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Poverty and Hunger in York Region

The number of low income residents in York Region is increasing!  We live in one of the largest and most affluent regions in the country, however in 2005 over 12.7% of residents were low income (under 35K p/yr) earners.  In 2006, one in eight residents lived in low income households... that’s over 112,000 people!  One in seven children lived in low income households... that’s over 32,000 children!

A 2008 Living Wage Calculation of the Toronto Area published that a family of four would require a household income of 65,000 dollars to “enjoy a standard quality” of living. This study assumes that the family is residing in an apartment with average rental rates, and is a two income household.

In 2006, the population of York Region was 931,900 residents. In that same year Statistics Canada published that over 209,000 residents lived on a moderate income of less than $70,000. That places almost 321,000 residents living a “below standard quality” of living. In 2012, the population of York Region topped 1.1 Million. Assuming the low and moderate income percentages are the same, the total number of residents living below a “standard quality of living” is now 399,785 residents! That’s almost 400,000 residents needing assistance.

In 2011, with only eight of the nine community food banks reporting, the total number of people that used a food bank was over 52,000. This number is expected to rise in 2012.

Making Ends Meet.
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A Profile of York Regions Low Income Population
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