Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2020
Goal 1, No Poverty

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Release date: October 20, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 1, No Poverty

Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 1, No Poverty

About 4.0 million Canadians, or 11.0% of the population, lived below Canada’s Official Poverty Line in 2018.

Canada’s Official Poverty Line is calculated using the Market Basket Measure, which reflects the combined costs of a basket of goods and services that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs and achieve a modest standard of living.

Source: Statistics Canada, table 11-10-0135-01.

Canadians living below Canada’s Official Poverty Line in 2018

  • 31.7% of children living in female lone-parent families
  • 5.6% of Canada’s seniors aged 65 years and older
  • The rate for men (11.1%) was slightly higher than women (10.9%)

Source: Statistics Canada, table 11-10-0135-01.

62% of the $754 billion spent by all levels of government* nationally were on essential services in 2018

Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Social program (appearing as row headers), Consolidated government expenses ($) (appearing as column headers).
Social program Consolidated government expenses ($)
Health 179 billion
Education 104 billion
Social protection 185 billion

Note: The consolidated Canadian general government includes federal, provincial, territorial and local governments and other government entities combined.

Source: Statistics Canada, table 10-10-0005-01.

Community Spotlight

Dignity for all is a multi-partner, non-partisan campaign co-organized by Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty with a vision to create a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada. Since its inception in 2009, over 13,000 people and organizations have supported the campaign, including: 66 Members of Parliament and Senators, and approximately 800 groups and 12,300 individuals.

Source: Dignity for all

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