To supplement the October 8, 2015 media release by Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada of maps showing the rate of child poverty in federal ridings across the country, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has released two charts profiling the child poverty rates in the federal ridings in British Columbia.
The regional maps, available via www.campaign2000.ca include Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec, Greater Toronto Area, the Prairies, and British Columbia. These maps present a snapshot of child poverty rates based on the most recent available data from 2013 on child poverty by federal electoral district or federal riding. The child poverty rates are mapped according to 2013’s 308 riding boundaries.
The maps also have the new 338 riding boundaries super-imposed on the 2013 child poverty data and riding boundaries, providing an up-to-date picture of child poverty in advance of the federal election on October 19, 2015.
In British Columbia 20 of the 36 federal ridings have child poverty rates above 19%, the national average. The BC ridings in Chart 1 are ranked by the percentage of child poverty, highest to lowest. Nanaimo-Cowichan and Surrey North are the ridings with the highest child poverty rates at 28.2% and 27.7% respectively. North Vancouver has the lowest rate at 13.2%
In Chart 2 (scroll down to the second page), the ridings are ranked by the number poor children living there. Two Surrey ridings, Surrey North and Fleetwood-Port Kells, top the list with over 8,000 poor children in each riding. Vancouver Centre has the smallest number of poor children (2,230), although the riding’s child poverty rate stands at 21.8%.