Child poverty rates
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.