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This report is based on 2007 income information provided by survey respondents. The year 2007 was the last full year of growth before the economic slowdown starting in the fourth quarter of 2008.

This report examines the income of families and unattached individuals along with the information related to low income in Canada. The data prior to 1993 are drawn from the Survey of Consumer Finances. Beginning with 1998, the data are taken from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID). For the 1993 to 1997 period, estimates are based on a combined sample from SCF and SLID.

Note that this report analyses family income on the basis of medians. The median is the point at which half of all families had higher income and half had less. All figures included in this report (unless otherwise stated) are sample survey estimates. All income estimates are expressed in constant 2007 dollars to factor in inflation and allow for comparisons across time in real terms.