Cost of Living in Canada in Winter – Updated December 2022

The cost of living is one of the very important factors that families or students studying abroad in Canada need to pay close attention to.

The cost of living will generally have seasonal variations during the year (Example: Heating costs in winter), but averaged out, the Price Index can also provide provides us with a relatively comprehensive picture when comparing the cost of living in the main cities of La Phong in the last season of the year.

Rating Name of City / Province Price Index
1st Vancouver 185
2nd Toronto 183
3rd Victoria 161
4th Montreal 150
5th Whitehorse 149
6th Ottawa 148
7th Edmonton 142
8th Kelowna 137
9th Oshawa 136
10th Barrie 134
11th London, Ontario 133
12th Nanaimo, British Columbia 129
13th Winnipeg 128
14th Charlottetown, PEI 126
15th Guelph 123
16th Abbotsford 122
17th Quebec City 119
18th Kingston 119
19th Windsor 117
20th Kamloops 117
21 st Greater Sudbury 115
22nd Moncton 113
The following table compares some essential living expenses in the cities of Toronto (Ontario), Vancouver (British Columbia) and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island – PEI):

Please note, the price specifications are for reference only and will change from time to time.

Expenditures Toronto (ONTARIO) Vancouver (BC) Charlottetown (PEI)
Monthly rent – ​​area 85m2 (Expensive area) CAD 3.834 CAD 4,346 CAD 1.681
Monthly rent – ​​area 85m2 (Normal area) CAD 2.994 CAD 3,115 CAD 1.247
Cost of electricity, water, gas, heating for the apartment 85m2 CAD 166 CAD 180 CAD 232
Monthly rent – ​​area 45m2 (Expensive area) CAD 2.270 CAD 2,425 N/A
Monthly rent – ​​area 45m2 (Normal area) CAD 1.910 CAD 2,025 CAD 859
Cost of electricity, water, gas, heating for the apartment 45m2 CAD 129 CAD 145 N/A
Cost of lunch (eating/drinking) at the commercial district CAD 26 CAD 25 CAD 24
Combo fast food CAD 13 CAD 12 CAD 12
Price of 1 liter of milk (Whole fat milk) CAD 3,53 CAD 2,92 CAD 2,65
Price of 1kg of apples CAD 4.36 CAD 4,34 CAD 4,27
Price of 1kg of potatoes CAD 4,46 CAD 3,59 CAD 1,65
Price of 1 bottle of domestic beer (0.5 liter) at the supermarket CAD 3.19 CAD 3,41 CAD 4,02
Coca-Cola (2 liters) CAD 2,95 CAD 2,86 CAD 2,41
Jeans Price (Levis 501) CAD 80 CAD 81 CAD 72
Average price of 1 pair of sports shoes (Nike, Adidas) CAD 125 CAD 120 CAD 118
Unit price for 1 liter of gasoline CAD 1,86 CAD 2,07 CAD 1,24
Monthly pass for public transport CAD 154 CAD 128 CAD 63
Taxi cost for the first 8 kms (Weekdays) CAD 22 CAD 22 CAD 26
Haircuts for Men (International Tourist Area) CAD 31 CAD 28 CAD 19
Cost of dining out (Normal restaurant) for 2 people CAD 68 CAD 91 CAD 47
Movie ticket for 2 people CAD 30 CAD 34 CAD 27
Theater ticket for 2 people (First class ticket) CAD 180 CAD 208 CAD 131
Price for 1 cocktail (Downtown area) CAD 15 CAD 15 CAD 8
Price for 1 cup of Cappuccino (Area with a lot of tourists) CAD 4,89 CAD 5,12 CAD 4,59
Beer prices at regular pubs (500ml) CAD 7 CAD 7 CAD 6
Gym cost for 1 month (Central area) CAD 66 CAD 63 CAD 66
The table estimates the average cost of living in a month in 3 cities that currently attract many immigrants to live and work:
Estimated average cost of living in 1 month Toronto (ONTARIO) Vancouver (BC) Charlottetown (PEI)
Family of 4 people CAD 7.470 CAD 7.779 CAD 4.834
Single person CAD 4.504 CAD 4.834 CAD 2.364
Thus, for a family of 4, the average monthly living cost in Charlottetown (PEI) accounts for about 60-65% of the cost in Toronto and Vancouver. And if single, this cost only accounts for about half.
The cost of living is only a part of the overall factors that help families make a choice about where to invest, settle down or study abroad.

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