Toronto families slip into poverty
Nov 26, 2007 04:30 AM
More Toronto families are slipping into poverty at a time when families in the rest of the GTA, the province, and the country are seeing their economic prospects stabilize and even improve, says a groundbreaking report to be released today.
While national incomes have surged in recent years, almost 30 per cent of Toronto families – approximately 93,000 households raising children – live in poverty, compared with 16 per cent in 1990. This economic decline is a warning that, despite outward signs of prosperity, the country's largest city is falling behind, says the report by the United Way of Greater Toronto.
Although the rest of the GTA is faring well, Lankin said a corresponding growth in the number of low-income families should sound alarm bells for political leaders in the suburbs, too.
"The lack of social service supports in the 905 relative to the population growth and the number of people living in poverty is going to hit hard," Lankin said.
Since 2000, Toronto's median family income after taxes and transfers of $41,100, the midpoint for all households raising children 17 and under, has remained relatively stagnant and is now $10,000 lower than the rest of Canada and almost $20,000 less than the rest of the GTA, the report says.
Among two-parent families, nearly one in five now lives in poverty in the city compared with about one in 10 at the national, provincial and regional level, while more than half of single-parent households in Toronto are poor. The report defines poverty as a family whose after-tax income is 50 per cent below the median in their community, taking family size into consideration. In Toronto a two-parent family with two children living on less than $27,500 is considered poor.
In short, the report says Toronto families are losing ground on every measure – in median incomes, the percentage of low-income families and the sheer number of families living in poverty.
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Toronto receives the bulk of Canada's immigrants, around 40% or somewhere around 140,000 annually, and it has been like that for the past decade and longer. Approximately 43% of Toronto's residents were not born in the country soon to become half. Much of Toronto's poverty is linked to mass immigration. To put it another way Canada is importing poverty and exacerbating existing poverty levels. Immigration should not be doing this and in fact it didn't when Canada had a saner immigration policy. Immigration at one time was actually a benefit to Canada but it has become a Frankenstein monster that we have lost control of with ever increasing costs to tax payers with almost no return on their investment.
Reducing immigration levels is a good place to tackle poverty in this country. It will free up costs that can be redirected to train Canada's poorest and help them acquire the job skills needed to attain financial stability. The poorest of Canadians are the ones most hurt by mass immigration because they have to compete with these people for jobs. The increased supply of labour keeps incomes low and thus keeps Canadian and immigrant poor thus maintaining the culture and cycle of poverty.
The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) is faring well because it is populated by refugees from Toronto. This is better know as Canada's version of "white flight". These are middle class Canadians fleeing the city for more familiar surroundings and more affordable housing. That's why Toronto experienced little population growth in relation to it's GTA neighbours. As immigrants pour into the city they replace the Canadians who flee it.