Some Nova Scotians living in poverty are resorting to desperate measures to provide for their families, in some cases feeling obligated to perform sexual favours to make ends meet, a legislative committee heard Tuesday.

JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon, executive director of the Cape Breton Family Resource Centre, said it’s a stark reality for some Nova Scotians, despite efforts by the government to address poverty rates in the province.

“We hear multiple participants reporting that, in fact, they feel forced to perform sexual favours to pay for trips to the grocery store or to get their children to medical appointments,” LaTulippe-Rochon told members of the standing committee on community services.