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Housing First: A Revolutionary Approach to end Homelessness (University of Ottawa Gazette, January 16, 2013)

Poverty’s Heavy Toll (Niagara This Week, September 26, 2012)

300-unit YWCA residence opening for low-income women (Globe and Mail, June 18, 2012)

Mental-health strategy calls for complete overhaul, $4-billion commitment (Globe and Mail, May 6, 2012)

Fighting Poverty Pays Off, Report Says (CBC News, September 28, 2011)

A Legacy of Poverty? Addressing Cycles of Poverty and the Impact on Child Health (Niagara Region).

Fast Facts About Poverty in Canada (CBC The Current, December 8, 2011).

  • The cost of poverty to Canada has been estimated at $72 to $86 billion per year, or about 5-6% of GDP (Ontario Association of Food Banks)
  • In Hamilton, there is a 21-year difference in life expectancy between people living in high and low income neighbourhoods (Hamilton Spectator);
  • In March 2010, 867,948 Canadians (38% of them children) turned to food banks for food support - a 28% increase over March 2008 and the highest level of food bank use ever (Food Banks Canada);
  • In 2010, 150,000 to 300,000 persons were visibly homeless, another 450,000 to 900,000 were "hidden" homeless, 1.5 million households were in "core housing need", and 3.1 million households were in unaffordable housing (Wellesley Institute)
  • In 2010, 59% of Canadian workers lived paycheque to paycheque, "saying they would be in financial difficulty if their paycheque was delayed by a week" (Canadian Payroll Association)
  • In 2009, per capita household debt, at $41,740, was 2.5 times higher than in 1989; in 2010, 20BG% of Canadians reported they had too much debt and trouble managing it (Certified General Accountants Association of Canada)
  • In 2009, the average annual income ($6.6 million) of Canada's best-paid CEOs was 155 times higher than the average worker's income ($42,988); a third of all income growth in Canada over the past two decades has gone to the richest one percent of Canadians (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
  • At the end of 2009, 3.8% of Canadian households controlled 67% of total household wealth (Investor Economics)

A Special Edition on Poverty in Canada ( CBC's The Current. , December 2, 2011).

Ending poverty in Canada is an achievable goal. Together, we have the capacity to effect change and empower our society to fulfill its true potential. Call on the federal government to make a legally-entrenched poverty reduction plan a reality. From

Canada needs a plan to reduce poverty. Six out of ten provinces, that is, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, have poverty reduction plans in place. From

Place to live first - recovery will follow, mental health study suggests ( Globe and Mail ).

Mental-health strategy calls for complete overhaul, $4-billion commitment. From ( Welland Tribune ).

Homelessness fear grows. The region learned this week of a deep cut by the province’s knife in funding for homeless services at the local level. From ( Globe and Mail ).

Homelessness 'chronic' in Canada: study. Canada's homeless population is somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 people, while another 1.7 million residents struggle with "housing affordability issues," says an analysis of the latest research on shelter. In a report released Tuesday from the Calgary-based Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, journalist and author Gordon Laird . From ( CBC News June 2007 ).

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