2023 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia

Families Deserve Action, Not Excuses
January 30, 2024
1.47 MB64 pages

The 2023 report provides child and family poverty rates for Nova Scotia using 2021 data. The 2023 child poverty report card records a rate increase in Nova Scotia in 2021 from 18.4% to 20.5%—this 11.4% increase is the highest single-year increase since 1989 when the promise was made to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. A poverty rate of 20.5% represents 35,330 children. 

Nova Scotia records the highest child poverty rate in Atlantic Canada and the fourth-highest in Canada. This report card analyses how the rates differ by geography, social group, family type, and age and lays out a roadmap for ending child and family poverty.