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Faculty Recruitment and Support Program

Faculty Recruitment and Support Program

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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 2017 second-quarter home sales statistics from Royal LePage, released in July 2017, the aggregate price of a house in the Kingston area was $333,080.

Those looking for a larger two-storey home had to pay an average of $372,610. The median price of a  bungalow was $299,983. Kingston prices are still well below the national average of $609,144. 

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 2017 annual maximum contribution rate for CPP is $2,564.10

  • Employment Insurance (EI). 2017 annual maximum contribution amount is $836.10.

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)

For further information, please contact the Queen's Faculty Recruitment and Support Program.