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BC’s child poverty rate second worst in Canada 

First Call, the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, has  just issued its annual Child Poverty Report Card.  The report shows little has  changed.

British Columbia still had a dismal record in 2010  in its child  poverty rate (second worst in Canada), according to Statistics Canada, and BC had the highest poverty rate in Canada for  all persons.

The number  of children  living  in poverty in BC was  119,000 using  the before-tax measure (about the same as the total populations of New Westminster, Esquimalt, Cranbrook, and Williams  Lake combined).

Particular groups of children are  over-represented in these numbers:

  • Children of Aboriginal identity
  • Children of female lone-parent families
  • Children in racialized families
  • Children with disabilities

During this BCTF Year  of Provincial Action, November focused on  child poverty. Members wore End Child Poverty band-aid stickers and were signing on  to a petition to be  presented to local  mayors. The BCTF is

asking municipalities to petition government for  a provincial poverty plan. Find out more at www.BetterSchoolsBC.ca and bctf.ca.

Read  the full report from First Call: http://tinyurl.com/b65hylw 

No. 3 – November 2012


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