Poverty has never usually been a major concern in Toronto. Only until 2013 when house prices starting increasing did we see a large influx of homeless on the streets. These people were mainly from broken families, drug users, or those with low income jobs.
These people are unable to afford even the most basic housing because it is too expensive. Families with both parents working are suffering as they too cannot afford the high rents in downtown Toronto. Here are a few poverty stats for you to think about in Toronto:
- 1% of families do not have enough food to eat 3 meals a day
- 5% of children in Toronto worry about sleeping on the streets
- 50% of homeless individuals are on the streets due to drugs and alcohol
- 20% of people living in Toronto are living under the poverty line
Based on the statistics above, we can see that poverty is a growing issue in Toronto. As a leading data collection agency, we will provide updates every few months regarding poverty. We need to do what we can to help these people get off the streets and most the of the time the solutions are simple. It is the mindset that needs to be changed.