B.C. has Canada’s second-highest child-poverty rate

B.C. has Canada’s second-highest child-poverty rate

Critics are blasting the provincial government for failing to address child poverty in the wake of the latest child poverty report card.

The statistics, contained in a report compiled by First Call – a coalition of more than 90 provincial organizations – shows B.C. has the second-highest rate of child poverty in Canada – just behind Manitoba.

Public Health Association of B.C. spokesman Dr. John Millar says it’s disgraceful that 14.3 per cent of B.C. children are poor, and he’s calling for immediate poverty-reduction targets and the appointment of a minister to oversee the work.

Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux says no one wants to see children struggling for the basics – and she says the Clark government’s jobs plan is a key to helping children and families break the poverty cycle.

Source, Photo: Canadian Press, Basse911

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