Campaign 2000 releases 2013 report card on child and family poverty

Submitted by Amy Zoethout on August 11, 2016 - 2:16am

Twenty-four years ago, the House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000. Four years ago, they voted to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada. Neither promise has been met and as we close out another year, more children in Canada are living in poverty than in 1989 when Members of Parliament first made this pledge.

Campaign 2000 released its 2013 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada that highlights that the number of children living in poverty has grown from 912,000 in 1989 to 967,000 children in 2011. One in seven children in Canada is living in poverty. The numbers are even higher amongst indigenous children, with four out of 10 living in poverty. The report points out that while the numbers have seen slight decreases in child poverty since the 2008 recession, far too many families continue to struggle to meet basics needs. Food security is especially critical as 1.1 million children experience food insecurity across the country. Children account for 36 per cent of food bank users in Canada.

The national report outlines a number of recommendations which include:

  • the introduction of a federal action plan with targets and timelines to reduce and eradicate poverty
  • an enhanced child benefit for low-income families to a maximum of $5,400 per child
  • a public system of high quality early childhood education and child care services that are affordable and available to all children
  • restore and expand access, duration and benefit levels of Employment Insurance
  • the implementation of an additional $253 million allocation for the Affordable Housing Initiative announced in the 2013 budget as a down payment toward a long-term national housing strategy
  • the development of a poverty reduction strategy in coordination with First Nations and urban Aboriginal communities
  • address the growing income inequality by restoring fairness to the personal taxation system 

Access the full report in English and French.

Provincial report cards were also released by Campaign 2000 partner organizations: