Prevalence of Low Income Households
Area of Focus: Living
Population Living Below the Low Income Measure (After-Tax), Peel and Ontario, 2010-2014
Source: Statistics Canada, Income Statistics Division, 2010-2014, Annual Estimates for Census Families and Individuals, 13C0016
Why is this important?
- Low income residents have difficulty meeting their basic needs, which can affect their health and well-being1.
How is this measured?
- We use tax-filer data from Statistics Canada to measure the percentage of people in Peel that fall below the After-Tax Low Income Measure.
- The After-Tax Low Income Measure is a complex formula that adjusts for factors like household income, number of people in the household, etc.
What progress are we making?
- In 2014, 17% of Peel residents were considered low income as per the After Tax Low Income Measure and this has been consistent since 2010. The rate for Peel has been similar to Ontario overall.
- The Reduce Poverty Term of Council Priority is implementing plans to increase income especially for Peel residents who have the lowest income.
- The Region of Peel will help our low-income populations by providing access to the services and supports they need to achieve positive health and social outcomes.
1 McIntosh CN, Fines P, Wilkins R, Wolfson MC. Income disparities in health-adjusted life expectancy for Canadian adults, 1991 to 2001. Health Rep. 2009 Dec;20(4):55-64.