Canada’s poverty rate dropped significantly in 2020

Canada’s Poverty Rate Dropped Significantly in 2020 – Federal Emergency and Recovery Benefits Ease the Economic Impact of the Pandemic

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GATINEAU, QC, March 23, 2022

GATINEAUQC, March 23, 2022 /CNW/ – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada has taken action to support Canadians and the Canadian economy. The economic shock wrought by the pandemic required an unprecedented government response to help Canadians overcome its aftermath.

Today the Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, welcomed the results of the 2020 competition Canadian Income Survey, which showed that the government’s swift action in 2020 resulted in a substantial decrease in from Canada overall poverty rate.

Federal emergency and recovery benefits introduced in 2020 by from Canada The COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, in addition to programs at the provincial, territorial and municipal levels, has played a key role in mitigating the impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable populations.

Between 2019 and 2020, the overall poverty rate fell by more than a third, from 10.3% to 6.4%, representing over 1.4 million fewer Canadians living in poverty, including 332,000 children and 162,000 elderly people. In particular, the supports introduced in 2020 helped lift the lowest-income Canadians – those on the brink – out of poverty. Additionally, income inequality in 2020 was at its lowest level in 45 years, demonstrating significant progress towards the government’s goal of building a more inclusive and resilient economy.

The poverty rate in Canada has declined steadily since 2015. While the 2020 results Canadian Income Survey are encouraging, they must be seen in the context of a year marked by unprecedented and temporary government measures to support income. As Canada continues its recovery from the pandemic, with February 2022 Seeing unemployment rates fall below pre-COVID-19 levels for the first time, the government will continue to work to ensure a strong recovery for all.


“The government’s swift action has helped lift Canadians out of poverty when the pandemic could have pushed them to the brink. Today’s report is encouraging, but we know that much more needs to be done to reduce poverty in Canada. Canada and ensuring an inclusive recovery. Our government is working hard to grow a more resilient and inclusive economy that gives all Canadians a real and fair chance to succeed. »
– Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, Karine Gould

Fast facts

  • from Canada the overall poverty rate was estimated at 6.4% in 2020, compared to 10.3% in 2019 and 14.5% in 2015.

  • The poverty rate has been halved for children, to 4.7% in 2020, from 9.4% in 2019. This decrease means that around 782,000 fewer children lived in poverty in 2020 compared to 2015 .

  • The poverty rate for seniors was 3.1% in 2020, down from 5.7% in 2019. This decrease means that about 187,000 fewer seniors lived in poverty in 2020 compared to 2015 .

  • This is the third version of Canadian Income Survey data since the government of Canada spear Opportunity for all – from Canada First poverty reduction strategy.

  • For the first time, the 2020 Canadian Income Survey includes poverty rates for people designated as visible minorities. The 2020 poverty rate for those designated as visible minorities was 8%, compared to 5.8% for the non-visible minority population.

Related links

2020 Canadian Income Survey
Opportunity for all – from Canada First poverty reduction strategy

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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada