Cost of living in Canada

Summary of cost of living in Canada

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,151
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,727
  • Cost of living in Canada is more expensive than in 76% of countries in the World (24 out of 95)
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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$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.38
12 eggs, large C$3.88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.89
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.77
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.36
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.32
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.06
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,150
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,597
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$166
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,601
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,087
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$109
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$54
40” flat screen tv C$425
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$162
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$23
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$54
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$113
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$24,939
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.24
Monthly ticket public transport C$112
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$22
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$87
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.03
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.10
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.97
Tube of toothpaste C$2.32
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
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$161
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$102
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.88
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$562
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.37
1 month of gym membership in business district C$59
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$15

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:
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 Whitehorse 163
4th St. John's, NL 156
5th Victoria 155
6th Ottawa 153
7th Mississauga 152
8th Regina 151
9th Oshawa 148
10th Calgary 147
11th Edmonton 145
12th Kelowna 145
13th Barrie 143
14th Hamilton 141
15th Halifax 141
16th Saskatoon 139
17th Winnipeg 139
18th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 136
19th Montreal 136
20th Abbotsford 134
21st London, Ontario 134
22nd Kingston 133
23rd Kitchener-Waterloo 129
24th Guelph 129
25th Quebec City 128
26th Moncton 125
27th Thunder Bay, Ontario 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.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 kg of potatoes in Toronto costs C$2.37 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Vancouver costs C$2,033 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Whitehorse costs C$17 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Whitehorse costs C$50 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Whitehorse costs C$60 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Whitehorse costs C$55 (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Whitehorse costs C$3.29 (1 day ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Whitehorse costs C$10 (1 day ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Whitehorse costs C$4.95 (1 day ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Whitehorse costs C$3.75 (1 day ago)