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Recent Statistics on Poverty in Canada*
In 1989, the House of Commons resolved to end child poverty by the year 2000 . But 18 years later the child poverty rate (11 .7%) is exactly the same .
- Despite a growing economy, soaring dollar, and low unemployment, one in six children, or 1 .13 million kids, are living in poverty, before income taxes .
- A job is not enough – 41% of low-income children live in families where at least one parent works full-time all year.
- The risk of living in poverty is not the same for all children. Poverty affects children in racialized, First Nations, and recent immigrant communities much more often .
- The average two-parent, low-income family lives on an income that is $11,000 below the poverty line .
- The average low-income, single-parent family lives on an income that is $9,200 below the poverty line .
* All of the statistics quoted are from “It Takes a Nation to Raise a Generation: Time for a National Poverty Reduction Strategy, Campaign 2000 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty” (2007). Available at campaign2000.ca/rc/rc07/2007_C2000_NationalReportCard.pdf
1. Ben Levin, “Poverty and Inner-City Education” (2004). Policy Research Initiative paper. Available at policyresearch.gc.ca/page.asp?pagenm=v7n2_art_08
2. Poverty is a global challenge. According to the organization Make Poverty History (makepovertyhistory.org), every three seconds a child dies from extreme poverty somewhere in the world.
3. “10 Things You Can Do in Your School to Address Child Poverty,” Eastern Ontario Child Poverty Resource Network publication (n.d.). Available at spcottawa.on.ca/EOCPRN/PDFs/PrincipalsTenThings.PDF