So you've applied to come to Canada as a permanent resident but you don't know exactly where you should live. Everyone has heard of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, but who knows if those are really great cities to start your new life. This list looks at big cities in Canada that are most accessible to new immigrants.  

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Top 10 Best Cities in Canada to Settle in as a New Immigrant for 2018

 

 10. Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver By photo personnelle (photo personnelle prise en juillet 2006) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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The largest population centre in British Columbia, Vancouver is surrounded by water and has one of the mildest climates of all Canadian cities. Vancouver features a growing economy and a particularly diverse population. A popular destination for South Asian and Chinese immigrants, Vancouver offers the best of the best when it comes to outdoor living. An active cultural centre and a booming social spot, Vancouver is a gem on Canada’s west coast. Of the visible minority population in Vancouver, the most represented is the Chinese population (44%), followed by the South Asian (24%).

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Cost of Living in Vancouver in 2017

Restaurants Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-CAD$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$65.00 CAD$50.00-$86.32
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$9.00 CAD$7.89-$11.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$5.00-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$7.00 CAD$5.00-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$4.14 CAD$3.50-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.09 CAD$1.50-$3.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.84 CASD$1.10-2.75
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 gallon) CAD$9.06 CAD$5.00-$14.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1lb) CAD$2.89 CAD$1.81-$3.63
White Rice (1lb) CAD$1.94 CAD$0.86-$2.72
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.70 CAD$2.80-$6.00
Local Cheese (1lb) CAD$5.77 CAD$3.63-$9.07
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1lb) CAD$6.74 CAD$4.54-$10.00
Apples (1lb) CAD$1.59 CAD$0.91-$2.00
Oranges (1lb) CAD$1.45 CAD$0.91-$2.00
Tomatoes (1lb) CAD$1.59 CAD$1.00-$2.00
Potatoes (1lb) CAD$0.98 CAD$0.68-$1.50
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.14 CAD$1.50-$3.50
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.54 CAD$1.80-$3.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$18.00 CAD$15.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$3.85 CAD$2.30-$5.28
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.59 CAD$2.65-$5.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$12.16 CAD$10.00-$14.00
Transportation Price Range Average Price
One-way Transit Ticket CAD$2.75 CAD$2.75-$3.00
Translink Monthly Pass CAD$93.00 CAD$91.00-$125.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.50 CAD$3.20-$3.90
Taxi Fare Per 1 mile (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.98 CAD$2.90-$4.02
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$33.00 CAD$32.00-$40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) CAD$5.03 CAD$4.73-$5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$20,500 CAD$19,195-$24,000
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Cost Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment CAD$76.20 CAD$34.00-$140.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.33 CAD$0.25-$0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$65.60 CAD$45.00-$85.00
Sports and Leisure Average Cost Price range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$46.75 CAD$20.00-$70.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$15.50 CAD$0.00-$30.00
Movie Ticket CAD13.50 CAD$12.00-$15.00
CLothing and Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$72.82 CAD$50.00-$100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$47.21 CAD$30.00-$75.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$112.63 CAD$90.00-$140.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$134.33 CAD$100.00-$200.00
Rent Per Month Average Cost Cost Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,813.44 CAD$1,400.00-$2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,357.95 CAD$1,000.00-$1,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$3,677.50 CAD$3,000.00-$4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$2,527.27 CAD$1,900.00-$3,200.00
condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$1,078.29 CAD$899.99-$1,399.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$788.96 CAD$600-$999.99
Salaries and Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,328.52 Unknown
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.80% 2.40-3.74%

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9. MARKHAM, ON

Markham By Cbcwilson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Markham is a suburb north of Toronto that is easily accessible from Toronto by transit or highway; it's right next door to Richmond Hill. Markham has a high volume of immigrant settlers, the largest portion of “visible minorities” identifying as Chinese (45%). The second largest population of visible minorities identify as South Asian (17.8%) followed by the Black community (2.9%). Although once known for being an agricultural community, Markham now boasts itself as the “hi-tech capital” of Canada.  

