I AM A SONIC BOOMER, NOT A SENIOR... In this blog, I am writing to and for those who believe that the Boomers will change what the word Senior means. I also believe that Boomers will change what retirement means in our society. The blog is also for those who are interested in what life after retirement may look like for them. In this blog I highlight and write about issues that I believe to be important both for Seniors and working Boomers.
52% is the percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class when asked to describe their “social and financial place in society”, according to a November 2014 Pollara poll.
73% is the Percentage of Quebecers who said they were middle class – the province most likely to do so, followed by Alberta (57%), the Prairies (47%), B.C. (46%), Atlantic provinces (44%), and Ontario (43%).
57% is the Percentage of men who said they think of themselves as middle class, compared to 47% of women.
67% is the Percentage of Canadians earning between $60,000-$100,000 who said they’re middle class. For context, the 2012 after-tax median income of all families consisting of two or more people was $71,700.
3% is the Percentage of Canadians who considered themselves upper class, thank you very much.
36% is the Percentage of Canadians who said they’re working class, not middle class.
9% is the Percentage of Canadians who considered themselves poor. For context, Statistics Canada said 16.3 per cent of children under 17 lived in low-income households in 2012.
82% is the Percentage of self-described middle class Canadians who own their home: home ownership is a very middle class symbol in Canada.
49% is the Percentage of Canadians who said they feel confident that they can move up the socio-economic ladder through hard work, though the answer differs greatly depending on where you sit along the income ladder.
20% is the Percentage of self-ascribed poor Canadians who said they are confident in merit-based social mobility, compared to 47% of the working class, 53% of the middle class, and 73% of the very confident upper class.
45%is thePercentage of Canadians who are optimistic about the future of Canada’s middle class.
90%is the Percentage of Canadians who don’t feel financially secure.