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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

2017

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The only positive note is the movement of the under-6 poverty rate down from 20.1% in 2014, closer to the overall child poverty rate of 18.3% in 2015. [...] Though BC’s child poverty rate was much better than the disturbingly high child poverty rates of 36.1% in Nunavut and 27.5% in Manitoba, it was also much higher than the child poverty rates of 12.5% in the Yukon Territory and 14.4% in Quebec. [...] PROPORTIONS OF BC CHILDREN IN DIFFERENT FAMILY TYPES While one in five children (19.5%) in British Columbia were in lone-parent families in 2015, over half (50.7%) of all children living in poverty in BC were in lone-parent families, up from 49.4% in 2014. [...] In fact, in 2015 the number of poor children in lone-parent families exceeded the number of poor children in two-parent families for the first time since 2005. [...] WELFARE POLICY REFORMS AND FAMILY INCOME CHANGES BEGINNING IN 2015 ?? While provincial welfare rates did not increase in 2015, the introduction of the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit in April 2015, along with an increase in the federal child benefit, and the exemption of these benefits from claw- back, meant that for the first time since 2009 the buying power of the total What gets cut welfare inco

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