By no fault of their own, 165,000 Alberta children, or 1-in-6, are in poverty.
That is 51,540 children in Edmonton. The number jumps to almost 1-in-2 children if living on a reserve.
The pandemic has not affected all of us equally. Some of us with privilege have transitioned relatively seamlessly. Others are losing businesses, livelihoods, their heath, and their lives. We cannot have a one-size-fits-all response from any order of government. Literacy or epidemiology, you cannot be truly well in a sick society. In the USA, prisons are forecast on grade 3 literacy levels. I really worry about the youngest and most vulnerable who are experiencing the negative compounding impacts and must be front and centre.
Thank you to the Edmonton Social Planning Council and Public Interest Alberta for the provocative presentation and report.
Be sure to check out Public Interest Alberta's campaign, Even One Kid in Poverty is One Too Many.
The Alberta Child Poverty Report is a yearly publication that highlights the plight of children and youth living without the resources to thrive and grow into healthy adults. Every year, the Child Poverty Report advocates for better social services and governmental assistance to give all children the opportunities they deserve.
This year’s report is titled Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic. The report casts a light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting children and how it is exacerbating problems that were present long before the pandemic started in March 2020.
The Alberta Child Poverty Report is a collaboration between the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), and Public interest Alberta (PIA). It is part of the Campaign 2000 coalition, a national movement that sought to end child poverty by the year 2000. Obviously, Canada failed to meet this objective and much work remains before poverty for children and youth is eradicated.