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$10.00-$18.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$50.00 CAD$40.00-$100.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$9.50 CAD$9.00-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$8.00 CAD$7.00-$10.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$8.00 CAD$7.00-$9.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.90 CAD$2.50-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.67 CAD$1.69-$3.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.70 CAD$1.00-$2.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 liter) CAD$1.19 CAD$0.99-$3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$3.75 CAD$1.99-$7.00
White Rice (1kg) CAD$3.50 CAD$1.00-$6.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.00 CAD$1.60-$4.50
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$12.33 CAD$10.00-15.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$16.00 CAD$8.31-$20.00
Apples (1kg) CAD$2.59 CAD$2.18-3.00
Oranges (1kg) CAD$6.50 CAD$3.00-10.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$2.59 CAD$2.18-3.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$1.32 CAD$0.99-1.98
Head of Lettuce CAD$1.00 No data available
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$1.29 CAD$1.00-$1.59
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.00 CAD$10.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.25 CAD$2.00-2.50
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$2.25 CAD$2.00-2.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$11.00 CAD$10.00-$15.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way VIVA Ticket CAD$3.62 CAD$3.25-4.00
Local Transport Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$140.00 CAD$125.00-180.67
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$4.62 CAD$3.25-6.00
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.75-4.52
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$22.00 CAD$15-38.71
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.12 CAD$1.03-1.81
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$24,000.00 CAD$22,000.00-27,000
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m Apartment CAD$187.93 CAD$100.00-$274.48
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.38 CAD$0.25-$0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$74.75 CAD$70.00-$80.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$53.33 CAD$40.00-$70.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$35.00 CAD$25.00-50.00
Movie Ticket CAD$15.00 CAD$15.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$73.33 CAD$35.00-$100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$115.00 CAD$80.00-$165.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$100.00 CAD$75.00-$150.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$130.00 CAD$80.00-$159.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,450.00 CAD$1,200.00-$1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,200.00 CAD$900.00-$1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,466.67 CAD$2,200.00-$2,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$2,016.67 CAD$1,800.00-$2,250.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$8,250.00 CAD$7,500.00-$9,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$6,500.00 CAD$5,000.00-$8,000.00
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$5,835.83 No data available
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.00% 2.89-3.00%

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8. Saanich, B.C.

Saanich by Kiwibirdman [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Kiwibirdman / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

Saanich is the largest municipality in greater Victoria by area and boasts plenty of variety in landscape. The population of Saanich is as culturally diverse as its territory and for thousands of years has served as home to First Nations people. The largest “visible minority” population in Saanich identify as Chinese (33%) with the second largest identifying as South Asian (25%) followed by Filipinos (18%). Employment rates among the immigrant population in Saanich are high and household income is also high. Although crime has increased in the past four years, Saanich remains a relatively safe area to settle.

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$12.00 CAD$12.00-$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$70.00 CAD$55.00-$80.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$9.00 CAD$8.00-$25.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$6.00-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$6.50 CAD$5.00-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.97 CAD$3.50-$5.50
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.21 CAD$1.75-$3.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.90 CASD$1.00-$2.50
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 liter) CAD$2.19 CAD$1.06-$2.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$1.73 CAD$2.29-$2.75
White Rice (1kg) CAD$4.09 CAD$1.50-$4.41
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.59 CAD$2.75-$3.50
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$11.99 $CAD10.00-$20.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$11.87 CAD$8.80-$11.02
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.49 CAD$1.70-$4.00
Oranges (1kg) CAD$2.94 CAD$2.18-$2.99
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.46 CAD$2.50-$4.39
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$1.19 CAD$1.19-$4.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$1.33 CAD$1.02-$3.00
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.04 CAD$1.29-$3.50
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.50 CAD$14.00-$22.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.96 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.30 CAD$2.34-$8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$11.00 CAD$10.25-$12.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Local Transport Ticket CAD$2.50 CAD$2.50-$2.75
Local Transport Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$85.00 CAD$80.00-$85.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.50 CAD$3.25-$3.95
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$1.92 CAD$1.88-$2.50
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$40.74 CAD$40.48-$50.00
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.26 CAD$1.19-$1.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$23,000 CAD$19,000.00-$28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$83.19 CAD$45.47-160.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.32 CAD$0.20-$1.00
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$57.30 CAD$25.00-$89.60
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$36.67 CAD$50.00-$70.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) No data available No data available
Movie Ticket CAD$10.50 CAD$9.00-$14.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$64.12 CAD$45.00-$80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$39.93 CAD$25.00-$65.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$114.94 CAD$85.00-$150.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$129.43 CAD$87.00-$200.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,50.00 CAD$500.00-$1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$833.33 CAD$400.00-$1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$1,933.33 CAD$1,200.00-$2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,725.00 CAD$1,000.00-$2,200.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre No data available No data available
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$4,305.56 No data available
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$2,400.00 No data available
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.79% 2.50%-3.50

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7. WEST VANCOUVER, BC

West Vancouver By Andrew (Tawker) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Andrew (Tawker) / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

The richest city on this list, West Vancouver is a suburb of - you guessed it - Vancouver! The biggest industry sectors in the region are professional services and real estate and average household income is pretty high. Unemployment in West Vancouver is low. Although housing prices have been increasing in West Vancouver, August 2017 marked a sharp decline. West Vancouver’s immigrant population makes up 44% of the population. The largest group of “visible minorities” in West Vancouver are Chinese (35%), the second largest are West Asian (25%) and the third are Korean (11%).

