A number is never just a number -- Canada vs. the OECD

• 34
Number of countries with membership in the OECD (Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development), created in 1961. Canada is among them. (Source) 

• 80.7
Average life expectancy at birth in Canada, one year more than the average of OECD nations. Average life expectancy for Canadian women after retirement: 21 years. It's 15 for men. (Source and Source)

• 1.66
Canada's fertility rate (children per woman). Lower than the OECD average of 1.74. (Source

• 1 in 5
Number of foreign-born Canadians, nearly double the OECD average. (Source

• 84
Percentage of Canadians, on average, who report the highest community tolerance of ethnic minorities, migrants, gays and lesbians. Higher than the OECD average of 61 per cent. (Source

• 320
Minutes of paid work or study, per day, reported by Canadians. Higher than the OECD average of 277 minutes per day. (Source

• +2.3
Percent change in Canada's unemployment rate, 2007-09. Higher than the +2.1 OECD average. (Source)

• 16
Percent of Canadians finding it difficult or very difficult to live on their current income in 2010. Lower than the OECD average of 24 per cent. (Source

• 85
Percentage of jobless households with children in Canada who are poor. Much higher than the OECD average of 53 per cent. (Source

• 1
Percentage of Canadians who reported falling victim to assault over a 12-month period, lower than the OECD average of four per cent. (Source

• 17
Percentage of Canadians who feel unsafe on the street after dark, much lower than the OECD average of 26 per cent. (Source

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- A number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month.

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