Media releases | December 18, 2020

Job losses and disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the number of children in Alberta living in poverty.

A new report highlighting the issue of child poverty, Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic, was released jointly by the Alberta College of Social Workers, the Edmonton Social Planning Council and Public Interest Alberta.

According to the report, one in six (160,000) children in Alberta experience the effects of childhood poverty. Children in single parent households are more likely to experience poverty, with almost 50 per cent (95,000) living below the 2018 low-income threshold. Read more