Montreal, we love you, we adore you. We’re proud to call ourselves Montrealers (even if we live in Laval… or Longueuil!). We love your festivals, your mountain, your street art, your food, your hipster cafes and your sports bars.
Montreal is a vibrant city filled with bon vivants. However, Montreal is also the poorest city in Canada. It really hurts to acknowledge that, even as we take advantage of everything our city has to offer, 21.3% of us live in poverty. What does it mean to be poor in such a modern and wealthy city?
It means living in an apartment so run down it makes you sick. Going hungry because you want to feed your kids first. Working two or more jobs to make ends meet, yet still not making them meet. It means living up to 11 years less because you live in an underprivileged neighbourhood.
You know what the worst thing is? It’s that we’re not exaggerating. In Greater Montreal,
73,000 housing units require major repairs
200,000 people don’t get enough to eat
125,000 people work yet still live in poverty
The life expectancy is 85 years in Saint-Laurent, but only 74 years in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Of course, not all Montrealers who live on a low income experience abject poverty. But too many do. We tend to think that poverty equals homelessness, but that’s not the case. Not having enough money for apartment furniture or going without food until your next pay cheque are things that happen to more people than you think in all Montreal neighbourhoods. Even yours.
We’re asking you for just $2 a month to help change things and to change YOUR city! #GoodKarma. Become a member now!
Click here to discover how we invest your #toonieamonth where it will have the biggest impact.