Child poverty rates

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Al­most 20 per cent of chil­dren in Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry live in poverty, ac­cord­ing to a stark new re­port that an­a­lyzes the plight of young­sters in all 338 fed­eral rid­ings.

In SD&SG, some 19.9 per cent of chil­dren aged 17 and un­der live in poverty, re­lates Cam­paign 2000.

In Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell, the rate is 10.1 per cent.

“Child and fam­ily poverty knows no bound­aries in Canada: it is a re­al­ity in ev­ery sin­gle rid­ing. Poverty means there are too many chil­dren suf­fer­ing hunger, ill health and stress be­yond their years in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try,” says Anita Khanna, Cam­paign 2000’s Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor. “Given Canada’s wealth, no child should go to bed hun­gry. No par­ent should be forced to choose be­tween pay­ing rent and buy­ing med­i­ca­tion or miss out on work or train­ing for lack of qual­ity af­ford­able childcare. With ev­ery rid­ing af­fected by poverty, ev­ery rid­ing will ben­e­fit from a strong fed­eral strat­egy.”

The rid­ing with the high­est child poverty rate is Churchill--Kee­wati­nook Aski, Man­i­toba. Nearly two-thirds (64.2%) of chil­dren live in poverty in this north­ern rid­ing, home to many First Na­tions. Four out of ten (40%) chil­dren live in poverty in Toronto Cen­tre, the ur­ban rid­ing home to the up­scale Bay Street cor­ri­dor as well as large num­bers of racial­ized peo­ple and re­cent im­mi­grants.

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