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6. Oakville, Ontario

Oakville By Whpq (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Whpq / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Oakville, Ontario has had a steadily increasing population over the past few years. Of the “visible minorities,” the largest percentage living in Oakville identify as South Asian (34%). The second largest percentage identify as Chinese (18%), followed by the Black population (12%). Unemployment rates are low at around 6.1%, although the average rent cost has been on the incline for the past 24 years. Despite this increase in housing costs, though, Oakville remains a solid choice for immigrating families.   

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-$23.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$75.00 CAD$60.00-$90.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$10.00 CAD$9.50-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$7.00 CAD$6.00-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$8.00 CAD$7.00-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$4.21 CAD$3.00-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.37 CAD$1.50-$4.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.80 CASD$1.50-2.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 liter) CAD$3.21 CAD$3.00-$4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.50 CAD$1.40-$3.69
White Rice (1kg) CAD$6.58 CAD$2.75-$9.99
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.33 CAD$3.00-$3.99
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$25.00 CAD$10.00-$40.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$12.00 CAD$5.99-$20.00
Apples (1kg) CAD$2.93 CAD$2.79-$3.00
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.50 CAD$3.00-$4.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$4.17 CAD$3.00-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.66 CAD$2.00-$2.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) CAD$2.16 CAD$2.00-$2.49
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.00 CAD$15.00-$20.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$3.66 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.23 CAD$2.20-$4.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$15.00 No data available
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Transit Ticket CAD$3.50 CAD$3.25-$3.75
Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$117.50 CAD$115.00-$160.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$4.25 CAD$4.25
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$1.92 CAD$1.78-$2.50
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$47.50 CAD$30.00-$65.00
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.04 CAD$1.00-$1.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$20,740.00 CAD$19,195.00-$22,200.00
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$270.47 CAD$110.00-$200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.45 No data available
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$72.66 CAD$45.00-$70.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$48.99 CAD$45.00-$50.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) No data available No data available
Movie Ticket CAD14.00 CAD$12.99-$17.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$82.23 CAD$49.95-$100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$55.00 CAD$40.00-$69.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$100.00 CAD$100.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$151.80 CAD$99.00-$200.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,650.00 CAD$1,500.00-$1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,366.67 CAD$1,000.00-$1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,133.33 CAD$2,000.00-$2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,900.00 CAD$1,500.00-$2,500.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$3,989.82 CAD$3,842.72-$4.090.29
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$4,063.38 CAD$4,036.47-$4,090.29
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,350.00 No data available
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.76% 2.50%-4.00%

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5. Toronto, ON

Toronto at Night via https://pixabay.com/en/buildings-can-cn-tower-canada-2297210/

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Toronto, Ontario is best known for being the most populous city in all of Canada. A large percentage of Toronto’s diverse population are immigrants with almost 50% being foreign-born. Unlike many other areas, there is no one particular foreign-born group that significantly dominates another. The ever-increasing Toronto population is expected to reach over 60% visible minorities in the near future. Currently, of the visible minorities in Toronto, the largest percentage identify as South Asian (26%), Chinese (25%), and Black (18%). The average median income for homes in this area has increased steadily since 2010 and the unemployment rate in the area is in decline. As income in the area increases, however, so too does rent and cost per square foot of property. A place of great multicultural gathering, Toronto is costly to live in, but with secured employment, it puts you right in the heart of the action.

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2at a regular restaurant CAD$70.00 CAD$50.00-$100.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$9.75 CAD$9.00-$11.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.89 CAD$5.00-$8.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$7.00 CAD$5.50-$9.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.97 CAD$3.00-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$1.84 CAD$1.13-$2.50
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.58 CASD$1.00-2.20
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 liter) CAD$2.06 CAD$1.20-$3.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.63 CAD$2.00-$3.70
White Rice (1kg) CAD$3.34 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$2.71 CAD$2.00-$4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$13.56 CAD$7.00-$20.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$13.10 CAD$8.82-$22.05
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.74 CAD$2.20-$5.51
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.12 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.15 CAD$2.14-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$2.02 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.01 CAD$1.75-$2.50
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.17 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-$20.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.42 CAD$2.00-$3.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$2.78 CAD$2.00-$3.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$12.00 CAD$10.00-$13.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Local Transit Ticket CAD$3.25 CAD$3.00-$3.25
Local Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$146.00 CAD$140.00-$146.25
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.83 CAD$3.25-$4.50
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$1.75 CAD$1.57-$2.00
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$31.02 CAD$30.00-$40.00
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.11 CAD$1.04-$1.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$24,500.00 CAD$20,000.00-$27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$125.98 CAD$65.00-$226.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.34 CAD$0.20-$0.50
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$62.18 CAD$48.00-$84.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$53.19 CAD$35.00-$80.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$22.81 CAD$0.00-$45.00
Movie Ticket CAD$14.00 CAD$12.00-$15.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$65.77 CAD$40.00-$90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$43.50 CAD$30.00-$70.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$97.34 CAD$76.00-$120.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$128.86 CAD$90-$199.99
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1697.72 CAD$1,300.00-$2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,318.36 CAD$1,000.00-$1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,989.29 CAD$2,200.00-$3,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$12,149.83 CAD$1,600.00-$2,600.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$7,955.02 CAD$6,458.35-$9,800.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$5,818.00 CAD$4,8423.76-$7,534.74
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,448.09 No data available
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.82% 2.45%-3.50%

