Media Release

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:

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

Twitter: @Campaign2000


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


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


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


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


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.

C2000 releases 2016 Report Card

Campaign 2000 releases its 2016 annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Thursday, November 24 in Ottawa. This date marks 27 years since the unanimous House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada and seven years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.

The 2016 national report card, A Road Map to Eradicate Child & Family Poverty, highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to adopt a child and family poverty reduction lens on all policy, program and spending decisions. It provides a snapshot of child and family poverty today, outlines how poverty stalls children’s progress and potential and proposes policy solutions as a road map to guide eradication.

Campaign 2000 recognizes the significant poverty reduction potential of the commitments from the federal government. Our national media release notes, “Canada has a chronic child poverty problem that the federal government can solve, but it must get to the roots of the issues plaguing families.” Please read our full media releases, in English or French.

The national report card release corresponds with several Campaign 2000 partners releasing provincial report cards on child and family poverty in Vancouver, British Columbia; Regina, Saskatoon; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, Ontario; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Click on the following links to read and download the new report cards and other materials:

Campaign 2000 National Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2016 in English and French

National Campaign 2000 sharable infographic, 2016

BC Report Card on Child & Family Poverty, 2016

Saskatchewan Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2016

Manitoba Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2016

Ontario Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2016, in English and French

Nova Scotia Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2016

New Brunswich Report Card on Child and Family Poverty  2016

Prince Edward Island Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2016

In addition, please check out our twitter messages @Campaign2000; and our Facebook page at

In Memory of Marvyn Novick

It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic news that Marvyn Novick passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Marvyn was our dear friend, co-founder of Campaign 2000 and a great, forward-thinking policy thinker/social activist who spent decades working to end child poverty. Marvyn was a true visionary and pioneer. His sudden passing is a great loss to all of us, especially to those of us who knew him well and worked with him closely over the years. His sudden passing is a big loss to our movement.

Marvyn dedicated his knowledge, his thinking and his efforts to develop the Campaign 2000 network and to work with Campaign 2000 partners across Canada. As the lead author of several Campaign 2000 policy discussion papers, he put forward many sound and truly remarkable policy proposals for Canada’s children and families, including the child benefit system that is one of the key pillars of social policy in Canada’s fight against child poverty. His endless work alongside Campaign 2000 and many other partners has influenced and shaped the newly integrated and redesigned national child benefit that is to be unveiled by the federal government in the coming days – July 1, 2016.

We send our heart-felt condolences to Marvyns family. We’re thinking of you, Marvyn. May you rest in peace with the knowledge that you made life better for millions of children and their families. Your commitment to social justice remains an inspiration to all of us.

Budget 2016: A historic step forward in Canada’s battle against child poverty

Campaign 2000 sees Budget 2016 as a historic step forward in Canada’s battle against child poverty. Investments targeting children and families in poverty lay the ground work to turn the tide against Canada’s child poverty epidemic which plagues nearly 1 in 5 children overall and over 40% of Indigenous children.

Budget 2016 boosts incomes through the Canada Child Benefit, which is projected to lift 300,000 children out of poverty. Other positive first steps include investments in First Nations child welfare, education, housing and clean water on reserve; improvements to Employment Insurance; funding for affordable housing and a commitment to developing a National Housing Strategy.

Unfortunately, the budget delays indexation of the Child Benefit to Inflation until 2020, as well as much needed funding for childcare until 2017-18. It also fails to allocate funds for the development of the promised Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and the implementation of the 94 Calls to Action from Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The new Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be delivered to low and moderate income families starting in July. “It is very positive that the needs of the over 1.34 million children living in poverty in Canada were not eclipsed by recent, fevered discussions of reducing the deficit. Investing in families and children in low and modest income makes smart economic sense. Boosting local economies while building more equitable futures for children is a win-win, says Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000’s National Coordinator. “We are now looking for the Federal Government to initiate agreements with the provinces and territories to ensure no portion of the CCB is deducted or clawed back from families on social assistance, who live on some of the lowest incomes in the country.

This can be achieved through adding a condition to the Canada Social Transfer that prohibits claw backs. Government should also plan for long term increases in the CCB to such a level that it reduces child poverty by 50% in 5 years as part of a strong Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Read our press release: English and French