We all know that Canada is one of the richest, most developed, and most industrially successful countries in the world. However, its citizens are not always as abundant and fortunate as people might have thought. Yes, there are still several people who fall within Canada’s poverty line. Based on a new publication by the Public Justice Citizens, millions of people in Canada are categorized as having low, insufficient income and are living below the standard means.
Even though Canada already had a poverty-related issue in history, the current health crisis has even made the current issues more evident and visible. The inequalities, pre-existing crises, and discrimination continue to hit hard on Canadian citizens, together with the waves of fear they felt during this pandemic. These fears refer to the fear of losing jobs, contracting the coronavirus, and losing access to supports and services.
So what is poverty like in Canada? According to statistics, over 4.4 million individuals, including not less than 1 million children under the age of 18, suffer from food-deprived households. The numbers or figures are factual from the year 2017-2018. Additionally, over 3.2 million Canadian citizens are categorized as financially poor or low-income during the year 2018.