Friday, July 06, 2018

Canada's Poverty

Despite Canada being one of the world’s richest countries, 4.8 million people live in poverty — 1.2 million are children. More than 850,000 Canadians rely on food banks — and those numbers are growing — and more than 250,000 Canadians experience some form of homelessness annually. Even if the federal government’s highest estimate that the benefit is lifting 415,000 children out of poverty is realistic, that still leaves 785,000 children in poverty

 Indigenous peoples, racialized Canadians, new immigrants, seniors, those affected by disability or in lone-parent led families are likely to live in poverty due to systemic discrimination.

Parents are stretching the benefit to fill the gap left by inadequate income supports to pay for food, diapers, transit and rent increases.

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