Top Family Incomes in Canada by City and Province

Find out where you stand in Canadian household incomes.

Statistics Canada released a new report this September on average family income for year 2008. Families included in this report refer to couple families, with or without children, and lone-parent families.

Once again, families in Alberta earn fairly well, ahead of other provinces. However, the statistics is based on info prior to the recent recession which hits hard on housing and oil prices. Alberta is known for its main economy, oil sand production. As such, the Alberta’s provincial budget is now in red (with debts increasing everyday), and no longer debt free!

Families in Saskatchewan also enjoy a fair amount of income growth due to its recent exploration of oil sand.

* The income here refers to Total Income (not net income or after-tax income).

Median family income in 2008:

Canada $68,860
* Census families include couple families, with or without children, and lone-parent families.

Top 10 census metropolitan areas:

Calgary $91,570
Edmonton $88,190
Ottawa-Gatineau $87,160
Oshawa, Ont. $83,220
Guelph, Ont. $81,910
Regina $81,480
Greater Sudbury, Ont. $79,570
Victoria $77,810
Saskatoon $77,740
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. $76,600
*Census families include couple families, with or without children, and lone-parent families.

Median Total Income – Province and Territory

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008
Canada 60,600 63,600 66,550 68,860
NL 47,600 50,500 55,210 59,320
PEI 53,400 56,100 58,610 61,010
NS 54,000 56,400 59,200 61,980
NB 51,500 54,000 56,930 59,790
QC 57,000 59,000 61,780 63,830
ON 64,500 66,600 69,190 70,910
MB 56,100 58,700 62,070 64,530
SK 56,300 60,500 65,120 69,800
AB 71,000 78,400 82,030 86,080
BC 58,500 62,600 65,780 67,890
YT 71,700 76,000 81,080 85,070
NWT 83,900 88,800 94,220 98,530
NU 52,300 54,300 56,160 58,590

Abbreviations: Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB), Quebec (QC), Ontario (ON), Manitoba (MB), Saskatchewan (SK), Alberta (AB), British Columbia (BC), Yukon (YT), Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut (NU)
Reference: Census Canada

Median Total Income – Metropolitan Area

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008
Canada 60,600 63,600 66,550 68,860
(NL) St. John’s 59,800 63,100 67,760 72,120
(NS) Halifax 64,700 67,600 70,610 74,040
(NB) Saint John 57,000 59,600 62,860 66,440
(QC) Saguenay 58,900 60,900 64,010 65,940
(QC) Québec 64,900 67,100 70,920 73,780
(QC) Sherbrooke 56,100 57,000 59,490 61,140
(QC) Trois-Rivières 55,100 56,900 59,640 61,610
(QC) Montréal 58,600 60,800 63,790 65,660
(QC) Ottawa–Gatineau 68,500 70,900 74,670 77,440
(ON) Ottawa–Gatineau 80,300 84,000 87,930 90,990
(ON) Kingston 66,400 69,100 71,980 74,830
(ON) Oshawa 76,800 78,900 81,570 83,220
(ON) Toronto 61,800 63,800 66,560 68,120
(ON) Hamilton 69,500 71,600 74,480 76,220
(ON) St. Catharines, Niagara 60,600 62,500 64,300 65,660
(ON) Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo 71,100 72,800 74,750 76,600
(ON) London 66,100 68,400 70,720 71,770
(ON) Windsor 69,700 70,000 70,810 70,510
(ON) Greater Sudbury, Grand Sudbury 66,100 69,700 74,840 79,570
(ON) Thunder Bay 67,200 69,400 71,480 73,460
(MB) Winnipeg 61,600 64,700 67,900 70,510
(SK) Regina 68,500 72,200 77,170 81,480
(SK) Saskatoon 63,600 68,300 72,970 77,740
(AB) Calgary 75,400 83,500 87,970 91,570
(AB) Edmonton 72,600 79,300 83,460 88,190
(BC) Abbotsford 55,700 58,900 61,970 63,680
(BC) Vancouver 58,800 62,900 66,330 68,670
(BC) Victoria 66,900 71,500 74,730 77,810

Reference: StatCan

Calgary led all other metropolitan areas in median-family income, followed by Edmonton and Ottawa-Gatineau, according to data derived from 2008 personal income-tax returns, Statistics Canada said Thursday.

The largest percentage increases in median-family income were recorded in Saskatoon, up 4.1 per cent, St. John’s, up four per cent, and Greater Sudbury, Ont., up 3.9 per cent.

The largest dollar increases were also recorded in St. John’s, up 4.1 per cent, and Saskatoon, up 3.8 per cent.

Families in Calgary brought in $91,570 in 2008, well ahead of the Canadian average of $68,860, the federal agency reported.

Median-family income in Edmonton was noted at $88,190, while those in the census metropolitan area of Ottawa-Gatineau was $87,160.

Source: StatCan

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One Response to Top Family Incomes in Canada by City and Province

  1. Bill on 2010/10/12 at 5:16 am

    Do you have data for year 2009?

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