Canada has seen some noticeable economic improvements in the last ten years; however:
- 1 in 10 Canadians live in poverty
- 1 in 3 Canadian adults that work full-time do not make enough money to sustain themselves and their families with a healthy lifestyle
Canada measures poverty in relative terms and does not have an official poverty line. Canadian poverty statistics are calculated b yCanada’s Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs), which is calculated by comparing the percentage of income individuals and families spend on basic needs with other Canadians.
- The majority of the working-poor cannot afford secure and affordable housing and healthy (or inmany instances an adequate amount of) food
- Parents on limitedincome often skip meals so their children have an adequate diet
- Limited food budgets and lack of access to fresh food often results in Type 2 diabetes—which was formerly seen in adults only, but is now increasing in children
And perhaps one of the scarier statistics to surface:
- According to a study conducted by McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, there is a 21-year difference in life expectancy between the poorest neighborhood and the wealthiest neighborhood
Research by Poverty is Making Us Sick show that if annual income were increased by $1,000 a year to the poorest 20% of Canadians, it would lead to as many as 10,000 fewer chronic conditions and 6,600 fewer disability days every two weeks.