Income Inequality

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Economic inequality, the uneven distribution of income and wealth, is one of the critical challenges of our time. The surge in inequality in Canada, which occurred primarily in the 1990s, remains at high levels today.

This dismal situation translates into less opportunity and social mobility, and is having a corrosive effect on everything from health outcomes to social cohesion and the functioning of our democracy. This is not the society Canadians want, yet successive governments have enabled it through dismantling parts of our social safety net, eroding progressive taxation, and introducing policies that weaken unions and hurt working Canadians.

To reverse the trend, progressives must demand public policies that focus on shared prosperity.


Cost of home today is double the amount in weeks of labour time compared to 1970s: New study

We know the nominal dollar cost of a house or a condo today is much higher than it was 10 or 20 years ago. For the first time, Broadbent Institute Policy Fellow and University of Ottawa economist Marc Lavoie looked at the cost of housing in terms of weeks of... Read more


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An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Canadian Seniors

The issues of adequate retirement income security and seniors’ poverty figured prominently in the 2015 Canadian federal election—as well they should have. Ensuring the economic well-being of Canada’s growing population of seniors is an important and complex public policy challenge that the new federal government must grapple with. Read our... Read more


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Behind the Headlines: Who’s Really Benefiting From Higher TFSA Limits?

The Conservative government's decision to double contribution limits for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) is both unnecessary and unfair. This report uses newly available data released by Canada Revenue Agency to show maximization rates even before the hike were "in free fall" and the new limit will disproportionately benefit those of... Read more


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The Return of the Gilded Age: Consequences, Causes and Solutions

To tackle inequality and move towards shared prosperity, we must first understand its causes and consequences. Download the text of the 2015 Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy, delivered by  Broadbent Institute Senior Policy Advisor Andrew Jackson to the Department of Economics at Trent University. Download The Return of the... Read more


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Double Trouble: The Case Against Expanding Tax-Free Savings Accounts

The Conservative Party of Canada’s proposal to double contribution limits for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) has received inadequate critical scrutiny to date. This gap may stem from the notion that little revenues will be lost and the perception that most taxpayers would benefit. Both beliefs are erroneous. Read our new... Read more


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The Wealth Gap: Perceptions and Misconceptions in Canada

A landmark survey commissioned by the Broadbent Institute finds that Canadians vastly underestimate the wealth gap in Canada and want a much more balanced distribution. Click here to watch our animated video about the survey results. Wealth Inequality in Canada is narrated by Institute chair Ed Broadbent. Download The Wealth Gap Read more


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Haves and Have-Nots: Deep and Persistent Wealth Inequality in Canada

Canada has an inequality problem. It's deep. It's persistent. And it's time to take action. This report uses custom Statistics Canada data to take a closer look at the concentration and distribution of wealth in Canada. Download Haves and Have-Nots Read more


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The Big Split: Income Splitting's Unequal Distribution of Benefits Across Canada

A study commissioned by the Broadbent Institute finds that the majority of Canadian families with children under 18 would get no benefit at all from the Conservatives' income splitting scheme – despite being the express target of the policy. Click here to check out the report infographic and learn more... Read more


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Union Communities, Healthy Communities

  The right wing’s regressive anti-union rhetoric and U.S.-style attacks on the labour movement threaten Canada’s prosperity. Union Communities, Healthy Communities debunks the conservative movement’s attacks on labour and makes the case that unions are vital to stable economic growth. The report builds on the Broadbent Institute’s Equality Project in... Read more


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Towards a More Equal Canada

This spring, we released powerful data confirming what so many already knew to be true: a majority of Canadians see income inequality as a "serious problem" and want to take part in government-led solutions to ending it. Our report created a lot of buzz.   Download: Towards a More Equal Canada Read more


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