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Child-poverty in Manitoba Isn’t Getting Any Better

Poverty in Manitoba is one of the biggest social problems that the province is facing. The poverty in Manitoba was put into the light more during the Christmas season when the calls to one of the food charity programs got thousands of calls on its first day of opening. Citizens are facing poverty, and the province has noticed that the number of children in poverty has increased and is ranked among the worst in the country.

The country has been trying to improve the poverty rate since the 1900s and set a goal to end it by 2000. The province wasn’t able to solve this problem. The Manitoba government started offering affordability packages with the vision of improving the percentage. Still, those packages didn’t show the expected outcome and didn’t improve the rate of children in poverty in Manitoba in the slightest, the tax filings of 2020 have shown. Many Manitobans are wondering when this crisis will be over and asking for answers to their many concerns and wonders.

“We know that we’re going into an election, and we know we’re going to have a government say, ‘Hey, look at the poverty rates; we’re doing great,’ No, we’re not, and we could have been doing much, much better,” said Kate Kehler, executive director of Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. This might be very worrisome to a lot of Manitobans, and many statistics are expecting the percentage to rise even more.

“The cruel joke is that for those families who received those benefits, they’ve already likely fallen back into poverty, and we’re very likely to see the rates increase this year,” mentioned Campaign 2000’s national steering committee, Sid Frankel.

Manitobans are hoping for this problem to be solved as quickly and efficiently as possible since many families will go under the poverty line in no time, and there could be a possibility that they might become homeless. Hopefully, the government will find a proper project to help many families get out of this poverty cycle.

– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

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