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Poverty & Health

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Poverty & Health

Take Action for a Healthier Community!

Our health is primarily affected by the conditions in which we live.  Social and economic conditions like income, housing, and access to nutritious food are powerful determinants of health.

What does poverty look like in the county and city of Peterborough?  Here’s what the stats tell us:

  • There are approximately 12,100 people living at low-income in our area, or 9.1% of all households (2005)
  • In March 2011, 6,000 individuals accessed local food banks
  • 50.4% of renters spend more than 30% of their income on rent
  • The Canadian Community Health Survey found that only 35% of households in Peterborough County and City with an income under $30,000 had insurance for dental expenses (2005)

In Peterborough, poverty and its impact on health is a major concern.

Research has shown that people who live in the poorest neighbourhoods have a lower life expectancy, and higher mortality rates for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases.  Children living in poverty are more likely to have poorer developmental outcomes, to drop out of school sooner, and to suffer from asthma and chronic diseases.

It has been suggested that over 20% of health care spending in Canada is due to income disparities.  Policies and programs which reduce social and economic inequities can reduce the burden on the health care system.

Take Action Now!

Here are some things you can do right now to reduce poverty in our community:

For more information on what’s happening at the provincial and national level in poverty reduction, look at these helpful resources and web sites:

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
Campaign 2000
In From the Margins Senate Report
Federal Poverty Reduction Plan
Vibrant CommunitiesCanada Without Poverty

Last modified on May 04, 2015