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4. Richmond Hill, Ontario

Cenotaph By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

The population of Richmond Hill has been on the steady incline since 2006 and the vast majority of neighborhoods in the area are labeled as wealthy. When it comes to “visible minorities” the largest ethnic group found in Richmond Hill is Chinese (30% of the population). After the Chinese, the West Asian (10.4%) and South Asian (7.7%) are the second and third largest ethnic groups. Richmond Hill has one of the highest employment rates in the province and most of the businesses in the area are smaller, employing just a handful of people. Real estate is a booming industry in this area, but housing is not the most affordable. In fact, Richmond Hill ranks in the top 20% highest real estate prices in Canada. That said, crime rates are very low making this a safe community for families.

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Restaurants Average Price Price Range
Meal at Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$7.00-$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at average Restaurant CAD$55.00 CAD$40.00-$70.00
Combo McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$8.50 CAD$5.69-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$5.00 CAD$2.20-$6.00
Imported Beer (335ml bottle) CAD$5.62 CAD$1.75-$7.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.00 CAD$2.00-$4.50
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$1.91 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.47 CAD$0.50-$2.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 liter) CAD$1.57 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.50 CAD$1.70-$3.00
White Rice (1kg) CAD$3.34 CAD$1.15-$5.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.38 CAD$1.99-$4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$13.75 CAD$5.99-$20.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$16.50 CAD$8.82-$20.00
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.60 CAD$2.00-5.51
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.15 CAD$2.00-$4.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.15 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$1.92 CAD$0.50-$3.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.12 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.04 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.00 CAD$11.00-$20.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.30 CAD$2.00-$2.60
Imported Beer (335ml bottle) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.50-$3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$12.00 CAD$12.00-$15.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Local Transport Ticket CAD$4.00 CAD$4.00
Regular Local Transit Monthly Pass CAD$130.00 CAD$110.00-$150.00
Initial Taxi Fare CAD$4.00 CAD$3.25-$5.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$1.75 CAD$1.00-$2.00
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$31.02 CAD$25.00-$40.00
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.02 CAD$0.85-$1.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$22,000.00 CAD$17,000.00-$26,000.00
Monthly Utilities Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$175.06 CAD$62.33-$300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.25 CAD$0.17-$0.25
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$57.31 CAD$40.00-$80.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$72.33 CAD$42.00-$100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$20.00 No data available
1 Movie Ticket CAD$13.00 CAD$10.00-$15.00

Clothing And Shoes

Average Price

Price Range

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$50.00 CAD$23.00-$80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$43.50 CAD$16.05-$60.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$97.34 CAD$50.00-$120.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$114.67 CAD$51.37-$199.99
Rent Per Month Average Cost Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,400.00 CAD$850.00-$1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,100.00 CAD$1,000.00-$1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,200.00 CAD$1,600.00-CAD$2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,866.67.00 CAD$1,200.00-$2,400.00
Condos Average Cost Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$2,850.00 CAD$1,500.00-$4,200.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$3,060.52 CAD$1,000.00-$4,305.56
Salaries And Finances Average Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) CAD$3,416.67 No available data
Yearly Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages 2.82% 1.90%-3.50%

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3. CALGARY, AB

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Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and the third-largest urban area in Canada. A large metropolitan area, the economy here is diverse and includes financial services, transportation and logistics, technology, and energy. Most particularly this area is a great destination for engineers, mechanics, miners, and business professionals. As the Calgary population continues to grow housing sales are rising but rent prices are slowly declining as we see an increase in rental property availability. Another diverse area, Calgary has numerous “visible minorities,” the plurality of whom identify as South Asian (24%), Chinese (28%), and the Filipino (11%). Crime in the area is low and unemployment is slowly improving. 

