Campaign 2000 released its annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty on Wednesday, November 21st in Toronto.
Twenty-three years after the House of Commons unanimously voted to work together to eliminate child poverty the crisis is worse. Today, one in seven Canadian children live in poverty – one in four in First Nation’s communities – a reality that threatens our country’s future through higher healthcare costs, lost productivity and limited opportunities.
“Many of the provinces and a few municipalities have recognized the critical need to take action and have developed their own poverty reduction strategies. Thanks to their efforts we’re beginning to see some improvements in those jurisdictions,” says Rothman. “But they can’t do it alone. Without a coordinated federal action plan that sets out clear goals and provides the necessary resources the crisis of child poverty will continue.”
To download the report card in English, click here.
Pour lire le rapport en français, cliquez içi.
To watch a response by Sharon Gregson of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC, click here.