A new study reveals many Canadians who are living on low-income, only do so for short, transitory periods.
The study from the Fraser Institute reveals the majority of Canadians in a state of poverty experience it for short periods of time.
It makes an important distinction between permanent and temporary poverty, which, for example, can be caused by brief unemployment.
The institute’s Charles Lammam says the results are different from what people expect.
“The study shows that the percentage of Canadians in poverty in a given year has declined significantly over the past two decades.”
The research found only 1.5 per cent of Canadians were stuck in poverty permanently.
Lammam hopes this distinction helps shape future policy.