20% of N.B. children living in poverty prior to pandemic: report

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The Human Development Council says 1 in 5 children in New Brunswick were living in poverty prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Brunswick's 2021 Child Poverty Report Card says the child poverty rate in the province was 21.7 per cent, the fourth highest in the country, with 30,190 children living in poverty.

The organization says child poverty is unevenly distributed among New Brunswick's eight cities, with Dieppe having the lowest child poverty rate at 12.2 per cent, and Campbellton the highest at 35.8 per cent.

Bathurst had a 32.6 per cent child poverty rate, and it was 25.5 per cent in Fredericton and 22 per cent in Edmundston.

Nationally, the child poverty rate was 17.7 per cent in 2019.

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