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$13.00-$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$80.00 CAD$60.00-$95.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$8.76 CAD$7.00-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$5.50-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$7.90 CAD$6.25-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$4.24 CAD$3.00-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.14 CAD$1.50-$3.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.82 CAD$1.25-2.45
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 liter) CAD$1.98 CAD$1.25-$3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.57 CAD$1.75-$3.45
White Rice (1kg) CAD$3.97 CAD$2.00-$8.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.18 CAD$2.70-$4.99
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$12.20 CAD$6.50-$17.64
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$11.15 CAD$8.00-$14.00
Apples (1kg) CAD$4.11 CAD$3.09-$5.49
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.77 CAD$2.82-$4.75
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.59 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$2.55 CAD$1.50-$4.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.27 CAD$1.75-$3.00
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.05 CAD$1.19-$3.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$16.00 CAD$14.00-$20.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.95 CAD$2.00-$4.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.00 CAD$2.50-$4.25
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-$16.75
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Local Transit Ticket CAD$3.25 CAD$3.15-$3.25
Local Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$101.00 CAD$99.00-$103.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.50 CAD$3.20-$3.80
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$1.64 CAD$1.45-$2.25
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$33.80 CAD$27.00-$36.00
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$0.99 CAD$0.90-$1.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$23,370.00 CAD$20,500.00-$30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$177.72 CAD$85.00-$300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.34 CAD$0.25-$0.50
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$63.34 CAD$45.00-$80.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$63.41 CAD$45.00-$95.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$19.42 CAD$0.00-$36.00
Movie Ticket CAD13.50 CAD$12.95-$15.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$56.61 CAD$40.00-$80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$44.75 CAD$29.00-$70.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$96.94 CAD$80.00-$125.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$122.00 CAD$80.00-$165.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,150.66 CAD$950.00-$1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$917.08 CAD$800.00-$1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,017.39 CAD$1,500.00-$2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,541.00 CAD$1,300.00-$1,950.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$4,316.10 CAD$3,089.24-CAD$5,381.96
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$3,045.37 CAD$2,350.00-$4,000.00
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,756.89 No available data
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.84% 2.40%-3.50%

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2. Vaughan, Ontario

Canada's Wonderland by Eric Marshall [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Eric Marshall / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

 

The fifth largest city in the Greater Toronto area is Vaughan. Of the large minority population in the area, the most significant percentage identify as South Asian (33%). Following the South Asian population, the Chinese (16%) are the second largest minority group, followed by those who identify as “Other” (12%). Vaughan boasts slightly higher employment rates than average for Ontario. The business sector is the largest employment sector in Vaughan. Median income in this area is slightly higher than the province average. Property prices in the area are declining, but remain quite high; however, rent prices have been quite stable for the past year if not for a small increase. Vaughan is a safe area for families to live with low crime rates and is particularly appealing for those looking for employment in the retail and manufacturing sectors.

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$16.00 CAD$10.00-$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$61.75 CAD$40.00-$90.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$9.50 CAD$5.69-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$3.00-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$8.00 CAD$5.00-$9.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.50 CAD$2.00-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.37 CAD$1.00-$3.50
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.75 CAD$0.50-2.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 liter) CAD$1.57 CAD$0.99-$3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.64 CAD$1.40-$3.30
White Rice (1kg) CAD$4.05 CAD$1.00-$9.99
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.00 CAD$1.60-$4.50
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$19.84 CAD$4.00-$30.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$16.00 CAD$5.99-$30.00
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.30 CAD$1.58-$5.00
Oranges (1kg) CAD$5.20 CAD$1.58-$8.80
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.84 CAD$1.50-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$2.00 CAD$0.50-$3.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.00 CAD$1.00-$2.99
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.00 CAD$0.99-$3.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$14.00 CAD$10.00-$16.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.30 CAD$1.80-$2.60
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.00 CAD$2.00-$3.75
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$11.00 CAD$11.00-$15.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Local Transit Ticket CAD$4.00 CAD$4.00
Local Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$141.50 CAD$140.00-$143.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$4.25 CAD$3.10-$5.00
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.47-$4.52
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$30.00 CAD$30.00-$40.00
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.04 CAD$0.94-$1.10
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$25,000 CAD$15,999.00-$27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$187.93 CAD$60.00-$300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.26 CAD$0.10-$0.60
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$63.00 CAD$30.00-$80.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$45.00 CAD$35.00-$55.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) No data available No data available
Movie Ticket CAD13.00 CAD$10.00-$15.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$53.33 CAD$28.00-$90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$45.00 CAD$20.00-$60.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$100.00 CAD$75.00-$125.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$141.43 CAD$80.00-$200.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,483.33 CAD$1,400.00-$1,550.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,166.67 CAD$1,10.00-$1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$3,000.00 No available data
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$2,400.00 CAD$2,000.00-$3,000.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$2,701.36 No available data
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$2,1251.13 No available data
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$4,701.52 No available data
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.83% 2.10%-3.50%

