Living wage by region

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Community Living Wage Date Last Calculated
Chatham-Kent $16.33 Nov-2018
Grey Bruce $18.39 Nov-2019
Guelph $17.00 Nov-2019
Haldimand Norfolk $16.58 Nov-2019
Haliburton $19.42 Nov-2018
Halton $20.38 Apr-2019
Hamilton $16.45 Nov-2019
Hastings Prince Edward $17.35 Nov-2019
Kawartha Lakes $18.42 Nov-2018
Kingston $17.57 Nov-2019
Leeds, Grenville, Lanark Counties $17.21 Nov-2019
London $16.20 Nov-2019
Muskoka $15.84 Nov-2016
Peterborough $17.63 Nov-2019
Niagara Region $18.12 Nov-2019
Norththumberland County $18.06 Nov-2019
Prescott Russell $17.15 Nov-2019
Sault Ste. Marie $16.16 Apr-2020
Ottawa $18.42 Nov-2019
Renfrew $16.80 Nov-2019
Toronto $22.08 Nov-2019
Sudbury $16.98 Nov-2019
Perth and Huron $17.55 Nov-2019
St. Thomas Elgin $16.57 Nov-2018
Durham Region $17.00 Nov-2017
Waterloo Region $16.35 Nov-2019
Simcoe County $18.01 Nov-2018
Thunder Bay $16.21 Nov-2019

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  • Craig Pickthorne
    commented 2021-04-09 08:30:56 -0400
    Hi Allan, I take your point. We paused calculation work in 2020, but are working on new rates for release on the first week of November of this year. -Craig Pickthorne, OLWN
  • Allan Easson
    commented 2021-04-09 01:35:53 -0400
    The problem with these living wage amounts, they are all from 2016 to 2019. Only one was last updated in 2020 and that was way up in northern ontario (Sault St Marie). Lets face it, 2020 and 2021 we have seen rents and housing skyrocket to over 1300 for one bedroom and 1500+ for a 2 bedroom apartment. Some areas like Toronto are worse then that at over 2000 a month. If you do the math, people making 30.00/hr in Toronto are struggling to pay rents after taxes and everything. The housing market for most areas of Ontario are averaging 800,000+ ( Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara, Toronto, Durham Region, etc). I think this living wage page is irrevelent now because all these calculations should be over 20.00/hr easily per person to even pay rents now. Just saying.
  • Meg Leslie
    commented 2021-03-18 18:54:26 -0400
    Please update Muskoka? Last note said they were due to be updated in 2020
  • Joseph Caruso
    commented 2021-03-07 23:58:45 -0500
    When is Durham Region’s rate due for an update?
  • Darryl Charron
    commented 2021-02-04 14:54:50 -0500
    No Windsor Essex
  • depressed nitemare bastard boy
    commented 2021-01-09 17:11:47 -0500
    The only region that even seems to come close to the minimum wage is Muskoka and that hasn’t been updated in over 4 years!
  • Melissa Stubbs
    followed this page 2020-12-08 13:44:14 -0500
  • Mandi Hardy
    commented 2020-04-17 12:27:50 -0400
    What’s the living wage in Peel Region?
  • Craig Pickthorne
    commented 2020-01-30 15:16:14 -0500
    Thanks for your interest Tracey. Muskoka’s rate is due for an update in 2020.
  • Tracey Rogers
    commented 2020-01-30 15:00:49 -0500
    Is it possible to update the living wage for Muskoka?
  • Tammy Wares
    commented 2019-07-27 19:41:32 -0400
    I am wondering about the living wage for London ON as well. With the significant increase to the cost of renting over the last year or so, the $15.53 figure calculated in 2016 cannot possible be adequate anymore.
  • Derek Dolson
    commented 2019-07-21 18:27:47 -0400
    Whats the living wage for london On for a single person? the last update was 2016.
  • Craig Pickthorne
    commented 2019-01-09 11:05:58 -0500
    And to the many queries about communities and regions without a living wage calculation, we are adding new coverage every year, and hope for 100% coverage in the future.
  • Craig Pickthorne
    commented 2019-01-09 11:03:44 -0500
    Thanks for adding to the dialogue KADC. The living wage calculation framework we use is for families who rent, and thus have no mortgage payments, which might account for that average.

    There are many configurations of family and individual that are not represented in the local living wage calculations, and we’ve always acknowledged that. As I said below, the living wage is about supplying employers with a number per hour that is closer to reality than the minimum wage, and I think it accomplishes that.
  • K A D C
    commented 2019-01-05 14:06:16 -0500
    Average household debt in Ontario is $154,000 (2016 statistics) so I think you need to include debt repayment as part of your calculation if you want your research to reflect reality for the average Ontarian.
  • K A D C
    commented 2019-01-05 13:59:22 -0500
    I do not understand the reasoning behind the dual-income/two children household “national living wage framework”. Statistically, the average household in both Ontario and Canada is 2.9 people and has been approximately 3 people since the mid 1960s, being skewed slightly in favour of single parent/two children over two parents/one child, so the idea of the livable wage standard being based on dual-income households has not been the most representative option since the minimum wage in Ontario was raised to $1.00/hour for men and 85¢ for women.

    For single people like myself and for virtually all young people starting out on their own, knowing the livable wage for individuals is vital information when researching career options and negotiating starting wages and raises so, regretfully, your research isn’t very helpful to us either.

    I sincerely applaud your efforts, but please consider using a “national living wage framework” that is at least based on statistical reality with hopefully with some consideration for those of us who live alone as well.
  • 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: [email protected] 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?