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Approximately 4.8 million Canadians -- that's one in seven -- live in poverty.
This week, Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, two groups that address issues of homelessness, early childhood education and how to organize around anti-poverty activism, released a national action plan to address income insecurity among Canadians.
"It is never acceptable for a rich country to do nothing about poverty, and now is certainly not the time," said Canada Without Poverty's Executive Director Leilani Farha in a press release.