Almost a million Canadian children live in extreme poverty.

For many, that means living in substandard housing and going to school without enough to eat. In a country as prosperous as Canada, we shouldn’t be leaving this many of our children behind.

In 1989, the House of Commons unanimously adopted former NDP leader Ed Broadbent’s motion to end child poverty in Canada. But for 25 years, Conservative and Liberal governments have refused to act.

That’s why New Democrats have introduced a plan in Parliament to end child poverty in Canada—and we need your help to get it passed.

Sign the petition

We the undersigned residents of Canada recognize the following:

  • Over 967,000 Canadian children live in extreme poverty—one in every seven.
  • Child poverty rates are even more acute among First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, where 40% live in deplorable conditions. 
  • Twenty-five years ago, the House of Commons unanimously voted to end child poverty, but more children and their families live in poverty today than in 1989.
  • New Democrats have introduced a plan in Parliament to improve economic security for families by ensuring access to affordable childcare, housing and nutritious food.

Therefore, we call on the Government of Canada to adopt Motion M-534—the New Democrat plan to eliminate child poverty in Canada.

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