The living wage rate for Charlottetown, PEI is $19.30 per hour. This 2020 living wage is calculated to follow the principles and methodology laid out in the Canadian Living Wage Framework. The calculation for Charlottetown follows how the wage has been calculated in our Atlantic Canadian jurisdictions, including the most recent report with wages calculated for various communities in Nova Scotia, as well as Saint John in New Brunswick. In 2019, the living wage was calculated for St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The living wage is calculated to show exactly how much a household would have to earn to cover all basic necessities and enjoy a decent quality of life. The wage is calculated to help avoid severe financial stress, support the healthy development of their children, and enable workers to participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities. Actual expenses are used to calculate the wage to reflect the rate of pay needed to meet their basic needs given the costs, available government supports and services, and norms of a specific community.