Cost of living in Vancouver, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Vancouver

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,820
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$3,313
  • Vancouver is the 2nd most expensive city in Canada (2 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is more expensive than in 67% of cities in N. America (18 out of 52)
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is more expensive than in 75% of cities in the World (51 out of 200)

List of prices in Vancouver, Canada. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.23
12 eggs, large C$3.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.99
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.25
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.06
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.92
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$20
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.56
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.15
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,796
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,978
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$128
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$2,374
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,467
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$63
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$54
40” flat screen tv C$345
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$156
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$23
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$76
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$51
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$102
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$140
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$22,124
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.29
Monthly ticket public transport C$112
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$30
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$33
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$156
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.44
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$6
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.35
Tube of toothpaste C$2.89
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$53
2 tickets to the movies C$31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$253
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$100
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$589
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.50
1 month of gym membership in business district C$54
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$15
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 695 prices entered by 114 different people.
Latest price update: January 15, 2021

Vancouver position in our World Ranking

the world
51st
out of 200
n. america
18th
out of 52
canada
2nd
out of 9

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