13 September, 2017
Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 17 per cent of Canadian children under age 18 lived in low-income households, a figure that has stayed virtually unchanged for a decade even as median incomes have steadily gone up across the country.
Median total household income in the Hamilton CMA rose from $71,660 in 2005 to about $75,460 in 2015.
That, along with a noticeable drop in the city's poverty rate, is the good news.
But one of the biggest contributing factors to poverty is whether the child lives in a single-parent or dual-parent household.
The city also had a low rate of child poverty at about 15 per cent. Windsor, ON has the highest rate of any major city in the country with 24 per cent of children there living in poverty.
"If you're a lone-parent family there's less likely to be two adult earners in the family for example and that can make a difference in terms of household income", said Andrew Heisz, assistant director of Statistics Canada's income statistics division.
Between 2005 and 2015, Hamilton's household income rose from $65,440 to $69,020, Burlington's went from $88,740 to $93,590 and Grimsby's rose from $91,720 to $93,150. Data for this year to measure the impact of the Liberal's $23-billion-a-year child benefit program won't be available for at least three more years.
Children in Atlantic Canada are most likely to be living in low-income households: more than one in five in all Maritime provinces.
A booming resource sector led Canadian wage growth to accelerate between 2005 and 2015, government data showed on Wednesday, although while some provinces benefited from higher commodity prices others lost manufacturing jobs.
"I just believe that if I gave up and didn't fight, nothing would be done", she said.