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Last updated: 2002

Child Poverty Rates by Province, Canada, 1990-1996

 Incidence (%)
 1990199119921993199419951996
Atlantic Provinces18.319.919.920.620.123.121.2
Newfoundland20.820.626.821.823.426.220.2
PEI14.015.612.711.413.314.218.5
Nova Scotia16.820.619.423.420.521.523.5
New Brunswick18.619.215.918.018.324.419.8
Quebec19.520.419.321.419.822.622.0
Ontario14.817.316.320.818.119.120.3
Prairie Provinces21.122.424.322.720.422.122.3
Manitoba24.030.924.226.122.823.226.6
Saskatchewan21.822.424.024.822.921.822.3
Alberta19.819.224.520.618.521.720.7
British Columbia17.614.419.321.521.220.820.2
CANADA17.818.919.221.319.521.021.1
Notes: Children under 18 years of age. Based on Statistics Canada's Low-income Cut-offs, 1992 base.
Source: Prepared by the Canadian Council on Social Development, using data from Statistics Canada, Cat. 13-569-XPB.

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Example: 18.3% of all children under the age of 18 in the Atlantic provinces were poor in 1990. The Atlantic child poverty rate increased to 21.2% by 1996. The only Atlantic province to experience an overall decrease in its child poverty rate over this time was Newfoundland, dropping from 20.8% in 1990 to 20.2% in 1996. However, throughout most of the years between 1990 and 1996, Newfoundland's child poverty rate was higher than it was in either 1990 or 1996.

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