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Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number -- Inequality

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Hennessy, Trish
Publication Date: 
1 Feb 2011


  • $6.6 million: The average compensation of Canada's best-paid 100 CEOs in 2009.
  • $42,988: The average wage for Canadians working full-time, year-round.
  • 155 times: How much the best-paid 100 CEOs earn more than average wage.
  • 0: The number of women among the best-paid 100 CEOs in Canada in 2009.
  • 20th: Canada ranks 20th, behind the U.S., in a global ranking of women's equality.


  • 17th: Canada ranks 17 out of 24 OECD nations on children's material well-being.
  • 1 in 10: Canadian children live in poverty. 1 in 4 Aboriginal children live in poverty.
  • A solution: Shifting 1% of Canadians' collective after-tax income to the 1 in 10 Canadians living in low income would eliminate poverty in Canada.