Child Poverty

By the middle of the 20th century, the world’s richest nations were confident that poverty would be overcome by a combination of economic growth and social programs spending. A prediction that poverty would still afflict significant numbers of their children in the 21st century would not have been believed.

Today, despite a doubling and redoubling of national incomes in most nations since 1950, a significant percentage of their children are still living in poverty.

According to Statistics Canada (as of 2000) 15.6% of all children in Canada (over 1,000,000 children)live below the poverty line. More than 50% of all low income children live with parents who are in the workforce.

In contrast, Northern European countries have been able to reduce their rate to about 5%.

Forty percent of food bank users in Canada are children.

In 1989, when the House of Commons unanimously resolved to eliminate child poverty in Canada, the rate was 14.9%.

Position: A wholistic solution is required to end child povery in Canada.

What Canada Needs to End Child Poverty
  • Decent jobs and living wages
  • An end to provincial clawbacks of the child tax benefit
  • Universally accessible child care
  • affordable housing
  • An end to crushing student debt load (as young families struggle with student loan repayments in their low-earning years, which are also prime child-bearing years)