I Teach University Physics, But I'm on Government Assistance

The title really says it all

My total earning for the year are $34,000 (that’s Canadian dollars, which are less valuable that U.S. dollars). The average household income in Canada is $76,000. My family is officially classed as “poor” by Statistics Canada, and we get Provincial income assistance. For this paltry sum, I work all year round, with a break of a week over Christmas. By the time one course finishes, another has already started. I get no pension from my employer, although I have worked there for over four years. My job, although de facto full time, is not classified as such by the University. Officially, they maintain the extremely flimsy pretense that it is merely a temporary situation caused by unexpected events like extra enrollment or sabbatical leave by a permanent faculty member.