Major social issues
Centraide tackles major social issues and implements winning strategies to fight poverty and exclusion.
According to the United Nations, Canada ranks 8th worldwide in terms of quality of life. Yet census figures show that 3.5 million Canadians live under the low income cut-off.
Many households live in flats they can't afford and yet it is the housing costs that have the greatest impact on living conditions.
9% of the people on Montreal Island (139,000), 5% in Laval (16,400) and 4% in the Montérégie (50,000) are in a situation of moderate to serious food insecurity.
Families have changed considerably over the past 30 years. Today they have fewer children, common-law unions are more prevalent and the reconstituted family has become commonplace.
In Greater Montreal, 119,000 children under age 18 live in low-income families—that’s 17% of all the children in the region.
Still too many young people drop out of school before graduation. The dropout rate is 32% on Montreal Island, 29% in the Montérégie and 25% in Laval. In some disadvantaged neighbourhoods, it stands at over 40%.
The territory served by Centraide of Greater Montreal is home to 83% (711,000) of all immigrants in Quebec. Of these, 560,000 live in Montreal, 74,000 in Laval and 77,000 on the South Shore.
Cultural diversity injects great dynamism in Greater Montreal, adding significantly to its cultural, social and economic wealth. But numerous challenges must be met to ensure the full participation of all citizens.
Some population groups are at greater risk than others of finding themselves in a situation of poverty and social exclusion: street kids, senior women living alone, people with disabilities, visible minorities.
Citizens, agencies and institutions are increasingly pooling their efforts in the neighbourhoods, municipalities and RCMs in order to find solutions to local problems.
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