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.