Ot­tawans have the high­est me­dian in­come in On­tario $86,451

De­mand for food bank ser­vices still high: Di­rec­tor

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Ot­tawa res­i­dents have the high­est house­hold in­comes of any­one in On­tario, ac­cord­ing to new data from Sta­tis­tics Canada.

The city’s me­dian house­hold in­come was $86,451 in 2015 up 4.4 per cent from where it had been a decade ago in 2005. Petawawa was sec­ond in the pro­vin­cial rank­ing at $86,048 and Oshawa was third at $85,697.

The city also had a low rate of child poverty at about 15 per cent. Wind­sor, Ont. has the high­est rate of any ma­jor city in the coun­try with 24 per cent of chil­dren there liv­ing in poverty.

Speak­ing at coun­cil Wed­nes­day, Mayor Jim Wat­son said the news isn’t sur­pris­ing, but it’s def­i­nitely wel­come.

“More money means more money put back into the econ­omy, which is good for job cre­ation and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”

Wat­son said he hadn’t yet re­viewed the numbers, but Ot- tawa has a lot go­ing for it right now that’s at­tract­ing good, high­pay­ing jobs.

“I haven’t seen that re­port, but a com­bi­na­tion of our high tech sec­tor is on the up­swing again, and I think that at­tracts higher salaries be­cause we’re in com­pe­ti­tion glob­ally to get good peo­ple to come and work here,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously I think the fed­eral re­tirees have an in­dexed pen­sion and that adds to the eco­nomic wealth in the com­mu­nity.”

Michael Maid­ment, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ot­tawa Food Bank, said while the over­all numbers are good many peo­ple in the city still strug­gle with the food bank help­ing an av­er­age of 41,540 peo­ple ev­ery month.

“There are still many peo­ple who live in poverty and need the sup­port from or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Ot­tawa food bank to make it through the month.”

He said most of those peo­ple are go­ing through com­mu­nity food bank pro­grams and 36 per cent of those are chil­dren.

More money means more money put back in the econ­omy. Mayor Jim Wat­son

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Mayor Jim Wat­son says Ot­tawa has a lot go­ing for it, and that’s at­tract­ing good, high-pay­ing jobs to the re­gion. It’s also al­low­ing res­i­dents to get out and en­joy the city.

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