Canada's Official Poverty Dashboard: Snapshot, February 2020

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Release date: February 24, 2020
Infographic: Canada's Official Poverty Dashboard: Snapshot, February 2020
Description: Canada's Official Poverty Dashboard: Snapshot, February 2020

Canada's Official Poverty Dashboard: Snapshot, February 2020

Canada's Official Poverty Rate
Table summary
This table displays the results of Canada's Official Poverty Rate . The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Rate (appearing as column headers).
Year Rate
2015 12.1
2016 10.6
2017 9.5
2018 8.7

Lift Canadians out of poverty by ensuring that basic needs are met.

Deep lncome Poverty
4.6% of Canadians were living in deep income poverty in 2018.

Unmet Housing Needs and Chronic Homelessness
12.7% of Canadian households experienced housing need in 2016.

Unmet Health Needs
11.2% of Canadians 12 years and older reported not receiving health care when they felt they needed it in 2014.

Food lnsecurity
8.7% of households were food insecure in 2017-2018.

Opportunity and Inclusion
Help Canadians join the middle class by promoting full participation in society and equality of opportunity.

Relative Low lncome
12.3% of Canadians had less than half the median after tax income in 2018.

Bottom 40% lncome Share
20.8% of total after-tax income went to Canadians in the bottom 40% of the income distribution in 2018.

Youth Engagement
9.5% of Canadian youth (age 15-24) were not in employment, education or training in 2019.

Literacy and Numeracy
In 2018, 13.8% of 15-year-olds had low literacy skills, and 16.3% had low numeracy skills.

Resilience and Security
Support the middle class by protecting Canadians from falling into poverty and by supporting income security and resilience.

Median Hourly Wage
Table summary
This table displays the results of Median Hourly Wage . The information is grouped by Sex (appearing as row headers), Wage (2019) (appearing as column headers).
Sex Wage (2019)
Women $22.00
Men $26.00

Average Poverty Gap
For those living below the poverty line, the poverty gap ratio is the amount that the person's family disposable income is below the poverty line, expressed as a percentage of the poverty line. In 2018, it was 36.8%.

Asset Resilience
51.2% of Canadians were asset resilient in 2012, meaning they had enough savings to maintain well-being for three months.

Low Income Entry - Exit Rates
In 2016-17, approximately 890,000, or 4.1% of Canadians, entered a low income situation. Approximately 1.1 million, or 27.9% of low income Canadians, left a low income situation.

As new data are made available, Canada's Official Poverty Dashboard will be updated.

Note: The concepts and dimensions of poverty are defined in further detail in Opportunity for All – Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy, available for download at

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