The report showed rural areas generally fare worse than urban ones, although the urban riding of Halifax had the second-highest rate of child poverty in the province, at 25 per cent.

Overall, Nova Scotia had the highest rate of child poverty in Atlantic Canada, and 10 of the province’s 11 federal ridings had child poverty rates above the national average of 17 per cent.

The report used 2016 census data and 2015 income tax data — the most recently available information — and found child poverty in every federal riding; rates varied from 4.1 to 64.2 per cent.

According to a recent study released by Campaign 2000, Child Poverty in the federal riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry is at 19.9 percent. To put it another way, one-in-five children in the riding live in poverty.

“The latest data paint a stark portrait of inequality in Canada with high- and low-income families living in close proximity while divided by wide social and economic gaps that leave too many children hungry, sick and stressed beyond their years,” Campaign 2000 stated in a media release.

Campaign 2000 claims that child poverty is more prevalent in indigenous communities, immigrant communities and in lone-parent families.

“This correlation signals the persistence of discrimination and systemic inequalities that translate to higher unemployment, lower labour market participation rates and higher proportions of renters and people spending more than 30% of their income on housing,” stated Campaign 2000.

Anti-poverty groups are raising the stakes on the Liberal government’s promise to reduce the prevalence of low-income families by detailing child poverty rates in all 338 federal ridings — including the above-average rates facing constituents of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

The report released Monday outlined divides inside and between ridings: single-digit rates in parts of Quebec; more than a quarter of children in low-income families in Trudeau’s Montreal riding; and in Morneau’s downtown Toronto riding that includes the Bay Street corridor, a child poverty rate of 40 per cent — one of the highest in the country.

Rates were the highest in ridings that were home to a large number of visible minorities and recent immigrants, as well as Indigenous People.

Monday, January 5: Sergio, a man in his 60s, died in the back of a truck at a shipping yard in the west-end of Toronto. His death was attributed to the cold.

Tuesday, January 6: Marhum Shabbir Jaffer Alloo, a man in his 40s, was found at a bus shelter at Yonge and Dundas in downtown Toronto. He was only wearing a t-shirt, jeans and a hospital bracelet.

Environment Canada’s historical data for these two days shows -12 to -22 C temperatures taking into account wind chill.

Wednesday January 7: Mayor Tory directs City Manager to ensure the warming centre opens. A cold alert is called.

Thursday January 8: The cold alert is cancelled at noon but warming centres remain open. Then another death: Glen Abram died, not outside but inside at the City’s Streets to Homes Assessment and Referral centre.

Monday January 13: Grant Faulkner, a man in his 40s, died in a fire in a makeshift shelter in Scarborough.

Campaign 2000 hopes the data will prod the government to approve a soon-to-be-finalized poverty-reduction strategy before next year’s federal election, and enshrine commitments in legislation.

Four in every 10 children residing in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report tracking child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings.

The Liberals have promised to create a poverty reduction strategy before the end of this four-year mandate.

More than ever we need to stay mobilized after the June 7 election to show any new government that Ontario expects and demands decent work. We have an incredible line-up of speakers already confirmed for the June 16 Rally for Decent Work!

– Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and co-author of Canada’s Leap Manifesto
– Chris Buckley, president, Ontario Federation of Labour
– Sandy Hudson, co-founder, Black Lives Matter Toronto
– Dr. Ritika Goel, member, Decent Work and Health Network & OHIP for All
– Gobinder Singh Randhawa, chair, Ontario Sikh and Gurudwara Council

We also know there are several buses already in the works to bring in folks from outside and inside Toronto

A campaign has been launched to make poverty reduction a priority in the community.

No Money for Food…Cent$less, by the Porcupine Health Unit, aims to advocate for income solutions to help reduce food insecurity.

“What we’re trying to do is let people know that food charity is really not an option. It’s not relieving food insecurity in Ontario or Canada but really food insecurity is a poverty issue,” said Victoria Hall, public health dietitian.