July 17, 2016

On Friday, Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing activity across Canada was down 1% in May, the third decrease in five months. While there were some temporary factors, it does appear that the trend is negative.

Statistics Canada also reported data on median family incomes by City in 2014. Note that such data can easily be “spun” to argue that family incomes are either low or high. When we say “family” most of us think of our own situation or maybe a couple with children. Those families have higher average income than all “families” since some families are single parent families. People who live alone and are not part of a family as defined by Statistics Canada have lower incomes on average. If you include everyone, than median family incomes are lower than for couple families.

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