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1. BURLINGTON, ON

Burlington By Andrew Lynes [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

Burlington offers a great quality of life and is a safe area to live with low crime rates. Real estate prices in Burlington are currently declining and there is plenty of real estate opportunity. As is often the case with declining real estate sales, rental properties are seeing a slight increase in rent and lower availability. As the population in Burlington grows, the area becomes increasingly diverse. Of the current Burlington population, the most represented “visible minority” (33%) claim South Asian heritage. Following the South Asian population, the Black population (16%) and Chinese population (15%) are close behind. Income in Burlington is higher than the average income of the province and the unemployment rate is also lower than the province average. Employment is particularly high in sales and service occupations and the largest industry is business services.

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$20.00 CAD$18.00-CAD$25.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at a regular restaurant CAD$80.00 CAD$55.00-$90.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$8.84 CAD$8.00-$9.50
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$5.75-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$8.00 CAD$7.90-$9.50
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.46 CAD$2.25-$4.50
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.38 CAD$1.00-$3.50
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.54 CASD$0.75-2.50
Groceries Average Price Price Range
Milk (1 liter) CAD$1.63 CAD$1.19-$2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.64 CAD$2.00-$3.00
White Rice (1kg) CAD$4.00 CAD$4.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$2.94 CAD$2.79-$2.99
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$8.67 CAD$6.00-$12.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$12.25 CAD$9.00-$39.68
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.69 CAD$1.58-$6.00
Oranges (1kg) CAD$5.80 CAD$1.58-$7.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.84 CAD$2.58-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$3.50 CAD$1.99-$6.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$1.95 CAD$1.50-$2.50
Water (1.5-liter bottle) CAD$2.00 CAD$0.99-$5.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$14.75 CAD$13.00-$15.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.00 CAD$2.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$2.80 CAD$2.60-$3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$11.00 CAD$9.00-$13.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Local Transit Ticket CAD$3.50 CAD$2.90-$3.50
Local Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$98.50

CAD$97.00-$100.00

Taxi Starting Fare CAD$4.00 CAD$3.90-$4.50
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$3.00 CAD$2.00-$4.00
Taxi 1-hour Waiting CAD$30.00 CAD$15.00-$32.40
Gasoline (1 liter) CAD$1.04 CAD$1.00-$1.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$25,000 CAD$20,000-$25,000
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$154.75 CAD$100.00-$190.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.26 CAD$0.20-$34
Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$58.83 CAD$30.00-$70.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$36.25 CAD$25.00-$45.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$29.00 CAD$18.00-40.00
Movie Ticket CAD12.50 CAD$12.00-$12.99
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$53.00 CAD$45.00-$60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$39.40 CAD$20.00-$45.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$107.50 CAD$95.00-$125.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$159.25 CAD$134.47-$200.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,320.00 CAD$1,200.00-$1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,212.50 CAD$1,000.00-$1,450.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$1,875.00 CAD$1,800.00-$1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,550.00 CAD$1,430.00-$1,745.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$5,381.96 CAD$4,500.00-CAD$7,050.36
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$4,236.81 CAD$2,700.00-$5,704.87
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,839.58 No data available
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.58% 2.29%-3.00%

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10. West Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver from Water

The richest city on this list, West Vancouver is a suburb of - you guessed it - Vancouver! It is surprisingly affordable for the renter: the average rent price in the city puts it right in the middle of the pack; it's actually cheaper to rent in West Van than in Milton! The unemployment is relatively low, well over a third of the population are immigrants, and it of course features the warmer temperatures that the Vancouver area is known for. So what could possibly be wrong? Well, on average it takes about 8 years to save up enough money to buy a house. So if you're thinking of starting out in West Vancouver, be sure to check out the rest of the list to find out where to move once you've made some money in Canada.  

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9. Milton, ON

Milton

Looking for a job? The rapidly expanding city of Milton may be the place to move. Though it's a bit of a hike from Toronto - nearly an hour drive in traffic and significantly further by train - Milton boasts very low unemployment; the lowest among the immigrant-friendly big cities in the country. There aren't as many immigrants in Milton as there are in some of the other cities on this list, and the rent isn't exactly cheap, but it's hard to say no to jobs. Unless you're concerned about safety: Milton's crime-rate isn't exactly low.  

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8. Ottawa

Elgin and Queen, Ottawa

The nation's capital is a safe bet. Predicted by experts to see a boom in jobs in the near future, the capital is also pretty much in the middle in all livability factors: the rent and vacancy rates are reasonable, unemployment is higher than some places but should soon drop, house prices are about average, as is the time it takes to save for a house, and the city is safe with decent transit. But Ottawa is notoriously boring and cold, so keep that in mind.  

