The annual report cards on Child Poverty in Canada and Ontario have been released. Lyn Smith, the executive director of the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network says on the surface, it appears child poverty is worse than it was twenty-eight years ago when Canada resolved to end the condition by year 2000.
The CPAN spokesperson says she does see some encouraging trends. The Federal government has revealed plans for a National Child Poverty Reduction Strategy, and Queen’s Park is giving students tuition help and starting up a youth dental plan.
Smith says real change is only possible at the ballot box. The CPAN spokesperson notes there is an Ontario Provincial election in 2018, and a Federal election the following year.