Sunday, June 28, 2020

Nanaimo : Numbers of children
living in poverty. 2016 Census

Low-income status in 2015 for the population in private households to whom low-income concepts are applicable - 100% data. 0 - 17 years. Click to enlarge.

Statistics Canada. 2017. Nanaimo, CY [Census subdivision], British Columbia and Nanaimo, RD [Census division], British Columbia (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017.

Low-income cut-offs, after tax (LICO-AT) - The Low-income cut-offs, after tax refers to an income threshold, defined using 1992 expenditure data (adjusted to current dollars using the all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI)), below which economic families or persons not in economic families would likely have devoted a larger share of their after-tax income than average to the necessities of food, shelter and clothing. More specifically, the thresholds represented income levels at which these families or persons were expected to spend 20 percentage points or more of their after-tax income than average on food, shelter and clothing.


  1. The provision of these maps is a much needed public service in understanding our community. Can you give a bit more information about its derivation and development?

  2. Here’s the StatsCan definition go the LICO-AT. “Economic family” is defined elsewhere as "All people in a census family are part of one economic family. If there are additional relatives living with them, those people are also in the economic family. ... As of 2001, common-law couple families could be either opposite-sex or same-sex. As of 2006, married couple families could be either opposite-sex or same-sex.”

    The origin of my data mapping project is a course Urban Design for Planners, an introduction to 5 brilliant free mostly open source software programs : QGIS, SketchUp, Google Earth Pro, Inkscape and GIMP (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop knockoffs). City of Nanaimo provides open source data on streets and buildings and parks, etc and Census data is available thru

  3. Here’s a good way to find census data for a particular area :

    Enter a postal code and scroll down to the larger tract area and the smaller area within, the dissemination area.

  4. Just realized I'd use the same map 2x. Have corrected, the second map shows percentage of households living in poverty in each of the dissemination area.