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1993 Poverty Lines

The LICOs are published by Statistics Canada. Persons and families living below these income levels are considered to be living in "straitened circumstances." There are 35 different LICOs, varying according to family size and size of community. The LICOs are more popularly known as Canada's poverty lines.

Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs), 1993
 Population of Community of Residence
Family Size500,000 +100,000-499,99930,000-99,999Less than 30,000*Rural
1 $16,482 $14,137 $14,039 $13,063 $11,390
2 $20,603 $17,671 $17,549 $16,329 $14,238
3 $25,623 $21,978 $21,825 $20,308 $17,703
4 $31,017 $26,604 $26,419 $24,583 $21,435
5 $34,671 $29,739 $29,532 $27,479 $23,961
6 $38,326 $32,874 $32,645 $30,375 $26,487
7 + $41,981 $36,009 $35,758 $33,271 $29,014

Notes: This table uses the 1992 base. Income refers to total pre-tax, post-transfer household income.

*Includes cities with a population between 15,000 and 30,000 and small urban areas (under 15,000).

Source: Prepared by the Canadian Council on Social Development using Statistics Canada's Income Distributions by Size in Canada, 1993 Catalogue # 13-207.

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Example: A family of four living in a very large Canadian city with an income (before taxes and after transfers) of less than $31,017 in 1993, would have been living below the poverty line. A similar family living in a village would not have been below the poverty line unless their income was below $21,435.

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