Low wages and high debt are unfortunate realities for many Canadians. Quebeckers are especially familiar with this, as we have among the lowest average wages in Canada.
These days, our economy can be qualified as just "so-so." The Canadian dollar hasn't been that good either. As of today, one Canadian dollar is worth .75 cents American.
A Statistics Canada report shows that the average income for Canadians doesn't go over $70,000 dollars. According to the report, Canadian wages have increased by 3.3% on average across the country, despite low median income. However, average income is expected to increase year by year across the country.
TL;DR The average income is on the rise in Canada — seeing a 3.3% increase in 2017. Some provinces, however, are still far behind the rest of the country when it comes to average income. According to Statistics Canada, these are the average incomes in every province.
Here's the official map released by Statistics Canada. Overall, Canada's average income is $59,800.
Below, we've ranked the provinces from highest to lowest average income.
Alberta is one of the most job-rich (and oil-rich) provinces in Canada. Their average income is $70,300, making it the highest in the country.
Canada's most populated province has the second highest income in Canada. Their average wage is $62,700. Half of that income definitely goes to pay rent in Toronto!
3. British Columbia
In B.C., the average wage is $62,100. Considering that B.C. is one of the most expensive provinces to live in, I expected the average to be higher. B.C.'s average income is the third highest in Canada.
Saskatchewan has an average income of $61,300 — the fourth highest in Canada.
Manitoba's average wage comes in at $58,900 per year. Manitobans have the fifth highest average income in Canada.
6. Newfoundland & Labrador
Arguably Canada's friendliest province, Newfoundland & Labrador have an average wage of $54,300 per year.
7. Prince Edward Island
The home of Anne of Green Gables has one of the highest average wages in the Maritimes at $53,400 per year.
8. New Brunswick
The first Maritime province has an average wage of $53,000 per year. That's a whole lot of lobster!
While we argue about secularism and taxi permits, let's take a moment to realize that Quebec has one of the lowest average incomes in the country. Our province has an average wage of $52,400 — 9th place.
10. Nova Scotia
Nova Scotians, unfortunately, have the lowest average wages in Canada at $50,200 per year. Nova Scotia isn't short of charm or beauty, though.
How does your province rank in average income?