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ERIC Number: ED457292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Report Card on Child Poverty in Toronto. Toronto Campaign 2000.
Hughes, Colin
This report provides detailed information on the child poverty rates in Toronto from 1990 to 1998. The report card offers income data for Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It includes new income data for Toronto from the Family Databank of Statistics Canada. This databank uses information reported by all income tax filers and from the Canada Child Tax Benefit files. Family income data are available up to 1998. The child poverty rate in Toronto jumped from 1 child in 4 in 1990 to 1 in 3 in 1995; from 1995-98, the child poverty rate remained at one child in three, and the number of poor children increased by 7 percent. This was significantly higher than the child poverty rates in Ontario and the rest of Canada. Home to the largest immigrant population in Canada, Toronto also saw the poverty rate of its recent immigrants grow to 52 percent. From 1995 to 1998, the number of families with children who were poor increased by 6 percent, with the median poverty gap for families who were poor growing each year. Families who were poor tended to live far below the poverty line, and more children relied on food banks and were homeless in 1998 than in 1995. Because average rents were out of reach for poor families, eviction rates grew by 12 percent from 1998 to 1999. There were 1,044 additional child care subsidies created over 6 years, while the child care subsidy waiting list grew by 1,490 children. An appendix presents sources of income data. (SM)
Toronto Campaign 2000, 15 Huntley Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2K9, Canada. Tel: 416-924-4640, ext. 3108; e-mail:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Children's Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)