- Almost 1 million children live in poverty in Canada today.
- There are many “working poor”. 40% of low-income children live in families where at least one parent works full-time year round, up from 33% in the 1990s.
- In 2001, teachers spent $143 million of their own money to buy books/reading materials for students.
- By the time they start school, children living in poverty are 4.5 times behind their peers in vocabulary development.
- The higher a nation’s literacy skills, the more likely its population is to have healthier habits and lifestyles.
- 75% of children from low-income homes do not participate in organized sports, compared to only one-quarter of other children.
- Children from low-income homes are twice as likely as children from middle-class homes to be living in neighbourhoods with violence, drug trafficking and vandalism as everyday occurrences.
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