3. Well, first of all poverty is the state or condition of having
little or no money , goods, or means of support. So what is child
poverty? Child poverty mainly focuses on children who have
little or no education, shelter, food and have small life spans.
These are some of the reasons why this issue affects children’s
childhoods. Poverty on the other hand is focusing mainly on
everyone as a whole in a country. That is the difference between
poverty and child poverty.
4. Child poverty affects us, by causing changes in the economy and
population characteristics (birth rate, death rate, literacy rates, life expectancy
and earning power). These changes happen due to the amount of education the
child has received. Children who live in poverty tend to have lower levels of
education. Because of this they are most likely to live in poverty as adults.
If we don’t address child poverty, it can be a huge problem for the
country’s economy and reputation. This in the long-term will affect our
country’s economy if not solved now. It will result in higher rates of poverty,
which then will be harder to control. Birth rates would increase, while literacy
rates, life expectancy and earning power would decrease .
Higher rates of poverty would mean more crime and children are very
vulnerable in these situations. They could be used in any way to make money.
When children grow up and don’t have a mean to earn, they may use illegal
means to actually get a meal.
So therefore child poverty affects us all. It will ruin our economy in the future,
as well as our relationships with other countries. So it is up to us to help these
children, who will be our country’s future.
5. 3. Make children a priority in budget sharing and first call on Nations’ resources
- Increase child tax benefits to at least $5000 (help lift thousands of children out
4. Make governance child sensitive
- Government needs to set an official definition of child poverty
5. Government should make an official poverty line that way they know what exact
measures are needed to be taken to get the most beneficiary results
6. Canada has scored straight ‘’C’’ from the 1980’s to the 2000’s. Only four
countries have scored straight “A” from the 1980’s; Norway, Sweden, Finland and
Denmark. These countries have a universal welfare policy and they have effectively
combined it with job creation strategies. They also support gender equality and
accessibility. They give 3% or more of their GDP for direct public spending on
families; this is a whole percentage point higher than the OECD average
The steps that the Canadian government can take to help
eliminate child poverty are:
1. Ensure enough financial assistance for families.
2. Provide motivation for people to work and provide for themselves/family.