NB's child poverty rate still 4th highest in country despite slight decrease

CHILD POVERTY

The number of children living in poverty in New Brunswick is down, but the province is still has the fourth highest child poverty rate in the country.

New Brunswick's child poverty rate is pegged at 21.7 per cent in the Human Development Council's annual Child Poverty Report Card.

That's a 1.1 percent decrease between 2016 and 2017 and suggests 30,000 children in New Brunswick are living in poverty.

The report suggests poverty  in the province is unevenly distributed among its eight cities with rates above 30 per cent in Bathurst, Campbellton and Saint John, to a low of 11.8 per cent in Dieppe.

This year's report card also shows that, without government transfers or the Canada Child Benefit, the child poverty rate in New Brunswick would have been much higher.

The full report can be viewed on the HDC's website.