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Child Poverty

/ 97.3 The Eagle
              A coalition of child and youth advocates is making 21 recommendations in the wake of a report that suggests one in five children in British Columbia lives in poverty. Recommendations include a 10-dollar-a-day child care plan, increasing the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour and providing affordable housing for families struggling to pay their bills. The report by First Call says the child poverty rate in B-C was just over 18 per cent in 2015, which represents 153-thousand children. First Call’s provincial co-ordinator Adrienne Montani says kids from single-parent families were more than four times as likely to experience poverty than kids with two parents.

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