Living wage by region



Community Living Wage Date Last Calculated
Chatham-Kent $16.33 Nov 2018
Guelph $16.90 Nov 2018
Haliburton $19.42 Nov 2018
Halton $17.95 Apr 2017
Hamilton $15.85 Nov 2016
Kawartha Lakes $18.42 Nov 2018
Kingston $17.29 Nov 2018
Leeds, Grenville, Lanark Counties $17.07 Nov 2018
London $15.53 May 2016
Muskoka $15.84 Nov 2016
Peterborough $17.65 May 2018
Niagara Region $17.99 Nov 2018
Norththumberland County $17.95 Nov 2018
Ottawa $18.21 Nov 2018
Toronto $21.75 Nov 2018
Sudbury $16.18 Oct 2015
Perth and Huron $17.44 Nov 2018
St. Thomas Elgin $16.57 Nov 2018
Durham Region $17.00  
Waterloo Region $16.15 Nov 2018
Simcoe County $18.01 Nov 2018
Thunder Bay $16.05 Nov 2018

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  • Christine Renaud
    commented 2018-11-07 14:58:00 -0500
    It doesn’t seem that Prince Edward County is included. Any chance that might be updated? Thanks
  • Josee Caron
    commented 2018-11-07 14:19:22 -0500
    What about North Bay?
  • Deborah Jeffrey
    commented 2018-11-06 22:44:40 -0500
    Good work! I would like to see data for Hastings County when it is available.
  • Brian White
    commented 2018-11-06 21:35:19 -0500
    I see Sarnia and Lambton County are not included. Is there any data available for us?
  • Craig Pickthorne
    commented 2018-10-04 14:42:46 -0400
    Thanks for the question Ryan. I’d be happy to connect you to the people who devise and update our living wage calculations if you email me: We’d love to be of help to you.
  • Ryan Deska
    commented 2018-10-04 14:31:44 -0400
    Will you have living wage calculations by Census Division? Census Subdivision? This would be really impactful for us, to look at the distribution across Ontario.
  • Craig Pickthorne
    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?
  • Craig Pickthorne
    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…
  • Craig Pickthorne
    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.
  • Craig Pickthorne
    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?
  • Craig Pickthorne
    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.