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Income and Health

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Low Income FOCUS Report (pdf)

Health STATS on Income

Health STATS on Household Food Insecurity

Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. (free download)
Mikkonen, J., & Raphael, D. (2010). Toronto: York University School of Health Policy and Management.

Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives (2nd ed.). Raphael, D. (Ed.). (2009).  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc.

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Why is income a health issue? 

Income influences our living conditions and affects our overall quality of life and general well-being. Individuals living in low income have higher rates of chronic diseases and are more likely to die earlier than individuals who are better off financially. In general, the lower a person’s socio-economic status, the greater their risk of poor health.


Income Inequality in Simcoe Muskoka

Of the total income earned by Simcoe Muskoka residents, nearly one quarter (24%) goes to those who make up the richest 10% of the population, while just 2% goes to the population who makes up the poorest 10%. (Statistics Canada, Income Statistics Division, T1 Family Files [2011], Reference 15020.).

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