One in Five Children in BC Lives in Poverty

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Author: 
Katie Hyslop
Source: 
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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