The two links below are to recent reports on Poverty in BC. When you look at the stats try and imagine how Nanaimo's stats would be at least double the overall stats for BC. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and if one goes by some existing poverty measures easily half the population would have the distinction of living in poverty.
Click on the link below to access the 2010 BC Child Poverty Report Card. The Stats are from 2009, the latest available, and show that BC has had the highest Child Poverty rates in Canada for 8 years in a row, from the year the Liberal Government took power 2001. If 2010 & 2011 stats were available I have no doubt what-so-ever that this would be the 10th year in a row.
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
“Children and youth must receive a first call on society's resources because we value them as children and youth and because they are our future.”
Click on the link below to access a video and the written report regarding the cost of poverty in BC.
BC Poverty Reduction