Thursday, November 24, 2005

2005 Report Card on Child Poverty

Okay, UNICEF has come out with its Child Poverty in Rich Countries update. The whole report is available HERE.

We've talked previously on this blog about the links between Literacy and Poverty. For those interested, you can check out there previous post on the issue HERE. Among the figures outlined in the report:

- 1.2 million Canadian children live in poverty, almost one in six children.
- Of 26 developed countries, Canada ranks 19th for the percentage of children who live below the poverty line. Canada ranks ahead of the United States but behind most of Europe, Japan and Australia. Denmark ranks best.

Here are some of the other highlights from today's news coverage:

DATE: 2005.11.24


TORONTO -- Highlights from Decision Time for Canada: Let's Make Poverty History, the 2005 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada from Campaign 2000:

-- Poor families are very poor. A lone parent and child in a large city need $24,475 annually to meet basic needs. They receive on average $14,875.

-- Poor children rely on food banks. 41 per cent used food banks last year.

-- A job is no ticket out of poverty. 48 per cent of all poor children live in families with parents who are employed year round.

-- Aboriginal, immigrant, visible minority and disabled children are most likely to be poor. 49 per cent of children in recent immigrant families; 40 per cent of off reserve Aboriginal children; 33 per cent of visible minority children; and 28 per cent of children with disabilities live in poverty compared to the national rate of 18 per cent.

-- The gap has widened between the richest and poorest families. The richest 10 per cent of families with children now earn $13 for every $1 earned by the poorest 10 per cent.

-- Government policies matter: British Columbia has the highest incidence of child poverty at 23.9 per cent. Quebec's investments in families have seen its rate steadily decline since 1996.

-- Canada's a child poverty laggard. UNICEF ranks Canada a dismal 19th out of the 26 OECD countries.


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