I'll start off with this excerpt from a 100-year old article from the Victoria Daily Colonist on the topic of teacher salaries:
January 29, 1909
The committee on the revision of the teachers' salaries beg to make the following recommendations:
That the maximum salary of the principal of the High School be $2,500 a year.
That the minimum salary of men assistants in the High School be $1,200 and that an annual increase of $60 be made to that sum till a maximum of $1,620 be reached.
That the minimum salary of women assistants in the High school be $960 a year, increasing by annual increments of $60, till a maximum of $1,380 be reached.
That was probably a decent average salary in the city at the time for skilled workers. The same issue advertised half price men's suits for $12. A furnished bedroom at 1017 Burdett rented for $8 a month. A seven-room house on Stanley Ave. is offered for $3,500. A new five-room bungalow on Government Street "close to car-line" was offered for $3,600.
So I assume that the average government employee or equivalent could buy a house for about two years wages. You'd need about four years' salary today I would imagine.