One in four children in Pictou County is living in poverty.

According to statistics from the 2020 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia 25.9 per cent of children in the Pictou census district are living below the poverty line. In the broader political riding of Central Nova it’s 24.3 per cent.

While better than some districts in Nova Scotia, it is still among the highest 20 per cent of poverty rates in Canada.

For children in single-parent or minority, the numbers rise even higher. According to 2018 statistics, children raised in single-parent homes had a poverty rate 53.1 per cent.

Despite federal programs such as the Canada Child Benefit which lifted many children above the poverty threshold, it’s clear that many still struggle to make ends meet each month.