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A Success Story?

This figure, from the National Council of Welfare’s Poverty Profile 2001[4], illustrates a trend in the rates of poverty among seniors that is similar in all provinces. Note the consistent disparity in the poverty rates of men and women.

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The decreasing rates of poverty since 1980 are largely due to increasing government assistance.[3] However, recent evidence suggests that poverty rates are beginning to level off,[4] and as discussed above, poverty is still a significant problem for Canadian seniors.

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3. Canadian Public Health Association. Board of Directors Discussion Paper. Health impacts of social and economic conditions: Implications for public policy. 2001. Ottawa, Canadian Public Health Association.

4. National Council of Welfare. Poverty profile 2001. Ottawa, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2004.

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