Following the recession, Canada’s child poverty rate dropped, reports CBC.
According to a UNICEF study of 41 industrialized countries, our domestic rate dipped from 23% to 21% between 2008 and 2011. That resulted in roughly 180,000 children being pulled out of poverty.
In comparison, the average child poverty rate for all countries studied rose by about 3%. A release by UNICEF states, “In 23 of the 41 countries analyzed, child poverty has increased since 2008. In Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Greece and Iceland, rates rose by over 50%.”
In fact, more than 2 million children “have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries, [which] bring[s] the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.”
And despite overall domestic improvements, Canadians shouldn’t celebrate just yet. As CBC reports, “For Canada’s most vulnerable children, conditions deteriorated…[The report shows] the child poverty gap, the difference between the median income of poor children and the poverty line, increased by 2%.” Read more.
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