The pandemic has made people poorer in Ontario.

The rising demand at food banks, and a growing number of people facing evictions and precarious jobs they feel lucky to have, has added to a very difficult year for the 1.5 million Ontarians – and half a million children – living in poverty.

Ontario’s five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy released at the 11th hour late last week just ahead of the holiday rush will do little to change that.

By law, the province must present a new poverty reduction target every five years. Its latest document is deeply flawed.