CENSUS: City's income growth outperforms Ontario rate

A homeless man eats dinner at a facility run by the Bethesda Project which serves as a shelter in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

A homeless man eats dinner at a facility run by the Bethesda Project which serves as a shelter in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Moreover, children in lone-parent households were three-and-a-half times more likely to live in poverty than their counterparts in two-parent families, even as the number of low-income, single-parents has declined since the late 1990s.

But the measure is not a flawless way of determining the poverty threshold, in part because it can't take into account the often complex financial circumstances many families are forced into: Edwards, for instance, lives rent-free with her boyfriend's parents.

Census information released by Statistics Canada Wednesday shows that in 2015, almost 1.2 million children across Canada were living in low-income households, representing about 17 per cent of all Canadian children. "And if there's more children, then that income is being spread among more people".

Between 2005 and 2015, Hamilton's household income rose from $65,440 to $69,020, Burlington's went from $88,740 to $93,590 and Grimsby's rose from $91,720 to $93,150.

Almost two in five children in a single-parent household are low-income, compared to just 11 per cent of children in a two-parent household.

That, along with a noticeable drop in the city's poverty rate, is the good news.

This is due to the province's huge growth in median incomes - 29 per cent over 10 years, said Heisz.

Children living in resource-rich Alberta, where commodity prices fuelled some of the largest gains in median incomes nationwide, were less likely to live in low-income conditions than anywhere else in Canada - only 12.8 per cent of kids there were living in poverty. "When the median income rises that much in a particular area, it stands to reason that you could see an interesting decrease in the low income rate".

The decline in Ontario manufacturing affected Windsor more than others.

Low income households contained fewer children aged five and younger, but a higher proportion of seniors.

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