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Understanding the Shifting Meaning of the Middle Class

MARCH 2017

This report represents a synthesis of public opinion findings from EKOS and others to help understand Canadians’ attitudes regarding what it means to be middle class today.

This report was prepared for the Privy Council Office, and follows a review of the academic literature which looks at the evolving forces shaping the middle class from an economic and sociological perspective.

The views expressed in this report are those of EKOS Research Associates, Inc., and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Canada.

Click here for a PDF version of this report.

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Click here for a PDF version of this report.

1 comment to Understanding the Shifting Meaning of the Middle Class

  • Paul

    As someone in their early 30s, this report reflects my feelings quite well. I’m glad to see the rest of Canada on side with a more active economic role for the federal government, as the problems facing us today are not problems that can be fixed with more free market idealism. I feel that the angst that many are feeling with rising inequality and wage stagnation is manifesting itself in the housing affordability crises in Toronto, Vancouver, and elsewhere. Perhaps direct action in this sector will help to improve confidence in our economy and quality of life for Canadians struggling to find a home or a decent rental. It may be the ideal time to frame housing as less a market commodity and more a societal necessity.

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