2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card
Date posted: November 30, 2018
Data reveals that once again far too many children in British Columbia are growing up in poverty. One in five children, or 172,550 children and youth, are growing up in poverty. And many are growing up in deep poverty — up to $13,000 below the poverty line. This includes poor households where one or more parents are working.
This quote is the introduction to the 2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card. This report, developed by First Call in collaboration with SPARC BC, is presented as a series of nine fact sheets and recommendations. This annual report has tracked the state of child and family poverty in BC since 1996.
In addition to the report that covers the province as a whole, there are Regional Factsheets (based on data from the 2017 Report Card). Here’s a sample:
While it is disappointing that the rate of child poverty in BC remains at about 20%, there is cautious optimism due to the federal government enactment of Bill C-87, an Act respecting the reduction of poverty, and BC’s Bill 39 – 2018: Poverty Reduction Strategy Act. Both set targets to reduce poverty.