Child Poverty, Public Policy, Social Policy, Canadian Politics, Windsor, Ontario
In 1989, the federal government mandated to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. This paper explores the political, economic, and social determinants of persistent and high rates of child poverty in the Windsor-Essex region of Ontario eighteen years after the stated deadline for this mandate. By asking the question of what social, political, and economic factors contribute to the stable and high rates of child poverty in Windsor-Essex, this paper argues that child poverty in the Windsor CMA is due to (1) a lack of political leadership and investment; (2) the lack of economic diversification; (3) a flawed support structure; (4) persistent social and economic barriers; and (5) a poverty reduction strategy that operates on a mitigation paradigm. Using a historical institutionalist framework, and by conducting six interviews with individuals working directly in the field of child poverty, this paper aims to provide a qualitative analysis to establish the political, social, and economic determinants of child poverty.
Dr. Elena Maltseva
Dr. Jamey Essex
Master of Arts
Major Research Paper