Income of Canadians, 2017

Release date: February 26, 2019
Income of Canadians, 2017
Description: Income of Canadians, 2017

Income of Canadians, 2017

Median after-tax income of families and unattached individuals, 2017
Geography Median after-tax income in dollars
Canada 59,800
Newfoundland and Labrador 54,300
Prince Edward Island 53,400
Nova Scotia 50,200
New Brunswick 53,000
Quebec 52,400
Ontario 62,700
Manitoba 58,900
Saskatchewan 61,300
Alberta 70,300
British Columbia 62,100

A 3.3% increase from 2016 to 2017 in Canada

Sources of total income, 2017
Market income Percentage
Wages, salaries and commissions 77%
Self-employment income 5%
Investment income 7%
Retirement income 9%
Other income 2%
Sources of government transfers, 2017
Government Transfers Percentage
OAS, GIS, SPAFootnote 2 26%
CPP and QPPFootnote 3 benefits 31%
Child benefits 14%
Employment Insurance (EI) benefits 11%
Social assistance 9%
Other transfers 9%
Total market breakdown
  Percentage
Market income 87%
Government transfers 13%
Persons living below Canada's Official Poverty LineFootnote 1 declined in 2017
  Number of persons in 2017 Number of persons in 2016 Percentage in 2017 Percentage in 2016 Percentage point decrease
All persons 3,412,000 3,739,000 9.5% 10.6% 1.1%
Persons under 18 years 622,000 755,000 9.0% 11.0% 2.0%
Persons 18 to 64 years 2,553,000 2,701,000 11.1% 11.9% 0.8%
Persons 65 years and over 238,000 284,000 3.9% 4.9% 1.0%

Source: Canadian Income Survey, 2017

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