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The cost of living in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is very comparable to other communities and regions of its size. Operating costs are lower here than in other parts of Ontario, according to Ontario East Economic Development Commission statistics.

Corporate tax rates are lower than those in the United States. There are lower labour and facilities costs so you have a lower overall cost of operation. KPMG has calculated operating costs in Toronto to be 12.3% higher than those of Ontario East and Leeds and Grenville. Costs in Montreal can be approximately 9% higher.

More information about the average residential change for properties in Leeds Grenville can be found on the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation website. Leeds Grenville is located in Region #2 (which includes Lanark County). The Region #2 office is located at 108 Waltham Road, Unit A, Brockville.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI, June 2015) rose 1.0 % compared with June 2014. Lower energy prices continued to moderate the year-over-year rise in the CPI (Statistics Canada The Daily) however the effect was less pronounced in April and May. The energy index decreased 9.0% in the 12 months to June, following an 11.8% decrease in May. The drop in the energy index was led by gasoline prices, down 14.1% compared with June 2014. The natural gas index dropped 10.9%. Fuel oil prices decreased by 17.8%.

The Electricity index was the only energy component to increase in the past 12 moths to June. It rose 3.2%. (Source: Statistics Canada). Prices rose in most areas, including food, shelter, household operations, health and personal care, recreation, education, reading, alcohol and tobacco products.

  • Food prices rose 3.4% on average from June 2014 to 2015.Prices for food purchased from stores rose 3.6% Higher meat prices contributed the most to the rise. Prices increased in dairy products by 2.5%, fresh fruit 3.3%, and bakery products by 2.6%.
  • Household operations, furnishings and equipment rose 3.7%
  • Shelter costs increased by 1.0%.
  • Transportation index declined 2.6%.
  • Energy prices declined by 9.4%
  • Clothing and footwear dropped by 0.2%.
  • Health and Personal care products rose by 1.7 %.
  • Recreation, education and reading costs rose by 2.7%.
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products rose by 3.8 %.

Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM, table 326-0020. For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact the Dissemination Unit (toll-free 1-866-230-2248; 613-951-9606; fax: 613-951-2848; cpd-info-dpc@statcan.gc.ca), Consumer Prices Division.

This page was updated in August 2015