Ontario is becoming more polarized as the bottom half of Ontario families see their share of the income pie shrinking while the top half takes home even more, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The bottom half of families raising children in Ontario saw its share of earnings fall to 19 per cent of total labour market income between 2000 and 2015—down three percentage points—while the top half of families increased its share of the income pie by three percentage points, earning 81 per cent of the total income pie.

“There is a lot of talk about helping out the middle class, but the reality is that it’s lower-middle class and working poor families who are falling behind due to declining labour market earnings,” says CCPA Senior Economist Sheila Block. “It’s a reflection of an increase in precarious, low-waged work in Ontario since the early-2000s and that’s a challenge for provincial policy makers.