City Kidz Ottawa
Despite the fact that Canada is considered one of the richest nations in the world, one in six children lives below Statistic Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO), which varies depending on family size. In 2001, the LICO in Canada for a family of three was $28,560.00 before taxes. Statistics Canada also reports that in reality, most of those children live in families with incomes well below this level.
As for Ottawa, many consider this city affluent. It’s true this a government town and the capital of Canada, which spends millions every year to keep the city looking beautiful for tourists. While it may not be all that obvious if you don’t live here year round, there are at least 32,000 children living in families whose income levels are well below the LICO. Many of these are new Canadians, lone parent families or families affected by employment shortages. Most would welcome a financial leg up, so to speak, if one were to appear.
Unfortunately, while the City of Ottawa is doing its level best to meet these families needs, most of our social assistance programs are stretched to the max and there’s just not enough funding to go around to help these families improve. As a result, we can only assume that there are thousands of children in Ottawa who are suffering with poor nutrition, inadequate housing and inadequate access to appropriate childcare. It’s a problem.
But there’s good news! City Kidz Ministry which began in Hamilton, is opening a branch here in Ottawa, and with it City Kidz Ottawa will be carrying the exact same mandate to transform the lives of inner city children, break the cycle of hopelessness and end child poverty. We do this by inspiring children to dream big and to rise above their circumstances. We instill faith based values and teach children to do the right thing and we provide new experiences and environments that inspire kids to unlimited possibilities. All at no cost to the children or their families. Now, that’s REALLY good news!
A report entitled “Ottawa A Workbook on Child Health & Poverty” says every kid has the right to have fun, grow and succeed. I agree. And just like City Kidz Ministry in Hamilton, that’s what City Kidz Ottawa is all about.
….And ONE for all!
City Kidz Ottawa