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Economic statement a step in the right direction on poverty

Fiscal update suggests the human and economic potential of a comprehensive, fully-funded National Anti-Poverty Plan

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Ottawa, ON: October 24, 2017 — The Liberal government’s Fall Economic Statement made a strong case for the potential of strategic investments to reduce poverty among seniors and low-income families with children. Targeted spending on the Canada Child Benefit, for example, was reported to have lifted hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty, and adjustments to the eligibility and funding of Employment Insurance and various income supports for seniors were held up as lifelines for those “working hard to join the middle class.”

CPJ marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Dignity for All hosts over 80 events in every province and territory

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Ottawa, ON, October 17, 2017 — Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and Chew On This! events are being held by over 80 groups in more than 30 cities and towns across the country – from Vancouver to St. John’s to Yellowknife. Volunteers will be handing out 22,000 campaign postcards calling for a national anti-poverty plan that is based in human rights and fully-funded in Budget 2018.

High poverty rates for vulnerable populations in Canada

Canada needs a strong, national anti-poverty plan

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Ottawa, ON: October 12, 2017 — People with disabilities and single adults in Canada are experiencing poverty at alarming rates. Both groups are being overlooked by Canada’s current policies.

Today, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) released Poverty Trends 2017, its annual report on poverty in Canada. It reports that 4.8 million people in Canada (or 13.9%) live in poverty.

Poverty Trends 2017

Poverty Trends 2017 October 2017
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CPJ released Poverty Trends 2017, our annual report on poverty in Canada, a week ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It reports that a staggering 4.8 million people in Canada (or 13.9%) live in poverty. The report uses the Low-Income Measure (LIM), which defines the poverty rate as a 50 per cent of the median Canadian household income.

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