Cost of living in Canada

Summary of cost of living in Canada

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$6,608
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$3,624
  • Cost of living in Canada is more expensive than in 79% of countries in the World (15 out of 68)
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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$14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$3.30
12 eggs, large C$5.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$5.88
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$5.60
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$4.05
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$21
2 liters of coca-cola C$3.18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.70
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,883
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$2,287
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$242
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,952
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,435
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$123
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$65
40” flat screen tv C$403
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$200
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$15
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$79
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$59
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$142
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$169
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$32,637
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.61
Monthly ticket public transport C$106
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$25
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$95
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$6
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$6
4 rolls of toilet paper C$4.42
Tube of toothpaste C$3.70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$30
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$67
2 tickets to the movies C$32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$217
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$124
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.79
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$744
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.45
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 Toronto 166
2nd Vancouver 153
3rd Victoria 142
4th Calgary 138
5th Ottawa 134
6th Montreal 130
7th Whitehorse 129
8th Edmonton 126
9th Kelowna 124
10th Barrie 120
11th Oshawa 119
12th Nanaimo, British Columbia 115
13th Guelph 115
14th Winnipeg 114
15th Kingston, Canada 112
16th Quebec City 107
17th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 106
18th Kamloops 105
19th Windsor 104
20th Abbotsford 102
21st Greater Sudbury 102
22nd Moncton 101
23rd Sherbrooke 89

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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  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Quebec City costs C$10 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Quebec City costs C$6.00 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Quebec City costs C$100 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Quebec City costs C$40 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Quebec City costs C$90 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Quebec City costs C$30,000 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Quebec City costs C$150 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Quebec City costs C$70 (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Quebec City costs C$40 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Quebec City costs C$25 (1 day ago)

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