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Low income measures and rates in Inuit Nunangat

TitleLow income measures and rates in Inuit Nunangat
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDuhaime, G., and Édouard R.
JournalChaire condition autochtone - note de recherche

This research note measures the scope of poverty among the Inuit in the four regions of the Canadian Arctic where they live. A low income measure (LIM) that takes household composition and consumer prices into account was developed for each region using data from the master file of the 2006 Census of Canada and surveys by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on the Revised Northern Food Basket. For the Inuit Nunanga as a whole, the LIM is $22,216 and the low income rate (LIR) 44%. However, the values vary from one region to the other: in Nunavik, for example, the LIM is $22,943 and the LIR 37.5%. These rates are roughly three times higher than those observed in Canada and Quebec.

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