In a recent poll from Ipsos, it was revealed that 67% of Canadians believe Canada’s economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful. If you've ever wondered, though, how much you actually have to earn each year to be considered "rich," then wonder no more!

In the Instagram-age that we live in, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish between actually wealthy and just generally bougie! Therefore, this article will break-down how much you would need to earn in each province to be considered a rich person, and the results might seriously surprise you!

Using 2018 taxes information, data has been collected to find out what the average income of the top 1% earners is in each province. If you were hoping to make the rich list, things are apparently getting harder, as Canada’s national average income actually rose by 10.8% in 2015, according to Stats Canada!

That said, don’t count yourself out yet! Here is the median income of the wealthiest 1% in each province aka what you need to make in order to be considered "rich."


If you’re in Alberta and are not earning at least $331,600, you can just count yourself out of this one. It seems this province is home to plenty of people with plenty of money, as their top 1% of earners are making a whole lot. Yikes!

Even more bad news if you’re in Calgary, as you’d need to be earning $344,500 every year to be considered part of the 1%. Damn. Count us out!


We'd expect nothing less from the province with the country's biggest city and its capital. To be considered a rich person in Ontario, you should be making upwards of $345,500. Yikes.

In Toronto, though, you'll need to make over $360,000 to be in the big leagues. 


The wealthiest 1% of people in Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon are earning a little less, with the average income sitting at around $297,000 annually. Think of how much farther your money would go here than in Calgary!

Newfoundland & Labrador 

In Newfoundland, you’ll need to be earning $318,800 a year to be considered rich. While this is still far from an average wage, Ontario has done a great job of making every other province seem a slightly more achievable place to be rich!

British Columbia 

Vancouver and Toronto are often neck in neck when it comes to the highest rent in the country. So it's no surprise that British Columbia is coming in just behind Ontario, with a median salary for the 1% at $335,600. 

There is a bit of a jump for those living in Vancouver, who should be earning $342,300 to be considered monetarily wealthy.

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