Toronto is unaffordable

Who can afford
to live here?

Costs in Toronto are rising.

The pandemic has forced millions of Canadians into deeper food insecurity, and we’ve yet to see meaningful progress on the policies that could offer relief — namely, affordable housing, decent work, higher social assistance rates, and community-based food infrastructure.

CERB set the standard that $2,000 is the minimum someone needs each month to survive but many people are making less than that. For those on social assistance or not making a living wage, living in Toronto is even more difficult.

A single adult on Ontario Works will only receive $733 this month ($8,796 annually) to cover all their expenses.  A single recipient of ODSP will get $1,169 to cover all their needs this month, regardless of the additional medical or housing requirements that come with living with a mental or physical disability. That is $14,028 a year. People making minimum wage right now, working 40 hours per week, will need to cover all their costs with $1,944 this month, which is gross $27,800/year.

The living wage in Toronto is $22.08 per hour, which is $2,867/month or just over $42,900/year. A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in their community; it is calculated based on the real costs in our city. Communities not making a living wage are most at risk of being impacted by the enormous economic and health threats COVID-19 poses.

We see an opportunity to meaningfully engage Torontonians in this conversation in an interactive, accessible way. Our updated calculator reveals just how difficult it is to live in this city on a low-income. Do the quiz and then sign our petition to call for everyone in Toronto make a living wage!

Sign the Petition!

We need a living wage in Toronto now – use your voice and sign the petition to let your elected officials know.

Sign the letter!

With the upcoming federal election, it is a critical time for us to take action.

The Stop and The Ontario Living Wage Network are asking all community groups and nonprofits to cosign our letter to the Federal Party Leaders calling on them to commit to fighting systemic poverty by increasing social assistance rates

Sign the letter!

With the upcoming federal election, it is a critical time for us to take action.

The Stop and The Ontario Living Wage Network are asking all community groups and nonprofits to cosign our letter to the Federal Party Leaders calling on them to commit to fighting systemic poverty by increasing social assistance rates

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