Cost of living in Canada

Summary of cost of living in Canada

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,310
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,873
  • Cost of living in Canada is more expensive than in 71% of countries in the World (27 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.42
12 eggs, large C$3.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.95
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.87
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.56
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.26
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$17
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.29
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.18
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,267
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,740
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$171
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,735
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,206
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$116
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$53
40” flat screen tv C$407
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$163
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$23
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$69
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$52
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$113
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$140
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,502
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.24
Monthly ticket public transport C$117
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$19
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$75
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.07
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.11
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.81
Tube of toothpaste C$2.38
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$54
2 tickets to the movies C$29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$157
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$98
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.83
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$576
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.39
1 month of gym membership in business district C$57
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$15

Map of Cost of Living in Canada

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This map shows only the top cities in Canada. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Canada

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Toronto 179
2nd Vancouver 170
3rd Whitehorse 169
4th St. John's, NL 160
5th Victoria 159
6th Ottawa 158
7th Calgary 151
8th Oshawa 151
9th Edmonton 148
10th Kelowna 148
11th Barrie 147
12th Halifax 143
13th Winnipeg 142
14th London, Ontario 140
15th Montreal 139
16th Abbotsford 139
17th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 139
18th Kingston 136
19th Guelph 132
20th Kitchener-Waterloo 132
21st Quebec City 131
22nd Moncton 128
23rd Thunder Bay, Ontario 125

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Calgary costs C$550 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Toronto costs C$156 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Sarnia costs C$2.97 (2 days ago)
  • 600 g of bread in Sarnia costs C$0.93 (2 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Sarnia costs C$1.97 (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Sarnia costs C$12 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Sarnia costs C$2.76 (2 days ago)
  • 5 lb bag of potatoes in Sarnia costs C$1.10 (2 days ago)
  • 3 lb bag of apples in Sarnia costs C$3.65 (2 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Sarnia costs C$4.72 (2 days ago)