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The new picture of Canadian incomes

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The average Canadian income is about 39-thousand dollars and half of Canada's working population makes under 28-thousand.

Those numbers were released yesterday by Statistics Canada and are the results of the latest census.

Here are some more numbers:

The richest ten per cent make more than 80-thousand dollars each.

The richest one per cent make an average of 381 thousand dollars each.

That's more than ten times what the average Canadian brings home.

So what does all this mean and how do we influence those numbers to better Canadian society?

Ross Hickey is an assistant professor of economics at UBC Okanagan.

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