Jun 15, 2011

BC poverty rates highest in Canada, again

Statistics Canada released a report today on incomes across Canada in 2009. As First Call BC points out in their news release, key points for BC include:
  • BC’s child poverty rate rose to 12 percent in 2009, the highest child poverty rate of any province for the eighth year in a row.
  • The BC rate also remained higher than the national child poverty rate of 9.5 percent in 2009, and has been higher than the national rate for a decade.
  • The poverty rate for people of all ages in BC also rose to 12 percent. It was the highest overall poverty rate of any province for the 11th consecutive year.

Download the full news release (with quotes from Policy Note blogger Adrienne Montani) at http://www.firstcallbc.org/

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