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$2.48
12 eggs, large C$3.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.91
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.37
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.27
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola C$2.34
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.29
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$2,044
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area C$1,620
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$1,514
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area C$1,109
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$115
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$56
40” flat screen TV C$461
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) C$167
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) C$69
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) C$53
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) C$113
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$142
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$24,113
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.16
Monthly ticket public transport C$115
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$80
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$5.26
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.10
Tube of toothpaste C$2.65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$52
2 tickets to the movies C$27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$150
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$11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.66
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPad Air 2, 64GB C$533
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district C$59
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes C$13

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 172
2nd Toronto 172
3rd Mississauga 159
4th Calgary 159
5th Edmonton 155
6th Ottawa 155
7th Victoria 151
8th St. John's, NL 147
9th Saskatoon 147
10th Montreal 142
11th Winnipeg 142
12th Hamilton 141
13th Halifax 141
14th Regina 141
15th Kelowna 140
16th Quebec City 135
17th Kitchener-Waterloo 134
18th London, Ontario 131
19th Brandon, Manitoba 123

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

  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Montreal costs C$618 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Prince George costs C$2.93 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Prince George costs C$2.37 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast in Prince George costs C$7 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 1 year rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Toronto costs C$212 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Winnipeg costs C$355 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Calgary costs C$900 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Montreal costs C$75 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Montreal costs C$2.00 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Montreal costs C$2.00 (about 18 hours ago)