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2017 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia /




One positive change, still yet to be revealed in the data, are the improvements made by the federal government with the introduction of the Canada Child Benefit in 2016. [...] For example, cen- sus data shows a child poverty rate of 1 in 4 Aboriginal children in Nova Scotia, while the child poverty rate calculated using T1 Family Files shows a child poverty rate of 72.7% in the Eskasoni postal area, 68.8% in the Mic- mac rural route, 48.5% in Membertou, 44.2% in Whycocomagh, and 40% in Wagmatcook postal areas respectively. [...] Income data from 2015 reported in the 2016 Census shows that child poverty in Canada is the most severe for our youngest community mem- bers.8 The child poverty rate in Canada for 17 year olds was the lowest com- pared to all ages of children, while the child poverty rate for children under 1 was the highest. [...] The Nova Sco- tia median hourly wage for females in 2015 was $17.95 compared to $20.00 for males (earning on average $15,000 less per year).16 Thus, in many cases child poverty is intricately linked to the dynamics of women’s poverty and the gender discrimination they face in care work and the labour market, and the challenges of unpaid caregiving that falls disproportionately to women. [...] In consultation with the provinces and territories, the federal govern- ment should also create national standards of adequacy for social assist- ance in line with the Market Basket Measure of Poverty as a condition of the Canada Social Transfer to lift recipients out of poverty.


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