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Here's How Much You Need To Make To Live 'With Dignity' In 7 Quebec Cities

A report shows that minimum-wage jobs do not provide a sustainable income in the city.
Here's How Much You Need To Make To Live 'With Dignity' In 7 Quebec Cities

According to an April 2021 report by the Institut de recherche et d'informations socioéconomiques (IRIS), Montreal remains one of the most affordable major cities in Canada in 2021, requiring a single person to have an income of $28,783, or $18 hourly with full-time employment, in order to live with "dignity and without poverty."

The sustainable salary for a single person in Montreal is nearly 1.3 times the applicable Market Basket Measure (MBM) threshold, according to IRIS.

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The MBM, used by the federal government to "[develop] thresholds of poverty based upon the cost of a basket of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and other items."

IRIS estimated that as of 2021, in order for a single person to "live with dignity," they must be able to count on an income of $24,433 in Saguenay; $24,614 in Trois-Rivières; $25,202 in Sherbrooke; $27,871 in Quebec City; $28,139 in Gatineau; and $32,607 in Sept-Îles.

The report also broke down costs comparable to the MBM for every expense included in living in Montreal, calculating $9,720 for rent every year, amounting to $810 monthly.