A new report says Toronto has the highest percentage of children living in poverty – of any large city in Canada.
“Divided City; Life in Canada’s Child Poverty Capital,” says of 133,000 children in Toronto – 27 per cent were living in low-income families in 2014 – the year the data was collected.
A coalition of groups including the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto issued the report – as the city weighs up to $600 million in cuts to programs and services – such as community housing, transit and student nutrition.
It says racialized families, new immigrant families, single-parent families and families with disabilities are up to three times more likely to live in poverty.
Only half of children in families with an annual income of less than $30,000 were found to participate in out-of-school art or sports programs – compared with 93 per cent of students in families with an income of $100,000 or more.