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. The
research puts Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg under
the microscope to examine the latest data on housing, employment and
the use of food banks and social assistance.
"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 Canada. The gap between rich and
poor is growing at an alarming rate and too many families are falling
through this country's social safety nets," says Hugh Brewster, World
Vision'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 Canada
Despite gains in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment figures,
recovery from the 2008-09 recession has yet to fully take hold.
Individuals and families who bore the brunt of the recession continue
to face economic uncertainty, rising costs of living and high levels of
Each of the five cities examined in the report is experiencing growing
disparities between rich and poor.
Poverty is becoming increasingly concentrated among single working-age
individuals, young adults, Aboriginal people, recent immigrants and
persons with disabilities.
Best known for international development and humanitarian relief
efforts, World Vision also works with a network of 80 community-based
organizations to help Canadian children living in poverty. This work
began in 1979, and now includes support for an extensive range of
activities such as:
youth leadership, mentoring and volunteer programs
refugee integration and support
art and music education for children
breakfast programs for homeless youth
life and parenting skills for single mothers
vocational training for teenagers who have dropped out of school
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, contact Tiffany Baggetta (mobile: 416-305-9612) or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Citizens for Public Justice, contact Sarah Shepherd (613-232-0275 x225) or email@example.com