Story 4 – Poverty a problem, Canadians want more from government

Story 4 – Poverty a problem, Canadians want more from government

 What does it mean to be poor in Canada? Does it mean having to rely on food banks and payday loans to make ends meet? Does it mean struggling to afford warm clothes for the winter? What about having to live far away from work or school? This two-part study from the Angus Reid Institute examined the state of poverty in Canada by looking at lived experiences, rather than income, with some striking results.

This first chapter of the report found one-in-five Canadian adults (21%) saying an inability to afford dental care had been a chronic problem for them in their lives. One-in-six are routinely unable to afford new clothes or good-quality groceries, and one-in-seven have struggled with inadequate housing.

The second chapter found that Canadians overwhelmingly see poverty in their communities as increasing, rather than decreasing, and they believe their federal and provincial governments aren’t doing enough to reverse this trend.

To read each of these releases, click below:

What does poverty look like in Canada? Survey finds one-in-four experience notable economic hardship

Poverty in Canada: Most say governments are doing too little, but disagree on what should be done

 


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