Increase in BC incomes falls short of inflation rate

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 13, 2017

Statistics Canada's latest release of 2016 census data provides details about income levels across Canada, where the national household median sat at $70,336 in 2015. Dawson Creek saw a 31.6 per cent increase, while Quesnel, Port Alberni and Powell River saw increases of less than two per cent. Vancouver saw a rise of 11.2 per cent.

While the Atlantic provinces and Canada showed lower medians than the rest of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador went from the lowest median income in the region in 2005, at $52,204, to the highest in 2015, at $62,272.

Just over 15 per cent of B.C. residents remain under the low-income cutoff, a number that has barely changed in the past decade.

While the number is still high, it has been dropping since the mid 1990's when nearly one in three low-income people were children.

Saint John had the second-highest rate of children living in low-income households of all metropolitan areas in Canada, at 23.1 per cent.

Among Lower Mainland cities, White Rock had the lowest increase in median incomes at 4.6 per cent. Vancouver and Mission were neck and neck for the highest increase, at 16.8 per cent and 16.5 per cent respectively.

Lone parent families with kids were much more likely to be poor than two parent families with kids. A single person making $22,133 qualifies as low-income as does a family of four with an income less than $44,266. In general, 40.3 per cent of single-parent families were low income, compared to just 11.9 per cent of two parent families.

Child poverty in Canada continues to fall, but of the 4.8 million Canadians living in low-income households almost a quarter are children.

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