Cost of living in Canada

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in Canada, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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Food Price in $
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 CAD
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 CAD
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 CAD
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 CAD
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 CAD
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 CAD
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 CAD
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 CAD
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 CAD
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 CAD
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 CAD
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 CAD
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 CAD
1.5 kg Sugar 10 CAD
2 liter cooking oil 20 CAD
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 CAD
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 CAD
1 liter milk 8.50 CAD
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 CAD
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 CAD
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 CAD
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 CAD
House Cleaning fee per day 105 CAD
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 CAD
Original branded Electric Fans 200 CAD
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 CAD
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 CAD
Single bed Blankets 120 CAD
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 CAD
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 CAD
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 CAD
Men's haircut 40 CAD
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 CAD
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 CAD
1 month of gym subscription. 105 CAD
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 CAD
Unisex Loris perfume 30 CAD
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 CAD
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 CAD
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 CAD
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 CAD
Go carting 30mins 120 CAD
Movie House 3d cinema 30 CAD
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 CAD
Photo shoot 120 CAD
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 CAD
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 CAD
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 CAD
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 CAD
Spalding Basketball 200 CAD
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 CAD
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 CAD
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 CAD
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 CAD
1 day rent a car cost 140 CAD
Driver’s license 2300 CAD
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 CAD
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 CAD
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 CAD
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 CAD
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 CAD
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 CAD

We have already established that the life quality in Canada is very good and the standard of living is very favorable compared to many other developed countries around the world. However, there's a long list of factors to be considered before you embark on your study in Canada.

Different cities and towns within the country all have varied but close values and costs for important things like housing and feeding. However popular cities like Toronto, Vancouver or British Columbia are way less affordable than cities like Ottawa, Montreal or Quebec.

Housing in the big cities can come up to 2,500 CAD while smaller cities can see rent at a lower value of 2,000 CAD. Many way smaller but peaceful areas, usually at the brink of these big cities, have rent at a way more lower price of 1,000 CAD. The same top standard of life is enjoyed in all these areas regardless of the costs.

Asides housing, general costs for utilities like water, electricity, heat, internet, etc which across the country can be around 90-95 CAD in bills for a month.

RocApply advises our students who wish to save money to find apartments to share with other students or consider dormitory or university campus housing to reduce these utility bills.

75% of the food products in the country are imported, owing greatly to the extreme weather conditions in the country. This fact has largely contributed to the high prices of food and grocery items, but can still be considered fair in contrast to many countries in Europe.

Eating-out culture is very big in Canada and can set you back at 100 to 115 CAD in any normal restaurant.

Health care is relatively free for Canadian citizens and permanent residents but foreign students might have to pay for medical insurance which starts at 100 CAD. Transport and movement are more accessible in uptown areas but are a bit pricey.

Many Canadians rely on their own car transport to get around, but the good part is students have passes that they can use for a month, and they save money this way. One-way tickets can cost between 2.85 to 3.50 CAD for general transport.