Many Canadians live in precarious housing and are in core-housing need, meaning that their dwelling does not meet one or more of the following standards:
Households with incomes under $30,350 spend almost 35% of that on shelter as compared to households with annual incomes of $110,000 at 10.1%.78 Families with annual incomes of less than $30,350 have a core housing need incidence of 49.8% 79 and are four times more likely than average to find themselves inadequately housed.
Despite clear and yawning housing inequality, Federal government funds for housing are currently trending downwards, zeroing out by 2016, at which point there will be a 16% drop in federally-subsidized homes.
The 2012 report card, Needed: A Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada, calls on the Federal Government to take a lead role in child and family poverty reduction. Policy recommendations are offered to all political parties to redress the persistence of child and family poverty in Canada.
The 2011 Report Card, Revisiting Family Security in Insecure Times, explores child poverty, the conditions it creates, and the issues faced by families living on low-income. The report finds that the number of children living in poverty has only decreased by 20% in 20 years. With 639,000 children still living in poverty, proactive social policies will need to be introduced and implemented immediately if Canada is to avoid an increase in the depth and rate of poverty.
The 2010 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada, Reduced Poverty = Better Health for All, looks at the nation’s most recent child and family poverty rate compared to 21 years ago, when Parliament unanimously resolved to end child poverty by 2000, and finds that 610,000 children (2008 LICO after-tax) and their families lived in poverty even before the recession hit. The child poverty rate of 9.1 per cent is slightly less than when it was 11.9 per cent in 1989. Lessons from past recessions tell us that poverty will rise before the recovery is complete.
The report card’s key findings show Canada has a long way to go to prevent and reduce poverty:
• One in 10 children still lives in poverty in Canada. It’s worse for children living in First Nations communities: one in four grow up in poverty;
• Employment is not always an assured pathway out of poverty: 1 in 3 low-income children lives in families where at least one parent works full-time year round and almost 400,000 adult full-time workers earn less than $10 per hour.
• Child poverty is persistent across Canada: rates of child and family poverty (LICO before-tax) are in the double digits in all provinces.
• The gap between rich and poor has widened: On average, for every dollar the families in the poorest 10 per cent had, families in the richest 10 per cent had almost 13 times as much ($12.66) in 2008.
2009 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
English [pdf, 12pp, 1.39Mb]
Rapport 2009 sur la pauvreté des enfants et des familles au Canada : 1989 - 2009
French [pdf, 12pp, 1.19Mb]
The 2009 national report card shows that two decades after the House of Commons’ unanimous resolution “to seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000,” Canada has far to go to prevent and reduce poverty. Report key findings:
2008 National Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada.
ENGLISH [pdf, 8pp, 542KB]
Rapport 2008 sur la pauvreté des enfants et des familles au Canada.
FRANÇAIS [pdf, 8pp, 565KB].
Print copies are available via the online order form, or from Campaign 2000. Contact us.
Campaign 2000 released the 2008 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, revealing that 19 years after the 1989 all-party resolution of the House of Commons, shows the nation’s child poverty rate is almost what it was in 1989 when Parliament unanimously resolved to end child poverty by the year 2000. After a decade of strong economic growth:
Canada’s after-tax child poverty rate appears stalled at 11.3 per cent;
Nearly one out every nine Canadian children lives in poverty;
A startling 40 per cent of low-income children live in families where at least one of their parents works full-time year round – they’re the working poor;
Children in racialized, new Canadian and Aboriginal families as well as children with disabilities are at greater risk of living in poverty.
The federal government can change this picture and Canadians want the government to act:
An October 2008 Environics poll shows an overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of Canadians say that if nations like the UK and Sweden can make significant progress on reducing poverty, then Canada can too. Eighty-six per cent say governments should take concrete action, reducing poverty by 25 per cent in five years.
2007 Report Cards
It Takes a Nation to Raise a Generation: Time for a National Poverty Reduction Strategy.
2007 report card on child and faminly poverty in Canada. ENGLISH [pdf, 8pp, 542KB]
Il faut une nation pour éduquer une génération : Le temps est venu pour une stratégie nationale de réduction de la pauvreté
Rapport 2007 sur la pauvreté des enfants et des familles au Canada. FRANÇAIS [pdf, 8pp, 565KB].
2006 Report Cards
Oh Canada! Too Many Children in Poverty for Too Long …. 2006 report card on child poverty in Canada. ENGLISH [pdf, 6pp, 311KB]
Oh Canada! Trop d'enfants pauvres et depuis trop longtemps … Rapport 2006 sur la pauvreté des enfants et des familles au Canada. FRANÇAIS [pdf, 6pp, 331KB].
2005 Report Cards
Decision Time for Canada: Let’s Make Poverty History.
2005 report card on child poverty in Canada. ENGLISH [pdf, 12pp, 179KB]
Une décision s’impose au Canada : Abolissons la pauvreté.
Rapport 2005 sur la pauvreté des enfants au Canada. FRANÇAIS [pdf, 12pp, 178KB].
2004 Report Cards
One million too many: Implementing solutions to child poverty in Canada.
2004 report card on child poverty in Canada. ENGLISH [pdf, 12pp, 186KB]
Un million de trop : mettre en oeuvre des solutions pour s'attaquer à la pauvreté des enfants au Canada.
Rapport 2004 sur la pauvreté des enfants au Canada. FRANÇAIS [pdf, 12pp, 193KB].
2003 Report Cards
Honouring Our Promises: Meeting the Challenge to End Child and Family Poverty
English [12pp 183KB]
2002 Report Cards
Poverty Amidst Prosperity: Building a Canada for All Children (Nov. 2002)
English [4pp 107KB]
Rapport 2002 La pauvreté en période de prospérité - La pauvreté en période de prospérité - bâtir un Canada pour tous les enfants
French, [pdf, 4pp, 110KB]
La session extraordinaire de l'ONU consacrée aux enfants, mai 2002: L'occasion de tenir nos promesses, Rapport sur une décennie de pauvreté des enfants au Canada [pdf, 16pp, 290KB]
2001 Report Cards
Family Security in Insecure Times: Tackling Canada's Social Deficit (Nov. 2001)
English [4pp 760KB]
2000 Report Cards
2000 National Report Card
English, [pdf, 8pp, 1,394KB]
Rapport 2000 - La pauvreté des enfants au Canada
French, [pdf, 8pp, 1.19MB]
For earlier reports please contact Liyu Guo by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org