In Canada, for every $100 of wealth created, $34 went to the top 1%
For every $100 of wealth created in Canada, $34 went to the top 1%
Wealth inequality in Canada has worsened since the start of this decade, according to a new report.
Oxfam says nearly two thirds of wealth created since 2020 has gone to the top 1% wealthiest.
As the world deals with the increased cost of living, the news that members of the elite have enjoyed roughly twice as much new wealth as the rest of the world will be a tough pill to swallow.
The ‘Survival of the Richest’ report reveals that billionaires in Canada have increased their fortunes by roughly 51% since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
For every $100 of wealth created in the last 10 years, $34 has gone to Canada’s richest 1% compared to just $5 to the bottom 50%.
The report will intensify calls for the richest in society to pay a larger share of their wealth, especially with the current inflation-fuelled crisis for ordinary households.
“Taxing the super-rich and big corporations is the door out of today’s overlapping crises,” added Ravon. “It’s time we demolish the convenient myth that tax cuts for the richest result in their wealth somehow ‘trickling down’ to everyone else. Forty years of tax cuts for the super-rich have shown that a rising tide doesn’t lift all ships — just the superyachts.”
The report highlights the gains made by global billionaires since the pandemic began with their fortunes rising by a collective $2.7 billion a day.
A billionaire gained roughly $1.7 million for every $1 of new global wealth earned by a person in the bottom 90%, while only four cents of every tax dollar comes from taxes on wealth.
Half of the world’s billionaires live in countries with no inheritance tax for direct descendants and are set to pass on $5 trillion of tax-free wealth to their heirs, more than the GDP of Africa!
Last year, a Fraser Institute study questioned the notion that Canada’s wealthiest do not pay their fair share of tax. Its report found that the top 20% of income-earning families in Canada pay more than half of total taxes including personal income, sales and property taxes.
Calling on governments
Oxfam is calling on governments to:
- Introduce one-off solidarity wealth taxes and windfall taxes to end crisis profiteering.
- Permanently increase taxes on the richest one per cent, for example to at least 60% of their income from labour and capital, with higher rates for multi-millionaires and billionaires. Governments must especially raise taxes on capital gains, which are subject to lower tax rates than other forms of income.
- Tax the wealth of the richest one per cent at rates high enough to significantly reduce the numbers and wealth of the richest people and redistribute these resources. This includes implementing inheritance, property and land taxes, as well as net wealth taxes.