Manitoba’s child-poverty rate is the highest in Canada for the second straight year, a national report card released Thursday reveals.
The Campaign 2000 report, A Road Map to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty, examined the most recent data available, collected from 2014. The corresponding Manitoba Child and Family Poverty Report Card 2016 — released by Winnipeg Harvest — shows one in 3.5 children in the province are living in poverty.
The troubling data show the number grew from 23 per cent in 1989 to 29 per cent in 2014, the highest of any province, and exceeded only by the territory of Nunavut.
Sid Frankel, the provincial report’s author and an associate professor of social work at the University of Manitoba, said the one-in-3.5 statistic translates to 85,110 children in Manitoba, and the province’s “deep poverty” rate is 10.5 per cent above the national 18.5 rate