Toronto, where homeless youth grown their own food
Air Date: October 22, 2012 - 4:12
Daisa Allurut From Nunavut Struggles With A Life Of Poverty
Air Date: October 17, 2012 - 4:30
Music helps to spread the word about poverty
Air Date: October 17, 2012 - 3:02
Do poor people's treasures differ from those of the rich?