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|
|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.