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$10.00-CAD$17.00
Three Course Meal for 2
at a regular restaurant
CAD$70.00 CAD$55.00-$80.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$9.00 CAD$8.00-$9.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.25 CAD$5.75-$7.25
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$7.00 CAD$6.00-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.59 CAD$3.00-$4.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.14 CAD$1.79$-2.50
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.84 CASD$1.25-$2.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 litre) CAD$1.77 CAD$1.06-$2.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.52 CAD$2.29-$2.75
White Rice (1kg) CAD$2.79 CAD$1.50-$4.41
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.05 CAD$2.75-$3.50
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$13.33 $CAD10.00-$20.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$9.70 CAD$8.80-$11.02
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.14 CAD$1.70-$4.00
Oranges (1kg) CAD$2.54 CAD$2.18-$2.99
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$3.10 CAD$2.50-$4.39
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$2.26 CAD$1.50-$3.00
Head of Lettuce CAD$1.55 CAD$1.00-$2.00
Water (1.5 litre bottle) CAD$2.07 CAD$1.79-$2.50
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$14.45 CAD$13.00-CAD$15.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.57 CAD$1.83-$3.50
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$2.55 CAD$2.00-$3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$11.00 CAD$10.00-$12.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way OC Transpo Ticket CAD$3.45 CAD$3.30-$3.50
OC Transpo Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$100.00 CAD$98.75-$100.75
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.50 CAD$3.45-$3.75
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.72-$3.12
Taxi 1 hour Waiting CAD$18.00 CAD$18.00-$20.00
Gasoline (1 litre) CAD$1.22 CAD$0.97-$1.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline
(Or Equivalent New Car)
CAD$21,737.50 CAD$19,975.00-$23,575.00
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$133.56 CAD$114.37-$157.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.31 CAD$0.30-$0.35
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$50.50 CAD$40.00-$60.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$58.83 CAD$50.00-$70.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$18.34 CAD$14.00-$22.69
Movie Ticket CAD13.00 CAD$11.00-$14.50
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$59.17 CAD$50.00-$70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$55.00 CAD$50.00-$65.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$105.83 CAD$100.00-$120.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$112.83 CAD$95.00-$150.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,093.75 CAD$1,000.00-$1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$880.71 CAD$800.00-$990.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$1,665.62 CAD$1,525.00-$1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,288.89 CAD$900.00-$1,500.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
in City Centre
CAD$5,137.16 CAD$5,000.00-$5,274.32
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
Outside of Centre
CAD$3,106.14 CAD$2,690.98-$3,627.44
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,914.29 CAD$3,200.00-CAD$4,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.31% 3.00%-3.70

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7. Richmond Hill, ON

Richmond Hill Centre

Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto easily accessible from the city by transit or highway, has one of the highest percentages of immigrants of any city in Canada - nearly equal that of the larger and perhaps more intimidating Mississauga. The only thing keeping it from being higher on this list is the violent crime rate which, while low, is significantly higher than the cities listed below. Well, that and the fact that it takes significantly longer to buy a house in Richmond Hill than it does in some other cities: the length of time to save for a house is not West Vancouver bad, but it's close.  

 

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6. Brossard, QC

Brossard

Looking for a cheap apartment? Well, the immigrant-friendly Montreal suburb of Brossard has them in droves. The vacancy rate is reasonably high and the rent is way lower than any suburb of Toronto or Vancouver. Plus, it has a way lower crime rate than the equally cheap - and even more immigrant-friendly - Dollard-des-Ormeaux, another of suburb of Montreal, located almost as close to the downtown core. Sure, you have to cross the notoriously traffic-jammed Pont Champlain to get from Brossard to Montreal, but Dollard just isn't as safe. Finally, the average resident of Brossard only has to save for three years to afford a house, and Brossard has the second lowest real estate prices of any major city in Canada.  

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5. Mississauga, ON

Downtown Mississauga

Mississauga, the third largest city in Canada's most pop0lous province, is still considered by many to be a suburb of Toronto. That's because it is only a 20 minute drive from the downtown and a short trip by transit. Mississauga boasts a population of over 50% immigrants and a low crime rate. But it's still somewhat of a bedroom community despite it's size - meaning you have to drive everywhere - and the employment rate doesn't compare favourably with the other suburbs of Toronto.  

