Cost of living in Vancouver, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Vancouver

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$7,654
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$4,644
  • Vancouver is the 2nd most expensive city in Canada (2 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is more expensive than in 68% of cities in N. America (13 out of 38)
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is more expensive than in 88% of cities in the World (25 out of 206)
What salary will you need in Vancouver?
Find out with your own Salary Calculation.

List of prices in Vancouver
Current as of Feb 2023.

Change the currency:
Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$25
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.97
12 eggs, large C$5.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$4.66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.30
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.54
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$20
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.81
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$3.48
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$4,123
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$2,974
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$169
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$2,453
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,976
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$77
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$83
40” flat screen tv C$403
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$246
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$84
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$53
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$124
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$154
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$29,804
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$2.00
Monthly ticket public transport C$126
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$22
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$25
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$172
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.71
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$8
4 rolls of toilet paper C$4.20
Tube of toothpaste C$2.98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$83
2 tickets to the movies C$33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$357
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$13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$499
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.36
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 659 prices entered by 123 different people.
Latest price update: February 06, 2023

Vancouver position in our World Ranking

the world
25th
out of 206
n. america
13th
out of 38
canada
2nd
out of 8

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

n. america
2nd
n. america
3rd
n. america
4th

Do you live in Vancouver? We need your help!

What is the price of

Prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

in Vancouver?

C$

Are you moving to Vancouver? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Vancouver of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

Get a Salary Calculation for Vancouver

International Cost of Living Index

loading...

Prices recently added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Santiago costs CH$20,000 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Portland, Oregon costs $18 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Villavicencio costs COL$3,000 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Valledupar costs COL$14,000 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Bakersfield, California costs $10 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Tampa, Florida costs $9 (about 3 hours ago)

Make a different comparison:

Compare cost of living between cities:
vs