Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey says the city must strengthen its social service offerings after a United Way report revealed that more than half of Peel Region residents are now considered low-income earners.

The report found that that percentage of the population has dramatically increased over the past 35 years.

In 1980, just two per cent of Peel residents were considered low-income — meaning they earned between 60 and 80 per cent of the Toronto area’s average income of $14,384. In 2000, that jumped to 22 per cent (average Toronto-area income was $35,618.) As of 2015, low-income residents make up 47 per cent of Peel Region, with an additional 4 per cent considered “very low” earners. (The average income in the Toronto area was $50,478 in 2015.