Staying on a budget, a goal not always achieved in Québec households

Québec, February 4, 2014 – Six out of ten people in Québec produced a budget for their household expenditures in 2009. Of these, 43% say they always stay within their budget, 50% usually do, and about 6% rarely or never do. Certain groups of people are less likely to make a budget. However, when they do, they are more likely to commit to it. This is particularly true of seniors, people living alone, owner households without mortgages, and households without debt.

Other findings on keeping and committing to a budget as well as being unable to handle an unforeseen expense are featured in an article published today in the Données sociodémographiques en bref bulletin, by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Employed individuals who are satisfied with their work-family balance evaluate their mental health more positively

In 2011, the more workers in Québec reported being satisfied with their work-family balance, the greater they were to report good mental health. The situation was similar in Ontario, although work-family balance satisfaction was higher in Québec.

The article also shows that employed individuals with higher levels of education working long hours or during non-standard working hours display lower levels of satisfaction. Similarly, the greater the number of children and the younger they are, the more parents tend to be dissatisfied with their work-family balance.

Family is the main support system when major changes occur

In Québec, in 2008, nearly four out of ten people had experienced at least one major change in their lives in the last twelve months. Young people experience more of these major changes than their older counterparts and generally feel more positive about them. This difference in perception seems connected to the nature of changes experienced by each age group.

Whatever the nature of these changes, family remains one of the most often used resource by people. Emotional support is the first form of support provided by the family.

Self-employed workers have diversified their sources of income between 1996 and 2011

Among self-employed workers, the work income proportion of total income dropped between 1996 and 2011 in favour of other private incomes, mainly investment income. The income composition of paid employees remained more or less the same.

In 2011, as in 1996, the income of self-employed workers without paid staff was lower than that of employees, while the income of self-employed workers with paid staff was comparable to that of employees.

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