Cost of living in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,135
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,676
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Nanaimo, British Columbia
Current as of Dec 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$19
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$2.38
12 eggs, large C$4.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.70
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$25
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.42
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.31
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,008
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,645
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$99
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,201
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,069
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$85
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$72
40” flat screen tv C$351
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$159
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$17
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$87
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$80
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$109
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$151
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,318
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.56
Monthly ticket public transport C$66
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$31
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$38
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$54
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.63
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.47
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.95
Tube of toothpaste C$1.60
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$56
2 tickets to the movies C$30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$100
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$92
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$5.72
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$677
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district C$49
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$14
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 93 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: December 02, 2022

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