Poverty in Canada

Women and children are the two major groups affected by poverty in Canada, as a result of unemployment and other barriers that stand in the way of financial stability. According to the national report “Let’s End Child Poverty for Good,” the rate of child poverty in Canada increased from 15.8 percent in 1989 to 19 percent in 2013.

Child poverty rates are nearly double for indigenous children and new immigrant families, at 40 percent. One in seven Canadian children reside in a homeless shelter, which are environments that can lead to higher rates of mental and physical health issues.

The child poverty rate is highest in Toronto at 27 percent; Montreal follows with 25 percent.