Cost of living in Canada

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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$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.43
12 eggs, large C$4.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola C$2.40
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.26
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$2,120
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area C$1,657
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$154
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area C$1,634
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area C$1,181
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$100
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$53
40” flat screen TV C$475
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) C$157
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) C$72
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) C$58
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) C$115
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$137
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$22,949
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.30
Monthly ticket public transport C$109
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$96
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$4.90
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.54
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.86
Tube of toothpaste C$2.66
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$54
2 tickets to the movies C$27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$147
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$97
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.01
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB C$599
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.44
1 month of gym membership in business district C$63
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes C$14

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.

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 174
2nd Vancouver 170
3rd Yellowknife 169
4th Mississauga 159
5th St. John's, NL 157
6th Calgary 155
7th Regina 153
8th Edmonton 149
9th Ottawa 148
10th Victoria 148
11th Winnipeg 147
12th Barrie 144
13th Kelowna 143
14th Hamilton 140
15th Halifax 139
16th Nanaimo, British Columbia 137
17th Saskatoon 136
18th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 135
19th Montreal 134
20th London, Ontario 134
21st Abbotsford 130
22nd Quebec City 128
23rd Kitchener-Waterloo 126
24th Thunder Bay, Ontario 125
25th 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.

Are you moving to Canada? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Canada of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Kitchener-Waterloo costs C$15 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Kitchener-Waterloo costs C$30 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Kitchener-Waterloo costs C$4.00 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Kitchener-Waterloo costs C$7 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Kitchener-Waterloo costs C$15 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Montreal costs C$1.38 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Vancouver costs C$3.00 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Ottawa costs C$60 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Abbotsford costs C$550 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Toronto costs C$146 (about 18 hours ago)