Toronto Child and Family Poverty Report Card 2017

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Children in the Toronto region and their families’ incomes are deeply divided along race, a new joint report finds. According to 2016 Census data findings children from racialized families - families of colour - are twice as likely to be living in poverty compared to children in non-racialized families (25.3% compared to 11.4%). The report has also found that Indigenous families with children are also experiencing an extremely high poverty rate of 84%.

Michael Polanyi, Community Development Worker with Children's Aid Society of Toronto stated "we need a comprehensive approach to ensure our Council reduces— rather than continues— the stark racial divide in our city...If we want to make a positive difference, City Council must fully fund its poverty reduction strategy in 2018.”

The report entitled "Unequal City" also found:

  • More than one-in-four (26.3%) children under 18 years of age lives in poverty in the City of Toronto – this is the highest rate among large urban areas in Canada.
  • Poverty rates for children in Black families are almost three times that of children in non-racialized families.
  • Almost half of children of West Asian (46.8%) and Arab (46.7%) background lives in poverty in the Toronto region.

Unequal City: The Hidden Divide Among Toronto's Children and Youth" was published jointly by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Campaign 2000, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change.