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There is less poverty and less inequality in Quebec In the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Inroads, I reported that Quebec and Ontario are just about on a par in standard of living. Quebec’s real income per capita is 92 per cent of Ontario’s. But Quebecers enjoy more free time, much of it by free choice: they work fewer hours per week, fewer weeks per year and fewer years in their careers. Incorporating the value of the increased leisure time together with cash income into an overall estimate of “true” standard of living leads to one basic conclusion: the average standard of living is now about the same in Quebec as in Ontario.

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