Ontario blames Ottawa for falling short of province’s child-poverty goal

Sep 03, 2014

The Ontario government admitted Wednesday that it has failed to meet a five-year target of reducing child poverty by 25 per cent, laying the blame for the unmet goal at the feet of the federal government.

The Liberals promised in 2008 to lift 90,000 children out of poverty within the next five years by providing increased benefits for low-income families and improved public education programs.

The government is investing $42-million in a community homelessness prevention initiative, creating 1,000 new supportive housing spaces to help people with mental illness and addictions, and is committing $50-million over five years to local poverty reduction, it said in a news release.

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