Few believe social class is important for success, but two-in-five’s class stayed static across generations
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September 21, 2023 – Canada is not one of the first countries to come to mind when one thinks of social class hierarchies, but it has been affected by the growing wealth inequality seen across the world in recent decades.

New data from the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with the University of Alberta Sociology Department explore social class and inequality in Canada through an in-depth survey of more than 8,000 Canadians.

Overall, Canadians are most likely to identify as middle class (42%). Approaching one-in-five identify as working class (17%), lower middle class (17%) and upper middle class (17%). Six per cent believe themselves to be lower or poverty class, while the smallest group – one per cent – say they are upper class. If you’d like to see how you fit on the class spectrum, click here to take the online quiz.

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