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Poverty is complex. It impacts individuals in different ways and to different degrees. For some, poverty is temporary and associated with a short-term life event such as a job loss. For others, it can last a long time due to the multiple barriers they face. In some cases, it can be so pervasive that it is generational—passed from parents to children.
The multidimensional nature of poverty means governments need to respond to both its causes and its consequences by taking action to address the various challenges that Canadians experience when living in poverty—especially in regard to income, housing, employment and health, among others.
information on the multiple dimensions of poverty is available in chapter 2 of the discussion guide.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded