November 22, 2016
Toronto continues to be the capital of child poverty in Canada with 27 per cent of all children living in poverty, according to a report released on Nov. 14.
The report, called “Divided City: Life in Canada’s Child Poverty Capital,” was compiled by Family Service Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change. The social agencies examined child poverty in 140 neighbourhoods and found that Toronto is a “deeply divided city” in terms of living conditions and opportunities for children.
“When you cross Laird Avenue to go from Leaside to Thorncliffe, the rate of child poverty rate increases from four to 52 per cent,” said Jessica Mustachi of Family Service Toronto in a media release.