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Income in Canada

2005

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Introduction

This report examines economic family income and low income in Canada. The data prior to 1996 are drawn from the Survey of Consumer Finances. Beginning with 1996, the data are taken from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics.

Note that this report analyses family income on the basis of medians. The median is the point at which half of families had higher income and half less. All figures included in this report (unless otherwise stated) are sample survey estimates. To factor in inflation when comparing income levels across time, all income estimates are expressed in constant dollars of 2005.

A follow-up report, to be published shortly, focuses on the low income experience of unattached Canadians aged 18 to 64.