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$4.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.67
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.53
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.21
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$2.31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$2,086
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$154
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area C$1,541
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area C$1,117
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$118
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$56
40” flat screen TV C$484
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$24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) C$70
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) C$56
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) C$113
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$147
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,035
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.14
Monthly ticket public transport C$114
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$26
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) C$83
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$4.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.21
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.96
Tube of toothpaste C$2.55
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$96
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.60
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPod nano 16GB C$187
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.33
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 Toronto 178
2nd Vancouver 173
3rd Calgary 166
4th Mississauga 161
5th Ottawa 159
6th Edmonton 157
7th Victoria 156
8th St. John's, NL 154
9th Saskatoon 152
10th Hamilton 147
11th Winnipeg 147
12th Halifax 145
13th Montreal 144
14th Kelowna 143
15th Quebec City 137
16th London, Ontario 135
17th Brandon, Manitoba 128

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Calgary costs C$1,321 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Toronto costs C$147 (about 12 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Calgary costs C$3.30 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Montreal costs C$10 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Montreal costs C$22 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Montreal costs C$80 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Montreal costs C$7 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Montreal costs C$4.00 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Montreal costs C$8 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Montreal costs C$120 (about 15 hours ago)