What is Low Income Measure?

Presently, the Canadian government does not have an official definition of poverty, instead offering a variety of measures based on income-related terms. The Low Income Measure (LIM) is one such indicator of low income, and is used by Thunder Bay’s Poverty Reduction Strategy to determine how many people are living in poverty. It is calculated as 50% of the median income, adjusted for a family size. According to this measure, the LIM is $21,000 a year for a single person. This means that 12.8% or approximately 15,100 individuals in Thunder Bay live in poverty (have income under $21,000 a year). 7