Broken Economy: Surge In Food-Bank Usage In Toronto, Particularly By Seniors

We keep getting told by the elites how great the economy is doing. So why is food bank usage skyrocketing in Canada’s biggest city, and why are so many seniors struggling?

In addition to the growing problem of record high debt levels, there is yet more evidence that Canada’s economic growth is mostly a mirage that isn’t reaching the vast majority of Canadians.

In fact, it seems that for many Canadians, things are getting worse, not better.

A disturbing new report reveals a surge in food-bank usage in the Greater Toronto Area, with the largest increases taking place among seniors and those in the inner GTA suburbs.

As reported in the Globe and Mail, “An annual tally shows visits in Toronto climbed 9 per cent to a seven-year high of 990,970 this year, The Daily Bread Food Bank’s numbers show – up 24 per cent since the recession. The average length of time people are turning to food banks has also risen – doubling, to two years, since 2010.”

We keep getting told our economy is growing.

We keep getting told things are getting better.

And yet, food-bank usage in our biggest city is up since the recession, and people using food-banks are using them for a longer period of time.

Clearly, something is broken in our economy.

This year alone, food-bank usage by seniors jumped 27%.

It has also been pointed out that there is an increase in people leaving the workforce due to disability, which artificially lowers the unemployment rate and makes things seem better than they are.

We have money for everyone else, except our seniors and struggling citizens.

As many people are starting to realize, the government always seems to have money for foreign countries, global corporations, and big banks, but when our own citizens are struggling, the money seems to vanish.

The government signs deals with other countries that cost us good jobs and let our companies be taken away, and then tell us that we will somehow benefit from it.

Yet, the benefit is nowhere to be found.

We must refocus our national priorities, and start directing resources away from foreign causes and towards our own struggling seniors and citizens living in poverty. Canada is a nation with immense potential prosperity, but we will never achieve our full strength unless we put our own citizens first.

Spencer Fernando


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4 comments Add yours
  1. Today, I watched trudeau speaking & responding to the MPs’ concerns and I think that he has taken lying to the “art” level. I was almost convinced that – “yeah, we’re doing great as a country”.
    Such lies & liars. So convincing. So shameful.

  2. Part of the “divide and win” strategy of most so called democratic politicians is to play the “government has no business in the social support arena” (assisting those who need food, housing, medical and welfare generally) – the “Ayn Rand Libertarian crowd” and the government needs to regulate everything Stalin/Mao crowd. The reality is government is merely a means to cooperative action, although it does, like nearly every organization, get hijacked by those who operate by a “my way or the highway” approach. Large business do need to be highly regulated, as do the banks and a country’s money supply. Small and medium sized business not so much. Individuals and small businesses should pay no taxes whatsoever. Public operation of energy, which is supposedly owned by the citizens of our country, needs to be end to end run for the benefit of our citizens. This would enable income taxes to be eliminated while bringing domestic energy, the only true “national interest” under control for the benefit of all Canadians, not just foreign owners and those Canadians they appoint as our elite.

  3. Some light into understanding food bank usage can be found in knowledge of the changes in the labour force, incomes and earnings across the spectrum of taxpayers particularly in the past 15 years.
    During this time period the upper 10% have grown incomes and after tax incomes at a rate faster than the bottom 50%
    For the latter group incomes fell sharply due to slow economic growth, declines in manufacturing and a rise in the level of precarious jobs.
    Further, the disparity in incomes earned by these two groups is reflected in that the earnings of the top richest 10% have grown and are now 190% of the average families earnings.
    Seniors have benefitted only from increases in CPP and OAS and draw downs on other retirement vehicles, but have received little or no gain from employment opportunities.
    Solutions have been put forward and that certain government policies have improved labour market inequalities plus pending legislation of Bill 145 will among other things raise the minimum wage in Ontario.
    More labour law changes are needed to reflect the shift in the mixture of the labour market and industry must be called upon to become partners in addressing the continued labour market inequalities.
    In the meantime with income inequality increasing and reduced share of income going to the lower end of the taxpayer scale little wonder that additional services are being tapped to provide life necessities.

    Source Material :CCPA Ontario
    Losing Ground, Income Inequality Ontario 2000-15
    August 2017

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