More than 15% of Metro Vancouver seniors live in poverty, with singles hit hardest: report
Friday, June 15, 2018

"It's timely to put a bit of light on some of the challenges that too many seniors face in terms of making ends meet," Graham told Stephen Quinn, host of CBC's The Early Edition.

The study uses financial information reported on taxes to measure low income and data from Statistics Canada in 2015.

It found that single seniors are particularly hard hit and more than three times as likely to be poor than seniors in a relationship.

"When you don't have combined income, it's more difficult to afford the rising costs of living in this part of the world," Graham said.

"These are cities that are reporting rates that are well above the provincial rates, in some cases more than double," said Scott Graham, associate executive director of the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C.

The findings come as the provincial government puts together a plan to fight poverty with legislative changes and a poverty reduction strategy.

British Columbia has the highest rate of poverty among seniors in Canada, according to the latest B.C. Seniors Poverty Report Card — and that number has increased for the third year in a row.

The report, released on Tuesday, shows that rates of poverty for those 65 and older in Metro Vancouver — especially in Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver — are particularly high, at more than 15 per cent.

Source: CBC, June 12, 2018.Clare Hennig.  Read full article