Poverty is pricey

More than 2100 families were waiting for affordable homes as of December of last year.

An average of 3000 people per month use the London Food Bank.

Approximately 80% of London InterCommunity Health Centre clients have incomes in the lowest and second lowest income bracket.

$7.3M of the London Police budget will be spent on events involving individuals identified as having “definite or probable serious mental illness”.

Ontario spends 2.9B per year on poverty induced healthcare costs. Across Canada, it’s $7.6B per year.  In total, poverty costs more than $72B annually.

And poverty costs YOU...between $2300-2900 per household per year.

Healthcare is an Economic Tsunami

The average hospital stay in Canada costs nearly $7,000 per patient.

One HIV/AIDS diagnosis cost Canadians 1.3M over the lifetime. Testing is prevention! The Options Clinic at the Health Centre's Options Clinic provides free, anonymous HIV testing to anyone.  

The economic burden of diabetes in Ontario was more than $5B in 2010 and is expected to rise to $6.9B by 2020.

The economic burden of mental illness is estimated at $51B per year.

CHCs (Community Health Centres) advocate for healthy public policy to eradicate poverty, calling for things like an increased minimum wage, or guaranteed annual income.
CHCs work on breaking the cycle and stigma of poverty to empower people, and connect them with services and resources that lift them out of the cycle of poverty. At a grassroots level, this means providing people with knowledge and resources, social support, or assistance with navigating broader systems.
CHCs keep people well through health promotion and illness prevention programs, to reduce the burden on hospitals and ERs. We provide HIV testing, diabetes education and management that prevent costly complications, smoking cessation resources, community programs, and more.
CHCs address the social determinants of health like income, food security, housing, social inclusion/exclusion, and community vitality, in order to keep people healthy and well. This means a healthier community for all of us and less money spent on healthcare, policing, criminal justice, and EMS calls.

Hospitals account for the greatest share of health spending in Canada.