Disposable income inequality among households relatively stable since the 2000s

Québec, October 7, 2014 – After a slight decrease in inequality of household disposable income between 1976 and 1990, inequality increased significantly during the 1990s and stabilized in the 2000s. Although trends in Québec were similar to that of the rest of Canada, inequality between households was lower in Québec.

Furthermore, both in Québec and the rest of Canada, the primary household maintainer’s education level as well as the type of household (unattached individuals, couples, single-parent families, etc.) had more influence on disposable income inequality than the age and sex of the primary household maintainer. These results are drawn from an article released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, in the bulletin Données sociodémographiques en bref.

Majority of Québec's population satisfied with commuting time

In 2010, more than eight out of ten employed people in Québec reported being satisfied with their commuting time. Those traveling by foot or bicycle were more satisfied than car or public transit users. As expected, satisfaction decreased with frequent traffic congestions or longer trips.

Nearly eight out of ten employed individuals chose cars as their mode of transport to get to work. Commuting time increased significantly in the more populated agglomerations and with frequent traffic congestion. In addition, travel time was longer when using public transit compared with other modes of transport.

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