MONTREAL, 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. In Montreal the research points to a positive track record of poverty reduction,
yet stagnant incomes and rising costs of living are cutting deeply into
"In the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve community of Montreal, there's no question
that a high percentage of families are facing economic poverty, which
begins with attitudes of fear and victimization about managing money.
Every day we see families struggling and we have identified a specific
need to equip young people to take their future into their own hands,"
says Sandy Smith of Christian Direction.
"World Vision is on the frontlines of poverty in nearly 100 countries,
yet we can't ignore the situation in our own backyard. 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. This report brings
home key challenges in Montreal where the poverty rate is one of the
highest in Canada," says Carolyn Hebert, World Vision Canada's director
"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 Montreal
Approximately one in ten Montrealers relies on social assistance for
income support, including 46,500 children per month.
The number of people using food banks has grown each year since the
Quebec's Action Plan to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion has made a
difference, helping to improve family incomes and narrow health
inequalities between rich and poor.
There has been considerable improvement in the economic situation of
single-parents. This reflects the fact that single mothers tend to be
older and have higher levels of education and employment than in the
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 Montreal, World Vision funds a
range of activities such as: skills training for single and immigrant
mothers; "French Welcoming" classes for teenage immigrants from Latin
America; after-school programs for children in LaSalle Heights; and
academic/vocational training for youth in the Cloverdale public housing
community 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:
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