Cost of living in Canada

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$17
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$2.47
12 eggs, large C$4.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.69
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.54
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola C$2.39
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.30
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$2,106
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area C$1,643
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$158
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$1,178
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$104
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$53
40” flat screen TV C$486
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) C$157
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) C$71
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) C$57
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) C$114
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$139
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$22,868
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.27
Monthly ticket public transport C$111
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$21
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) C$97
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$4.92
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.61
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.93
Tube of toothpaste C$2.78
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$53
2 tickets to the movies C$28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$156
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$96
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.91
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB C$591
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.43
1 month of gym membership in business district C$61
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 Vancouver 169
2nd Toronto 169
3rd Yellowknife 163
4th St. John's, NL 163
5th Mississauga 157
6th Calgary 153
7th Regina 150
8th Ottawa 148
9th Edmonton 147
10th Victoria 146
11th Barrie 141
12th Winnipeg 140
13th Halifax 138
14th Kelowna 136
15th Saskatoon 135
16th Montreal 134
17th Hamilton 134
18th Abbotsford 130
19th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 128
20th Nanaimo, British Columbia 128
21st Quebec City 128
22nd London, Ontario 127
23rd Kitchener-Waterloo 123
24th Moncton 121
25th Prince George 107

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.

Get your own salary calculation

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Calgary costs C$14 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Calgary costs C$80 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Calgary costs C$9 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Calgary costs C$6.00 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Calgary costs C$12 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Calgary costs C$80 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Calgary costs C$36 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Calgary costs C$60 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Calgary costs C$15 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Calgary costs C$30 (about 4 hours ago)