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Hourly Replacement Rates

The following table reflects the hourly replacement rates used in accordance with the province of residence selected.
These rates are in 2017 dollars and do not include GST.

Province of Residence Hourly Replacement Rate
British Columbia$18.80
QuebecNot supported by calculator
Nova Scotia$18.67
Newfoundland & Labrador$14.04
New Brunswick$13.26
Prince Edward Island$17.31
Northwest Territories$28.26

The hourly rates for housekeeping claims are researched from NOC/NOC-S 6471/G811 "Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations" using 2011 National Household Survey, "Working in Canada" internet site, and various provincial wage surveys. (see Table 9-8 in C.L.Brown, Damages: Estimating Pecuniary Loss (Toronto, Ontario: Canada Law Book, a Thomson Reuters business), September 2017 (21st edition), Chapter 9, for specific provincial wage surveys used).

We deflate the 2017 rates above by Statistics Canada's "Estimates of Average Weekly Earning" and "Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours", NAICS 5617 (services to buildings and dwellings) for each province or territory. (If there is no data for NAICS 5617 for a specific province or territory, Canadian data is used).

A survey entitled "Cleaning Survey: A report on the findings of a province wide survey to determine the average hourly cost of having a home cleaned" was carried out by Profit Matters Inc. who used the IPSOS/Reid Alberta Omnibus survey in the fall of 2005 in Alberta to poll respondents. The results indicated that of the 803 respondents, slightly less than 10% used cleaners. The rates for these urban areas in 2005 were $17.11 in Calgary, and $14.66 in Edmonton. Other cities and rural areas reported average hourly costs of $10.12 to $11.06. This yielded an average of $14.64 for the whole province. Increasing the $14.64 rate to 2017 $ for Alberta results in a rate of $25.14. Note that in the Housekeeping Damages Calculator™ and in our assessments, Brown Economic uses $19.11 for Alberta (see above).