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Nearly one in five children in Halifax live in poverty: Report

Poverty rates vary widely from a low of 3.9 per cent in Fall River to a high of 40 per cent in North Preston.
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A new report shows our city is among the highest in the country when it comes to child poverty.

Nearly one in five children in Halifax are living in poverty.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report Wednesday, showing Halifax has the 7th highest child poverty rate among 25 large Canadian cities. 

The study is based on data from 2015, and shows poverty rates vary widely across HRM.

Christine Saulnier is the centre's Nova Scotia director and says one of the key take aways from this report is who poverty is affecting most.

"Racialized minorities, visible minorities, immigrants and single mothers," Saulnier said. "We really have to figure out what those policy solutions look like for those groups."

Poverty rates vary widely from a low of 3.9 per cent in Fall River to a high of 40 per cent in North Preston.




Chris Halef

About the Author: Chris Halef

Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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