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Campaign 2000

Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan coalition of 25 National Partners and a Canada-wide network of 37 Community Partners committed to building Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.



NATIONAL REPORT CARD 1997

THERE ARE NOW 500 000 MORE POOR CHILDREN.



WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE 1989?



THE NUMBER OF - IS WORSE BY

Poor Children 58%

Children in families experiencing 47%

long term unemployment

Children in working poor families 43%

Children in families w.social assistance 68%

Children living in unaffordable housing 48%

Poor children in 2-parent families 57%

Poor children in lone-parent families 64%

Children living in families with incomes

less than $20 000 45%



Public opinion polls throughout 1997 reinforce Canadians' concern about child poverty and their view that addressing it must be a government priority. Yet in the last year for which data are available, 40% of all those who became poor were children.



Rate of Child Poverty Has Increased 45%

In 1989, the rate of child poverty (that is, the number of poor children compared to the total number of children) was 14.5%. Today it is 21% - an increase of 45%.



Poverty Gap Has Increased 2.5 Billion

The average poor family with children lives $ 9194 below the LICO. This is defined as the depth of poverty. The poverty gap is the money it would take to lift all poor children in Canada out of poverty. This increased from $ 4.6% billion to $ 7.1 billion.



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In Ontario Report Card 1997, Campaign 2000 begins to examine the progress made in reducing and preventing child poverty in Ontario.



ONTARIO CHANGES SINCE THE VOW TO ELIMINATE CHILD POVERTY

THE NUMBER OF - INCREASED



Poor children 99%



Poor two parent families 114%



Poor single parent families 102%



Children in families experiencing

long-term Unemployment 136%



Children in working poor families 55%



Children in families receiving social assistance 114%



Children in families earning less than $20 000/yr 106%



Poor children in unaffordable rental housing 87%



DECREASED



Infant mortality rate 13%





The worsening of the situation in Ontario has been dramatic. Since 1989, only the rate of infant mortality has improved.



For information and copies of the 1997 Report Card or copies of the Discussion Paper ($15.00), please contact:



Rosemarie Popham National Co-ordinator

Campaign 2000

c/o Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto

355 Church Street Toronto, Ont. M5B 1Z8

Telephone: (416) 595-9230, Ext. 241 Fax: (416) 595-0242

or send us an email: rpopham@web.net

Web-site: http://www.web.net/~rpopham/campaign2000/