Every recession ushers in a rising tide of poverty. As jobless and underemployed
people struggle to make ends meet, the nouveau poor swell the ranks of the déjà poor.
The most recent statistical update on incomes in Canada was released in June,
telling us that in 2008, as the nation headed into a brutal recession, there were just
over 3 million Canadians living in poverty in this country using the standard meas-
ure, Statistic Canada’s after-tax low-income cut-off (LICO).