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 Nunavut
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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 9,815 9,820 0 0 0
Census family households 7,495 7,500 0 0 0
One-census-family households without additional persons 5,520 5,520 0 0 0
One couple census family without other persons in the household 4,315 4,315 0 0 0
Without children 960 960 0 0 0
With children 3,355 3,360 0 0 0
One lone-parent census family without other persons in the household 1,205 1,205 0 0 0
With a male lone parent 275 275 0 0 0
With a female lone parent 930 930 0 0 0
Other census family householdsFootnote 6 1,975 1,980 0 0 0
Non-census-family households 2,320 2,320 0 0 0


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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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