Cost of living in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Food [Edit]
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$2.34
12 eggs, large C$4.16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.90
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.57
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.95
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$15
2 liters of Coca-Cola C$2.25
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$1.90
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$1,723
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area C$1,482
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$117
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area C$1,303
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area C$952
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$81
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$58
40” flat screen TV C$633
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) C$175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$13
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$23
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) C$73
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) C$80
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) C$120
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$169
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$27,853
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.49
Monthly ticket public transport C$66
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) C$14
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.65
4 rolls of toilet paper C$4.11
Tube of toothpaste C$2.80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$17
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$50
2 tickets to the movies C$25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$80
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$70
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB C$349
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district C$41
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes C$12
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 264 prices entered by 20 different people.
Latest price update: August 27, 2018.

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