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Poverty and Race

 

Poverty effects education and learning, health and well-being, employment, income levels and social assistance, justice and policing, immigration and newcomer settlement, housing and homelessness, and food (in) security.

Do you know what colour poverty is?

The following questions are from The Colour of Poverty, an initiative of The Colour of Justice Network and The Department of Canadian Heritage.

 

racialized = people of colour who are Canadian-born and newcomer communities of colour

 

1.32% of children in racialized families and 47% of children in recent immigrant families in Ontario live in poverty.
True     False
2.Between 1980 and 2000 the poverty rate for non-racialized (European heritage) population fell by 28% and the poverty rate among racialized families rose by 36%.
True     False
3.Between 1986 and 2004 in Ontario welfare incomes fell by 26%.
True     False
4.Food eaten at home costs average Canadian about 14% of their incomes. Low income Canadians spend about 30% of their incomes on food.
True     False
5.Children living with food insecurity are more likely to have: anemia, low energy, more hospital visits, slower progress in school, anxiety, headaches, and difficulty getting along with other children.
True     False
6.60% of people who receive social assistance are unable to read and write well enough to function in Canadian society.
True     False
7.Of the growing number of families using shelters, 24% are refugees.
True     False
8.Almost 20% of low income parents and 13% of recent immigrant parents in Toronto report being unable to provide their children with a healthy meal, Similar rates were found in a Northern Ontario study.
True     False
9.Between 1989 and 2004, the number of Canadians who used food books increased by 123% Even so, research tells us that most food-insecure households do not use food banks.
True     False
10.A study in Kingston showed that police were 3.7 times more likely to stop Black people.
True     False
11.Under the new (2007) Ontario Child Tax Benefit, a Toronto family with two children children with an income of $34,000 (about $6000 below poverty), would receive $24 per year.
True     False
12.Racialized persons make up only 3% of executives, and 1.7% of directors on boards of organizations.
True     False
13.43% of children living in poverty in Ontario are from racialized groups.
True     False
14.Children of families with the lowest income levels are about half as likely as those in the top income level to attend university.
True     False
15.People from homes with incomes of less that $20,000 are almost three times more likely to see a decline in their health that people with the highest incomes.
True     False
16.Nearly 70% of men living in wealthiest neighbourhoods will live to 75, while only 50% of men living in the poorest neighbourhods will reach that age.
True     False
17.Schools with the high drop out rates are those with the highest number of racialized students.
True     False
References for this Activity
1. From The Colour of Poverty Campaign, an initiative of the Colour of Justice Network and the Department of Canadian Heritage. http://www.colourofpoverty.ca/ accessed October 3, 2007

 

 

The launch of the project is covered by the Toronto Star, a video from the project is included.