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Luiza Chwialkowska
Journalist at The National Post.

Contradicting fears that Canada's poor are a permanently entrenched underclass, a new study shows low incomes are a transitory phase for many Canadians. Roughly half of Canadians who earned low incomes in any year from 1993-96 earned normal incomes the following year, according to a Statistics Canada study... Up to 20% of Canadians were in a low-income situation for at least one year between 1993-96, says the study, but only 5% experienced low income for all four years.

Mar. 26, 1999 - from her report in The National Post