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Rethinking Child Poverty


by David P. Ross

This brief outlines some statistics on child poverty in Canada and suggests that action be taken to equalize children's chances to become successful adults through educational opportunities, child care, health care, and access to culture and recreation. He states that our goal in Canada should be to reduce the "poverty of opportunity" for children and to increase the number who make a successful transition to adulthood.

This article is based on research for a report called Rethinking Child Poverty, released by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) in the fall of 1998, and from previous research for The Progress of Canada's Children 1996 and 1997.