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article imageEighteen Years On Canada's Child Poverty Rate Unchanged

By Bob Ewing     Nov 26, 2007 in Politics
Campaign 2000 has released the 2007 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, revealing that 18 years after the 1989 all-party resolution of the House of Commons, the child poverty rate has not changed.
On November 24, 1989, the Canadian House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution that was created in order achieve “the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000.”
Eighteen years later, the Canadian child poverty rate remains the same as it was in 1989.
In the year 200, Campaign 2000 was created to promote and secure the full implementation of the House of Commons Resolution of November 24, 1989.
Campaign 2000 has released the 2007 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty. The Report card shows that 18 years after the 1989 all-party resolution of the House of Commons, the child poverty rate is exactly the same.
This has happened despite a growing economy, a soaring dollar and low unemployment, Statistics Canada data show:
• 788,000 children – 11.7 per cent - live in poverty
• A job alone is not enough. 41 per cent of low-income children live in families where at least one parent works full-time all year, and the family still lives in poverty.
• The risk of living in poverty is not the same for all children.
Poverty hits children in racialized, First Nations and recent immigrant communities much more often.
The full report is available here as a pdf file.
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