Vancouver-area communities stand out with some of the widest income gaps in the country, analysis finds..

Vancouver-area communities stand out with some of the widest income gaps in the country, analysis finds..

By Carly Penrose
Local News Data Hub
Sept. 21, 2023

Income inequality, known for its corrosive effects on health, happiness and community ties, is worse in Vancouver and some nearby municipalities than in most other places in Canada, according to a new analysis of Statistics Canada data.

West Vancouver ranked second for income inequality on a national list assembled by the Local News Data Hub at Toronto Metropolitan University, while the area that includes part of the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus was third. The city of Vancouver ranked 11th.

The divide between the affluent and people who struggle financially is most visible in Vancouver. There are low-income residents in the city’s Downtown Eastside who “haven’t been out of the [neighbourhood] in many, many years,” said John Zador, the community engagement co-ordinator with Exchange Inner City, a local economic development organization.

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