Data tables, 2016 Census

Low-income Measures (2), Household Low-income Status (5), Household Type Including Census Family Structure (11), Household Size (7), Ages of Household Members (18), Number of Earners in the Household (6) and Year (2) for Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data and 2016 Census - 100% Data

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This table details low-income measures , household low-income status , household type including census family structure , household size , ages of household members , number of earners in the household and year for private households in British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
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Household type including census family structure (11) Household low-income status (5)
Total - Household low-income statusFootnote 3 Low-income status - not applicableFootnote 4 Low-income status - applicable In low income Not in low income
Total - Household type including census family structureFootnote 5 1,881,970 32,375 1,849,595 352,515 1,497,080
Census family households 1,251,350 22,305 1,229,050 160,985 1,068,060
One-census-family households without additional persons 1,095,845 18,210 1,077,635 148,055 929,580
One couple census family without other persons in the household 946,470 14,465 932,005 98,490 833,515
Without children 500,275 8,710 491,560 49,040 442,520
With children 446,200 5,750 440,450 49,450 390,995
One lone-parent census family without other persons in the household 149,375 3,745 145,630 49,560 96,065
With a male lone parent 30,635 955 29,675 6,995 22,685
With a female lone parent 118,740 2,790 115,955 42,570 73,380
Other census family householdsFootnote 6 155,510 4,100 151,410 12,930 138,480
Non-census-family households 630,620 10,070 620,545 191,525 429,020


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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

Low-income measure, after tax (LIM-AT) - The Low-income measure, after tax, refers to a fixed percentage (50%) of median adjusted after-tax income of private households. The household after-tax income is adjusted by an equivalence scale to take economies of scale into account. This adjustment for different household sizes reflects the fact that a household's needs increase, but at a decreasing rate, as the number of members increases.

Using data from the 2016 Census of Population, the line applicable to a household is defined as half the Canadian median of the adjusted household after-tax income, multiplied by the square root of household size. The median is determined based on all persons in private households where low-income concepts are applicable. Thresholds for specific household sizes are presented in Table 4.2 Low-income measures thresholds (LIM-AT and LIM-BT) for private households of Canada, 2015, Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016.

When the unadjusted after-tax income of household pertaining to a person falls below the threshold applicable to the person based on household size, the person is considered to be in low income according to LIM-AT. Since the LIM-AT threshold and household income are unique within each household, low-income status based on LIM-AT can also be reported for households.

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Footnote 2

The reference period for income data from a given census is the calendar year prior to the specified census year.

Specifically, income data from the 2006 and 2016 censuses relate to the calendar year prior to the census year, i.e., 2005 and 2015 respectively. For additional information, refer to the Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016 and the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

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Footnote 3

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 4

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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Footnote 5

For more information, refer to the Census Dictionary: Household type; Census family.

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Footnote 6

One-census-family households with additional persons and multiple-census-family households.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016132.

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