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The Persistence of Poverty in the Aging Population

Between 1996 and 2001, 5.5% of all Canadians, and 11.1% of those over 65, were poor for all six years[4]. Given that poor unattached individuals and couples over age 65 derive 90% of their income from government transfers[4], a relatively fixed source of income, it is not surprising that they are unable to escape poverty. Of elderly individuals who were poor in the two years 1993 and 1994, 85% had incomes that varied by less than $2000.[5]

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4. National Council of Welfare. Poverty profile 2001. Ottawa, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2004.

5. Lochead, C, Scott, K. The dynamics of women's poverty in Canada. 2000. Ottawa, Canadian Council on Social Development.

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