Cost of living in Vancouver, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Vancouver

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$6,067
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$3,503
  • Vancouver is the 2nd most expensive city in Canada (2 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is more expensive than in 73% of cities in N. America (22 out of 77)
  • Cost of living in Vancouver is more expensive than in 86% of cities in the World (42 out of 285)

List of prices in Vancouver, Canada. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$18
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$2.26
12 eggs, large C$4.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.95
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.37
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.84
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$20
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$2,806
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$2,301
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$122
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$2,225
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,608
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$83
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$61
40” flat screen tv C$537
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$153
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$14
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$25
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$79
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$67
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$123
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$177
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$25,698
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.50
Monthly ticket public transport C$107
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$29
Personal Care [Edit]
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$109
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$11
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$6
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.66
Tube of toothpaste C$2.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$57
2 tickets to the movies C$28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$182
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$96
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.72
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$543
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.46
1 month of gym membership in business district C$56
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,576 prices entered by 298 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

Vancouver position in our World Ranking

the world
42nd
out of 285
n. america
22nd
out of 77
canada
2nd
out of 12

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

the world
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n. america
1st
n. america
2nd
n. america
2nd
n. america
2nd
n. america
3rd

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