Research and Reports

Perspectives of Parenting on a Low Income in Toronto

Perspectives of Parenting on a Low Income in Toronto

December 2011

Toronto Public Health conducted a research study to explore what it is like for parents to raise young children in Toronto while living on a low income. The views of low income parents and Toronto Public Health staff that do home visits with low income families were captured through individual interviews. Some parents also took photos to show what life was like for their family. Parents and staff described the impact of living on a low income on children, parents, and communities. They also provided many suggestions for improving the situation for low income families. The study included a survey of Toronto residents examining their support for the suggestions made by parents and staff. The survey also assessed residents' knowledge and attitudes toward child poverty. The study's findings are being used to support program, advocacy, and policy initiatives focused on supporting parents with young children.

Last updated March 2012