Poverty rates in Manitoba remain some of the worst in the country. In 2014, 232,480 economic families in the province were living in poverty. The depth of poverty in Manitoba hovers around 25-35% below the poverty line. Children in Manitoba experience particularly high poverty rates; for example, in 2014, 1 in 3.5 children (or 85,110 children) were living in poverty in the province.
Manitoba is also host to the highest rate of Indigenous children living in poverty in the country. A recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that the poverty rate for Indigenous children is as high as 76% on reserve and 39% off reserve.
Following the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act4 in June 2011, the Government of Manitoba introduced a four year poverty strategy entitled All Aboard: Manitoba’s Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy (All Aboard Strategy) in May 2012. To complement the All Aboard Strategy, the government has released additional action plans for targeted areas related to poverty. These actions plans include topics such as: housing, early childhood development, opportunities for youth, food security, targeted supports for people in need, and sustainable employment. An action plan specifically for Indigenous people in Manitoba is yet to be published, although Indigenous people are included in the action plans.