Canada increases financial aid to combat child poverty

Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. Canadian low-income families with minor children 17 years received good news this week: the federal government announced immediately increase the amount of money that are given monthly as Child Benefit Canada (Canada Child Benefit, CCB), popularly known as "baby bonus".

The objective, they explained, It is tackling child poverty in the country. A) Yes, for the benefit year 2019-20, maximum benefit will $6,639 Retail son 6 years and $5,602 by son 6 a 17 years. For example, a single mother with two children under 6 years with an income of $30,000 a year will receive $286 in addition to the amount you currently receive, duty free, to total up $13,278 in support of the year.

The announcement was made in Toronto by Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, who said the measure has been taken to keep the day with the cost of living.

“Today's announcement means that Canadian parents have more money in their pockets. Parents have told me how much this means when the family budget is already tight, but your child has an accelerated growth or quotas camps daughter have to be paid. Increasing the CCB demonstrates once again the vital role of our government in supporting families who need it most ", Duclos said Minister.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, who was also present at the announcement, He added that "in this third anniversary of the Canada Child Benefit, We celebrate helps families in situations where a little extra money really is making a difference. The statement opens the door to tax benefits and credits, and Canadians will continue to facilitate access to the assistance they are entitled”.

Duclos office of the minister states that help Canadian middle-class families to provide the best start in life for their children is an absolute priority for the Government of Canada, and that, therefore, in July 2018 Canada Child Benefit was increased two years earlier than planned to stay on with the cost of living.

"The CCB is aimed at middle-class families and those who work hard to join this. Nowadays, CCB provides more money 9 decade 10 families than previous family allowance programs ", raises, adding that thanks to this parents have more money to help pay for things like health food, sports programs and music lessons for their children, among others.

Minister's assertion is supported by the national statistics office, Statistics Canada, It is reporting that there are fewer children living in poverty and that this situation is connected with the launch in 2016 of the Canada Child Benefit by the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The popular "Baby bonus" is an amount of money given by the government to low-income parents of a newborn baby to help with the costs of raising. Canada was introduced after World War II with monthly allowances to all parents of children under 16 years.

Then, in November 1989, the federal government introduced the Canada Child Tax Benefit (Canada Child Tax Benefit, CCTB) in response to a commitment made by the Canadian Parliament to eradicate child poverty in Canada for the year 2000, and later, in the middle of the 2016, It was relaunched with many improvements by the current Liberal government of Canada Child Benefit (Canada Child Benefit, CCB).

The most recent data from Statistics Canada show that 278,000 fewer children living below the poverty line in the year 2017, the first year that were applied fully the benefits of the CCB after the change of the 2016, compared with the year 2015, that was when the Liberals took power.

Statistics Canada suggests that the increase in the amounts of the CCB for each child, together with gains in revenue from the market, They helped improve household incomes in the year 2017.

The government statistics office says, in general, the 9,5% of the population lived below the poverty line 2017, in front of 10,6% at 2016.

According to the Ministry of the Family, Children and Social Development, more of 1.3 million families in Ontario received almost $9 CCB billion in the year profits 2017-18; and between July 2017 and June 2018, more of 3,7 millions of families across Canada received more than 23.000 million in annual payments of child benefits.

It should be borne in mind that poverty in Canada is very different from what you live in Latin America and elsewhere in the world, because poor families have guaranteed access to housing, feeding, Health, education and even recreation, thanks to the various social programs available to this country.