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This figure, from the National Council of Welfare’s Poverty Profile 2001[4], illustrates a trend in the rates of poverty among seniors that is similar in all provinces. Note the consistent disparity in the poverty rates of men and women.


The decreasing rates of poverty since 1980 are largely due to increasing government assistance.[3] However, recent evidence suggests that poverty rates are beginning to level off,[4] and as discussed above, poverty is still a significant problem for Canadian seniors.


3. Canadian Public Health Association. Board of Directors Discussion Paper. Health impacts of social and economic conditions: Implications for public policy. 2001. Ottawa, Canadian Public Health Association.

4. National Council of Welfare. Poverty profile 2001. Ottawa, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2004.

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