Reality check: Percentage of seniors earning less than $30,000 a year has fallen since 2016

The Right Time: Percentage of Seniors Earning Under 30 $000 per year has decreased since 2016

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< p>THE STATEMENT

In his Wednesday morning press briefing, Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon announced a series of measures aimed at combating poverty among the elders. 

In his speech, he stated that approximately “60% of seniors in Quebec live on an income of less than $30,000.”

THE FACTS

Right Time: Percentage of Seniors Earning Under 30 $000 per year has decreased since 2016

The leader of the Parti Québécois uses data from Statistics Canada from 2016 to justify his remarks. His data shows that at that time, about 60% of people aged 65 and over were earning less than $30,000. These figures are not current, however, and the percentage of seniors earning less than $30,000 has since declined to 53%. 

More recent income data has been published in mid-July by Statistics Canada as part of the 2021 census. These show a difference of 7% compared to what PSPP said in his speech. The proportion must therefore be revised downwards.

In fact, in 2020, there were 852,690 people aged 65 and over who earned less than $30,000 after tax, for a proportion of 53 %. We are therefore closer to 50% than 60% with the up-to-date data.

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