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Peace River Region among lowest poverty percentages in B.C. according to report

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Region has one of the lowest poverty percentages in the province at 15%. Fort St. John sits at 11.6% and Dawson Creek came in at 16% according to a report released today.

The report also states that 1 in 5 B.C. children are living in poverty.

The statistics come from Statistics Canada in 2014. The study was done by First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

“Fifty percent of BC children being raised by single parents are poor and single mothers are going hungry to feed their children. Youth are aging out of foster care into deep poverty and disconnection, and a disproportionate number of them are Indigenous. Growing income inequality and systemic discrimination based on gender, cultural identity, disability, age and other social status markers frame this picture.”

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The study showed that 20.1% of B.C. children in poverty are under six years old. This is a small decrease from 20.7% in 2013.

The overall poverty rate is 19.8%. That makes B.C. the 5th highest province out of the 10 total provinces.

Mount Waddington was the highest with 36.8%.