The average child poverty rate across Canada is 17.4 per cent, but in the Kenora Riding it rises to 34.7 per cent. According to Campaign 2000, Canada’s ridings with the worst child poverty rates are home to the highest proportions of Indigenous and racialised people, recent immigrants and mostly mother headed lone parent families, as well as the highest unemployment and lowest labour market participation rates and the highest proportion of renters and people spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing.
“Child and family poverty knows no boundaries in Canada,” said Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000’s national coordinator. “It is a reality in every single riding. Poverty means there are too many children suffering hunger, ill health and stress beyond their years in communities across the country.