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Children are this nations future and Canada's most precious resource. In Canada, families
have the primary reponsibility to care for, nurture and guide their children throughout
the various stages of development. Canadian families are facing a difficult time.
Challanged by economic insecurity, unemployment and a disintegrating system of social
services and support, many parents are unable to meet the developmental needs of their
children. In November 1989, all parties of the House of Commons voted secretly to work to
eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. Eight years later, child poverty has risen by 46
percent. A serious national strategy to eliminate child poverty must address problems such
as; insecure employment and low wages, inadequate social assistance, and inadequate child
care and housing.

Child poverty is an indicator of the hardships experienced by an increasing number of
Canadain families. One in five Canadain children are growing up poor. Children are poor
because their parents are poor. One of the main reasons for poverty amoung parents in the
lack of well paying , stable jobs. Campaign 2000 a coalition of national partners workng
together to reduce child poverty has clearly demonstrated that poverty rates move up and
down with changes to the unemployment rate. As a result, children are extemely vulnureable
to the impacts of high unemployment and and unstable labour market. In particular,
children living in lone parent families and families with parents under 30 years of age
are more likely to live in poverty. Addressing child poverty requires that Canadian
families have acess to stable employment, appropriate training or post secondary
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