Income and earnings
Release no. 8: May 1, 2008
- Median earnings of Canadians employed on a full-time basis for a full year
changed little during the past quarter century, edging up from $41,348 in
1980 to $41,401 in 2005 (in 2005 constant dollars).
- Between 1980 and 2005, the median income of all economic families of two
or more people increased 11.1%, from $59,709 in 1980 to $66,343 in 2005 (in
2005 constant dollars).
- During the past 25 years, the before-tax low income rate for children changed
very little. In 2005, 19.3% of pre-schoolers and 17.0% of school-age children lived in
low income families, compared to 20.0% and 18.7%, respectively, in 1980. Over the same
period, however, the before-tax low income rate for seniors aged 65 and over declined
substantially, from 29.9% to 14.4%.