Almost one in three children in Canada's most populous city of Toronto live in poverty according to a new report released on Friday, November 14, 2014. And the numbers are on the rise.
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Report documents ‘hidden epidemic’ of child poverty in Toronto

Canada’s most populous city of Toronto has the highest child and family poverty rates among Canada’s large cities with almost one in three living in povery, according to a new study released Friday (November 14).

Written by a working group of people involved in childrens’ aid societies and povery groups “Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto” shows child poverty in some neighbourhoods is as low as 5 per cent, but in others is more than 50 per cent.

The study also found that Toronto residents of African, Middle Eastern, Asian and Latin American descent were more likely to be living on low wages, and that the trend in Toronto shows child poverty is rising.

The five groups involved in writing the report were the Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change, Family Services Toronto, and Social Planning Toronto

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to one of the authors of the study, Michael Polanyi from the Toronto Children’s Aid Society about the findings of the report.


More information:
Press release – New report urges city action to tackle Toronto child poverty “epidemic” – here
Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto (pdf) – here
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto website –

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