The latest gures from Statistics Canada (2015) once again show that too many BC children — 153,300 or 1 in 5 — are growing up in poverty. For the past sixteen years (2000–2015) an astounding half of all children in lone-parent families in BC, most of them female-led, have lived in poverty. Lone parents with a disability and children under 25 have an astronomical poverty rate of 53%. Equally alarming, 2015 statistics reveal that in BC nearly half (45%) of recent immigrant children were poor, one in three (31%) Indigenous children were poor (not counting children living on First Nations reserves), more than one in three (39%) children living with other relatives were poor, and one in four ‘visible minority’ (or racialized) children were poor.
Full 2017 Child Health Poverty Report Card available here: http://firstcallbc.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-BC-Child-Poverty-Report-Card.pdf?utm_source=Cause+We+Care+Foundation+News&utm_campaign=aee3b6ad3b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_125e196090-aee3b6ad3b-23051597