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 Winnipeg, the research points to economic pressures that continue to grow for
families living in poverty.
"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 the problem of poverty in Winnipeg where single parent families,
Aboriginal families, and youth are struggling," 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 Winnipeg
Rising costs of living, especially for housing, are cutting deeply into
Poverty levels are still above those recorded before the 2008-09
recession, notably among lone parent families, Aboriginal peoples and
Renewed economic growth is helping to increase average family incomes,
but significant disparities exist between the affluent and the poor.
The child poverty rate rose from a low of 10 per cent in 2008 to 14 per
cent in 2010, the third highest ranking among large cities, behind
Vancouver and St. John's.
The recession was particularly hard on single-parent families. The
poverty rate for children living in single-parent families reached 40
per cent in 2010, nearly double the national average.
Aboriginal peoples are dramatically overrepresented among the poor in
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 Winnipeg, World Vision funds a
program at the North End Family Centre to help families gain parental
and life skills to meet their goals.
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
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