First Call has released BC’s annual report card on child poverty. It found that one in five BC children live in poverty. Disappointingly, this is the same rate as when First Call started tracking child poverty rates nearly two decades ago. In fact, since 1989, there has been an increase in BC’s child poverty rate from 16% to 21% in 2012.
This year also marks 25 years since the House of Common’s resolution was unanimously agreed upon to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. While the statistics in the report are dismal, the report card has received much attention and provides hope that British Columbians care about the issue of child poverty and are ready for government to take action.
To read the report card, click here.