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Canadian Welfare Incomes as a Percentage of the Poverty Line by Family Type and Province, 2001

 Total IncomePoverty LineTotal Welfare Income
as % of Poverty Line
Newfoundland
Single Employable 3,276 16,167 20%
Person with a Disability 8,902 16,167 55%
Single Parent, One Child 14,670 20,20973%
Couple, Two Children 17,474 30,424 57%
Prince Edward Island
Single Employable 5,846 16,05536%
Person with a Disability 8,772 16,055 55%
Single Parent, One Child 12,530 20,07062%
Couple, Two Children 19,399 30,214 64%
Nova Scotia
Single Employable 4,817 16,167 30%
Person with a Disability 8,312 16,167 51%
Single Parent, One Child 12,250 20,209 61%
Couple, Two Children 18,353 30,424 60%
New Brunswick
Single Employable 3,374 16,167 21%
Person with a Disability 6,902 16,167 43%
Single Parent, One Child 12,888 20,209 64%
Couple, Two Children 16,206 30,424 53%
Quebec
Single Employable 6,415 18,849 34%
Person with a Disability 9,314 18,849 49%
Single Parent, One Child 13,318 23,561 57%
Couple, Two Children 16,919 35,471 48%
Ontario
Single Employable 6,829 18,849 36%
Person with a Disability 11,763 18,849 62%
Single Parent, One Child 13,828 23,561 59%
Couple, Two Children 18,330 35,471 52%
Manitoba
Single Employable 5,558 18,849 29%
Person with a Disability 8,352 18,849 44%
Single Parent, One Child 12,330 23,561 52%
Couple, Two Children 17,725 35,47150%
Saskatchewan
Single Employable 5,978 16,167 37%
Person with a Disability 8,662 16,167 54%
Single Parent, One Child 12,367 20,209 61%
Couple, Two Children 18,210 30,424 60%
Alberta
Single Employable 5,030 18,849 27%
Person with a Disability 7,596 18,849 40%
Single Parent, One Child 11,619 23,561 49%
Couple, Two Children 18,395 35,471 52%
British Columbia
Single Employable 6,457 18,849 34%
Person with a Disability 9,782 18,849 52%
Single Parent, One Child 14,069 23,56160%
Couple, Two Children 18,412 35,471 52%

Note: "Total welfare income" includes all income from basic social assistance, additional benefits, Canada Child Tax Benefit, Provincial/Territorial child benefits, the federal GST credit and Provincial/Territorial tax credits.
Source: Prepared by the Canadian Council on Social Development, using National Council of Welfare, Welfare Incomes 2000-2001, Spring 2002.

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Example: In 2001, a single welfare recipient in Newfoundland who was deemed to be employable would have received $3,276 in welfare benefits for the year. The poverty line was $16,167. This means that a single employable welfare recipient's income was only one-fifth (20%) of the poverty line.

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