In 2006, 1.6 million children, or 23 per cent, lived in poverty. The level of child poverty is currently at the same level it was in 1989. That level of child poverty has virtually not changed in about 20 years.
The highest poverty rates among the 15 communities studied by researchers were said to be in Toronto and Vancouver, while the lowest rates were reportedly in Calgary and Oakville, Ontario. The median income of non-immigrant families in Canada rose by more than five per cent from 2000 to 2005. But the incomes of immigrant families dropped by one per cent while that of recent immigrant families, in Canada less than five years, dropped more than three per cent.