Income Inequality


Economic inequality, the uneven distribution of income and wealth, is one of the critical challenges of our time. The surge in inequality in Canada took off in the 1990s and remains high today.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...