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article imageCanada gets poor report card on poverty

By Kevin Jess     Sep 17, 2009 in World
The Conference Board of Canada has issued Canada a new report card. It gives the nation a poor grade on poverty, especially among children and the working age population.
According to a report by the Canadian Press, Canada ranks 15th out of 17 developed countries, ahead of only Japan and the U.S. The report says that more than 12 per cent of the working age population in Canada lives in poverty.
The report also says that 1 in 7 children lives in poverty giving Canada a ranking of 13th place.
Canada has huge resource wealth and skilled human capital, but we still get B on our economic, education, and social performance, C on environmental performance and health, and D on innovation reports CA Magazine.
Considering this wealth, Conference Board president Anne Golden says, “these rates of poverty are unacceptable.”
Canada ranks ninth in the overall society category, an improvement of one place from last year.
Canadians, who are proud of their health care system will be surprised to hear that Canada ranked 10th place in health performance.
The report does not look at the health care system itself but rather the overall health of Canada's population. Canada has made progress on many of the indicators assessed in the study but so have it's peers which means the relative grade did not go up.
A United Nations report recently ranked Canada in 4th place in the world's most desirable places to live according to National Geographic, just behind Iceland, Norway, and Australia. The United States ranked 12th, a drop from 8th place in 2006.
In the overall Conference Board rankings, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands are given A grades. Canada along with Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and France get B grades. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Australia and Britain received C grades and the U.S. and Japan are the two D performers among the 17 countries ranked, the Canadian Press also reports.
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