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Economic Well-Being of Canadian Children

Document type Article
Author Burton, Peter
Author Phipps, Shelley
Journal Canadian Public Policy
Volume 43
Date 2017 12
ISSN 0317-0861, 1911-9917
Pages 299-330


This article provides a statistical picture of the economic well-being of Canadian children. We discuss changes in families, nationally and by province. We outline how Canadian policy in support of children has changed and how it differs across regions. Changes or differences in median incomes, in income distributions and in child poverty both before and after taxes and transfers, at different points of time, in different kinds of families, and in different provinces constitute the core of the article. Finally, the economic well-being of Canadian children in 2010 is compared with that of children in eight other affluent countries.