Toronto has half of Ontario's children living in poverty

GTA Children’s Aid Societies and the Social Planning Network released a report on child poverty that shows a huge increase in the number of children living in poverty. The report shows that lack of affordable housing is one of the most significant barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Greater Trouble in Greater Toronto, Child Poverty in the GTA” reveals that 50 per cent of Ontario’s children in poverty now live in the GTA, up from 44 per cent in 1997. In the City of Toronto, all growth in the number of children living in poverty since 1997 occurred in the inner suburbs, where abysmally high rates of child poverty now surpass those of downtown.

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"Greater Trouble in Greater Toronto: Child Poverty in the GTA" - December 3, 2008, Poverty Watch Ontario