ONTARIO WORKS CASELOAD DECREASING
Ontario Works helps people who are in financial need; this includes financial and employment assistance. In 2015, the Ontario Works caseload for CK was 2,962. Since 2013, the Ontario Case load has been decreasing.
PERSONAL & HOUSEHOLD INCOME
In 2013, the median personal income, after-tax, was $27,280 for Chatham-Kent and $29,292 for Ontario. The median household income after-tax for all family and non-family person (i.e., married couple, common-law couple, lone parent, non-family households) was $44,460 for Chatham-Kent and $49,040 for Ontario.
HOUSEHOLDS EXPERIENCING FOOD INSECURITY
People who experience food insecurity has been linked to poorer health. In 2013/14, 8% of households in CK were food insecure in that they struggled to afford food.
FAMILIES EXPERIENCING POVERTY
In 2011, 17.6% of adults (18+) and 23.4% of children lived in low income households (based on the Local Income Measure, after-tax; LIM-AT). The LIM-AT cannot describe the full extent of poverty and one can assume that the situation has worsened in recent years.17
References for each indicator can be seen by downloading the “CK Counts 2015 Reference Sheet” on the right hand side of the Community Context Page.