News - Poverty research

October 7, 2011
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Behind The Numbers blog takes a look at Canadian Business' list of Canada's richest 100 people and suggests it may be time Canada adopted a 'Buffett tax...
Keywords: Poverty Research, All of Canada
September 28, 2011
Earlier this year the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a report entitled, "The Cost of Poverty in BC." With the publication this morning of the National Council of Welfare's report...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, All of Canada
September 27, 2011
There are two sides to the debate over child poverty in British Columbia. According to the well-funded researchers at the Fraser Institute, the problem is exaggerated, but despite attempts such as...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Family, Poverty Research, British Columbia
August 31, 2011
Poverty in Canada has been updated by author Dennis Raphael. With the original foreword by Jack Layton and an updated foreword by Rob Rainer, the book's second edition contains new data and a new...
Keywords: Homelessness, Human Rights, Poverty Research, All of Canada
August 3, 2011
Prince Edward Island Community Services, Seniors and Labour minister Janice Sherry is asking islanders for feedback on the recently released paper on poverty reduction entitled, "Preventing and...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, Prince Edward Island
August 3, 2011
Canada Without Poverty ( has a new look and new content on their website. The press release on their updated website is found here.
Keywords: Poverty Research, Technology, All of Canada
July 14, 2011
A new report, The Cost of Poverty in BC and the accompanying short video, released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, reveal the cost of poverty in BC to be twice the anticipated cost of...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
June 29, 2011
A new report by the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives shows that in 2010 the richest 20% of households paid a lower total tax rate than the rest of us. “Most people probably assume that the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, British Columbia
June 17, 2011
The Statistics Canada data on the number of Albertans whose income falls below the Market Basket Measure of low income was released June 15th, 2011. The Edmonton Social Planning Council news release...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Poverty Research, Workers' Rights
March 1, 2011
Many Canadians believe that the poor are themselves responsible for living in poverty, says a new report exploring attitudes on poverty by the Salvation Army. This report launches The Dignity Project...
Keywords: Organizing, Poorbashing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 20, 2011
A research project looking at homelessness and affordable housing in the Northwest Territories (NWT) has released a short piece that looks very generally at homelessness among Indigenous people in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Indigenous, Poverty Research, Northwest Territories
January 17, 2011
PovNet has been highlighted on one of the biggest legal blogs in Canada. Slaw is a cooperative Canadian weblog on all things legal. Check out the Slaw blog and the post on PovNet.
Keywords: Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 10, 2011
An article in the Globe and Mail says that poverty is growing in the suburbs of Vancouver especially for newcomers and people of colour.
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Immigrants and Refugees, Poverty Research, British Columbia
January 4, 2011
The Yukon government has released two reports: The Whitehorse Housing Adequacy Study and The Dimensions of Social Inclusion and Social Exclusion in Yukon 2010 report, as part of the creation of the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, Yukon
January 4, 2011
Slate magazine put together an interesting series on the growing inequality in the U.S. Timothy Noah kicked off this series by looking at whether race, gender, or the breakdown of the nuclear family...
Keywords: Poverty Research, United States
December 16, 2010
According to the report, The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto's Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005, in the 1970s, Toronto was a predominantly middle-class. Now the city is...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Ontario
December 13, 2010
An interesting article in the Tyee analyses how right wing politicians have been twisting it backwards by declaring bicycles and public transportation as elitist.
Keywords: Poorbashing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
November 25, 2010
The child poverty rate in British Columbia dropped to 14.5 percent in 2008, according to the latest figures published by Statistics Canada. The number of poor children was 121,000 - or about one of...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
October 29, 2010
Higher health care, higher school drop-out rates, the cost of crime, and lost productivity — these add up to over $1 billion a year in Nova Scotia. According to a new report by the Canadian Centre...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Nova Scotia
August 19, 2010
Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out...
Keywords: Housing, Poverty Research, Ontario
August 19, 2010
Trans people in Ontario are highly educated but half of the trans community are underemployed and make less then $15,000. These are some of the initial results of Transpulse -- an innovative...
Keywords: LGBTQ, Poverty Research, Ontario
July 27, 2010
Article from about the ramification on poor people of the conservative government's getting rid of the long census form: Sam Boshra, a former analyst for Statistics Canada, puts it this way...
Keywords: Disability, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
July 15, 2010
In this article based on his address to the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 29th, 2010, the former leader of the NDP summarizes the journey of...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
June 4, 2010
Ontarians from racialized backgrounds are far more likely to live in poverty, face barriers to finding a job, and receive less pay for work, says a study of Census data by the Canadian Centre for...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Poverty Research, Women, Manitoba
May 25, 2010
Between 1886 and 1903 a British philanthropist, Charles Booth, and many volunteers, walked the streets of London to document the relative poverty and wealth of the city streets. The result was a...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Poverty Research, International
May 25, 2010
Keywords: Poverty Research, All of Canada
May 25, 2010
Once at No. 6 in world ranking, ‘shockingly high’ death rate now puts Canada at No. 24, prompting urgent request to Health Minister.
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Poverty Research, All of Canada
May 14, 2010
Bearing the Brunt: How the 2008-2009 Recession Created Poverty for Canadian Families, a report published by Citizens for Public Justice, details the rise in poverty and economic insecurity caused by...
Keywords: Poverty Research, All of Canada
May 14, 2010
York University health researchers produce public primer on who gets sick and why in the report, Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. They find the primary factors that shape the health...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, All of Canada
March 23, 2010
From March 22-26, CBC Television, Radio and will explore why so many Manitobans struggle with poverty and how they survive with Not Enough Money.
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
January 20, 2010
First Call, the BC child and youth advocacy organization has compared child poverty statistics from 1989 and 2007. The year 1989 was the best year of the 1980s for the economy, and the national child...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
January 7, 2010
Winnipeg’s historic North End was a contradictory place. Poverty was widespread and deep; out of its midst grew a rich and vibrant culture. Today’s North End is similar in many respects — deep...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Manitoba
December 9, 2009
The Senate Subcommittee on Cities released an important new report on combating poverty in Canada. The timing comes just two weeks after the House of Commons passed a motion for the federal...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, All of Canada
December 2, 2009
On November 24th, the ESPC - in partnership with Public Interest Alberta & the Bissell Centre - released a new report on poverty in Alberta, titled We Must Do Better: It's Time to Make Alberta...
Keywords: Alberta, Poverty Research
November 24, 2009
According to a report released today by First Call and Campaign 2000, although child poverty is persistent across Canada, BC has the highest rate of child poverty in Canada for the sixth year in a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 20, 2009
Nov 18th, 2009 by Michael Shapcott Poverty is cutting almost eight years off the average life expectancy of Canadian men, and almost five years from women. Only half of the poorest men in Canada can...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, All of Canada
September 14, 2009
A new report from CCPA shows that Canada still has shockingly high rates of women's poverty and that the recession has sidelined government polices to address women’s poverty. Women tend to be among...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Women, All of Canada
July 17, 2009
Keywords: Poverty Research, Ontario, All of Canada
July 17, 2009
An article in RaceWire looks at the myth of gay affluence and how poverty affects queer people of colour. Recent research looked at American census data and found queer couple families are...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, LGBTQ, Poverty Research, International, United States
July 17, 2009
A study from UBC and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that kids who grow up in poverty are more likely to have health problems such as heart disease, stroke...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Health, Poverty Research, British Columbia, All of Canada