Cost of living in Ottawa, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Ottawa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,313
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,668
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 67% of cities in Canada (5 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is cheaper than in 58% of cities in N. America (33 out of 57)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 77% of cities in the World (63 out of 269)

List of prices in Ottawa
Current as of Jul 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$17
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$3.63
12 eggs, large C$3.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.47
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.91
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$16
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.52
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.17
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$1,800
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,689
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$222
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,833
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,196
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$113
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$53
40” flat screen tv C$376
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$131
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$74
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$57
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$98
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$166
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$26,692
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.79
Monthly ticket public transport C$124
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$23
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$27
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$83
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.66
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.63
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.34
Tube of toothpaste C$2.92
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$21
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$60
2 tickets to the movies C$28
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$121
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.78
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) C$0.33
1 month of gym membership in business district C$63
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 120 prices entered by 41 different people.
Latest price update: July 01, 2022

Ottawa position in our World Ranking

the world
63rd
out of 269
n. america
33rd
out of 57
canada
5th
out of 12

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

n. america
2nd
n. america
3rd
n. america
4th
n. america
4th
canada
1st
canada
1st

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