- November 25th, 2009
On all three measures of poverty, BC had the highest rate of child poverty for the sixth year in a row despite a strong economy in 2007.
While the risk of poverty is over three times greater for female lone-parent families, the majority of poor children (51.6%) live in two-parent families.
On average, poor female lone-parent families lived $12,600 below the poverty line. Poor two parent families were $8,200 below the line.
Over half of children who were poor (55%) had been poor for at least four out of six years.
Over half of poor children (55.7%) lived in families where at least one member of their family had a full-time job.
Poor families are getting poorer. Families with children in the bottom five income deciles (10% groups) made no significant gains in their incomes between 1989 and 2007. Two of the groups actually saw a significant decline in their income.
Read more from the 2009 Child Poverty Report Card.