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A number is never just a number: The skills gap trope

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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)



A number is never just a number: Tax cuts 101

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70 years

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


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


A number is never just a number: Year in review

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Editor's note: this column was originally featured on December 2, 2013

January 2

By 1:18 p.m. on this date most workers had just finished lunch on the first working day of the year, but Canada's highest paid 100 CEOs had already pocketed the equivalent of the average wage in Canada, $45,448. BTW: The CCPA's 2013 CEO pay clock is still ticking. (Source)

January 24


A number is never just a number: What price, austerity?

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$11.8 billion

Estimated federal government spending cuts by 2014-15, due to the last three austerity budgets. (Source - Numbers in that blog are drawn from the Federal Budget 2013, pg. 298)


Estimated job losses in both the public and private sector by 2014-15, as a result of a succession of federal government austerity budget decisions. (Source)

3.2 per cent


A number is never just a number: Canada's gender pay gap

CANSIM Table 202-0104


Percentage, on average, that women earn less than men in Canada. That means that on average, a woman makes only 68 cents for every dollar a man makes. It varies by province. For instance, in Ontario it's 28 per cent. (Source)


Number of additional years that a Canadian woman would have to work at no pay in order to earn the same pay a man earns by age 65, at the current rate of progress. It varies by province. In Ontario, that number would be 13 extra years. (Source)



A number is never just a number: What is middle class?

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Agreement among economists on what constitutes Canada's middle class. It varies based on whether you look at family or individual income, provincial or national data, before or after tax. Here we look at median and total family income to get a sense of the range.


The median total income for all Canadian families. That's the dead centre of all family total income earned in Canada in 2010, meaning half earned more than $69,860 and half earned less. (Source)

$60,000 - $85,000


A number is never just a number: The dominance of Canada's 1%

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The entry point to become one of Canada's richest 1% of income earners. In other words, if you make more than $201,400 you earn more than 99% of Canadian income earners. (Source)


Number of tax filers who ranked among Canada's richest 1% in 2010. (Source)



A number is never just a number: Abortion and women's rights

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The year parliament "criminalized the distribution and advertisement of contraceptives. Abortion became recognized as a crime punishable by life imprisonment and the use or sale of contraceptives became an indictable offence that was punishable by a two-year term in prison." (Source)


The year Canada made exceptions to legal restrictions on abortion. Women had to make their case to a Therapeutic Abortion Committee comprised of three doctors. (Source and source, page 6)

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