Racialization of Poverty

Racialization of poverty is the idea that visible minorities and Indigenous people in Canada experience poverty at greater rates due to structural factors related to race in society. As of 2016 Census Data, visible minorities in Calgary were 33% more likely to be low-income based on low-income cut off after tax (LICO-AT). Individuals of Aboriginal identity in Calgary were more than twice as likely to be low-income based on LICO-AT (Community Data, 2018). In general, Calgary's population of low-income individuals has shown a tendency to be increasingly composed of racialized individuals.

 

Resources

Inequality in Calgary: The Racialization of Poverty - City of Calgary, Community and Neighbourhood Services

Visible Minority and Employment Income Statistics (Statistics Canada, 2016)

Chronic Low Income Among Immigrants in Canada and its Communities (Statistics Canada, 2017)

The Colour of Poverty: Understanding Racialized
Poverty In Canada Through Colonialism

Ignored to Death: Systemic Racism in the Canadian Healthcare System

Proposed Framework for a New Anti-Racism Strategy for Canada (Colour of Poverty, 2019)

Ideas presented here do not reflect the COH and the Homeless Hub.