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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Words

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 […]

Canada’s Changing Face of Poverty

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 […]

Differences Between Rural and Urban Poverty

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?

 

 

Nearly One in Seven Canadian Children Lives in Poverty

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 […]

The Unsettling Costs of Poverty

Money manager Marc Hamel tells us that poverty hurts us in ways we might not think.

  • The poorest of the poor die 21 years earlier than the rich.
  • Someone in the lowest category of income earning will use the health-care system 50 percent more than the average person.
  • If you live in poverty as a child there is a 20 percent chance you will live in poverty as an adult.

Hamel says if we could help this 20 percent with skill training […]

The Fight Against Poverty Deserves Your Personal Attention

Today, approximately three million Canadians, or one in 10 people, live in poverty. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue, and that everyone has a right to access basic necessities such as nutritious food, health care, education and economic opportunity.

The effects of poverty are quite serious and deserve our attention:

  • It requires people to make painful choices between necessities, such as paying the rent or feeding the kids, going to the dentist or buying a monthly […]
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The Salvation Army Combats Poverty this Christmas

Toronto, ON November 22, 2011 – Today, The Salvation Army announced the national launch of the 2011 annual Christmas Campaign. The campaign is aimed at raising money and awareness about the continued need for social service programs to support vulnerable individuals throughout Canada during the holiday season and year-round. This year marks the 120th anniversary of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign, and there has never been a more crucial time than now to give.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with […]

Is Canada Ready To Solve Poverty?


The public cost of poverty in Canada is easily $25 billion a year, and climbing. A new report from the National Council of Welfare suggests that the government could save billions of dollars by tackling the roots of poverty.
The report The Dollars And Sense of Solving Poverty looks at the high costs of the consequences of having a large portion of the Canadian population living in poverty. It goes on to say it is in the […]