The face of poverty in Niagara and the nation grew younger than ever as summer turned to fall.

More than half of the faces flowing through the doors of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold around back-to-school time were kids, said executive director Betty-Lou Souter. All in all, 53% of their clients were children. The normal ratio is 38%.

And yet, Niagara’s not alone, says a report from the Conference Board of Canada. Among 17 compared nations, Canada ranks a dismal 15th in child poverty and working-age poverty alike.