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One in 4 Rural BC Kids Living in Poverty

Nearly half of recent immigrant children are living in poverty, while one in three Indigenous kids are poor and 23% of those categorized as a visible minority are living in poor conditions across British Columbia.

The First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has released its 2017 Child Poverty Report Card.

Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani says it shows one in 5 urban kids are living in poverty. In rural areas, that number is one in four.

She says one thing that would help these kids is a 10-dollar-a-day child care plan. “It would help families on income-assistance, it would help families working [and] it would help families who aren’t able to work because they can’t get child care,” she says.

A number of the recommendations to help lift children out of poverty are inititiaves the province is exploring.

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They include a poverty reduction plan, a 15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage, and increased investments in affordable housing options for families.

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