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New Research Report
2023 BC Child Poverty Report Card
On February 26, 2024 First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Society released the 27th annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that BC’s child poverty rate increased significantly from the previous year, reflecting the partial withdrawal of the government pandemic income supports for families.
In 2021, the year this report covers, 14.3% of BC children and youth (0-17), or 126,120 kids, were living in poor households, up from 13.3% in 2020.
The report contains 25 child poverty reduction recommendations for the provincial and federal governments in the areas of tax fairness and income support, targeting initiatives for groups with higher child poverty risks, and investing in lowering barriers and improving lives through robust universal programs.
This report is released in conjunction with the national Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Card and other provincial and territorial reports.
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