B.C. Child Poverty Rates Worst in Canada

B.C. has one of the highest child-poverty rates in Canada. It’s currently tied with Manitoba. In a province where the cost of living is high, it’s imperative that B.C.’s poor families don’t get hurt by the pending government cuts.

Newly released Statistics Canada numbers reveal B.C.’s child-poverty rate rose to 11.3 per cent in 2011, up from 10.5 per cent in 2010.

B.C. has had the worst child-poverty rate in Canada for nine out of the past 10 years among the provinces.

Premier Clark announced a core review of all government programs after the May election that aims to reduce government spending by $100 million over two years. Some of those cuts may be at the detriment of poor families.

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