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On poverty among families with children, Quebec and the rest of Canada have taken different paths Recent issues of Inroads have featured an ongoing debate about Quebec’s exceptionalism when it comes to fighting poverty and inequality. Pierre Fortin1 has shown that poverty rates and inequality of disposable household incomes (after tax and transfers) are significantly lower in Quebec than elsewhere in Canada, and even compare favourably to those in Europe’s generous welfare states. The subsequent debate has focused primarily on the political and economic sustainability of Quebec’s exceptional position.2 Contributors have also noted in passing that the changing composition of families and labour markets is an important factor in accounting for the outcomes observed, and that Quebec in particular has made major efforts to support families with children.3 Here we take a closer look at the effect of Quebec’s policies to combat poverty among families with children on poverty rates of different family types.

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