Child poverty in the riding of SD&SG at nearly 20 percent
STORMONT, DUNDAS & SOUTH GLENGARRY, Ontario - According to a recent study released by Campaign 2000, Child Poverty in the federal riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry is at 19.9 percent. To put it another way, one-infive children in the riding live in poverty.
Campaign 2000 claims that child poverty is more prevalent in indigenous communities, immigrant communities and in lone-parent families.
Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry Conservative MP Guy Lauzon points to credit programs his party created while in government.
“Our previous Government took the issue of child poverty very seriously and worked to establish programs that would benefit families across the country by making life more affordable for them,” said Guy Lauzon in an emailed statement to Cornwall Seaway News. “The enhancements we made with the Universal Child Care Benefit, the raising of the basic income level one could earn before paying income tax by about $1,500, removing a million low-income Canadians from the tax rolls altogether, were just two small examples of concrete action that directly benefitted low income Canadians and by default helped to raise children out of poverty.”
Social Development Council (SDC) Executive Director Carilyne Hébert said that she was not surprised at the number.
“A lot of the clientele that are using food banks are children,” said Hébert, herself a former employee of the Agapè Centre, which operates a food bank in Cornwall.
Hébert explained that in the summer months, school meal programs that usually support kids are unavailable, forcing them to try and find those meals elsewhere.
Hébert explained that the SDC was working on a new project to tackle major community issues like child poverty.
The Vibrant Communities Roundtable project will call on resources from Cornwall, the United Counties of SD&G and Akwesasne to address major social issues. Currently the organization is gathering data for the project to help identify areas that most urgently need to be addressed.
According to the Campaign 2000 report, there are 3,970 children living in poverty in the riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry.
In 1989 the Canadian government pledged to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 formed in 1991 out of concern over the lack of progress in the fight against child poverty. Campaign 2000 continues to do research and raise awareness around this issue.
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