Toronto holds onto its shameful title: Child poverty capital of Canada

Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada, with 28.6 per cent of children living in low-income households, according to a new report being released Tuesday as the city prepares to release its final poverty reduction strategy to address the problem.

“It is shameful that our leaders have allowed widespread poverty of young people to continue,” said Michael Polanyi of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, one of six community groups that began comparing child poverty rates in cities across the country in 2014.

“Until all levels of government make poverty reduction a priority, the success of tens of thousands of young people will remain at risk,” he said.

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