Living Wages Required for Basic Lifestyle in 23 Ontario Regions Revealed

A new report has revealed how much money people need to make in 23 Ontario regions to afford a basic lifestyle.

According to the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN), people living in Toronto need to earn $ 22.08 an hour, which is the most in Ontario, to be able to afford the basics.

OLWN says a living wage is how much you have to earn to cover the cost of living in your community, including food, clothing, shelter, transportation, child care, medical care, recreation, and a modest vacation.

It does not include things like paying off on debt, home ownership, savings for your children’s education or any other type of emergency fund.


“Our 2021 calculations now take into account a weighted average between a family of four, a single parent with a child and a single adult,” OLWN said in their report.

The Halton region demands the second highest wage in the province at $ 20.75 an hour.

In the Peel region, people have to earn $ 19.80 an hour to afford a basic lifestyle.

According to the report, the lowest living wage required to afford a basic lifestyle is in Sault Ste. Marie, where $ 16.20 per hour is required.

The minimum wage in Ontario is currently $ 14.35 per hour.

After being elected in 2018, the Ford government scrapped legislation that would have pushed the minimum wage to $ 15.

On Monday, NDP leader Andrea Horwath asked Prime Minister Doug Ford during the question period on cost of living and minimum wage.

“The premiere, billionaires, the friends of the premiere, they never have to worry about putting food on the table or putting a roof over their children’s,” Horwath said.

“Workers have lost $ 5,300,” Horwath said.

Ford responded by talking about gasoline prices and then said more people have jobs since taking over from the Liberal government.

This is the living wage for the 23 regions included in OLWN’s report.

  • Durham Region: $ 17.80

  • Guelph Wellington: $ 18.10

  • Haldimand-Norfolk: $ 17: 35

  • Halton Region: $ 20.75

  • Hamilton: $ 17.20

  • Hastings-Prince Edward: $ 17.75

  • Kingston: $ 17.75

  • Leeds, Grenville, Lanark Counties: $ 18.25

  • London: $ 16.55

  • Muskoka: $ 18.55

  • Niagara Region: $ 18.90

  • Northumberland Land: $ 18.80

  • Ottawa: $ 18.60

  • Peel Region: $ 19.80

  • Perth and Huron Counties: $ 17.95

  • Peterborough: $ 18.35

  • Renfrew County: $ 17.40

  • Sault Ste. Marie: $ 16.20

  • Simcoe County: $ 19.05

  • Sudbury: $ 16.98

  • Thunder Bay: $ 16.30

  • Toronto: $ 22.08

  • Waterloo Region: $ 17.20


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