The stakes couldn’t be higher. Child poverty remains a national disgrace. Research by Campaign 2000, a national, non-partisan network of community partner organizations working to end child and family poverty in Canada, shows every single federal riding is home to significant numbers of children in poverty. Despite Canada being one of the world’s richest countries, 4.8 million people live in poverty — 1.2 million are children. More than 850,000 Canadians rely on food banks — and those numbers are growing — and more than 250,000 Canadians experience some form of homelessness annually.

Deplorably, Indigenous peoples, racialized Canadians, new immigrants, seniors, those affected by disability or in lone-parent led families are likely to live in poverty due to systemic discrimination.