Poverty Report charts path out of COVID for marginalized groups

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By Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

(ANNews) – The newly-released 2021 report from the National Advisory Council on Poverty shows a significant decrease in poverty rates, but the report cautions that this is based on data from 2015 – 2019 and thus doesn’t take into account the impacts of COVID-19.
The report notes that the poverty rate decreased from 14.5% in 2015 to 10.1% in 2019, a 30 per cent reduction over four years.
However, “the overall number conceals some of the deep inequities that exist for low-income Canadians,” the report says.
“Certain populations, including Black Canadians, racialized Canadians, immigrants, refugees, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ individuals, all face higher rates of poverty.”
Despite COVID’s disproportionate impact on racialized people, from infection rates to job losses and the effects of at-home learning, the pandemic “presents a...continued.

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