Thursday, September 16, 2010

British Columbia: 'The province that doesn't look after its kids'

Contrary to British Columbia’s glossy marketing campaign, the province isn’t the best place on earth, at least if you happen to be a poor child. In fact, for seven years running, B.C. has had the highest child-poverty rate in Canada.

The National Council of Welfare, an advisory body to the federal government, says that during the boom years from the mid-1990s to 2007, child poverty rates in B.C. diverged from those of other provinces.

“In 1999, as the national poverty rate fell, the rate in British Columbia jumped up to 16.4 per cent, making it the highest in Canada for the first time, [and] it remains the highest in the country despite strong economic and employment growth in the province,” the council said.

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