Action on child and family poverty long overdue
The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2011) once again show that BC is the worst province in Canada when it comes to major measures of child poverty:
- BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6% – the worst rate of any province in Canada, using the before-tax low income cut-offs of Statistics Canada as the measure of poverty.
- BC had the worst poverty rate of any province for children living in single mother families – 49.8%.
- BC also had the worst poverty rate of any province for children living in two-parent families – 14%.
- BC’s poverty rate for children under 6 years at 20.7% is 8 percentage points higher than the Canadian average.
- British Columbia also had the most unequal distribution of income among rich and poor families with children. The ratio of the average incomes of the richest 10% compared to the poorest 10% was 12. 6 – the worst of any province.
Despite these shameful facts and a decade of similarly dismal statistics, BC has inexplicably refused to follow the lead of most other provincial and territorial governments, of all political persuasions, to develop and implement a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition with the support of SPARC BC produces an annual report card with the latest statistics on child and family poverty in British Columbia. This is done in conjunction with the release of the national child poverty report card by Campaign 2000