Unpaid child and spousal support hits $2.5 billion
Unpaid child and spousal support in Canada has risen by about $50 million each year since 2004, resulting in a Canada-wide total of $2.5 billion, Statistics Canada noted Tuesday.
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OTTAWA — Unpaid child and spousal support now tops $2.5 billion across the country, according to a Statistics Canada survey released Tuesday.
The unpaid support has risen by about $50 million each year since 2004. The $2.5 billion figure is now equivalent to the cost of funding the Conservative government's Universal Child Care Benefit program.
The arrears have steadily accumulated over years, said Statistics Canada analyst Paul Robinson.
There are 400,000 support cases in Canada. In about two-thirds of those cases, there was money owed, which is unchanged from last year.
What has grown, said Robinson, is the amount of money owed by parents.
The survey found the highest percentage of parents fully complying with support was in Quebec, at 79 per cent. The lowest was in the Northwest Territories, at 54 per cent.© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service
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