Reminders

The Gap 2007

The Gap Between Rich and Poor: 2007 Archive

For nearly two decades, the Canadian economy experienced vibrant growth. However, the benefits of this growth have not been equally shared by all Canadians. Striking differences in income have caused "the wealth gap" to widen; in addition, it appears that wealthy people live longer, and that they're healthier at every stage of their lives.

Supplementary Local and National Comparison Information
Note: Unless otherwise indicated, references to "Kitchener" refer to the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).

The Poverty Rate is an indication of the size of the population that is struggling to survive. Poverty brings greater chances of poor health, high school drop-out, and social problems.

Poverty Rate (%), 2005

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Waterloo Region: 14.7%
Ottawa: 15.1 %
Toronto: 17.5%

Source: Statistics Canada. "Income Trends in Canada 1980-2005". Table 202-0802 titled "Persons in low income, Canada, provinces and select CMAs". Retrieved from a CD May 18, 2007; http://cansim2.statcan.ca/cgi-win/cnsmcgi.exe?Lang=E&RootDir=CII/&ResultTemplate=CII/CII___&Array_Pick=1&ArrayId=2020802

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The Child Poverty Rate is an indicator of how well our children are faring.

Child Poverty Rate (%), 2005

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Waterloo Region: 16.4 %
Ottawa: 17.7%
Toronto: 23%

Source: Statistics Canada. "Income Trends in Canada 1980-2005". Table 202-0802 titled "Persons in low income, Canada, provinces and select CMAs".
Accessed through CD.

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The Elderly Poverty Rate is an indicator of how well our seniors are faring in our community.

Elderly Poverty Rate (%), 2005

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Waterloo Region: 8.8 %
Sudbury: 12.2%
Toronto: 15.9%

Source: Statistics Canada. "Income Trends in Canada 1980-2005". Table 202-0802 titled "Persons in low income, Canada, provinces and select CMAs".
Accessed through CD Rom.

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Social assistance recipients live well below the poverty line. The size of the Average Monthly Social Assistance Caseload is an indicator of how many of our residents are living in severe poverty.

Average Monthly Social Assistance
Caseload per 100,000
Households, 2005

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Waterloo Region: 3,863
Windsor: 4,948
London: 5,152
Hamilton: 5,257

Source: OMBI 2005 Performance Benchmarking Report; http://www.ombi.ca/docs/db2file.asp?fileid=176

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The Median Family Income of Lone Parent Families is an indicator of the ability of the most financially constrained family units to obtain the necessities of life.

Median Family Income - Lone
Parent Families, 2001

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Waterloo Region: $33,947
London: $30,949
Hamilton: $33,752
Windsor: $33,858

Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, http://www12.statcan.ca/english/Profil01/CP01/Index.cfm?Lang=E

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The Median Family Income of All Families is an indicator of the relative wealth of our community.

Median Family Income - All
Families, 2001

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Waterloo Region: $63,703
London: $59,769
Hamilton: $63,031
Windsor: $65, 649

Source: Statistics Canada Community Profiles, http://www12.statcan.ca/english/Profil01/CP01/Index.cfm?Lang=E

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The Ratio of Money Income in the Top and Bottom Decilesis an indicator of the size of the gap between the rich and the poor.

The Number of Times Greater the Average Income od the Richest 10% is,
Compared to the Poorest 10%, 2005

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Waterloo Region: 18.6
Guelph: 17.6
Ottawa: 20.3
Toronto: 47.5

Source: Statistics Canada Special Analysis

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The Unemployment Rate for Immigrants vs. Non-Immigrants is an indicator of how well our immigrant population is doing at getting work.


Unemployment Rate Recent
Immigrants, Immigrants,
Non-Immigrants: 2001

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Waterloo Region:
  • Recent Immigrants - 12.4 %
  • All Immigrants - 7.1 %
  • Non-Immigrants - 4.8 %
Hamilton:
  • Recent Immigrants - 14 %
  • All Immigrants - 7.5 %
  • Non-Immigrants - 6 %
London:
  • Recent Immigrants - 14.7 %
  • All Immigrants - 7.9 %
  • Non-Immigrants - 6.7 %
Windsor:
  • Recent Immigrants - 15.6 %
  • All Immigrants - 10.1 %
  • Non-Immigrants - 6.4 %

Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities http://www.fcm.ca/english/qol/indicators.html

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