Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Children-Costs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Children-Costs

Article excerpt

OTTAWA - A study says Ottawa doesn't have a bead on just how much it costs to raise a child in Canada, prompting some experts to wonder if politics and ideology are trumping evidence when it comes to social policy decisions.

The paper, sponsored by the anti-poverty group Campaign 2000, says governments need a better way of measuring cost to ensure family benefits and anti-poverty initiatives are of help to those who need it the most.

The cost of raising a child ranges from about five-thousand dollars a year to more than 12-thousand, depending on which estimate one looks at and whether those estimates incorporate variables like child care, transportation, food and housing.

Thanks to a lack of data and no clear consensus on how best to measure the cost, disputes about accuracy abound. …

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