MONTREAL – Despite the”economic boom” of the metropolis in two decades, poverty remains a challenge in the montreal area, especially among children, and there are other problems such as violence against women, dropping out of school and food insecurity.
This is what emerges from the annual report of the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) “vital Signs of Greater Montreal”, to be released Tuesday, a review of the economy, education, security, health, and socio-economic inequalities in the metropolitan region over the past 20 years (2000-2019).
The report notes in passing that the situation is exacerbated by the health crisis, which especially affected the region of Montreal.
“Much remains to be done to support the vulnerable populations who are the hardest hit by the effects of the COVID-19”, stated in a press release, Yvan Gauthier, CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal.
The document produced by the Quebec Institute gives examples such as the fact that the number of baskets of provisions were distributed by the Food Banks has doubled in the past 20 years or that the food insecurity rate reached 13.6% of the population of the island of Montreal.
It is also in the metropolis that he four districts showing the highest rate of children from low-income families in the province : City-Mary–South-West–Île-des-Sœurs (38,1 %), Bourassa (32.9 per cent), Saint-Léonard–Saint-Michel (31.9 per cent) and Papineau (29.1 per cent).
Another example, among the four major canadian cities, it is in Montreal that the increase in the rate of sexual assaults reported by the police has been the most important or 67 %.
For Yvan Gauthier, the current crisis of the COVID-19 offers an opportunity to resolve to fill this “social deficit”. In the present case, it considers that it is necessary to take advantage of the recovery to build a better society.
“We need to make major efforts to ensure a better support to vulnerable people, in order to effectively combat early school leaving and develop the public facilities”, he noted.
Among other things, the Foundation of Greater Montreal stresses the need to better support vulnerable people and to effectively combat the school drop-out.