Median income in Canada is over $70,000, says census

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OTTAWA – Carissa, a single mom on welfare six years ago, has a full-time job today and more money to show for it — along with a number of other Canadians, suggest fresh census numbers released Wednesday that shine new light on the struggle to make ends meet.

But the latest income figures, based on tax data from 2015, also illustrate the regional and societal disparities the five-year census always seems to expose: commodity riches in the West, job shortages in Atlantic Canada, manufacturing woes in Ontario and Quebec — and a persistent, if narrowing, wage gap between working women and men.

READ: Census: Two-thirds of Canadian households saving for retirement

On average, Canadians saw a steady rise in their income between 2005 and 2015, when the median national income weighed in at $70,336, up 10.8 per cent from $63,457 a decade earlier, once adjusted for inflation.

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