Ten things to know about poverty measurement in Canada
I’ve written a blog post providing an overview of poverty measurement in Canada. Points raised in the post include the following:
-One’s choice of poverty measure has a major impact on whether poverty is seen to be increasing or decreasing over time.
-Canada’s federal government recently chose the make the Market Basket Measure (MBM) its official poverty measure.
-According to the MBM, Canada has seen a major decrease in poverty over the past decade.
-Also according to the MBM, there is very little seniors’ poverty in Canada.
-The debate about poverty measurement in Canada has largely ignored the concept of asset poverty.
The link to the blog post is here.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant. He has a PhD in public policy.