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It argues that prevailing estimates greatly exaggerate the number of poor; that Statistics Canada's low-income cut-off, the standard tool used in virtually all studies measuring poverty, is badly flawed and that social assistance, in almost all cases, is perfectly adequate in covering all basic needs."

At this rate, it will take us another 150 years to eliminate poverty in Canada.

Nearly five million people in Canada – that’s one out of every seven individuals – currently live in poverty. Poverty is a widespread issue across the country and the world, but vulnerable groups such as people living with disabilities, single parents, elderly individuals, youth, and racialized communities are more susceptible. The effects of poverty can be expressed in different aspects of a person’s life, including food security, health, and housing. The following statistics show the different manifestations of poverty in Canada.


Links to Canadian resources about the measurement of poverty.

Children and youth under 18 are particularly vulnerable to conditions of poverty. The following statistics outline risk factors and the realities of youth poverty in Canada.


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First with CPJ’s annual poverty report [see ] on October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and again when Campaign 2000 releases its National Report Card [ see ] on November 24th , the anniversary of the all-party resolution to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000, passed unanimously by the House of Commons in 1989.

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For Sarlo, those who use relative measures of poverty, which set a poverty line relative to, for example, the median income in Canada, are being misled by emotions.

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Other countries, while facing the same supposedly unstoppable forces of globalization, have done much better than Canada in terms of poverty and inequality, without sacrificing productivity or international competitiveness.

With so much wealth in the world, why is there so much poverty

I agree with them; that's why you'll find links on this page to sites and documents dealing with the human side of poverty, like Statistics Canada's and the .

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It's an overview of, and observations about, Canada's poverty measurement tools; it includes discussion (or reflexion) points for further study or group discussions.

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(...) Being critical of the statistics used as “evidence” for a point of view involves finding out what assumptions underlie the numbers.
For example, you might hear that:
• the percentage of Canadians living in poverty is around 15%...or only 5%, or
• Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program covers approximately 85% of the unemployed or only 45%.