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Toronto, 3 Apr 08
Toronto – Ontario Campaign 2000 provides the following response to Premier McGuinty’s comment that the 2007 Ontario Report Card on Child & Family Poverty is using old data:The findings of the 2007 Report Card on Child & Family Poverty in Ontario released on April 2nd are based on the most recent available income data from Statistics Canada. These data are for the year 2005.
New data, reporting on after tax income for 2006, will be available from Statistics Canada in May, 2008.
Since 1991, Campaign 2000 has been tracking child and family poverty numbers in Canada and releasing annual reports based on Statistics Canada data. As a cross Canada, non-partisan coalition we work to build public awareness of child poverty and support for government policies to address Canada’s high child poverty rate.
Ontario Campaign 2000 and our 66 partner organizations across the province look forward to the release of 2006 poverty data by Statistics Canada in May. We share Premier McGuinty’s hope that Ontario’s child poverty rate will show a decline. More importantly, we urge the Premier to keep moving forward on his promise to make poverty reduction a political priority for his government by developing a multi- year Poverty Reduction Strategy for Ontario.
We urge his government to set a target to reduce Ontario’s child poverty rate by at least 25% over 5 years, and at least 50% over 10 years.
Campaign 2000 partners look forward to the announcement of public consultations on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
General info on Campaign 2000:
Ontario Campaign 2000 is a non partisan coalition of 66 organizations across the province committed to ending child & family poverty in Canada. See www.campaign2000.ca for a complete list, and copy of the 2007 Ontario Report Card on Child & Family Poverty with the title The Road Ahead: Poverty Reduction in Ontario (released on April 2nd, 2008).
Contact: Jacquie Maund – - tel: 416-595-9230 x 241
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