The Prosperity Roundtable is a proud partner and supporter of‪#‎VoteToEndPoverty‬

It’s been over 25 years since the Canadian Parliament voted unanimously to end child poverty. As Canadians we owe it to ourselves to hold our politicians accountable to this promise. No child should have to pretend they forgot their lunch, nor miss a school trip because their parents don’t have the means to afford. Families shouldn’t have to experience the shame of those decision. We must do better. We deserve a comprehensive national plan to eradicate poverty.

If you'd like to become a part of the movement, start using the hashtag #VoteToEndPoverty today or call us at the Prosperity Roundtable at 519-354-0430 and order your lawn signs, posters and buttons.

Remember ask your local candidates what they plan to do about poverty in their communities!

To learn more about #VoteToEndPoverty visit: www.votetoendpoverty.ca

Stats and Candidate Questions

What is Vote to End Poverty?      

Vote to End Poverty is national campaign that will help Canadians understand the cost of poverty that encourages voters to ask candidates and political parties about their future plans to end poverty in Canada.

Why should poverty be a topic in the federal election?

Because there are 4.8 million reasons to end poverty – the number of people fighting to make ends meet in Canada. That means that in a country as rich as Canada 1 in 7 people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, put food on the table and cover basic necessities that are guaranteed human rights, part of Canada’s international human rights obligations.[1]

While this should be reason enough for the federal government to take action on poverty, so far we haven’t. Despite being told by the United Nations, Senate and Committees in the House of Commons to create a national anti-poverty plan, we currently don’t have a national strategy.

 

Components of Poverty Reduction

 

Affordable Housing

The Facts

·         Currently, there are 365, 000 subsidies expiring[2]

·         Canada is the only G8 country without a housing strategy[3]

·         Within the last 25 years, funding for social housing has declined 46%[4]

ASK YOUR CANDIDATE: What is their plan in creating a national housing strategy?


Childcare

The Facts

·         Only 20% of children, ages 0 – 5, have access to childcare[5]

·         Universal childcare benefit only covers 3 days of daycare per month[6]

·         21% of single mothers live in poverty[7]

ASK YOUR CANDIDATE: What will your party do to tackle the ever-increasing cost of child care and the lack of subsidized spaces available to meet families in need? Currently childcare workers are underpaid, what are you going to do to increase wages?

 

Health Care

The Facts

·         6 billion dollars of healthcare are paid by Canadians out of pocket[8]

·         1 in 4 households cannot afford prescription medications[9]

·         Only 8% of workers in Precarious employment receive employer-funded drug, vision or

dental benefits compared to 100% of those in Secure employment.[10]

ASK YOUR CANDIDATE: Are you committed to expanding health coverage to including prescription medications? Are you/your party committed to reinstating the Federal Interim Health Program for Refugees they have access to healthcare they need and deserve?

 

Income Security

The Facts

·         4.8 million Canadians are currently living in poverty[11]

·         Since 2008, 80% of jobs that have been created are part-time[12]

·         The poverty rate amongst seniors in 2010 was 3x greater than in 1995[13]

ASK YOUR CANDIDATE: What are you going to do to ensure that individuals in low wage jobs part-time or working irregular hours are able to access Employment insurance? Do you or your party support the expansion of CPP? What would you do to ensure this does not harm low-income earners?

 

Food Security

The Facts

·         Since the 2008-2009 economic recession, food bank usage has increased by 25%, with children and youth now representing over 30% of food bank users. [14]

·         There are far more who do not visit food banks and also experience food insecurity.

·         Every Canadian has the right to food according to International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ratified by Canada. Yet 4 million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, are food insecure.[15]

ASK YOUR CANDIDATE: Does party support a National Right to Food Policy?

 

Jobs and employment

The Facts

·         In the past 20 years, precarious employment, characterized by some degree of insecurity and unpredictability, generally low wages and few benefits, has increased by nearly 50%.[16]

·         Youth and other groups under-represented in the workforce face particular barriers in obtaining secure employment.[17]

 

ASK YOUR CANDIDATE: Does party support setting a wage standard above the poverty line? Does your party support providing employment incentives for youth and other groups under-represented in the workforce?

 

Sources:

[1] Statistics Canada. 2011 National Housing Survey: Data Tables. Retrieved from http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/dt-td/Index-eng.cfm

[2] Stephen Gaetz, Tanya Gulliver, & Tim Richter (2014): The State of Homelessness in Canada: 2014. Toronto: The Homeless Hub Press.

[3] Citizens For Public Justice, 2013, A Place to Call Home, Affordable Housing in Canada: Needs, Costs & A Way Forward.

Found here: http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/CPJ_Affordable_housing_infographic.pdf

[4] Ibid.

[5] Canadian Labour Congress, July 2013, Child Care in Canada: A Scarce Resource. Found here http://canadianlabour.ca/sites/default/files/education_resource/infographic-2013-07-03-en.pdf

[6] Universal child care benefit (UCCB). (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2015, from http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/uccb/

[7] Statistics Canada. 2000. Women in Canada: A Gender Based Statistical Report. p. 200.

[8] Trends in out-of-pocket health care expenditures in Canada, by household income, 1997 to 2009. (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2015, from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2014004/article/11924-eng.htm

[9] Law, M., Cheng, L., Dhalla, I., Heard, D. & Morgan, S. (2012).  The effect of cost on adherence to prescription medications in Canada.  CJAM, 184(3), 297-302. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.111270

[10] McMaster University Social Sciences, The Precarity Penalty, The impact of employment precarity on individuals, households and communities — and what to do about it. May 2015. https://pepsouwt.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/precarity-penalty-summary_final-hires_trimmed.pdf

[11] Statistics Canada. 2011 National Housing Survey: Data Tables. Retrieved from http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/dt-td/Index-eng.cfm

[12] Financial Post, Statistics Canada failing to tell whole story about Canada’s job market, CLC says, March 6, 2014. http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/statistics-canada-failing-to-tell-whole-story-about-canadas-job-market-clc-says

[13] The Conference Board of Canada, Elderly Poverty, January 2013. http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/details/society/elderly-poverty.aspx

[14] Food Banks Canada. (2014). Hunger Count 2014. Retrieved from http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/hungercount

[15] Tarasuk, V, Mitchell, A, Dachner, N. (2014). Household food insecurity in Canada, 2012. Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF). Retrieved from http://nutritionalsciences.lamp.utoronto.ca/

[16] McMaster University Social Sciences, It’s More than Poverty, Employment Precarity and Household Well-being. February 2013. https://pepsouwt.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/its-more-than-poverty-summary-feb-2013.pdf

[17] Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ontario, March 2014, Ontario’s Changing Labour Market. https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Ontario%20Office/2014/03/Seismic%20ShiftFINAL.pdf