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June 27, 2018

Child Poverty in Canada knows no boundaries

Child poverty in Canada knows no boundaries…
Child poverty is a reality in every single riding from coast to coast. Every riding will benefit from federal leadership against poverty.
Systemic inequities, not personal choices, lead to poverty.
• The ridings with the highest child poverty rates span rural, Indigenous communities like Churchchill-Keewatinook (64.2%) to urban ones like Toronto Centre (40%). Significant numbers of children live in poverty in all 338 ridings.
• Poverty leaves children hungry, sick and stressed beyond their years. Parents make impossible choices: Pay the rent or for a field trip? Fill prescriptions or fill the cupboards?
• The historic Poverty Reduction Strategy must harness the political will, dedication and targeted investments required so no child or family lives in poverty in any corner of Canada.
…our anti-poverty strategy must reach every child.
With a strong federal strategy that works for all, we can stop counting children in poverty and start numbering poverty’s days instead.
Find the child poverty rate in your riding and take action.

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