1 in 3 children in Saint John lives in poverty—in the city’s third ward, it is 1 in 2 (49.5%). With a child poverty rate of 31%, Saint John has the highest rate of child poverty among major cities in Canada—it has remained stubbornly high, increasing from 28.9% in 2006, to 31.0% in 2013 (based on taxfiler data, using LIM-AT).
If you missed it, April Cunningham wrote a powerful article, published in the Telegraph Journal on October 17th. Read it here. She does not sugar coat the issue at all, however. Her words are hard to get out of your head:
“Kids are hungry. They live in substandard housing, with little or no heat, and sometimes, no beds. They aren’t healthy. They don’t have winter coats. They’re living in crisis… All of this puts learning on the back burner”
Dr. W. Barry Miller also wrote an excellent commentary, published in the Telegraph Journal, calling for for all levels of government to respond to child poverty in Saint John with the urgency befitting an emergency. Read the full commentary here: http://sjhdc.ca/telegraph-journal-commentary.html
Learn more about how poverty rates in Saint John compare to other cities in Canada, here.
Read the 2014 Child Poverty Report Card from the Human Development Council here.