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My so-called plans

Date published : November 17, 2009 - Toronto, Ontario

Those difficult teenage years have just gotten tougher for 18-year-old Jessica.
 

•    The jobless rate for Canadians between 15 to 24 has risen more sharply than for any other age group. The unemployment rate for this group is now 16.3% - up from 11.6 % in 2008.
    
•    Almost 20% of all students seeking summer jobs in 2009 could not find work.

•    Canadians working for minimum wage suffered the worst job losses between October 2008 and October 2009: their jobless rate rose by 24.8%. The majority of people in this category are between 15 and 24.

•    The number of employees who earned $40 or more an hour actually increased during this same period.

•    Not a single province in Canada pays a minimum wage that permits a full-time worker to live above the poverty line.

Sources:
Vital Signs 2009, Community Foundations of Canada
Statistics Canada
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
 
Reporting and photographs
Marlowe Tatiana Granados

Editor
Miguel Raymond

Director-coordinator
Hélène Choquette


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  • Not a single province in Canada
  • pays a minimum wage that permits
  • a fulltime worker to live above the poverty line.
 

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POVERTY IN BC - Adrienne Montani

 

By Goh Iromoto - Date published: December 11, 2009 - Vancouver, British Columbia

An interview with Adrienne Montani, coordinator of First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition, about the challenges low-income families face.

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