Cost of living in Canada

Summary of cost of living in Canada

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$6,203
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$3,364
  • Cost of living in Canada is more expensive than in 83% of countries in the World (14 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$23
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$3.06
12 eggs, large C$4.83
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.01
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.85
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$19
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.57
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.56
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,622
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$2,103
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$206
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,834
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,443
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$128
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$68
40” flat screen tv C$415
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$184
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$75
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$55
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$118
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$152
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$28,967
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.82
Monthly ticket public transport C$111
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$99
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.56
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.78
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.45
Tube of toothpaste C$3.16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$29
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$74
2 tickets to the movies C$30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$143
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$114
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.28
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$877
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.46
1 month of gym membership in business district C$67
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$18

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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:
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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 Vancouver 206
2nd Toronto 186
3rd Victoria 174
4th Montreal 162
5th Whitehorse 162
6th Ottawa 159
7th Edmonton 154
8th Oshawa 146
9th Kelowna 146
10th Barrie 144
11th London, Ontario 141
12th Nanaimo, British Columbia 140
13th Winnipeg 139
14th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 133
15th Guelph 133
16th Abbotsford 131
17th Kingston 129
18th Quebec City 128
19th Kamloops 126
20th Windsor 126
21st Greater Sudbury 123
22nd Moncton 122

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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  • Public transport in Halifax costs C$83 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Regina costs C$65 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Regina costs C$1.50 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Regina costs C$2.50 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Regina costs C$12 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Montreal costs C$20 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Brandon, Manitoba costs C$1.86 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Toronto costs C$156 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Windsor costs C$1.51 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Toronto costs C$90 (2 days ago)

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