The average income of NWT seniors 65 years and older is $22,134. Younger seniors age 55 to 64 years have similar if not higher average income than other NWT wage earners. Lower income can be expected among seniors 65 years and older. Almost 68% of seniors 65 years and older can expect annual income of $19,999 or less.

Table 6: Total Income by Age for the NWT Population 15 or more Years of Age, 2001
  All Ages % 55-64
Years
% 65 years & older %
Total Population 29,945 100 2,155 100 1,570 100
$0 - $9,999 5,925 20 475 22 80 5
$10,000 - $19,999 4,200 14 330 15 985 63
$20,000 - $39,999 5,800 19 400 19 330 21
$40,000 - $59,999 4,575 15 350 16 95 6
$60,000 and over 5265 18 415 19 75 5
Average Income $35,012   $39,382   $22,134  

Source: NWT Bureau of Statistics

2.2 The Demand for NWT Seniors Literacy Supports

Literacy Defined
The definition of literacy by seniors, literacy providers and senior serving organizations varies widely.

The NWT Literacy Council and Education, Culture and Communication have adopted similar definitions of literacy.