L'Institut de recherche et d’informations socioéconomiques (IRIS) has released its annual assessment of the cost of living in Quebec, calculating the income needed to live out of poverty in cities across the province — a level it defines as "sustainable income." According to a statement, "sustainable income indicates the disposable income needed after tax to provide a basket of goods and services allowing to live with dignity and without poverty." This year, the IRIS has come up with three sustainable income levels for each locale: one for single individuals, another for single parents with one child, and a third for couples with two children.\nIn Montreal, the income needed for a single person to live out of poverty is $27,948.\nIt increases by more than $10,000 — to $39,099 — for a single parent and rises to $61,009 for a family with two kids.\nOf the seven cities surveyed by the IRIS, Saguenay has the lowest sustainable income level: $24,083 for a single person.\nAt $32,682, Sept-Îles has the highest.\nResearchers also considered how the ongoing pandemic has exposed and exacerbated troubling economic situations.\n"As we emerge from the current crisis, it will be essential to ask ourselves what income floors we need to consider in order to live well together," writes IRIS researcher Eve-Lyne Couturier.\n"Many of those found to be essential still earn less than a sustainable income. By choosing to better pay for attendant care workers, the government is showing that it could do better."\n[Publication] Le revenu viable 2020 est disponible! En pleine crise #COVID19, on remarque qu'une bonne partie des travailleurs et travailleuses essentiels ont un revenu bien inférieur au revenu viable. Lire la note : https://t.co/kQkxkBcHj8 @JeanBoulet10 #polqc pic.twitter.com/JSgHW46WOV— IRIS, Institut de recherche&infos socioéconomiques (@IRISrecherche) May 6, 2020\nThe study further points out that people "receiving basic social assistance, [...] working full time at minimum wage" or who are "entitled only to the old age security pension and the guaranteed income supplement" all "have an income below the sustainable income."\nThe Institute's complete breakdown of sustainable incomes for a single person by city is below:\nSaguenay: $24,083\n\n\nTrois-Rivières: $24,402\n\n\nSherbrooke: $24,704\n\n\nQuebec City: $27,409\n\n\nGatineau: $27,682\n\n\nMontreal: $27,948\n\n\nSept-Îles: $32,682\n[Billet] Le gouvernement espère retourner à la normale avec la réouverture graduelle des commerces. Mais des changements s'imposent afin de rendre notre économie plus résiliente face aux futures crises. Un billet de @julia_posca à relire. #polqc #COVID19 https://t.co/rVjNQxGNDz pic.twitter.com/kR1nDkRTi7— IRIS, Institut de recherche&infos socioéconomiques (@IRISrecherche) April 30, 2020\n"Even earning $15 an hour full time is still far from a sustainable income in many Quebec cities," Couturier concludes.\nUne infographie intéressante qui permet de visualiser les différents cas de figure qui découlent des répercussions de la #COVID19 sur le marché du travail canadien. https://t.co/P1M4NmhFz8— IRIS, Institut de recherche&infos socioéconomiques (@IRISrecherche) May 5, 2020\nStay tuned for more news.