Poverty and Inequality

— Dec 13, 2017
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Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2017 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2017 Generosity Index finds that the total amount donated to registered charities by Canadians—just 0.56 per cent of income—is the lowest amount in a decade and down from a 10-year peak of 0.78 per cent in 2006. By comparison, American tax-filers donated 1.76 per cent of their income to registered charities in 2015—more than three times the percentage Canadians claimed on their taxes.

— Nov 30, 2017
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Measuring the Distribution of Taxes in Canada

Measuring the Distribution of Taxes in Canada: Do the Rich Pay Their “Fair Share”? finds that the top 20 per cent of income earners in Canada will earn 49.1 per cent of all income in Canada this year, but pay 55.9 per cent of all taxes including not just income taxes, but payroll taxes, sales taxes and property taxes, among others.

— Nov 30, 2017
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Towards a Better Understanding of Income Inequality in Canada

Towards a Better Understanding of Income Inequality in Canada is a new book that finds the problem of inequality isn’t nearly as bad in Canada as people are sometimes led to believe. Canadians are more able, thanks to opportunities of mobility, to get out of a low-income situation, middle-class incomes are not stagnating and most people can and do build-up wealth over the course of their lives.

— 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.

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