Cost of living in Ottawa, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Ottawa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,329
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,822
  • Ottawa is the 3rd most expensive city in Canada (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 66% of cities in N. America (21 out of 58)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 71% of cities in the World (63 out of 212)
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List of prices in Ottawa
Current as of Jun 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$3.17
12 eggs, large C$3.82
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.58
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.02
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.71
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$17
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.34
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$1.92
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,135
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,715
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$157
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,756
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,281
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$114
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$49
40” flat screen tv C$418
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$129
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$10
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$78
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$52
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$95
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$167
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$27,562
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.18
Monthly ticket public transport C$123
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$21
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$77
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.24
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.47
Tube of toothpaste C$2.54
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$23
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$58
2 tickets to the movies C$28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$156
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$114
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.88
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$598
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district C$61
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$15
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 278 prices entered by 48 different people.
Latest price update: June 16, 2021

Ottawa position in our World Ranking

the world
63rd
out of 212
n. america
21st
out of 58
canada
3rd
out of 10

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

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

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