Poverty in Canada, Third Edition

Implications for Health and Quality of Life

By Dennis Raphael


Now in its third edition, this comprehensive text provides a unique, interdisciplinary perspective on poverty and its impact on the health and quality of life of Canadians. Considering a broad range of topics, Dennis Raphael covers the central issues of defining and measuring poverty; situational and societal causes of poverty; health and social implications for individuals, communities, and society as a whole; and the means of reducing poverty’s incidence and responding to its effects. This volume will foster greater insight into the repercussions of poverty throughout society, encouraging readers to reflect on provocative questions at the end of each chapter.

Well updated to reflect current statistics and recent public policy changes, this new edition puts emphasis on the lived experiences of poverty. Poverty in Canada considers a range of issues that will be of great value to a variety of audiences, including those studying or working in health studies, social work, sociology, and equity studies.


  • expands on the analysis of why specific groups of Canadians are over-represented amongst those living in poverty, including Indigenous people, people of colour, and recent immigrants
  • includes extensive lists of resources in each chapter
  • features a section on the experience of poverty, touching on pathways to poverty, lived experiences, and interactions with the social assistance and health care system


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