Photograph is from the Ottawa Citizen article.
Linda Lalonde updates us on first reading on legislation to create their Poverty Reduction Strategy in the House and Market Basket Measure consultation with Statistics Canada.
…The bill includes targets for poverty reduction from 2015 figures of 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2030. Of course, that means that 50% of Canadians living in poverty will still be there twelve years from now. Hopefully, there will be some kind of hearings or other ways to have input on the legislation.
Poverty Reduction Act – passed first reading Nov 6th
Online consultation with Stat’s Can- (survey) of: what matters in our Market Basket? here: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/consultation/mbm
(Stats Can consult on MBM open to Jan 31st)
The Strategy includes the creation of the first official poverty line for Canada, the Market Basket Measure (MBM), and Statistics Canada is doing a consultation on the MBM asking about the adequacy of the levels of expenditure they consider would pull you out of poverty. It gives 5 groupings of expenses, i.e food, clothing & footwear, transportation, shelter and other necessities.
Market Basket Measure figures from StatsCan survey Item Family of 2 Family of 4 Food $ 670 $ 950 Clothes/footwear $ 110 $ 160 Transportation $ 220 $ 320 Shelter $ 790 $ 1,110 Other necessities $ 590 $ 840 Monthly Total $ 2,380 $ 3,380 Annual total $ 28,560 $ 40,560
… There are also several questions about specific items such as use of cabs/uber and whether a smart phone is a necessity. The numbers they are suggesting add up to $28,560 for a family of two and $40,560 for a family of four.
I find it odd that they only ask you for the number of people in your family but not their ages to get to those numbers. The expenses of a family of one adult and three kids will be different from one with four adults. Things like child care and medical expenses have to be included in ‘other necessities’ because there’s no other place to put them. One non-subsidized day care space would wipe out the whole amount they’ve allowed. I’ve attached a chart with the amounts they give for each category. If you are familiar with the current social assistance rates, you’ll see the figures are a bit different.
Linda Lalonde for further details here: firstname.lastname@example.org