Income band data

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Date range: 1992, 2002, 2006

Data source:

  • Statistics Canada, Small Area and Administrative Data Division

This checklist is historical and provided only for reference. Please refer to for the current application and checklists.


The Income Band data file consists of 1000 income bands of data summarizing equivalised disposable income, derived from Statistics Canada tax-filer data prepared for the years 1992, 2002, and 2006.


  • Equivalised disposable income for each BC postal code is calculated and averaged. The postal codes are then sorted by average equivalised disposable income. From this sorted list 1000 income bands are created.
  • All income bands are made up of entire postal codes. In other words, all family members associated to one given postal code are within the same income band.

Fields Available

Geography – Income Band Number

Note: Researchers are provided with Income Band Number in order to associate Income Band data with project-specific Study IDs. Population Data BC uses 6-character postal codes to make this association however researchers DO NOT receive 6-character postal codes as part of their extracts. If you require 6-character postal code as part of your study, you must specifically request it (see below).

6-character postal code - Research rationale describing why this field is required must be supplied before it will be considered for release

Note: 6-character postal codes are NOT required for linkage to project-specific Study IDs (see above). However, if you are requesting 6-character postal codes to make this linkage, ensure that you have requested to receive them in another file for your study population (e.g., Consolidation File).

Average equivalized disposable income

Average equivalized disposable income – alternate 1 per capita weight income

Average equivalized disposable income – alternate 2 household weight income

Low (5th percentile) equivalized disposable income

25th percentile equivalized disposable income

Median equivalized disposable income

75th percentile equivalized disposable income

High (95% percentile) equivalized disposable income

Average unadjusted disposable income

Low (5th percentile) unadjusted disposable income

High (95th percentile) unadjusted disposable income
Number of adults (age >= 14)
Number of children (age < 14)
Number of families
Equivalent adults
Average equivalized federal income tax payments
Average equivalized provincial income tax payments
Average equivalized transfer payments
Average equivalized market income


Page last revised: May 9, 2018