Cost of living in Ottawa, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Ottawa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,275
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,782
  • Ottawa is the 3rd most expensive city in Canada (3 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is cheaper than in 60% of cities in N. America (41 out of 68)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 66% of cities in the World (83 out of 239)

List of prices in Ottawa, Canada. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$3.04
12 eggs, large C$3.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$13
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.37
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.35
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.54
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,097
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,703
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$115
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,476
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,104
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$114
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$52
40” flat screen tv C$453
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$144
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$8
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$26
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$77
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$99
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$167
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,471
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.18
Monthly ticket public transport C$117
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$21
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$76
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.61
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.26
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.30
Tube of toothpaste C$2.39
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$23
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$57
2 tickets to the movies C$27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$153
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$129
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$620
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district C$58
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$15
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 480 prices entered by 80 different people.
Latest price update: July 06, 2020

Ottawa position in our World Ranking

the world
83rd
out of 239
n. america
41st
out of 68
canada
3rd
out of 11

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