Today the B.C. Liberals are saying they’re proud of new child poverty figures from Statistics Canada.
But a closer look at the numbers reveals that B.C. continues to have the highest child poverty rate in the country, for the seventh year in a row.
As the Statistics Canada figures show, more than one in ten B.C. children live in poverty:
2008 Child Poverty Rates (in per cent):
National rate: 9.1
British Columbia 10.4
New Brunswick 5.4
Nova Scotia 7.9
Source: Low Income Cut-off After Tax figures from Statistics Canada: Income of Canadians, 2008
Carole James and the New Democrats are calling for a comprehensive and targeted poverty reduction strategy.