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Kingston's Affordable Cost of Living

Cost of Living in Kingston - A Quick Guide

Cost of living comparisons are an important consideration in your relocation.

Housing cost: Kingston's housing market has a history of being relatively stable and generally affordable for the buyer. According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the average Multiple Listing Service (MLS) price in the 2015 resale market was $287,186. Learn more about housing here.

Property Taxes:The City of Kingston's eCity Property Assessment and Tax Levy Tool allows you to enter a residential address and look up the property taxes.

Taxes and deductions that Queen's must take from your monthly pay cheque:

  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The 2015 annual maximum contribution rate for CPP  is  $2,479.95.
  • Employment Insurance (EI). 2015 annual maximum contribution amount is $930.60.

The amounts deducted for CPP and EI are not evenly distributed throughout the year. Deductions are made from each pay cheque and once the above amounts are reached during the calendar year, the deductions will cease. Contributions to CPP and EI will commence again January 1 of the following year.

  • Income Tax - use this tax calculator to calculate Ontario and Canada taxes
  • Your contribution to the Queen's Pension Plan , mandatory for faculty members 
  • any benefits you choose from the Queen's program of benefits that have a cost-sharing component (life insurance, semi-private hospital, long term disability)
  • Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) membership fee (compulsory)

Is this enough information? If not, email your questions to Monica Stewart, Coordinator, Faculty Recruitment and Support Program.

Contact us at: Monica(dot)Stewart(at)queensu(dot)ca, Queen's Faculty Recruitment and Support, Office of the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic), Queen's University, Richardson Hall, Suite 252, Room 218
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6
Tel:613-533-3167 Fax:613-533-6263
Last Modified: 2015-03-17 14:23:46

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000