Media Release

Response to the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Campaign 2000 welcomed the August 21 release of Opportunity for All: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy but also expressed disappointment that the strategy’s long-term goal of reducing poverty by 50% by 2030 means another generation of children – approximately 600,000 – will grow up in poverty. The Campaign 2000 coalition will continue to call for greater investments to accelerate reductions in poverty given 4.8 million Canadians suffer poverty today.

Read the full response from Campaign 2000.

Child Poverty by Federal Ridings

In the lead up to Canada’s first federal Poverty Reduction Strategy, Campaign 2000 reveals a disturbing picture of the magnitude of child poverty in every federal riding. The latest data paint a stark portrait of inequality in Canada with high- and low-income families living in close proximity while divided by wide social and economic gaps that leave too many children hungry, sick and stressed beyond their years.

Troublingly, this report shows that the federal ridings with the highest levels of child and family poverty are home to a higher proportion of Indigenous, racialized and immigrant communities and lone-parent led families. This correlation signals the persistence of discrimination and systemic inequalities that translate to higher unemployment, lower labour market participation rates and higher proportions of renters and people spending more than 30% of their income on housing.

The presence of child and family poverty in every riding in Canada demands strong and decisive federal action through the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Clearly, every community, every Member of Parliament and all political parties have a stake in the eradication of poverty.

What is the child poverty rate in your riding?

Mapping Child Poverty

Budget 2018 Response

According to Campaign 2000, Budget 2018 makes inroads against poverty and inequality with boosts to Canadians’ incomes, but the gains for parents, women, workers and Indigenous people need to be poverty-proofed and paired with accessible public services in the upcoming Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). We note that the absence of meaningful child care funding is glaring in the context of the commitment to gender equality from this government.

“Budget 2018’s inroads are in the right direction, but with a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy the federal government can truly go the distance for children and their families,” says Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000’s National Coordinator. “With nearly 1 in 5 children in poverty, Canada needs to take the training wheels off in 2019 and roll out the strong investments in poverty eradication that Canadians have awaited for far too long.”

Read our full response. See Canada Child Benefit infographic.

Budget 2018 in the news:
CBC: Budget 2018: Highlights of Bill Morneau’s ‘equality + growth’ budget
Government of Canada: Budget 2018

2017 Report Calls for Federal Leadership

As Canada’s 150th year since confederation closes, the federal government must seize the opportunity to usher in a new poverty-free era, according to Campaign 2000’s 2017 report card on child and family poverty.  The new report calls for Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy to outline a new social contract that responds to the needs of today’s families and lifts individuals and families out of poverty.

The 2017 national report card, “A Poverty-Free Canada Requires Federal Leadership” provides a current snapshot of the depth and breadth of poverty among children and families, outlines how poverty stalls children’s progress and potential and proposes practical policy solutions. In the report, Campaign 2000 recognizes the government’s actions to date to improve income security and anticipates the release of the National Housing Strategy.

On the same day, seven Campaign 2000 provincial partners will release their annual report cards on child and family poverty.  Click on the following links to read and download the new report cards and other materials as they become available:

Campaign 2000 National Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2017 in English and French.

Read the C2000 National Media release Nov 21 2017 and French C2000 National Media Release,2017  for our analysis and comments of the new national report card on child and family poverty 2017.

National Campaign 2000 sharable Infographic, 2017

BC Child Poverty Report Card 2017 and visit: http://still1in5.ca/

Alberta Child Poverty Report Card 2017 (just released)

Sask Report Card on Child Poverty 2017

Manitoba Child and Family Report 2017

Ontario Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2017, in English and French

Nova Scotia Report Card on Child and Family Poverty 2017

New Brunswick Report Card on Child and Family Poverty 2017

PEI Report Card on Child and Family Poverty 2017

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2017 National Report Card in the news:

Toronto Star:
Federal housing strategy could help reduce child poverty rates
Ontario urged to make ending child poverty an election issue

Globe and Mail:
Liberal government urged to be more aggressive in tackling poverty

 

2017 Report Card Media Advisory

Campaign 2000 will release its annual national Report Card on Child and Family Poverty on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at a Joint Media Conference in Ottawa.

Prior to the Ottawa media conference, Campaign 2000 will present its report card findings to MPs and Senators at a Breakfast event on Parliament Hill.

The national report release is coordinated with several Campaign 2000 partners releasing provincial report cards in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Alberta will be releasing its provincial report card shortly after Nov. 21.

Read the Media Advisory in English and French.

C2000 praises CCB indexing

Child poverty activists have welcomed the federal government’s decision to step up plans to increase Canada Child Benefit payments for lower- and middle-income Canadians in pace with the cost of living.

“Indexation of the CCB has been a policy lever that Campaign 2000 has called for since Budget 2016,” said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of the non-partisan coalition of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations co-ordinated by Family Service Toronto. “Low-income families need the CCB to keep up with the rising costs of housing, heat, hydro and food.”

As of July 2018, the CCB will be fully indexed to inflation – two years earlier than originally planned.

