According to latest statistics compiled by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec, Quebecers have the lowest disposable income in Canada, for the second consecutive year.
While Albertans have the highest disposable income, at an average of $40,495 per person, the per-capita revenue of Quebec residents after taxes and deductions was $26,046 in 2014, compared to the Canadian average of $30,270.
The Institut found that this was the lowest increase in real disposable wages in nine years, the result of low wages combined with high deductions for pension plans.
Quebec’s low figures are mostly explained by overall salaries, which remain the lowest in the country. Within the province, the Montérégie and capital region had the highest disposable incomes, while the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé regions had the lowest.
Some have used the news to attack Philippe Couillard’s Liberal government, accusing them of not doing much to stimulate innovation.
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