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.
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