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$2,851
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 75% of cities in Canada (4 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is cheaper than in 53% of cities in N. America (39 out of 73)
  • Cost of living in Ottawa is more expensive than in 71% of cities in the World (80 out of 268)

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

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.88
12 eggs, large C$3.27
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$2.40
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.71
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.25
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.62
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,013
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,933
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$1,469
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,147
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$114
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$53
40” flat screen tv C$465
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$131
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$9
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$27
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$70
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$116
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$164
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$24,735
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.21
Monthly ticket public transport C$116
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$5.18
4 rolls of toilet paper C$2.37
Tube of toothpaste C$2.39
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$51
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$132
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.73
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$579
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district C$66
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$15
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 528 prices entered by 93 different people.
Latest price update: February 19, 2020

Ottawa position in our World Ranking

the world
80th
out of 268
n. america
39th
out of 73
canada
4th
out of 12

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