The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition has determined that the hourly rate Whitehorse households must earn to meet basic needs has risen by 15 per cent since 2022, making this year’s calculation the highest on record.
Based on data from Statistics Canada, the non-profit determined that the average household requires two adults working full-time and making $21.04 per hour to cover their basic expenses. Basic costs listed in the report include housing, transportation, food, and clothing.
“What we’re trying to get at with this calculation is a very, very conservative estimate of the cost of living,” said Kendall Hammond, the report’s author. “It doesn’t account for going to restaurants, vacations. It’s very bare bones, and
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