3-IN-10 TORONTO CHILDREN IN LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Nov 14, 2014

By Scott Walker

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Toronto has the highest rate of child poverty among big cities in Canada.

That’s the finding of a new report from the Children’s Aid Society. “The Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto” finds that three out of every ten children live in poverty or low-income situations.

Lead author Michael Polanyi says that should happen in a city of such wealth. He points out Toronto is home to 118,000 millionaires, while 145,000 children live below the poverty line. He says that shows there is enough wealth in the city to end child poverty.

Mayor-elect John Tory says, “If ever there was a wake-up call, this is it.”

Mayor-elect John Tory says, “If ever there was a wake-up call, this is it.” He’s promising a strategy with targets and deadlines. But he says the municipal government can’t fix the problem alone. He says there will need to be a united approach by churches, unions, and other organizations to reverse the trend.

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