Nowhere to Turn: Single Adults Living with Poverty in Canada

"Households composed of single adults have grown from 30% of those helped by food banks in 2001, to 45% in 2016. Food banks have unfortunately become an essential part of the Canadian social support system, and this is particularly true in the case of single, working-age people, who have few other places to turn for assistance when they fall on hard times. This paper makes the case that the soonto-be-released Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy should include a strong focus on this population, which is one of the least financially, physically, and mentally well in the country. It puts forward recommendations for action, with one overarching message: we are utterly failing this population".

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