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$2.39
12 eggs, large C$4.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.93
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.44
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola C$2.38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.19
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$2,107
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area C$1,639
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$156
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area C$1,598
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area C$1,166
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$100
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$54
40” flat screen TV C$459
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) C$154
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$23
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$136
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$23,182
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.31
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$21
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) C$95
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$4.82
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.49
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.89
Tube of toothpaste C$2.63
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$28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$155
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$5.04
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB C$600
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.53
1 month of gym membership in business district C$58
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 165
2nd Vancouver 162
3rd Yellowknife 161
4th Mississauga 153
5th Regina 151
6th Calgary 150
7th St. John's, NL 149
8th Victoria 147
9th Edmonton 145
10th Ottawa 145
11th Oshawa 144
12th Winnipeg 144
13th Barrie 140
14th Halifax 139
15th Kelowna 138
16th Hamilton 138
17th Saskatoon 133
18th Nanaimo, British Columbia 132
19th London, Ontario 131
20th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 131
21st Montreal 131
22nd Abbotsford 127
23rd Quebec City 125
24th Kitchener-Waterloo 122
25th Thunder Bay, Ontario 121
26th Moncton 120

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Edmonton costs C$50 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Edmonton costs C$4.00 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Edmonton costs C$8 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Edmonton costs C$7 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Edmonton costs C$60 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Edmonton costs C$36 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Edmonton costs C$35 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Edmonton costs C$30 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Edmonton costs C$4.00 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Edmonton costs C$6 (about 2 hours ago)