One in Five Children in BC Lives in Poverty

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Katie Hyslop
The Tyee

One in five kids in B.C. lives in poverty, with even higher rates for visible minorities, Indigenous families, and new immigrants. First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has released a child poverty report card showing that the families-with-children poverty rate in B.C. was 20.3 percent after tax in 2016. The rates were higher for other groups: 23 percent for visible minority families; 31 percent for Indigenous families off reserve and 44 percent on reserve; and 45 percent for recent immigrant families. Solutions proposed by First Call include fully funding child welfare, education, and health care services for kids on reserves.

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