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A look by province at the anti-poverty effects of the new child benefit

OTTAWA — The federal government's new child benefit that rolls out this week is expected to lift almost 300,000 children out of poverty by 2017.

That's being measured by looking at how many children will, as a result, be living above the income threshold the government uses to determine who lives in poverty.

Here's a breakdown by age and province of the percentage and number of children the government says will be living above the low-income cut off, or LICO.

The numbers don't include the territories or aboriginal children living on reserve.

All children to be lifted above LICO

Newfoundland and Labrador: 8,900 (37%)

Prince Edward Island: 600 (26%)

Nova Scotia: 10,500 (40%)

New Brunswick: 9,400 (37%)

Quebec: 60,300 (48%)

Ontario: 107,900 (38%)

Manitoba: 21,000 (52%)

Saskatchewan: 3,200 (12%)

Alberta: 46,000 (42%)

British Columbia: 16,100 (17%)

Children age 0-5 lifted above LICO

Newfoundland and Labrador: 2,000 (22%)

Prince Edward Island: 0 (0%)

Nova Scotia: 6,300 (59%)

New Brunswick: 1,500 (21%)

Quebec: 20,300 (56%)

Ontario: 24,200 (24%)

Manitoba: 8,500 (61%)

Saskatchewan: 2,400 (24%)

Alberta: 28,200 (52%)

British Columbia: 8,200 (19%)

Children 6-17 lifted above LICO

Newfoundland and Labrador: 6,900 (46%)

Prince Edward Island: 600 (43%)

Nova Scotia: 4,100 (26%)

New Brunswick: 7,800 (43%)

Quebec: 40,000 (45%)

Ontario: 83,700 (46%)

Manitoba: 12,500 (47%)

Saskatchewan: 800 (4%)

Alberta: 17,800 (32%)

British Columbia: 7,900 (15%)

 

Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

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