According to a recent study released by Campaign 2000, Child Poverty in the federal riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry is at 19.9 percent. To put it another way, one-in-five children in the riding live in poverty.

“The latest data paint a stark portrait of inequality in Canada with high- and low-income families living in close proximity while divided by wide social and economic gaps that leave too many children hungry, sick and stressed beyond their years,” Campaign 2000 stated in a media release.

Campaign 2000 claims that child poverty is more prevalent in indigenous communities, immigrant communities and in lone-parent families.

“This correlation signals the persistence of discrimination and systemic inequalities that translate to higher unemployment, lower labour market participation rates and higher proportions of renters and people spending more than 30% of their income on housing,” stated Campaign 2000.