Data tables, 2016 Census

Individual MBM Low-income Status (5), Household Living Arrangements for Persons Not in Economic Families (3), Age (4C) and Sex (3) for Persons not in Economic Families Aged 15 Years and Over in Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2016 Census - 25% Sample Data

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This table details individual mbm low-income status , household living arrangements for persons not in economic families , age and sex for persons not in economic families aged 15 years and over in private households in British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
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Household living arrangements for persons not in economic families (3) Individual MBM low-income status (5)
Total - Individual MBM low-income statusFootnote 1 Low-income status - not applicableFootnote 2 Low-income status - applicable In low income Not in low income
Total - Household living arrangements for persons not in economic families 766,660 11,365 755,295 244,040 511,255
Living alone 541,925 8,805 533,115 138,380 394,740
Living with non-relatives only 224,735 2,555 222,175 105,660 116,515


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not available for a specific reference period


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not applicable


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suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act


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too unreliable to be published



Footnote 1

Market Basket Measure (MBM) -
Market Basket Measure refers to the measure of low income based on the cost of a specific basket of goods and services representing a modest, basic standard of living developed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The threshold represents the costs of specified qualities and quantities of food, clothing, footwear, transportation, shelter and other expenses for a reference family of two adults and two children. The square root of economic family size is the equivalence scale used to adjust the MBM thresholds for other family sizes.

The MBM basket (2011-base) is priced for 50 different geographic areas - 19 specific communities and 31 population centre size and province combinations. The MBM recognises the potential differences in the cost of the basket between similar-sized communities in different provinces and between different geographical regions within provinces. These thresholds are presented in Table 4.5 Market Basket Measure (MBM) thresholds for economic families and persons not in economic families, 2015, Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016.

The income measure used to compare against the MBM thresholds is the disposal income for the MBM. When the disposable income for the MBM of an economic family member or a person not in economic family falls below the threshold applicable to the person, the person is considered to be in low income according to MBM. Since the MBM threshold and disposable income are unique within each economic family, low-income status based on MBM can also be reported for economic families.

Low-income status - The income situation of the statistical unit in relation to a specific low-income line in a reference year. Statistical units with income that is below the low-income line are considered to be in low income.

For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for all income variables.

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Footnote 2

The low-income concepts are not applied in the territories and in certain areas based on census subdivision type (such as Indian reserves). The existence of substantial in-kind transfers (such as subsidized housing and First Nations band housing) and sizeable barter economies or consumption from own production (such as product from hunting, farming or fishing) could make the interpretation of low-income statistics more difficult in these situations.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016150.

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