More than one in 10 New Westminster seniors are living in poverty, according to new statistics released this week.
The B.C. Seniors’ Poverty Report Card from the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. revealed that 11.2 per cent of locals 65 and up were living below the Low Income Measure — meaning they make less than 50 percent of the area’s median household income.
The provincial average was 8.8 per cent.
The top three highest seniors’ poverty rates in B.C. belonged to Richmond (20.3 per cent), Surrey (16.5 per cent) and Burnaby (16.1 per cent).