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Campaign 2000’s New National Report Card on Child and Family Poverty Sets the Stage for a Poverty-Free Canada

In 1989, all federally represented parties voted unanimously in the House of Commons to end child poverty by the year 2000.  After the passing of this resolution, rates of child poverty continued to rise before they decreased.  Thirty years later, there are over 1.35 million children living in poverty with their families in Canada today and income inequality, the gap between the rich and poor, has grown to unjustifiable heights.

We have missed the opportunity to end poverty for a whole generation of children.

Released on January 14, 2020, the national report card, 2020: Setting the Stage for a Poverty-Free Canada,” provides a current snapshot of child and family poverty in the country and demonstrates the need for continued efforts to eradicate child and family poverty.
As we begin a new decade under the mandate of a new minority government, we are provided with the opportunity for collaboration on the shared goal of ending poverty for all.  We cannot afford to miss another generation of children.

The national report card is released in coordination with several provincial report cards from our partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island. Winnipeg partners will release their provincial report card at the end of January and Ontario partners at the end of February.

Click on the following links to read and download the new report cards as they become available.

  • National Report Card in  English
  • Le rapport national, version française, sera publié en ligne sous peu.

Check out the provincial report cards on 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

Government Urged to Step Up Poverty Legislation in Open Letter

Campaign 2000 and partners at the Dignity for All Campaign have sent an open letter to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos with recommendations to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. This is in anticipation of the federal government’s legislation of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS).

Read our Media Release for more details.  To download a copy of the latest Open Letter, please visit: https://dignityforall.ca/open-letter-strengthen-canadas-poverty-reduction-bill/

Want to learn more about Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Act (PRA)?

Join the Webinar: Why Legislate? Making Canada’s Poverty Reduction Act Law

February 19 from 1:00– 2:00 pm EST, hosted by Canada without Poverty (CWP). 

We’ll answer questions like: What’s so important about the legislation attached to Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy? What has the federal government proposed and how can it be strengthened? And what does this all mean for the rights of millions of people living in poverty?  We will also take questions from you and talk about how to support strong poverty reduction efforts.

Speakers include Laura Cattari (CWP board member) Darlene O’Leary (Citizens for Public Justice), Michele Biss (CWP) and Anita Khanna (Campaign 2000).

Space is limited, so register now to join the Webinar.

Sign the Open Letter: Strengthen Canada’s Poverty Reduction Bill

Campaign 2000 and partner Dignity for All are collecting signatures for an open letter in English and French that will be sent to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos in mid-February. The letter provides concrete recommendations to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. It also urges Canada to commit to ending poverty by 2030 to align with the United Nations’ first Sustainable Development Goal.

We urge all concerned individuals and organizations across Canada to read and sign this Open Letter.  Please visit the Dignity for All website for a list of recommendations and to read the full letter.

Our recommendations include aligning with, and explicitly referencing, Canada’s international human rights obligations; ensuring that Canada’s official poverty line genuinely reflects the experiences of poverty in Canada, especially as faced by those in marginalized groups; and ensuring that the National Advisory Council on Poverty provides an effective accountability mechanism for those living in poverty.

This legislation provides Canada the historic opportunity to be a global leader in human rights and to commit to a country free of poverty where every child and family thrives.

C2000 to release 2018 Report Cards

Campaign 2000 will release its annual national Report Card on Child and Family Poverty on Tuesday, November 20 in Ottawa. The report marks 29 years since the unanimous House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000, and nine years since the House voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.

The national release will take place at the National Child Day Breakfast on the Hill for MPs and Senators hosted by the All Party Anti-Poverty Caucus. We are proud to co-present the event with our partners Child Care Now, Canadian Federation of University Women, OXFAM Canada and UNICEF Canada. The national report card release takes place simultaneously with provincial report card releases in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. All report cards and related materials will be available at www.campaign2000.ca on November 20.