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FST & C2000 joint statement on anti-Black racism

Family Service Toronto and Campaign 2000 nation-wide release a joint statement denouncing all forms of anti-Black racism, colonialism and white supremacy.   As organizations working directly in the areas of mental health and poverty eradication, we know that Black and Indigenous communities have much worse health outcomes and exponentially higher rates of poverty than white Canadians and that this is a both a result of and a strategy to maintain systemic oppression.  We have a responsibility to ensure that our work in these areas contributes to ending anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, which cannot be done without critical self-reflection, education and dialogue.

Read the full statement and recommendations.

Read the media release.

C2000 Manitoba releases report

Today Campaign 2000 partners in Manitoba release their annual report card on the state of child and family poverty, Broken Promise Stolen Futures: Child and Family Poverty in Manitoba, where 1 out of every 6 children living in a two-parent family live in poverty, and 1 out of every 1.6 children living in a single parent family lives in poverty. This report finds that even with the federal Canada Child Benefit and using both the federal and provincial governments’ preferred and more forgiving poverty measure, the Market Basket Measure, Manitoba ranks 4th in both overall as well as child poverty in 2016. In 2018, there was an increase of 7% in overall poverty and 19% increase in child poverty. The report demonstrates that at this rate it will take 697.5 years to end child poverty in Manitoba.

Click here to download the media release and full report.

C2000 responds to govt aid offer

Campaign 2000 and the Child Welfare League of Canada have released a joint response to the federal government’s emergency aid package announced March 18.

The release details their call for more robust investments into income security measures and additional strategies to ensure vulnerable and marginalized children and caregivers have immediate access to benefits.

Follow @campaign2000 and @CWLC_LBEC for updates.

Minister speaks at C2000 conference

Today, Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, attended the C2000 National Strategy Conference to share some words about his work on housing, the Canada Child Benefit, intergovernmental collaboration, and other poverty reduction initiatives.

Minister Hussen fielded questions on a range of issues including the Multilateral Early Learning and Childcare Framework, the high rate of poverty in FN, Inuit and Métis communities and decisions around measurement, and the inaccessibility of the CCB which contributes to poverty among refugee families and children.

The Minister spoke to these questions as well as a need for policy and investment in off-reserve housing for Indigenous people, and the potential for basic income pilots across the country.

Campaign 2000 supporters made it clear that high quality, affordable, accessible childcare, and the reduction of high poverty rates among racialized and Indigenous children, must be prioritized across policy areas within the Minister’s portfolio.

Campaign 2000 looks forward to continuing to work with the Minister and the federal government on implementing the recommendations in the National Report Card released in January, and achieving forward movement on the goal of eliminating child and family poverty.

Campaign 2000, co-ordinated by Family Service Toronto, is a non-partisan coalition of 120 groups and individuals committed to ending child poverty.

30 Years Late: Ending Poverty for the Next Generation

On the eve of a new parliament being sworn in, Campaign 2000 and its partners from coast to coast to coast are urging the new and returning cohort of federally-elected politicians to seize the opportunity and make history by recommitting to the elimination of child and family poverty in Canada.

November 24, 2019 marks 30 years since the signing of the all-party resolution in the House of Commons to end child and family poverty. From 1989 to 2019, three decades have gone by and based on the latest statistics, over 1 million children still live in poverty. Child poverty exists in every riding across the country, with some of the deepest pockets of child poverty occurring in the North, and among Indigenous and racialized children.

On Monday November 25 at noon, join our partners in Winnipeg on the front steps of the Manitoba Legislative Building, where those under 30 will share their experiences and what the legacy of 30 years of child poverty means to them.

Campaign 2000 and several of its provincial partners will release their annual report cards in early 2020, which will include updated statistics, analysis, and recommendations. Stay tuned as we enter the 31 st year of our Campaign. We hope this is the last milestone anniversary we will have to mark. Children and families across the country deserve to live free of stress, ill-health, precarious housing, and poor access to food, and collectively we will continue to make these goals a reality. We cannot afford to wait another 30 years.

