Last week the Canadian Council on Social Development released its Community Profiles Report, the first product of its Urban Poverty Project. If anyone had any lingering doubts about the extent of urban poverty, the statistics provided here will dispel these: almost 70% of all poor people ” almost 3.3 million ” lived in Canada’s largest urban areas in 2000. This report presents national and provincial data about population, households, and employment. The document then ‘drills down’ to provide equivalent information at the community level. . It provides census data on 13 critical social indicators in a concise fact sheet format for 111 places in Canada, including cities, regions and provinces.
The need for a national vision on housing is clear, according the CCSD President Peter Bleyer. “Not only are 38% of all unattached Canadians poor, they are living in urban areas where their chances of finding a decent and affordable place to live have been compromised. Canada has failed to develop a national vision that supports community solutions.”