Living wage by region



Community Living Wage Date Last Calculated
Brantford $14.85 Oct 2014
Chatham-Kent $15.86 Oct 2014
Guelph $16.50 Oct 2015
Hamilton $15.85 Nov 2016
Kingston $16.58 Nov 2016
London $15.53 May 2016
Muskoka County $15.84  
Peterborough $17.65 May 2016
Region of Niagara $17.57 Jun 2017
Toronto $18.52 Apr 2015
Sudbury $16.18 Oct 2015
Perth and Huron $16.47  
St. Thomas Elgin $16.03 May 2017
Durham Region $17.00  
Waterloo Region $16.10 Jan 2017
Halton $17.95 Apr 2017
Windsor-Essex $14.15 Mar 2015
Simcoe County $17.74 Nov 2017

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  • Test Test
    commented 2018-09-14 14:45:20 -0400
    Thanks for your interest Karen. We are currently updating our calculation, and plan to release them during Living Wage Week 2018, which is the first week of November. So stay tuned!
  • Karen Whitman
    commented 2018-09-14 14:39:46 -0400
    Will there be any update soon to some of these calculations? I am interested particularly in Guelph but the calculation here is 3 years old. Would I just multiply by the annual rate of inflation each year?
  • Test Test
    commented 2018-05-28 06:39:40 -0400
    Thanks for your question Shaun. The living wage calculations include monthly rent payments and renter’s insurance. Monthly rent is typically one of the largest line items of all the factors that go into calculating the rates.
  • Shaun Tran
    commented 2018-05-03 16:16:43 -0400
    Why doesn’t the Living Wage include home ownership? Wouldn’t that be important as most people would need somewhere to live…
  • Test Test
    commented 2018-02-09 08:36:23 -0500
    Thanks for your interest Julia. It would be possible to calculate what the living wage would be for any configuration of family or individual. Some would be lower than the current model of a 2 adult 2 child family, and some would be higher. It’s not a perfect representation of the complexities of society, but it was never meant to be. To me, the living wage is just trying to get closer to reality than the minimum wage, and I think it accomplishes that.
  • Julia Bell
    commented 2018-02-09 00:59:45 -0500
    Fair enough. However, I’m still wondering if there is a way to calculate for “non-standard” families.
    I’m know that there are many families with only one working parent and/or more than 2 children. There must be a per capita dollar figure needed for meeting basic needs. Is it double?
    i.e. It would seem to make sense that a single parent of two children living in Ontario would need to earn twice what two wage earners would (so $34/hr). But that can’t be entirely accurate as there would be 3 to feed, not 4. And yet housing costs for 3 would remain fairly similar to those for 4).
    It seems that the living wage calculation is rather simplistic and based on an idealized family situation. And – most trying to live on the minimum wage aren’t in an idealized situation.
  • Test Test
    commented 2018-01-30 09:28:25 -0500
    Here in Ontario, we follow the national living wage framework, which settled on calculating the needs of two-parent families with young children.
  • Julia Bell
    commented 2018-01-30 00:34:53 -0500
    Is there a formula for a larger or smaller sized family?
  • Test Test
    commented 2018-01-16 12:57:08 -0500
    Thanks for your comment Joanna.

    The living wage is calculated for a 37.5 hour work week.
  • Joanna Rivera
    commented 2018-01-16 12:00:27 -0500
    How many hours per week make this wage liveable? One can earn a fair rate of pay but have too few hours to pay the bills.