The issue of social equality is a more sophisticated form of the income polarization discussion which has been so prominent over the past several decades.

The decline of the middle class and the rapid increase in the number of working poor has been accompanied by the emergence of a small number of super-rich individuals resulting in a far less equal society.

The equality discussion considers the effects of these trends not just from the point of view of the poor but from an overview of society as a whole.

Equality directly impacts:

  • Health
  • Crime
  • Fiscal balance
  • Social cohesion
  • Quality of life

What equality research has recently revealed is how profound the negative effects are on all levels of society as disparity grows. Wealthy people in a richer society with a high level of disparity have a lower quality of life than less wealthy people in a less rich but more equal society.

In the early ‘60s, Canada had the second-lowest level of inequality in the world. In 2016, we rank around number 20.

Equality affects us all and higher levels of equality should be a national priority.