A new campaign called the Colour of Poverty has been launched to highlight the racialization of poverty in Ontario. Here are some basic facts from the campaign:
- Racialized students face discrimination in schools.
- Poverty among racialized groups is growing.
- Poverty among racialized groups leads to greater risk of poor health.
- Racialized groups are more likely to be unemployed.
- Levels of crime and violence are closely linked to inequality and poverty.
- Poverty rates among newcomers have risen dramatically.
- Racialized groups face higher levels of housing insecurity and homelessness.
- Food insecurity is higher among racialized groups.
The Colour of Poverty campaign has already developed a series of fact sheets and is aiming to build community capacity, develop a shared framework for action and make change happen.