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

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


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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