Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Canadian incomes jump but Ontario residents hit by manufacturing downturn: Statistics Canada

Canadian incomes jump but Ontario residents hit by manufacturing downturn: Statistics Canada

New Brunswick ($59,347) had the lowest median income in Canada in 2015, followed by Quebec ($59,822).

New Brunswick has the lowest median household income in the country according to the latest numbers from the Canadian census released Wednesday.

. Petawawa was second in the provincial ranking at $86,048 and Oshawa was third at $85,697.

The automotive hub of Windsor fared worst of all of Ontario's cities, with median household income actually dropping 6.4 per cent.

Average household revenue in Quebec was $59,822 in 2015, an increase of nearly nine per cent since 2005 but quite overshadowed by the 36.5-per-cent jump recorded by Saskatchewan, where average household revenue stood at $75,412 in 2015.

"Much of the action (on income) is because of the Prairies, not as much because of the traditional engines of growth, which are Ontario and Quebec".

Jumps to median income varied wildly throughout the province.

Between 2005 to 2015 Canadian median income rose from $63,457 in 2005 to $70,336, an increase of 10.8%. London, St. Catharines-Niagara and Belleville also had more than 20 per cent of children living in low-income conditions.

At 20.3 per cent, Port Alberni had the highest number of low-income earners. "More progressive transfers, such as child benefits, play an important role in reducing the low income rate among families with children", Heisz said. "I feel like I'm well on track to be more financially secure. but I would say that it's still very hard to step back into the private market when you don't have that security".

However, Statistics Canada cautions that census results do not account for the sharp drop-off in oil prices that hit the economy and stalled the resource sector in 2015 and 2016.

Same-sex couples have higher incomes, in part because a greater proportion are in their prime working years. The median income for same-sex male couples was $100,707, with female couples making $92,857.

In almost half of all couples, a male had relatively higher incomes while at 17 per cent, a female had the higher income.

"With this data revealing that the rate of people living in low-income remained virtually unchanged in ten years, it's evident that we have a long way to go to meet our human rights obligation to ensure an adequate standard of living for all", said CWP Executive Director Leilani Farha.

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