Manitoba

Manitoba's child poverty rate 2nd highest in Canada

Manitoba's child and family poverty rate is the second highest in the country, according to the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.
Manitoba has the second-highest child poverty rate in Canada, and the income gap between rich and poor is widening, a report by the Social Planning Council finds. 1:51

Manitoba's child and family poverty rate is the second highest in the country, according to the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

According to the council, 20 per cent of Manitoba children and families are still living in poverty.

Marianne Cerilli, who is with the council, said that number hasn't changed since last year.

"It's frustrating and it's very concerning. I think the strategies that are being developed have to really look at what's happening at the very  low end," she said, noting the poor are falling farther behind.

"Because the cost of living is going up and those incomes aren't going up. The actual purchasing power of the money that those people get is less," she said.

The lowest income family with two parents and two children is living on $21,000 a year, Cerilli said.

Many are going to foodbanks so they have enough money to pay for rent and utilities.

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