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From CTV News–An annual report has found that Manitoba remains the worst province for child poverty in the country.

At 20.68 per cent, Manitoba has the worst childhood poverty rate of any province, 7.21 per cent higher than the national average.

“This means that 64,670 Manitoba children are poor. That is 13,357 more than the entire population of Brandon,” said Sid Frankel, a member of Campaign 2000 and the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.

The statistics are in a new report by Campaign 2000. It used tax data from 2020, the most recently available numbers, to look at family and child poverty.

It found the overall poverty rate decreased substantially in 2020 but finds it’s due almost entirely to federal COVID-19 aid.

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