Windsor Has Highest Rate of Kids Living In Low Income Homes

Middle class income tops to $59,000

Middle class income tops to $59,000

Canada's federal statistics gathering agency, Statistics Canada released its latest data on Canadian household incomes based on the 2016 census.

The automotive hub of Windsor fared worst of all of Ontario's cities, with median household income actually dropping 6.4 per cent. Petawawa was second in the provincial ranking at $86,048 and Oshawa was third at $85,697.

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick reported the highest percentage of children in low-income households at 22.2 per cent; Alberta had the lowest at 12.8 per cent.

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The statistics show however that the increase in income was not even across Canada, but favoured resource rich provinces like Alberta, Nunavut, and Saskatchewan.

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

Ontario metropolitan areas had the largest increases in low income rates, with Windsor's rising from 14 per cent in 2005 to 17.5 per cent in 2015.

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Almost two-thirds of Canada's 14 million households saved for retirement in 2015 through one or more of a registered pension plan, a registered retirement savings plan or a tax-free savings account.

Almost 96 per cent of Canada's 8.2 million married or common-law couples saw both spouses report income in 2015, significantly more than about two-thirds of couples in the mid-1970s.

However, the number of seniors living in low income households went up to 14.5 per cent in 2015, largely due to an aging population, according to the report.

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