Child Poverty in BC

November 2013: Chilliwack

In 2008, 22 per cent of BC kids lived in poverty, in 2009, 11.8 per cent of BC kids lived in poverty, in 2010, 10.5 per cent of BC kids lived in poverty, in 2011, 16.4 per cent of BC kids lived in poverty, in 2012, 14.3 per cent of BC kids lived in poverty, and now in 2013, 18.6 per cent of BC kids, or one in five, live in poverty, according to First Call, BC Child and Youth Advocacy Committee. Today, the BC child poverty rate is still the worst in Canada, according to First Call. Hardest hit are female single parent families at 49.8 per cent, or every one in two, living in poverty.
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Poverty can mean being teased about the way you're dressed.
Poverty can mean hiding your feet so the teacher won't get cross when you don't have boots.
Poverty can mean hearing mom and dad fight over money.
Poverty can mean pretending that you forgot your lunch.
Poverty can mean being afraid to tell your mom you need gym shoes.

Explore Library Resources on Child Poverty:

Bradbury, Bruce. The dynamics of child poverty in industrialised countries. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Call number: HV 713 D95 2001 (Chilliwack)

Brodsky, Gwen. Human rights denied [electronic resource] : single mothers on social assistance in British Columbia [Vancouver, B.C. : Poverty and Human Rights Centre, 2005]. Call number: Internet (Web)

Covell, Katherine. A question of commitment: children's rights in Canada Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2007. Call number: HC 120 P6 C22 1984 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Crane, D. Russell. Handbook of families and poverty [electronic resource] Los Angeles : Sage Publications, c2008. Call number: E-book on the internet (Web)

CCSD National Task Force on the Definition and Measurement of Poverty in Canada Not enough : the meaning and measurement of poverty in Canada : report of the CCSD National Task Force on the Definition and Measurement of Poverty in Canada.Ottawa : Canadian Council on Social Development, 1984. Call number: WA 30 C65 2002 (Chilliwack, Web)

CPHI National Roundtable on Poverty and Health 2002 : Ottawa, Ont.) Poverty and health : links to action: CPHI National Roundtable, March 26, 2002, proceedings report . Ottawa, Ont. : Canadian Institute for Health Information, c2003. Call number: WA 30 C65 2002 (Chilliwack, Web)

Finnie, Ross. Child support: the guideline options. Montréal: Institute for Research on Public Policy = Institut de recherche en politiques publiques, c1994. Call number: HV 745 A6 C547 1994 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Freiler, Christa. Pathways to progress: structural solutions to address child poverty. Toronto: Campaign 2000, 2004. Call number: HV 745 A6 F74 2004 (Abbotsford, Website)

Gurstein, Penny. Precarious & vulnerable [electronic resource] : lone mothers on income assistance Burnaby, B.C. : Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia, c2008. Call number: Internet (Web)

Ismael, Shereen T. Child poverty and the Canadian welfare state: From entitlement to charity. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2006. Call number: HQ 792 C2 I86 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Ivanova, Iglika The cost of poverty in BC [electronic resource] Vancouver, B.C. : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office, 2011. Call number: Internet (Web)

Jones, Charles. Poverty, social capital, parenting and child outcomes in Canada : final report [Hull, Quebec] : Applied Research Branch, Human Resources Development Canada, 2002. Call number: HQ 792 C2 P68 2002 (Abbotsford, Web)

Kerstetter, Steve. Child poverty and income inequality in British Columbia : a status report Vancouver : First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coaliton, 2006. Call number: HQ 792 C2 K47 2006 (Abbotsford, Web)

Kufeldt, Kathleen. Child welfare: connecting research, policy and practice. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2003. Call number: HV 745 A6 C48 2003 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Raphael, Dennis. Poverty in Canada : implications for health and quality of life Toronto : Canadian Scholars' Press, 2011. Call number: HC 120 P6 R36 2011 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

UNICEF. International Child Development Centre. A league table of child poverty in rich nations. Florence: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, c2000. Call number: HV 713 L458 2000 (Abbotsford)

Vleminckx, Koen. Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations: what do we know?. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2003. Call number: HV 713 C3955 2003 (Chilliwack)

Sources and Outside links:

"2005 Canada Child Poverty Report Card. Campaign 2000: http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2005EngNationalReportCard.pdf

"2006 Canada Child Poverty Report Card. Campaign 2000: http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2006EngNationalReportCard.pdf

"2007 Child Poverty Report Card." BC Campaign 2000. Nov. 2007. http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/economicequality/3-2007%20report%20cards.pdf

"2008 Child Poverty Report Card." BC Campaign 2000. Nov. 2008. <http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/economicequality/3-reportcard-b&w.pdf>

"2009 Child Poverty Report Card." BC Campaign 2000. Nov. 2009: http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/EconomicEquality/3-09reportcard.pdf

"2010 Child Poverty Report Card." BC Campaign 2000. Nov. 2010: http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/economicequality/3-reportcard2010.pdf

"2011 Child Poverty Report Card." BC Campaign 2000. Nov. 2011: http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/BritishColumbia/BC_Report CArd 2011.pdf

"2012 Child Poverty Report Card." BC Campaign 2000. Nov. 2012: http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/EconomicEquality/First%20Call%20BC%20Child%20Poverty%20Report%20Card%202012.pdf

"2013 Child Poverty Report Card." First Call. Nov. 2013:http://worstincanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/First_Call_Report_Card_2013_web_FINAL.pdf

"2014 Child Poverty Report Card." First Call. Nov. 2014: http://still1in5.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/First-Call-Coalition-Report-Card-2014-FINAL-WEB.pdf

Bill M - 209 - 2011: BC NDP Bill titled "Poverty Reduction Act 2011" http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/1st_read/m209-1.htm

"Child Poverty in Canada." 13 March 2007. Online video clip. YouTube. Accessed 5 February 2009. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxycqNVTojc>

First Call: BC's alleged child poverty reduction strategies: when is a strategy not a strategy? August 2012: http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/EconomicEquality/BC's regl PR plans Aug 12.pdf

First Call: Child poverty rate drops in BC: rate for all persons still the worst in Canada. June 2012: http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/CurrentIssues/NR poverty stats.pdf

Food Banks of Canada Hunger Count 2012: http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/3b946e67-fbe2-490e-90dc-4a313dfb97e5/HungerCount2012.pdf.aspx

"Statistics Canada: Persons in low income by family type. June 2012: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/pick-choisir?lang=eng&p2=33&id=2020804

Statistics Canada: Family characteristics, low income measures by family type, family composition. June 2012: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/pick-choisir?lang=eng&p2=33&id=1110015>/p>

Last updated December 3, 2014, lm

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