About 1.5 million Quebecers do not have enough income to live well

Between 1.4 and 1.6 million Quebecers would not have sufficient income to allow them to live comfortably and with dignity, denounced the Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS) in a note released Wednesday.

At the beginning of the month, the research organization camped on the left had denounced the fact that some 750,000 Quebecers live below the poverty line, calculated according to the ability to afford a basket of basic goods and services, defined by Statistics Canada.

However, the number of Quebecers living in poverty would be twice as high if we refer to the calculation of viable income, a tool developed by IRIS to determine the income necessary to “have access to a life of dignity, free from poverty” .

The organization which publishes annually since 2016 the viable income necessary to live comfortably in seven Quebec cities had never been able to identify how many Quebecers did not earn this minimum amount.

For 2020, IRIS estimated, last spring, that the viable income for a single person ranges between $ 24,083 in Saguenay and $ 32,682 in Sept-Îles. It is $ 27,409 in Quebec and $ 27,948 in Montreal.

A single parent with one child in CPE would need an amount between $ 35,882 and $ 44,240, while a couple with two children in CPE would need $ 57,900 to $ 66,036, depending on their city.

Thus, a senior over 65 living alone and having only access to the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement receives less than $ 20,000 and does not have a viable income, has given as an example IRIS.

“To reduce poverty, we must prioritize improving the incomes of the poorest fifth of the population. Unfortunately, we choose instead to promote the concentration of wealth at the top of the social scale, ”said researcher Eve-Lyne Couturier in a press release.

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