Poverty is an issue that needs to be addressed through investments in the right supports. There are common structural gaps in our social safety net that indicate the absence of adequate supports.
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Year after year, Canadian cities are ranked as some of the best cities in the world to live in. We’re proud to state that we have well-funded public school systems, universal healthcare coverage for citizens and permanent residents, and supports that see children through from birth to adulthood.
There is a difference between having a place to sleep at night and place to call home. While many people who are homeless live on the streets and in shelters (although a growing trend that criminalizes homelessness may prevent homeless people from even sleeping on the streets), do these areas meet the definition of what a home is really supposed to be?
For many Canadians, minimum wage laws represent an unsustainable way of life. Insufficient wages are one of the very root causes of poverty in Canada, alongside unaffordable housing and unemployment. The below infographic, published by Living Wage Canada, highlights communities across Canada working on living wage campaigns. Numbers on the map represent proposed living wages.
When thinking about health, some of the first aspects that come to mind are access to healthcare and the availability of medical supplies. These are in fact, just two of several social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are defined as “socio-economic conditions that shape the health of individuals, communities, and jurisdictions as a whole.”