Cost of living in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$4,774
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,486
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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List of prices in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Current as of Feb 2020.

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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$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.78
12 eggs, large C$4.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.93
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.64
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.55
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$19
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.37
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.11
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$1,826
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,559
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$97
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,178
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$983
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$82
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$56
40” flat screen tv C$330
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$24
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$71
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$86
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$113
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$148
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,418
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.43
Monthly ticket public transport C$65
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$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$11
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$6
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.09
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.84
Tube of toothpaste C$2.16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$18
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$121
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$72
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.82
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$582
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district C$37
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$13
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 222 prices entered by 21 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2020

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