Nova Scotia is the only province where child poverty has increased since 2015, according to new statistics from Canada.
The Liberal parliamentarians went to social media to celebrate the figures, showing a marked decline in the total number of children living below the poverty line in 2017 – the first full year in Canada's child allowance – compared to when the Liberals voted in 2015
The new figures show the proportion of Canadians under the age of 18 living in low-income holders fell from 13.3 to 9 percent nationwide, resulting in 278,000 fewer children living in poverty. But the new data also showed considerable variation between the provinces ̵
Lynn Hartwell , Deputy Minister of Community Services with Nova Scotia's provincial government, told Chronicle Herald, that statistics require attention.
"We have followed a ten-year trend of child poverty is on the decline. And so to see such a sharp reversal of it in a short time it is," she said
Hartwell said the province is working on Statistics Canada to try to shed more light on the populations most affected so that the province knows where to target future programming. She also pointed out that the province is two years in a four-year, $ 20 million poverty reduction, which will underpin poverty.
"We want to make sure we understand what is happening there …
PC, NDP reaction
Progressive conservative leader in Nova Scotia Tim Houston called the statistics" depressing. "" is a statistic that shows what most of us already know … and we need to get to work to make sure we increase our economy and then create opportunities for people in this province who do not exist right now, he said.
He said it means securing social programs and programs aimed at contributing to economic development so that Innovacorp and Invest Nova Scotia are evaluated to ensure that they help to generate economic activity efficiently and effectively. 9659002] "We have a budget of $ 1 billion for community services. We must always look at these guidelines to ensure that they create opportunities for people to help themselves out of poverty," Houston says.
NDP leader Gary Burrill said that the low-income levels in the province are a direct result of intentional decisions made by the McNeil government.
"If you refuse to make a dramatic increase in the minimum wage and leave the province as the lowest minimum wage in the country, this will impact on child poverty, "he said.
" If you decide as a government that over six years you will increase your income rate by a total of $ 20 a month … it's going to have an impact. If you are in a province that we are, where 20 percent of the population pays 50 percent or more of their income in rent and you decide as a government, you will not include rent control … the consequence will be everyone else who will move forward at the child's poverty level, but you will be left behind. "
Child poverty is overall poverty
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] Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, who for ten years served as director of the Dalhousie School of Social Work, said that provincial politicians must a hard look at why Nova Scotia is left behind, with a particular focus on marginalized populations who disproportionately feel the impact of poverty.
"It is not like children's poverty if children live in poverty. That's because the parents live in poverty, "she said.
" We should look at what happens in the workplace? … What is the minimum wage and is it time for the minimum wage to be changed? Should we look at a guaranteed annual income? "
While the latest statistics figures in Canada are poor, Christine Saulnier, Nova Scotia Director with Canadian Political Options Center, their annual childbirth study, using income tax data, Painting a little different – albeit still disappointing, said. 19659002] Although their latest study only goes to 2016, Saulnier said that the percentage of children living in low-income holders remains stable over the last few years and does not necessarily increase, as she said, also guarantees concern.
"Poverty is deep here. Canada's child benefit is … definitely helping families with children afford what they need, but that's not enough. "
In Alberta, she said that the provincial government is supplementing children's children's allowance with extra funds, which probably played a role in the province's sharp decline in low-income households.
Increases in inflation and the cost of housing and food combined with not has been no real increase in income support in Nova Scotia means families are not able to end up meeting said Saulnier.
"The value of children's children's benefit, our ability to talk about that moment was lost because our provincial government did not come to the table with more income support, "she said.
Speaking to The Chronicle Herald, South Shore St. Margaret's MP and Rural Development Minister Bernadette Jordan said while the Canadian child benefit has had a clear positive impact on families, Nova Scotias shows statistics that there are holes that still need to be filled. $ 635 a month, which is over $ 52 million a month in the province, she says.
"We recognize that we still have a job to do … we'll just keep working hard to make sure Nova Scotia sees the benefits of it and by making sure we continue to invest."