1 in 5 Hamilton children impoverished: SPRC study

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By Steve Buist

A new study of economic data shows poverty remains a persistent problem in Hamilton’s lower inner city.

The overall poverty rate was 24 per cent combined for wards 1 through 5, based on tax-filer data for 2014 released by Statistics Canada.

About 34 per cent of all children in the five lower city wards lived in poverty.

The overall poverty rates for Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough and Glanbrook were between six and seven per cent, about nine per cent in Stoney Creek, and nearly 15 per cent overall on the Mountain.

The analysis was compiled by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

For the city as a whole, the overall poverty rate was 15 per cent, while one in five children in Hamilton lives in poverty.

“Even though the rates of poverty vary tremendously across the city, there is no area of the city that’s poverty-free,” said Sara Mayo, a social planner with SPRC.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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