Poverty in Canada.

1850 Words May 17th, 2003 8 Pages
Poverty is a reality in Canada today. Despite having one of the highest

standards of living among all the developed nations, and despite being voted numerous times in recent years by the United Nations as the best country in the world in which to live, experts agree that poverty is prevalent in Canada today. Unfortunately, that is more or less where the agreement ends. Exactly how prevalent and how serious a problem poverty is in Canada is an open question that has been hotly debated for the last 10 years.

There have been two times in the past 300 years when economic structural changes have occurred in the world that have been so massive and so far-reaching, that the impact on societies has been nothing short of monumental.

The first
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4. Certain population groups were more likely to be poor than others. These included:

* Single-parent families, whose poverty rate was 2.45 times higher than the average.

* Aboriginal persons, whose poverty rate was 2.26 times higher than the average.

* Recent immigrants, whose poverty rate was 2.17 times higher than the average.

* Visible minorities, whose poverty rate was 1.53 times higher than the average.

* Persons with disabilities, whose poverty rate was 1.47 times higher than the average.

5. Poverty rates varied considerably according to age and gender. The young and the elderly are more likely to experience poverty. The incidence of poverty declines with age until age 45 to 54, after which it rises again. Women in every age groups are more likely to live in poverty, and women seniors above age 75 are the most like of any group. Among males, boys up to age 14 had the highest poverty rate. Children and youth made up one third of the total poor population.

6. Poverty rates varied based on education levels. As expected, in every city examined persons with less than high school education were more likely to be poor than those with a post-secondary level education. However, at least 6 percent of post-secondary graduates in every city lived in poverty, and in six cities that rate was over 20 percent.

7. Poverty rates varied based on occupational skills
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