Poverty in Oxford, Elgin and St. Thomas

Poverty in Elgin St. Thomas

  • In Elgin St. Thomas, 16% of residents were living in low income households. 
  • 20% of children under the age of 18 and 10% of seniors aged 65+ were living in low income households.
  • More females were in low income households than males.
  • The median household income in Elgin St. Thomas was $54,411.
  • In Elgin St. Thomas, 20% of home owners and 42% of renters were spending more than 30% of their household income on shelter costs.
  • In Elgin St. Thomas, it cost $833 to feed a family of four for a month in order to meet their nutritional needs based on Canada’s Food Guide.
  • The cost of a nutritious food basket and rent would use up about 26% of the average monthly income for a family of four in Ontario and up to 107% of the monthly income for 1 person on Ontario Works.

Source: Community Health Status Report 2015

Poverty in Oxford County

  • In Oxford County, 10% of residents were living in low income households.
  • 13.7% of children aged 17 and under and 10% of seniors aged 65+ were living in low income households.
  • More females were in low income households than males.
  • The median household income in Oxford County was $63,630.
  • In Oxford County, 4.3% of individuals have an income too low to cover basic needs (food, shelter and clothing)

Source: Oxford Community Health Report: Issue 2, November 2017