A new study that compares average incomes in Ontario, Quebec and eight American states in the Great Lakes region finds that in 2020, Ontario’s GDP per person trailed neighbouring Michigan by over $6,000, and in fact, Ontario lags the regional average GDP per person by $19,219 or 32.7 per cent.
- By global standards, Ontario is a prosperous place. Ontarians enjoy living standards and access to opportunities that are the envy of much of the world.
- However, within its own economic region, Ontario is an economic laggard.
- This bulletin compares overall prosperity in Ontario (measured as Gross Domestic Product per person) to that of the eight American states in the Great Lakes region and its neighbouring province, Quebec. It also compares the economic growth rates of jurisdictions in the region in recent years.
- The study shows that Ontario has the second lowest GDP per person in the region, ahead only of Quebec. The region’s GDP per capita taken as a whole is 32.7 percent higher than Ontario’s.
- Over the past two decades, Ontario has fallen increasingly behind its regional neighbours. While real inflation-adjusted GDP has increased by 18.5 percent in the entire region since 2001, Ontario’s real per person economy has grown by just 6.5 per cent.
- The large and growing prosperity gap between Ontario and its neighbours should concern Ontarians generally and policymakers specifically. Strong GDP growth contributes to job creation, wage growth, and other indicators of well-being.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Measuring Ontario’s Regional Prosperity Gap, 2022 Update