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The census data issued by Statistics Canada in Ottawa showed that the median total income of Canadian households reached $70,336 in 2015, a 10.8% increase from $63,457 in 2005.

However, almost 1.2 million children under 18, 17 per cent of Canada's 6.8 million kids, lived in a low-income household, about one quarter of the 4.8 million people who were living in poverty in 2015 - the largest share of them in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Petawawa was second in the provincial ranking at $86,048 and Oshawa was third at $85,697.

Among the provinces, Alberta, with its booming oil and natural gas sector, had the highest household income level at $93,835 a year, while New Brunswick in Atlantic Canada had the lowest median household income level at $59,347 per annum. The Greater Toronto Area had a median income of $78,373 in 2015, up 3.3 per cent.

Median income growth was slowest in Ontario and Quebec which have the largest populations and have a significant manufacturing base where jobs in manufacturing have been in decline. Median incomes went up 11.2 per cent in Vancouver.

The last decade has also seen a rise in low-income rates in Ontario's urban centres, led by London (17 per cent, up from 13 per cent) and Windsor (17.5 per cent, from 14 per cent).

In comparison, 32.1 per cent of people living alone were below the low-income cutoff.

Lone-parent families and those with more than one children are more likely to be low-income, Statistics Canada. That's partly because the southern Ontario city saw a 6.4 per cent drop in household income, the largest decline of any large city.

"One of the stories of the resource boom is that there are definitely increases in median income, but most of the gains are going to go to the top (earners)", said David Macdonald, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The province had the lowest at median income at $59,347, followed by Quebec at $59,822 and Nova Scotia at $60,764. In half the country's opposite-sex couples, men earned more than women, compared with 71.3 per cent in 1985.

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