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Pandemic Lessons: Ending Child and Family Poverty is Possible

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Campaign 2000 released its national annual report card on child and family poverty, Pandemic Lessons: Ending Child and Family Poverty is Possible. The report shows that during a global pandemic, rates of child poverty in Canada were reduced by a record 40%. Using tax filer data from 2020, the latest available, this report card finds that child poverty fell to 13.5%, down from 17.7% the previous year. That is the largest year over year drop since the federal government promised to end child poverty in 1989, and is largely a result of temporary pandemic benefits. These benefits have all been retracted and this progress is unlikely to be sustained in the future.

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