Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Has Highest Child Poverty Rate of Canadian Cities, Report Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Has Highest Child Poverty Rate of Canadian Cities, Report Says

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Toronto dubbed child poverty capital of Canada

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TORONTO - A new report says Toronto has the highest percentage of children living in poverty of any large city in Canada.

The report, titled "Divided City: Life in Canada's Child Poverty Capital," says 133,000 children in Toronto -- 27 per cent -- were living in low-income families in 2014, the year the data were collected.

It says the closest runner-up is Montreal, where 25 per cent of children were living in poverty that year.

A coalition of groups including the Children's Aid Society of Toronto issued the report as the city weighs up to $600 million in cuts to programs and services such as community housing, transit and student nutrition.

It says racialized families, new immigrant families, single-parent families and families with disabilities are up to three times more likely to live in poverty. …

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