Poverty is Real in CK
Poverty is a reality in Chatham-Kent. In fact, there are more people living in low-income than the populations of Blenheim, Bothwell, Thamesville, Tilbury, Wheatley, and Ridgetown put together.
Below, you will the numbers related to poverty in Chatham-Kent. While the numbers are just a snapshot, and do not represent the entirety of the experience of poverty, we hope they empower everyone to engage, understand, and mobilize in our community to eliminate poverty.
1 in 6
people in Chatham-Kent live in poverty
1 in 5
children (0-17) in Chatham-Kent live in poverty
You are more likely to be living in poverty if
you identify as a visible minority
people who identify as a visible minority (30%) are almost twice as likely to be in poverty compared to non-visible minority (16.4%)
you are a single parent or lone individual
female lone-parent households are twice as likely to be living in poverty than male lone-parents households, with above 74% of female lone-parent households with children aged 0-5 living in poverty
lone individuals, regardless of age, are the second most likely group to live in poverty, right behind female lone-parent households
you are a child between 0 and 14 years of age
an average of 23.8% of children aged 0 to 14 are living in poverty, with 27.5% of children aged 0 to 5 living in poverty
All statistics on this page are collected from Statistics Canada. 2017. Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catelogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017.
No. of Persons in Low-Income by City, 2015
households are on the waitlist for public housing (April 2019) - that is a 4+ year wait, especially for single individuals
of households are facing a core housing need, spending more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities
individuals (median) are chronically homeless (6+ months) in Chatham-Kent every month
No. of Persons in Low-Income by Family Type, 2015
individuals have either not high school or only a high school diploma or certificate, with a median income of $16,452
individuals on average access Ontario Disability Support Program monthly, nearly double the number of people accessing Ontario Works monthly
households are on the waitlist for a space in a licensed Childcare facility
No. of Persons in Low-Income by Age, 2015
unemployment as of February 2019, compared with 5.7% for Ontario
individuals aged 18-64 and 50 people aged 65+ are classified as working poor (a person with a working income between $3000 and $22,133, not including students, children regardless of age living at home, and parents under 18)
individuals are earning a modest income (an income greater than $21,333 and below the 30th after-tax income percentile of $35,100)
No. of Persons in Low-Income by Identity, 2015
Beyond the Numbers
Poverty is often talked about using numbers. Numbers can tell us a lot, but not everything. We need to go beyond the numbers to truly understand how poverty affects our community, and find more creative and effective solutions to poverty.
We are spending 6 months travelling across our community to listen, learn, and build a poverty action plan together. We hope you will join us to share your thoughts, wisdoms, and ideas.