Income Statistics (17)

Detailed definition: 

Income statistics (17) Definition 1: Total income 'Total income' refers to the sum of certain incomes (in cash and, in some circumstances, in kind) of the statistical unit during a specified reference period. The components used to calculate total income vary between: - Statistical units of social statistical programs such as persons, private households, census families and economic families; - Statistical units of business statistical programs such as enterprises, companies, establishments and locations; and - Statistical units of farm statistical programs such as farm operator and farm family. In the context of persons, total income refers to receipts from certain sources, before income taxes and deductions, during a specified reference period. In the context of census families, total income refers to receipts from certain sources of all of its family members, before income taxes and deductions, during a specified reference period. In the context of economic families, total income refers to receipts from certain sources of all of its family members, before income taxes and deductions, during a specified reference period. In the context of households, total income refers to receipts from certain sources of all household members, before income taxes and deductions, during a specified reference period. The monetary receipts included are those that tend to be of a regular and recurring nature. Receipts that are included as income are: - employment income from wages, salaries, tips, commissions and net income from self-employment (for both unincorporated farm and non-farm activities); - income from investment sources, such as dividends and interest on bonds, accounts, guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) and mutual funds; - income from employer and personal pension sources, such as private pensions and payments from annuities and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs); - other regular cash income, such as child support payments received, spousal support payments (alimony) received and scholarships; - income from government sources, such as social assistance, child benefits, Employment Insurance benefits, Old Age Security benefits, Canada Pension Plan and Québec Pension Plan benefits and disability income. Receipts excluded from this income definition are: - one-time receipts, such as lottery winnings, gambling winnings, cash inheritances, lump-sum insurance settlements and tax-free savings account (TFSA) or registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) withdrawals; - capital gains because they are not by their nature regular and recurring. It is further assumed that they are more relevant to the concept of wealth than the concept of income; - employers' contributions to registered pension plans, Canada Pension Plan, Québec Pension Plan and Employment Insurance; - voluntary inter-household transfers, imputed rent, goods and services produced for barter and goods produced for own consumption. For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for all income variables.

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Total - Income statistics
With total income
Median total income ($)
Average total income ($)
With after-tax income
Median after-tax income ($)
Average after-tax income ($)
With employment income
Median employment income ($)
Average employment income ($)
With wages, salaries and commissions
Median wages, salaries and commissions ($)
Average wages, salaries and commissions ($)