The gender gap in individual income – the difference between the average individual income of women and men – was reduced by half from 1976 to 2015, says Statistics Canada in a report released on Wednesday.
The federal agency said the gap went from $32,300 ($16,100 versus $48,400) to $16,100 ($35,300 versus $51,400).
“Most of the decrease in the gender gap in individual income occurred from 1976 to 1995, largely due to an increase in women’s average individual income. Since then, the gender gap in individual income has been relatively stable,” said StatsCan.
The federal agency said women’s earnings account for a smaller portion of family earnings than do men’s. However, that portion has grown over time.
“In families where there was an employed woman aged 25 to 54, their earnings accounted for 47 per cent of family earnings in 2015 – an increase of 22 percentage points from 1976 (25 per cent). Men’s earnings accounted for a diminishing share of family earnings, at 66 per cent in 2015 – a decrease of 12 percentage points from 1976 (78 per cent).”
Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.
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