MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, World Vision and Citizens
for Public Justice released a joint report, Poverty at Your Doorstep, featuring detailed snapshots of poverty in five Canadian cities.
According to the research, Toronto is Canada's least equitable metropolitan region.
"In the St. Jamestown community in downtown Toronto thousands of new
Canadians struggle to begin life in their new country. We work with
these families every day and the support of the World Vision is helping
them to make Canada their new home," says Kevin Moore, executive
director of City Hope.
"World Vision is on the frontlines of poverty in nearly 100 countries,
yet we can't ignore the situation in our own backyard. This report
brings home the problem of poverty in Toronto where we're especially
worried about the situation of newcomer children. Despite their hopes
and dreams, immigrant and refugee families are now counted among those
facing the sharpest limitations of poverty in Canada," says Hugh
Brewster, World Vision Canada's national manager of Canadian programs.
"This report shows Canadians how much farther we need to go to end
poverty. Citizens for Public Justice calls persistently for a life of
dignity for all. An essential step in that direction is a federal
poverty elimination plan that includes long-term solutions such as
adequate housing, a fair taxation system and investment in social
programs," says Joe Gunn, executive director of Citizens for Public
Poverty in Toronto
Between 1980 and 2005, Toronto's poorest neighbourhoods suffered a six
per cent decline, while its wealthiest neighbourhoods saw incomes grow
by 63 per cent.
Toronto's poverty and unemployment rates remain above national
Toronto's economy has picked up since 2010 and the number of jobs has
been growing, but not fast enough to keep pace with population growth.
Unemployment is stuck above eight per cent.
One in ten Torontonians now relies on social assistance for income
support. The number of people using food banks has increased, reaching
946,000 in 2012.
Children of new immigrants are among the groups with the highest poverty
rates in Canada. Young people and new immigrants struggle the hardest
to find stable employment.
There has been considerable improvement in the situation of lone-parent
families over the past decade, due to the fact that single mothers
today tend to be older and have higher levels of education and
Working with Toronto families
Well known for international development and humanitarian relief
efforts, World Vision also works with 80 partner organizations to help
Canadian children living in poverty. In Toronto, World Vision supports
a range of activities including: refugee integration; youth leadership
programs in Jane-Finch and Warden Woods neighborhoods; job skills for
young teens in Weston & Lawrence; music/arts mentorship in Dixon Road
community; and life skills and mentoring for single moms in Rexdale.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a national organization of members
inspired by faith to seek justice in Canadian public policy. www.cpj.ca.
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
For further information:
For World Vision and City Hope, contact Tiffany Baggetta (mobile: 416-305-9612) or firstname.lastname@example.org
At Citizens for Public Justice, contact Sarah Shepherd (613-232-0275 x225) or email@example.com