Prevalence of Low Income
We measure progress towards long-term outcomes by tracking key indicators for the Peel community.
Why is this important?
- Low income residents have difficulty meeting their basic needs, which can affect their health and well-being.1
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 2015, 16.4% of Peel residents were considered low income as per the After Tax Low Income Measure. This has decreased from 17% in 2014.The rate for Peel has been similar to Ontario overall. The Ontario rate decreased to 14.3% in 2015 from 15.1% in 2014.
- 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.
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1 Reference: 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.