A new Ipsos poll reveals 22 per cent of Canadians plan to access charitable services over the next six months — up from 14 per cent last January — just to meet basic needs.
“We know that Canadians across the country are feeling the impact of rising interest rates and the high cost of living, but it’s staggering to see that two in ten Canadians will need support from charities to meet their basic needs in the next six months,” said Jane Ricciardelli, chief operating officer and acting CEO of CanadaHelps. “Adding to the problem, many Canadian charities are facing significant shortfalls in funding, which is making it very difficult to meet such high demand.”
The poll, commissioned by CanadaHelps, found individuals ages 18 to 34 were most in need of assistance. One in three Canadians in that demographic expected to rely on charity for essential services
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