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:
* Census families include couple families, with or without children, and lone-parent families.
Top 10 census metropolitan areas:
Oshawa, Ont. $83,220
Guelph, Ont. $81,910
Greater Sudbury, Ont. $79,570
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
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
|(NL) St. John’s||59,800||63,100||67,760||72,120|
|(NB) Saint John||57,000||59,600||62,860||66,440|
|(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) Greater Sudbury, Grand Sudbury||66,100||69,700||74,840||79,570|
|(ON) Thunder Bay||67,200||69,400||71,480||73,460|
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.