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Overall 14%
Goods & Services 8%
Housing 68%
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.
IndexSault Ste. MarieOntarioNational
Cost of living86111100
Goods & Services108107100
Groceries100101100
Health care103103100
Housing32120100
Transportation107104100
Utilities130119100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Sault Ste. Marie is 23% lower than the Ontario average
  • The cost of living in Sault Ste. Marie is 14% lower than the national average
  • Sault Ste. Marie housing is 68% 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

      ItemSault Ste. MarieNational avg.Difference
      Personal Care 102948.1%
      Recreation 991023.3%

      Groceries

      ItemSault Ste. MarieNational avg.Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish 991023.2%
      Dairy Products and Eggs 1011053.5%
      Bakery and Cereal Products 9711213.1%
      Fruit and Vegetables 9811313.6%
      Alcoholic Beverages 1021063.6%

      Health Care

      ItemSault Ste. MarieNational avg.Difference
      Doctor 1041012.9%

      Housing

      ItemSault Ste. MarieNational avg.Difference
      Home Price ($) 249,725663,50362.4%
      Apartment Rent ($) 8491,27433.4%

      Transportation

      ItemSault Ste. MarieNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline 991023.0%

      Utilities

      ItemSault Ste. MarieNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity106997.5%
      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.
      Goulais Bay 15A, ON8588-12%
      Prince, ON1,07490-10%
      Rankin Location 15D, ON62691-9%
      Sault Ste. Marie, ON74,24986-14%

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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Wood Buffalo, AB74,29894-6%
      Sarnia, ON74,47789-11%
      St. Albert, AB73,10391-9%
      Saint John, NB70,77684-16%
      Norfolk County, ON70,33992-8%
      Sault Ste. Marie, ON74,24986-14%
      Source: The Sault Ste. Marie, ON data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada 2020.