WINNIPEG – A new study suggests estimating the cost of raising a child is not as simple as you’d think.
Anti-poverty group Campaign 2000 says the costs that parents incur in raising kids are wide-ranging and depend on a number of factors.
But they say it’s important to get good estimates for parents and those who create policy.
Joy Black is single mom of two in Winnipeg and tells Global News, seeing different reports with different estimates can be frustrating.
“I would like to see some more facts or statistics or input for people living in poverty, whether they’re living on assistance or working and are still in poverty.”
The report mentions that there are different understandings of children’s well-being and existing data does not capture the diversity in family needs.
“Maybe someone else who has a two-income household can go buy their child a nice bedroom suite and someone in my situation, I’m digging around looking for something for free or for something secondhand that’s going to suffice.”
The report made recommendations to be used at all levels of government.