According to the annual B.C. Child Poverty Report Card, almost a fifth of the province’s children are still living in poverty.

And for the first time in the report card’s 23 years, children in single-parent families constituted more than half of those living below the poverty level.

In a January 14 news release, First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition announced that in 2017, the most recent year for which there are complete statistics, 163,730 children and youth lived in poor households, almost one in five.