Canada must fulfill the National Poverty Reduction Strategy to provide all Canadians with an opportunity to achieve their potential.
Why is poverty an issue in Canada?
Child and family poverty is a tragic reality that shamefully continues to prevail in Canada despite our wealth as a nation. Although the child poverty rate has declined since 2004, 1 in 5 Canadian children 17 years of age and under were living in poverty in 2016. According to Statistics Canada data, the child poverty rate, measured according to the after-tax low income status of tax filers and dependents based on the Census Family Low Income Measure for all family units in low income, declined from 24.7% in 2004 to 19.6% in 2016.[i]