Poverty and Inequality

— Apr 12, 2017
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Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada

Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada finds that up to 87 per cent of wealth inequality in Canada is a result of differences in peoples’ age, which is linked with someone’s ability to save (building up wealth) or the need to borrow. And the gap between the most well-off, in terms of wealth, and the least well-off has actually declined 17 per cent over the past 40 years.

— Dec 15, 2016
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Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2016 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2016 Generosity Index finds that the percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their taxes—and the amount they’re giving as a percentage of their income—is the lowest it’s been in a decade. And Americans donate two-and-a-half times more to charities than Canadians, as a percentage of income. The state of Utah tops the list of 64 North American jurisdictions in the Index. Manitoba (37th place) remains the highest ranked Canadian jurisdiction.

— Sep 28, 2016
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The Myth of Middle-Class Stagnation in Canada finds that Canada’s middle class, instead of stagnating economically, has actually seen its income increase by as much as 52 per cent since 1976, and the average Canadian worker also has to work far fewer hours to afford similar, although vastly improved common household goods such as televisions and cameras.

— Sep 7, 2016
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Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing

Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing? spotlights differences in consumption and income inequality since the late 1960s. It finds that despite alarmist claims to the contrary, when measuring consumption, the inequality gap in Canadians’ living standards has increased a paltry 3.4 per cent over the past 40 years. In fact, when income inequality statistics are properly measured (i.e. after taxes and adjusted for household size) the study finds income inequality has increased modestly by 11.5 percent.

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