Okay…so this is depressing.
Our province has the highest child poverty rates in Canada. The report by the child and youth advocacy group First Call said B.C.’s child poverty rate is 18.6 per cent compared to the national rate of 13.3 per cent. This means that almost 20% of the kids in our province are having a childhood that is way less than fun.
A report from YouthfulCities “ranks the world’s top cities from a youth perspective.” Vancouver didn’t even make the Top 25. Communities were ranked based on 16 categories, including civic participation, diversity, digital access, environmental sustainability, access to education, youth employment, food and nightlife, music and film, public space and sports.
More and more we are hearing that Vancouver a tough city to raise a family. Housing affordability tops the list of complaints from those who have chosen to move elsewhere.
Which begs the question…is Vancouver fun for anyone?? Is our city really just becoming a playground for the wealthy?