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8%
Overall NAT. AVG.
5%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
35%
Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from Statistics Canada.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Index Ottawa Ontario National
Cost of living92111100
Goods & Services105107100
Groceries101101100
Health care102103100
Housing65120100
Transportation100104100
Utilities107119100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Ottawa is 17% lower than the Ontario average
  • The cost of living in Ottawa is 8% lower than the national average
  • Ottawa housing is 35% lower than the national average
  • Ontario general sales tax is 33% higher than the national average
  • Ontario state income tax is 40% lower than the national average

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      Ontario Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      Ontario 8% 13%

      Ontario Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      Ontario 5.05% 13.16%

      Goods & Services

      Item Ottawa National avg. Difference
      Personal Care $100.00$94.336.0%
      Recreation $101.00$102.331.3%

      Groceries

      Item Ottawa National avg. Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish $101.00$102.271.2%
      Dairy Products and Eggs $100.00$104.674.5%
      Bakery and Cereal Products $102.00$111.678.7%
      Fruit and Vegetables $99.00$113.4012.7%
      Alcoholic Beverages $102.00$105.803.6%

      Health Care

      Item Ottawa National avg. Difference
      Doctor $104.00$101.072.9%

      Housing

      Item Ottawa National avg. Difference
      Home Price ($) $601,987.00$663,503.009.3%
      Apartment Rent ($) $1,752.00$1,274.0037.5%

      Transportation

      Item Ottawa National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $98.00$102.074.0%

      Utilities

      Item Ottawa National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $105.00$98.606.5%
      Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City Population Cost of Living Index National Avg.
      Gatineau, QC293,6958416.2%
      L'Ange-Gardien, QC3,7688514.9%
      Cantley, QC11,7678712.6%
      Chelsea, QC7,181918.5%
      Ottawa, ON1,058,126927.8%

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      Fort Worth, TX892,221n/a 
      Ottawa, ON1,058,126927.8%
      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from Statistics Canada.