Child poverty rate BC rose 10.5 per cent in 2011
Child poverty rates in BC continue to rise, according to figures released by Statistics Canada.
The most glaring increase in child poverty was in 2011, when the rate climbed from 10.5 per cent the year before to 11.3 per cent, tying with the province with Manitoba.
The increase put BC ahead as having the highest child poverty rate in Canada for nine out of the last 10 years, coming in second in 2010.
2011 saw 93,000 children living below the poverty line in BC, compared to 87,000 in 2010.
Of those, there were 27,000 children (26 per cent) living in single mother households, rising sharply from 16.4 per cent in 2010.
Statistics Canada pegs the poverty line of single parent households at $23,498 annual income, already minus government transfers and taxes.
With the median market income for such families dropping from $32,000 in 2010 to $21,500 in 2011, it is no surprise as to why child poverty rates shot up as well along with the increases cost of living in the province.
Meanwhile, child poverty rate in two-parent households also increased from 7.7 (51,000) per cent in 2010 to (61,000) 9.4 per cent in 2011.
As of 2011, Statistics Canada’s cut-off for the low income category was $36,504 in annual income.
“A decade plus of excessively high child poverty rates in this province, through good and bad economic times, has undermined the life chances of generations of poor children. Enough is enough. It’s time for the BC government to invest effort and money in a bringing this number down through a comprehensive action plan. It’s not rocket science – we know what will help,” said Adrienne Montani, provincial coordinator of First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.
The child poverty rate in B.C. continues to climb despite promises made by premier Christy Clark during her election victory speech, as well as recently.
The situation is also in stark contrast to the drop in poverty rate for individuals of all ages, from 11.5 per cent in 2010 to 10.7 per cent in 2011.
The Early Childhood Tax Benefit, part of Clark’s promises, will not be implemented until April 2015, and its proposed $660 annual allowance is small compared to the $10,000 difference between the poverty line and actual annual income of families.
“The 2013 provincial budget contains no policy measures or significant investments that will help families struggling with inadequate incomes now. The number one priority in he Premier’s directives to even the child-oriented ministries is to contain costs, rather than meet needs,” added Montani.
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