Cost of living in Canada

Summary of cost of living in Canada

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$6,351
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$3,601
  • Cost of living in Canada is more expensive than in 86% of countries in the World (14 out of 94)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$20
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$2.82
12 eggs, large C$4.57
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.41
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.88
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$19
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.61
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,933
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$2,318
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$245
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,872
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,518
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$143
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$73
40” flat screen tv C$395
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$171
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$74
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$50
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$115
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$146
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$26,878
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.68
Monthly ticket public transport C$121
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$20
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$115
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.53
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.64
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.30
Tube of toothpaste C$2.95
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$28
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$65
2 tickets to the movies C$30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$164
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$101
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$697
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.38
1 month of gym membership in business district C$61
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$17

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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 202
2nd Toronto 194
3rd Calgary 174
4th Victoria 171
5th Whitehorse 170
6th Ottawa 166
7th Montreal 164
8th Edmonton 164
9th Oshawa 158
10th Barrie 154
11th Halifax 154
12th Kelowna 153
13th Nanaimo, British Columbia 149
14th Winnipeg 148
15th London, Ontario 147
16th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 140
17th Guelph 139
18th Abbotsford 139
19th Kingston 137
20th Kamloops 134
21st Windsor 132
22nd Quebec City 130
23rd Moncton 126

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

  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Greater Sudbury costs C$5.30 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Calgary costs C$6.00 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Calgary costs C$16 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Calgary costs C$170 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Calgary costs C$30 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for one in Calgary costs C$70 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Calgary costs C$1.65 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Calgary costs C$125 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Calgary costs C$40 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in normal area in Calgary costs C$2,018 (about 16 hours ago)

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