Campaign 2000 also welcomed the announced increase in funding for the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) adding: “While we have praise for these anti-poverty measures, we know that a full package of policies is needed to eradicate child and family poverty in Canada. These measures, include accessible, regulated childcare, affordable housing, drug and dental coverage and strong employment programs that provide families with stability.”

See full media release in English and French.

Campaign 2000’s response to the announcement appeared in the Toronto Star, the Financial Post and the Globe And Mail.

Forums Call for Action against Poverty

This Monday, June 12, public forums in Winnipeg, Toronto and Charlottetown will connect people across Canada to discuss their priorities for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS).

With 4.9 million Canadians in poverty and government consulting for the strategy until June 30, Campaign 2000’s forums will focus on the dire need for federal action on urgent recommendations to eradicate poverty.

On the same day,  Campaign 2000 will release a comprehensive CPRS submission, Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Poverty, outlining solutions with clear targets and timelines for success. Read full media advisory.

Campaign 2000 June Forums
Cross-site online feed starts at 6:30 p.m. EST

Toronto

Shaping Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy
6-9 p.m. EST
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.
Speakers include: Dr. Gary Bloch (St. Michael’s Hospital), Neethan Shan (Ward 42 City Councillor), Maya Roy (CEO YWCA Canada), Damon Johnston (Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg), Lubna Khalid (Working for Change) and many more.
Host: Campaign 2000

Winnipeg

Shaping Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy
5-8 p.m. CST
Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Ave.
Host: Winnipeg Harvest

Charlottetown

Public Meeting: Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy
7:00 p.m. ADT
Murphy Community Centre, 200 Richmond St. Room 207, Charlottetown
Hosts: PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy & MacKillop Centre for Social Justice
June 14th Forum

Vancouver

Community Conversation on Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy
9-11:30 a.m. PST
BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Hosts: First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition & BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Response to Budget 2017

According to Campaign 2000, Budget 2017 makes inroads in some areas core to reducing child and family poverty, including addressing gender inequities and multi-year funding commitments to affordable housing and childcare and early learning. But the roll-out of funding is slow in the face of need for urgent and bold action against poverty.

Over 1.3 million children live in poverty in Canada today: nearly 1 in 5 children overall, rising to 60% of status First Nations Children on reserve. Serious action and commitment are required to immediately end poverty. The glaring absence of funding to equalize spending for child welfare and social services for Indigenous children on reserve is unacceptable in light of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) rulings. More immediate funding measures will be needed to ensure Canada’s upcoming Poverty Reduction Strategy can effectively address the realities of families and children living in poverty across the country.

Read the full response in English and French.

New Report on the Cost of Raising Children Sets Agenda for Canada

State-of-the-art estimates of the cost of raising children are the missing link for social policies and programs meant to support low income and middle class families, says Campaign 2000. Released today, Campaign 2000’s new report, “Estimating the Cost of Raising Children: Setting the Agenda for Canada,” outlines the need for official estimates to guide public policy and assist parents across Canada with planning. Read the full report in English or French and check out the infographic summary.

Media releases are also available in French or English.

In “Estimating the Cost of Raising Children: Setting the Agenda for Canada,” authors Dr. Dana Bazarkulova, Dr. Karen Duncan and Dr. Sid Frankel provide a comprehensive overview of the importance and history of the topic and present the advantages and disadvantages of various methods used to calculate the costs. Accurate estimates of the cost of raising children are dependent on comprehensive measurement of the costs families face. Further, costs can differ based on ethno-cultural practices, geographic location, disability and health status of children and such variation requires recognition. The report highlights that different types of estimates are best used for different purposes.

“Right now, we don’t have official estimates of what it costs to raise children,” says Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000 national coordinator. “Calculating the real cost of raising children is central to crafting evidence-based child poverty reduction policies that support the healthy development of children. With federal consultations for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy underway for the first time in Canada’s history, it is time to fill this gap in public knowledge. We must ensure the realities of families’ real-time expenses, such as food, housing, childcare, transit, schools fees and even saving for post-secondary education, inform policy directions and to help level the uneven playing field for families.”

In the News:
Toronto Star: Canada urged to calculate how much it costs to raise children
Globe and Mail: Study says no firm estimate on costs to raise a family a problem for government

Moving towards a poverty reduction strategy

Campaign 2000 welcomes today’s announcement of the consultation process for the development of the Canadian-Poverty Reduction Strategy (C-PRS). Government commitments to a broad public consultation and to appoint a Ministerial advisory committee are important steps forward in the battle against poverty in Canada.

“Today, the Minister outlined the importance of a federal vision to guide poverty reduction work. With nearly one in five children living in poverty, federal vision is essential to activate the policies and programs urgently needed to eradicate poverty in Canada,” says Anita Khanna, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000. “We welcome the opportunity to inform the development of the strategy and ensure it is guided by targets and timelines that improve the lives of children, families and all people who live in poverty.”

Read Campaign 2000 media release.