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Overall 8%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 35%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 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. If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexOttawaOntarioNational
Cost of living92111100
Goods & Services105107100
Groceries101101100
Health care102103100
Housing65120100
Transportation100104100
Utilities107119100

Key findings

  • 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 sales tax is 33% higher than the national average
  • Ontario income tax is 40% lower than the national average

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      Ontario Sales Tax

      ProvinceProvincial TaxTotal Tax Rate
      Ontario8%13%

      Ontario Income Tax

      ProvinceIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Ontario5.05%13.16%

      Goods & Services

      ItemOttawaNational avg.Difference
      Personal Care 100946.0%
      Recreation 1011021.3%

      Groceries

      ItemOttawaNational avg.Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish 1011021.2%
      Dairy Products and Eggs 1001054.5%
      Bakery and Cereal Products 1021128.7%
      Fruit and Vegetables 9911312.7%
      Alcoholic Beverages 1021063.6%

      Health Care

      ItemOttawaNational avg.Difference
      Doctor 1041012.9%

      Housing

      ItemOttawaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price ($) 455,460695,65734.5%
      Apartment Rent ($) 1,9221,65516.1%

      Transportation

      ItemOttawaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline 981024.0%

      Utilities

      ItemOttawaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity105996.5%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Gatineau, QC290,69784-16%
      L'Ange-Gardien, QC5,86785-15%
      Cantley, QC11,46987-13%
      Chelsea, QC7,06791-9%
      Ottawa, ON1,019,69392-8%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Edmonton, AB1,035,29890-10%
      Mississauga, ON783,7821066%
      Winnipeg, MB771,08178-22%
      Brampton, ON691,9571033%
      Vancouver, BC670,64213636%
      Ottawa, ON1,019,69392-8%
      Source: The Ottawa, ON data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada 2019.