Cost of living in Montreal, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Montreal

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $3,889 (C$4,839)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,930 (C$2,402)
  • Montreal is the 4th cheapest city in Canada (8 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Montreal is cheaper than in 78% of cities in N. America (45 out of 58)
  • Cost of living in Montreal is more expensive than in 53% of cities in the World (98 out of 207)
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List of prices in Montreal
Current as of Jul 2021.

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Food Update prices
CAD USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$19 ($16)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$12 ($10)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$8 ($6)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.49 ($2.00)
12 eggs, large C$4.34 ($3.49)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$5.37 ($4.31)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$12 ($9)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.07 ($3.27)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.81 ($2.26)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.59 ($2.89)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$16 ($13)
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.31 ($1.85)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.62 ($2.11)
Housing Update prices
CAD USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$1,845 ($1,483)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,268 ($1,019)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$112 ($90)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,475 ($1,186)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$874 ($702)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$81 ($65)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$39 ($32)
40” flat screen tv C$392 ($315)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$146 ($118)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$9 ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$20 ($16)
Clothes Update prices
CAD USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$72 ($58)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$44 ($35)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$124 ($100)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$130 ($104)
Transportation Update prices
CAD USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,165 ($20,225)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.19 ($0.96)
Monthly ticket public transport C$89 ($71)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$34 ($27)
Personal Care Update prices
CAD USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11 ($9)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$14 ($11)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$134 ($107)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9 ($7)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.86 ($4.71)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$4.73 ($3.80)
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.34 ($2.68)
Tube of toothpaste C$2.51 ($2.01)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$28 ($23)
Entertainment Update prices
CAD USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$55 ($44)
2 tickets to the movies C$26 ($21)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$151 ($121)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$101 ($81)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$14 ($11)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.74 ($3.81)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$8 ($7)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$647 ($520)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.37 ($0.30)
1 month of gym membership in business district C$59 ($47)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$14 ($11)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 864 prices entered by 112 different people.
Latest price update: July 31, 2021

Montreal position in our World Ranking

the world
98th
out of 207
n. america
45th
out of 58
canada
8th
out of 11

Cheapest and most expensive products in Montreal compared to other cities:

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