from the CBC
Canada is not taking enough action to reduce the number of children living in poverty across the country, says a new report released Tuesday by a group that represents community foundations.
The report by the Community Foundations of Canada, entitled Vital Signs 2008, says the level of child poverty is currently at the same level it was in 1989.
According to the report, which was obtained by the Canadian Press, 1.6 million children, or 23 per cent, lived in poverty in 2006.
"We have not moved fast enough anywhere in any part of the country to eliminate child poverty," said Monica Patten, president and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada, said in Toronto.
"That level of child poverty has virtually not changed in about 20 years — we just have not been able to move the needle on child poverty," said Patten.
"That's in spite of resolutions both at government levels and in communities to overcome that incredible challenge for us."
The highest poverty rates among the 15 communities studied by researchers were said to be in Toronto and Vancouver, while the lowest rates were reportedly in Calgary and Oakville, Ont.
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