• Poverty is a growing problem in Canada and is not getting better
• Over 3 million Canadians suffer from poverty
• 1 out of 5 of those people are children
• 13.5% of children in Canada suffer from poverty
• Poverty costs Canada 72 to 84 billion every year
Interesting Facts About Canadian Poverty
872,379 Canadians recorded using food banks in 2012 to feed their family. This is
the highest level of food bank usage EVER.
Canada’s Health Care System spends $7.6 billion every year to support poverty
1 in 3 children in poverty have had at least one parent working full time and still
being in poverty.
There are seven provinces who have a poverty strategy, Canada is not one of them.
Reasons Why People Are in Poverty
• 51% of people in poverty say that the
circumstances are beyond their control
• 37% of people in poverty are not doing enough
to help themselves
• 11% were not sure why they were in poverty
Causes of Poverty
• Students are in debt before getting a stable job
• Lack of education
• Family problems
• Low wages
• Improper spending
Most Likely to be in Poverty
• Unfortunately, there are certain groups which are most likely to be in
• These groups are children, single parents, Aboriginal Canadians, recent
immigrants, disabled people, and seniors.
• Canada ranks behind the UNICEF survey for child poverty in rick countries
• 13.3% of Canadian children are in poverty compared to an 11% average
amongst the other 34 “economically advanced countries”
• Half of the First Nations children suffer from poverty
Seniors in Poverty
The average poverty rate in Canada for those over 65 years old is 7.2%
This number if pretty high however it used to be nearly 13% less than 10 years ago.
People pay into a pension their entire life and may not even see it once they retire.
Many seniors who were once earning good money don’t anymore due to bad
If the Canadian Government offered better retirement planning, seniors would be
much better off once it is their time to stop working.
Seniors have very high expenses from medical supplies to supervised housing.
The Highest Child Poverty Rate
In Canada, British Columbia has the highest child poverty rate, which is 18.1%
One if every 5 children in BC suffer from poverty
The government is trying to deal with the problem by “growing the economy”
They instead need to directly work with the children to reduce that number by at
1/3 children living in poverty in BC has at least one parent working full time
This means that they have inadequate expenses or minimum wage needs to be
Video: BC’s High Child Poverty Rate
Problems With Canadian Poverty Legislation
• There is no official measure of poverty in Canada
• Someone who is labelled to have “low income” in Canada earns less than
half of the median income.
• 14.9% of Canadians are considered to have low income.
Effects of Poverty
• Poverty can shorten your life to an extreme extent
• Greater chance of becoming ill
• Children raised in poverty tend to miss more school because of illness
• Poverty is a huge stressor
• Due to health issues of those in poverty, children are more likely to face lifelong issues
How Can Canadians’ Help Themselves?
• Mentioned earlier, 37% of Canadians in poverty are not doing
enough to help themselves
• For every $1 spent in your early life, one should expect a $3 to
$9 return in the future.
• Canadians spend too much on housing, they need to spend no
more than 17% of their income on shelter.
• Before having children, Canadians should figure out if they are
• Education is almost mandatory to obtain a good paying job at
this day in age. By investing the time and money now, it will
pay off in the future.
How Senator Hugh Segal is Fighting Poverty
How Canada Can Help Poverty
A carefully planned employment system should be planned by the government.
The government should give more support to Canadian entrepreneurs to start their businesses. This will create more jobs.
If there were more jobs, overpopulation wouldn’t be such a problem.
Any immigrants entering Canada should have to have a job lined up or given a job through a placement agency until they
find their own.
Government spending should be 100% public, this would make people who are in charge of the budgets spend more
Tax the rich more and the poor less. The rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Taxation methods should be tailored by
how much income one earns.
If the media were more involved in poverty awareness, people wouldn’t forget how unfortunate others have it.
Minimum Wage in Canada
Minimum wage in Canada has slowly been
increasing, but a closer look should be taken.
If someone works 40 hours per week earning
minimum wage ($10.25), they earn $1,640 per
month (4 weeks).
The individual also needs to purchase food and
standard living supplies. They need to think of
transportation as well.
After being taxed on their pay cheques and all
of these fees, people earning minimum wage
are hardly keeping their heads above water.
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