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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- a number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month.

Canada vs. the OECD

Hennessey's Index: The monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world.
Canada and its place in the world.

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$11,100

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Ontario in 2012. Compare that to the $7,180 average cost of university tuition fees in Ontario in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$10,884

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52.1

Percentage of voters who cast a ballot in the 2014 Ontario election (unofficial count), up a bit from the province's 2011 historic low voter turnout of 48 per cent. (Source and source)

64

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47

 Percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class. That's down from almost 70 per cent in 2002. (Source)

$1,600

The decline in median market household income between 2008 and 2011. In 2008 median market family was $49,300. (Source: CANSIM 202-0201)

5

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31

Percentage pay gap between men and women in Ontario in 2011, the most recent year of data available, based on average annual earnings. That's up from a 28 per cent gender pay gap in 2010.

68.5 cents

How much Ontario working women made in 2011 for every man's dollar. That's down from 72 cents in 2010.

$200

Increase in Ontario men's average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $49,000 in 2011.

 

$1,400

Decrease in Ontario women's average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $33,600 in 2011.

38.5

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Number 1

Canada has more workers with post-secondary training than any other industrialized country. More than half of Canadians aged 25-34 have a post-secondary diploma or certificate; 28.9 per cent held a university degree in 2006 -- up from 14.9 per cent in 1981.  (Source and source)

Half

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70 years

The last time Canadian federal tax revenues have been this low (as a share of the economy). (Source)

29%

Top federal personal income tax rate for anyone earning from $136,270 to you name it. In 1981, the rate for anyone earning $119,000 or more (1981 dollars) was 43 per cent. (Source)

$2.5 billion

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