Racialized Poverty in Education & Learning


Racialized Poverty in Education & Learning

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This factsheet was created by Colour of Poverty.


This factsheet explores how racialized people are disadvantaged in education and learning.

In 2015, there was a 69% high school graduation rate for Black students and 50% for Indigenous students, versus 84% for white students.

In Toronto, 62% of all persons living in poverty are from racialized groups; 52% of Canada’s racialized people living in poverty reside in Ontario. Households that fall below Canada’s low income cut-off (LICO) or low income measure (LIM) spend a much larger percent of their income on basic necessities like food and shelter than the average family; this is how we measure poverty. Systemic racism is often caused by hidden institutional biases in policies, practices, and processes that privilege or disadvantage certain groups of people. It can be the result of doing things the way they have always been done without considering how they affect particular groups differently.

Colour of Poverty. (2019). Fact Sheet #3: Racialized Poverty in Education & Learning. https://colourofpoverty.ca/fact-sheets/

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