Windsor Has Highest Rate of Kids Living In Low Income Homes

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The latest census data reveals Windsor has the highest rate of children living in a low-income household among 35 urban centres in Canada.

Fuelled by strong commodity prices, Nunavut and Saskatchewan saw median income grow 36.7 per cent and 36.5 per cent, respectively, between 2005 and 2015.

It's another layer on the paint-by-numbers portrait Statistics Canada began in February with a population boom out West, which saw a commensurate spike in the number of households.

With 4.8 million people in Canada living in poverty and an economy which is adding more part-time and precarious jobs than full-time jobs, it is a critical time for federal leadership on income inequality. And the younger a child is, the more likely they are to be living in poverty - something Statistics Canada says is linked to new mothers' earnings typically dropping the year that they give birth and for several years thereafter.

"One of the stories of the resource boom is that there are definitely increases in median income, but most of the gains are going to go to the top (earners)", said David Macdonald, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The decline in Ontario manufacturing affected Windsor more than others.

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Concurrently, a slowdown in the manufacturing sector impacted household income levels in Quebec and Ontario.

Same-sex households continue to have a higher median income than heterosexual ones.

Median income is one measure of the vaguely defined "middle class" that political parties of all stripes have been clamouring to help. "Absolutely", said the Ottawa resident. "But they aren't necessarily catching up either", Heisz said.

The gender wage gap persists, of course, but there's been progress there, too.

Between 2005 and 2015, Hamilton's household income rose from $65,440 to $69,020, Burlington's went from $88,740 to $93,590 and Grimsby's rose from $91,720 to $93,150. In general, 40.3 per cent of single-parent families were low-income, compared to just 11.9 per cent of two-parent families. Female same-sex couples had a median income of $92,857 and make couples had a median income of $100,707. The organization was created in 1971 as an outcome of the Poor People's Conference, a national gathering of low-income individuals, under the name National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO).

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