Read the Media Advisory for the Winnipeg event

Read the National Media Release (English)

Read the National Media Release (French)

New Report: Child Poverty by Federal Riding

In the lead up to the federal election, Campaign 2000 has mapped the prevalence of child poverty by federal riding from coast to coast to coast.  The interactive map, produced in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and this corresponding report is the second update to the initial 2015 report.  Using the most recent data available, this interactive map shows the rate of child poverty by federal electoral district along with socio-economic indicators, allowing users to get a snapshot of state of child poverty by federal riding.  Readers can also view demographic characteristics that are associated with high poverty rates in each riding.

This update shows that while there is an important trend downwards in the rate of child poverty across the country since 2015, a significant number of children remain in poverty in every federal riding across Canada.  The latest data continue to paint a stark portrait of inequality 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 what is expected or acceptable for children.

Federal ridings with the highest levels of child and family poverty are home to a higher proportion of Indigenous, racialized and immigrant community members and lone parent led families.  This correlation signals the persistence of discrimination and systemic inequalities that drive 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 for it to be a priority issue for every party this election, with a commitment to strong and decisive federal action.  Clearly, every community, every candidate and all political parties have a stake in the eradication of poverty.

Read the press release and the Child poverty by federal riding: the work ahead for Canada’s next Parliament report. Click on the map below to see the rate of child poverty in your riding. Read the list of the best and worst ridings.

Talk to your local candidates about how they will work to end child and family poverty in your riding.  Read our letter to federal party leaders to see what we asked.
Read the Toronto Star exclusive: Report aims to put poverty on the agenda in federal election campaign

Child and Family Poverty priorities for Election 2019

As voters head to the polls this fall, Campaign 2000 wants to ensure that ending child and family poverty is responded to as a key issue by all parties.  Today our National Steering Committee sent an open letter to the leaders of each registered federal party leader on behalf of our 120+ partners.  We asked them a series of questions based on Campaign 2000’s recommendations that will give party leaders an opportunity to describe their party’s priority and approach to the issue of child and family poverty.  We will post all responses, including non responses, here so stay tuned.  Click here to read the letter.

Celebrate Equal Pay Day and Sign Childcare Petition Now

April 9, 2019 marks #EqualPayDay, the day when some women finally earn the same wage that men did in 2018. Yes, women in Canada still make roughly 30 per cent less than men. This pay gap is even larger for women from marginalized communities. 

The gender pay gap is a global phenomenon. Many women around the world are still waiting for their #EqualPayDay. Pay discrimination is a reality for women across all sectors, and all countries, and other forms of discrimination compound it.

Campaign 2000 is working with a number of national partners on a childcare for all campaign leading up to the October federal election, and our partners include Oxfam Canada, Childcare for All coalition, YWCA Canada and others.

Here are two actions you can take today!

1) Join us: Help raise awareness about #EqualPayDay by sharing the above information with your friends, family and other groups and by sharing this message on Facebook!

2) Did you know?  Lack of access to affordable child care keeps women out of the labour market. Affordable childcare for all would help close the gender pay gap and improve gender equality more broadly. Take action today to close the gender pay gap! Tell all federal parties to pledge support for a major investment in childcare. Send a message now!

Canada is in a childcare crisis, with the cost of childcare to families rising at three times the rate of inflation in some places.  Be a #ChildCareChampion by letting all federal parties know you want #AffordableChildCare for everyone. 

It’s time for all federal parties to support a childcare system that families across Canada can afford! Tell them today at: www.childcareforall.ca

Decline in child poverty rates welcome, more action needed

Newly released data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Income Survey confirm the importance of government investments to combat poverty and make the case for additional funding to support low income children and families in Budget 2019, says Campaign 2000.

“For decades, Campaign 2000 has called for stronger government investment in income transfers such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB),” says Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000’s national coordinator. “Targeted government spending on the CCB has driven a much needed decline in child poverty rates. Now, we must be more ambitious and reduce child poverty faster.”

Campaign 2000 welcomes progress against poverty and urges all parties to support accelerated efforts to eradicate it by 2030 and to ensure the poverty reduction act is passed within this mandate to rid the shadow of poverty from every childhood.

Read Campaign 2000’s full response