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.
Read the full report from First Call: http://tinyurl.com/b65hylw
No. 3 – November 2012