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Child Poverty - General


Child poverty is a direct result of income polarization and social inequality. The basic driver is low income but the conditions which accompany this are far more important.

What constitutes and perpetuates the poverty trap?

  • malnutrition
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • sleep deprivation
  • unsettled family and social environments

Child poverty is an issue which has been in front of Canadians for many decades yet continues to persist, and in many regions, to worsen.  In 2013, over 50% of native children lived in poverty.   This is gross neglect by governments of their core duty.

Child poverty is collateral damage from a policy of cheap labour and fast growth. There is a myriad of policies and programs in place to deal with the symptoms of child poverty but clearly, despite their enormous cost, they have been ineffective. Bandages and cash tsunamis can’t fix structural problems.

A sustainable society makes human welfare a core priority and, in that changed policy environment, child poverty would be far less likely to occur and far easier to deal with when it does.


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