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. In Vancouver, the research points to a stark contradiction between years of economic
growth and rising insecurity.
"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 Vancouver where newcomer and
children of aboriginal identity are disproportionately facing poverty's
limitations," says Hugh Brewster, World Vision's national manager of
"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 Vancouver
Vancouver's poverty rate at 15 per cent is almost six points above the
national benchmark of nine per cent, and significantly higher (along
with Montreal) than other large cities in Canada.
Children of recent immigrants are among the groups with the highest
poverty rates in Canada. Children of Aboriginal identity are also
over-represented in poverty statistics.
One in five who rely on social assistance (including Disability
Assistance) are children.
There is a growing gap between rich and poor and these dramatic changes
in income patterns are reshaping the city's urban landscape. The number
of jobs in Vancouver has been growing, but not fast enough to keep pace
with the growing numbers of job seekers.
Vancouver is notorious for having the most expensive housing market in
Canada. The prohibitive cost of both renting and buying is putting
incredible stress on families. Growing numbers of Vancouver residents
are spending more than 30 per cent of their incomes on housing. The
number of homeless has increased three-fold over the past decade and
food bank usage is on the rise.
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 Vancouver, World Vision funds a
range of activities such as: helping single-parent families access
better food; life-skills and mentorship for teenagers; helping refugees
integrate and adjust to life in Canada; financial training and
counseling for single parents living with AIDS; classical music
education for children from low-income families; after-school
programming; and youth leadership development.
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