Maytree Report: What does the data tell us about rising poverty in Canada?

Some key findings from the Maytree Report

  • “Over [a] nine-year period, incomes increased across the distribution. But the gap between the highest earners and lowest earners also increased, with incomes at the top rising by 11.6 per cent, compared to a rise of 7.5 per cent at the bottom.”
  • “[In 2015] Poverty rose for most family types, with the exception for children in lone-parent families. Their poverty rate fell to 36.4 per cent from 41.9 per cent, but it remained much higher than the rate for children living with two parents at 10.3 per cent. Unattached working-age adults without children also had a high poverty rate at 35.9 per cent.”
  • “In 2015, 12.1 per cent of Canadians (4.2 million people) were in poverty according to the MBM (Market Based Measure), up from 11.3 per cent (3.9 million people) in 2014.”