The numbers may be down with fewer Canadians living in poverty than ever before, as Statistics Canada noted in its Canadian Income Survey 2017 released Feb. 26, but the reality is that too many people still live below the poverty line, said Darlene O’Leary, social policy analyst with Citizens for Public Justice.

“There are still millions living in poverty,” said O’Leary, and the idea that we need to wait until 2030 to see dramatic results (a 50-per-cent reduction in poverty as per goals of the federal government’s poverty-reduction strategy released in August), “That’s a long time to wait.”