Toronto, ON October 16, 2014 – The Salvation Army will observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th, a day designated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote awareness of the need to eliminate poverty and destitution in all countries. Year-round, The Salvation Army provides social services in Canada in order to help people in need and put an end to poverty. The Salvation Army’s work is highlighted in the organization’s latest Annual […]
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In Canada, people of all ages face tough realities.
- One in seven children goes to school hungry.
- About 850,000 people utilize food banks each month.
- At least 30 thousand Canadians are homeless on any given night.
- More than one in 10 children are among the homeless population.
- One in five Canadians is worried about being able to cover basic living expenses in retirement.
We live in a nation that has one of the highest standards of living in the world, yet poverty is one of our […]
It’s time to get serious about ending poverty in Canada. It’s 2014. We’re too developed, too wealthy, and too kind-hearted a country to allow poverty to affect any of us.
One in 11 Canadians live in poverty. It’s the root cause that puts basic human dignity out of reach for so many people, making access to everyday needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, difficult. In a country of relative wealth and abundant resources, shouldn’t we all benefit from them?
The Salvation […]
One in seven Canadian children lives in a low-income household.
Children are often the innocent victims of poverty. When Tanya’s marriage broke down, she was left with responsibilities she now had to bear on her own.
“As a single parent, I was pulled in every direction,” says Tanya. “I never seemed to have enough time, energy, patience or money. I often felt things were spinning out of control. Then I met The Salvation Army whose help with food, pull-ups and school snacks […]
Approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty. Here are five facts that may surprise you about poverty.
1. Poverty hurts your ability to think.
Poverty itself taxes the brain and reduces cognitive function by about 13 IQ points.
2. Poverty and obesity go together.
Obesity is a problem often associated with low income and the inability to access affordable, healthy food. Those who are obese are at risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Vulnerable families prosper when they are treated with respect and dignity. More than ever, as the gap of income inequality increases and the cost of living goes up, families face a number of obstacles.
From unemployment to financial instability to stressful family relationships, The Salvation Army offers support in as many areas as possible.
Salvation Army programs across the country include:
Poverty and literacy are closely connected. A low literacy level leads to a lack of education and poor paying jobs, perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty.
According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, adults functioning at low literacy levels are more likely to be receiving social assistance and often lack the skills and means necessary to gain access to forms of help.
Increasing the level of literacy in both adults and children can lead families to financial stability, increased self-confidence and […]
Poverty shouldn’t exist in a country as wealthy as Canada. Even having a job doesn’t guarantee people freedom from poverty.
According to Statistics Canada, the number of unattached working-age adults living in poverty has doubled since 1981, increasing from 538,000 people to 1,195,000 in 2011. And in 2011, 35,000 more single-parent families lived in poverty than in 2010.
Poverty trends change over time and some Salvation Army centres are seeing a changing face in the people they serve. In Saskatchewan more young […]
Although rural poverty is no better or worse than urban poverty, there are unique challenges. Rural residents face social isolation and higher transportation costs, which create burdens related to obtaining food. Not surprisingly more rural households access food banks when compared to urban households.
Other difficulties include limited access to employment opportunities, income, and adequate health and education opportunities.
Have rural Canadians been dangerously neglected?
More than 20 years ago the House of Commons pledged to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. But the promised poverty elimination or plans never materialized.
A 2012 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada says children can’t afford to wait anymore. Public policies have to intervene to support their healthy growth and development now.
The report goes on to say that national partners are recommending a federal action plan to be secured in legislation […]