In­comes higher but un­equal

In­come in the west ris­ing quicker than in the east

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - CANADA - Ryan Tu­milty Metro | ot­tawa

New numbers from Sta­tis­tics Canada show the me­dian house­hold in­come was $70,336 in 2015. That’s a jump from $63,437 in 2005. In­comes in Canada are grow­ing but On­tario and Quebec are fall­ing be­hind the West, as re­source jobs re­place man­u­fac­tur­ing ones as the driv­ers of wealth in Canada.

Sta­tis­tics Canada re­leased new cen­sus numbers on Wed­nes­day show­ing that Canada’s me­dian house­hold in­come was $70,336 in 2015. That’s a jump from $63,437 in 2005.

Vir­tu­ally all Cana­di­ans saw growth over the last decade, but not all ar­eas of the coun­try grew equally. House­hold in­comes in On­tario are grow­ing slower than any­where else in Canada, climb­ing from $71,534 in 2005 to $74,287 a rate of just 3.8 per cent.

Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Sco­tia and Prince Ed­ward Is­land also saw growth, but house­hold in­comes there were about $10,000 lower on av­er­age than the coun­try as a whole.

By con­trast in­comes in re­source-rich prov­inces rose con­sid­er­ably. In Al­berta, house­hold in­comes jumped from $75,684 to $93,835 a climb of 24 per cent and in Saskatchewan they climbed 36.5 per cent to $75,412.

The high­est in­comes in the coun­try were in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, where the me­dian is $117,688.

Eric Ol­son, the agency chief for hous­ing and in­come, said there is a clear cor­re­la­tion be­tween re­source-rich prov­inces and rapidly ris­ing in­comes.

“I think a lot of that is ex­plained by the re­sources — the oil boom, all kinds of booms — but also all the in­di­rect sup­port of those in­dus­tries.”

On­tario’s strug­gles ap­pear to largely be about the loss of well-pay­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs, which ac­cord­ing other sur­veys the agency takes, have dropped 30 per cent in the last decade.

Ol­son said man­u­fac­tur­ing is a chang­ing in­dus­try and that will im­pact prov­inces, like On­tario, where it’s a big part of the econ­omy.

“They have borne the brunt in the de­cline of em­ploy­ment there, but I can’t re­ally pre­dict what will hap­pen in the com­ing fu­ture.”

Of 152 cen­sus ar­eas the agency tracks across the coun­try, only nine places saw me­dian house­hold in­comes drop in the last decade and eight of those are in On­tario. Wind­sor was the worst hit with a drop of 6.4 per cent. The me­dian house­hold in­come in Toronto was $78,373, a rise of 3.3 per cent over the last decade, while at the same time hous­ing prices have risen much more sig­nif­i­cantly.

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