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What is the minimum salary? Can I make a living on minimum wage?

The minimum salary varies from one province to another. In some of them,  this minimum wage increases yearly based on the average of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index.

Jurisdiction
Effective Date
Wage Rate

Alberta
01-Oct-2018
$15.00

British Columbia
01-Jun-2020
$14.60

Manitoba
01-Oct-2020
$11.90

New Brunswick
01-Apr-2020
$11.70

Newfoundland and Labrador
01-Oct-2020
$12.15

Northwest Territories
01-Apr-2018
$13.46

Nova Scotia
01-Apr-2020
$12.55

Nunavut
01-Apr-2020
$16.00

Ontario
01-Oct-2020
$14.25

Prince Edward Island
01-Apr-2020
$12.85

Quebec
01-May-2020
$13.10

Saskatchewan
01-Oct-2020
$11.45

Yukon
01-Apr-2020
$13.71

Source: Government of Canada. Information retrieved December, 2020.

Your monthly expenses depend on many factors: the city you live in, housing type, where you shop, and your overall lifestyle. Here are some references:

  • The cost of living in Toronto (Canada) is 59% more expensive than in Beijing (China)
  • The cost of living in Toronto (Canada) is 181% more expensive than in Delhi (India)
  • The cost of living in Toronto (Canada) is 79% more expensive than in Manila (Philippines)
  • The cost of living in Toronto (Canada) is 5% cheaper than in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Source: https://www.expatistan.com. Information retrieved September, 2020.

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