The Truth about Poverty in Abbotsford

Submitted by Abbotsford on October 31, 2011 - 1:32pm

Abbotsford has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The population expanded by 7.2% between 2001 and 2006, higher than the provincial average. During the same period, median incomes
in Abbotsford increased by $6,623, although income still remains below the BC average.

Unemployment currently sits at about 5.5%, lower than both the provincial and national rates.
Figures like these can easily mask the ongoing problem of poverty in Abbotsford. Despite recent
growth, many people continue to struggle to make ends meet. The increase in low paying (often part time) service sector jobs, and the rising cost of living – for fuel, food, and housing – are acute
concerns.

This booklet explores common myths about the standard of living in Abbotsford. What follows is a brief overview intended to shed some light on the poverty in our midst.