Windsor Has Highest Rate of Kids Living In Low Income Homes

Windsor Has Highest Rate of Kids Living In Low Income Homes

Windsor Has Highest Rate of Kids Living In Low Income Homes

The Atlantic provinces and Quebec had the lowest median incomes in the country in 2015, just as in 2005, although there were wide variations in Quebec.

The agency defines the so-called low-income measure, or LIM, as household earnings of less than half the national median income - $22,133 for a single person, or $38,335 for a family of three - as part of its latest glimpse into life in poverty in Canada.

The more children a household has, the more likely it is to be low-income, according to the census data.

Census information released by Statistics Canada Wednesday shows that in 2015, almost 1.2 million children across Canada were living in low-income households, representing about 17 per cent of all Canadian children. Median incomes went up 11.2 per cent in Vancouver.

Economic growth created by a then-flourishing oil industry in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland-Labrador caused a nationwide 10.8-per-cent spike in median household revenue from $63,457 to $70,336. That's partly because the southern Ontario city saw a 6.4 per cent drop in household income, the largest decline of any large city.

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But the story is not so rosy in Ontario, where the downturn in the manufacturing sector slowed income growth and the proportion of low-income residents has been on the rise.

With 4.8 million people in Canada living in poverty and an economy which is adding more part-time and precarious jobs than full-time jobs, it is a critical time for federal leadership on income inequality. However, Quebec, which is one of the lowest-income provinces, has the second-lowest number of low-income children.

More than a million Canadian children are living in low-income households, according to census data. The organization was created in 1971 as an outcome of the Poor People's Conference, a national gathering of low-income individuals, under the name National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO).

Youth under 25 are the most likely to be in low-income families, from 18 per cent for kids up to four years old to 18.6 per cent for ages 15-19 and 19.8 per cent for those aged 20 to 24. "But they aren't necessarily catching up either", Heisz said.

"The fact that low income is stable means that people at the bottom of the (income) distribution are more or less keeping up with that growth", said Andrew Heisz, assistant director in Statistics Canada's income statistics division.

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