November 24, 2014
One in five Ontario children still faces life in poverty, according to a new study.
This remains true despite a pledge in Ottawa, made exactly 25 years ago today, to eliminate child poverty by 2000 and the province’s promise in 2008 to reduce poverty by 25 per cent by 2013.
The national problem has not just lingered. It is worse than it was in 1989.
More than 1.3 million children across the country — 550,000 of them in Ontario — live this way, according to authors of the 2014 report card on child and family poverty.
The odds only get worse for single-parent homes with one child, where the rate of poverty is 44 per cent in Ontario. The numbers are also bleak for First Nations children living on reserves, those with disabilities and children of colour. According to one calculation, half of all Ontario children born to immigrant parents live in poverty.