Restaurants Average Price Price Range
Meal at Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-$19.00
Three Course Meal for 2 at average Restaurant CAD$50.00 CAD$35.00-$60.00
Combo McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$8.50 CAD$7.43-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$5.00-$7.00
Imported Beer (335ml bottle) CAD$7.66 CAD$7.00-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.69 CAD$2.65-$4.60
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$1.66 CAD$1.00-$2.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.27 CAD$1.00-$2.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 litre) CAD$1.46 CAD$1.20-$1.70
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.47 CAD$2.00-$2.68
White Rice (1kg) CAD$2.20 CAD$2.00-$3.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.16 CAD$2.60-$3.75
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$12.34 CAD$8.82-$18.90
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$10.59 CAD$9.00-$13.23
Apples (1kg) CAD$2.90 CAD$2.76-43.06
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.55 CAD$2.50-$5.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$2.72 CAD$2.20-$3.31
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$1.84 CAD$1.23-$2.20
Head of Lettuce CAD$1.72 CAD$1.29-42.00
Water (1.5 litre bottle) CAD$1.87 CAD$1.50-$2.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$11.50 CAD$10.00-$15.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.40 CAD$2.00-$3.00
Imported Beer (335ml bottle) CAD$2.88 CAD$2.50-$3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$10.00 CAD$10.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way MiWay Ticket CAD$3.25 CAD$3.00-$3.25
Regular Monthly Pass CAD$120.00 CAD$100.00-$127.00
Initial Taxi Fare CAD$4.25 CAD$3.50-$4.25
Taxi 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.77-$2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting CAD$30.00 CAD$30.00
Gasoline (1 litre) CAD$1.19 CAD$0.99-$1.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) CAD$19,000.00 CAD$14,000.00-$20,000.00
Monthly Utilities Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$235.00 CAD$200.00-$270.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.28 CAD$0.25-$0.30
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$47.20 CAD$40.00-$55.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$43.60 CAD$33.00-$60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$47.50 CAD$45.00-$50.00
1 Movie Ticket CAD$12.50 CAD$12.00-$14.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$25.66 CAD$22.00-$29.99
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$30.00 CAD$30.00-$30.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$83.00 CAD$45.00-$120.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$78.33 CAD$70.00-$85.00
Rent Per Month Average Cost Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,325.00 CAD$1,200.00-$1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$916.67 CAD$800.00-$1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,075.00 CAD$1,800.00-CAD$2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,435.00 CAD$1,300.00-$1,600.00
Condos Average Cost Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre CAD$3,282.99 CAD$2,690.98-$3,659.73
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre CAD$1,559.03 CAD$750.00-$2,368.06
Salaries And Finances Average Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) CAD$2,912.67 CAD$2,376.00-$5,000.00
Yearly Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages CAD$3.71 CAD$3.35-$4.00

All information crowd-sourced from Numbeo

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4. Markham, ON

Markham is a suburb north of Toronto that is easily accessible from Toronto by transit or highway; it's right nextdoor to Richmond Hill. Markham has the second highest percentage of immigrants of any large city in Canada, with well over 50% of the population having been born overseas. The city boasts a high apartment vacancy rate and the rent is comparable to the other suburbs of Toronto. Markham is a pretty wealthy place too, meaning that it is a safe place to start your new life.  

Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$10.00 CAD$8.00-CAD$12.00
Three Course Meal for 2
at a regular restaurant
CAD$75.00 CAD$50.00-$100.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$8.50 CAD$8.00-$9.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$7.00 CAD$5.00-$9.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$6.00 CAD$4.00-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$3.00 CAD$2.00-$4.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.00-$3.00
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.00 CASD$1.00
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 litre) CAD$1.32 CAD$1.00-$1.60
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.19 CAD$2.00-$2.40
White Rice (1kg) CAD$1.00 CAD$0.50-$2.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.29 CAD$2.75-$3.50
Local Cheese (1kg) No data available No data available
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$10.15 CAD$9.85-$10.30
Apples (1kg) No data available No data available
Oranges (1kg) No data available No data available
Tomatoes (1kg) No data available No data available
Potatoes (1kg) No data available No data available
Head of Lettuce No data available No data available
Water (1.5 litre bottle) No data available No data available
Average Bottle of Wine No data available No data available
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) No data available No data available
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) No data available No data available
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$10.00 CAD$9.00-$11.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way YRT Ticket CAD$4.00 CAD$3.75-$4.25
YRT Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$131.50 CAD$98.00-$165.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$4.25 No Range
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.25 CAD$1.50-$3.00
Taxi 1 hour Waiting No data available No data available
Gasoline (1 litre) CAD$1.09 CAD$0.88-$1.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline
(Or Equivalent New Car)
No data available No data available
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$350.00 CAD$300.00-$400.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.25 CAD$0.20-$0.30
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$76.00 CAD$72.00-$80.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$40.00 CAD$20.00-$60.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) No data available No data available
Movie Ticket CAD12.50 CAD$11.99-$13.50
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$46.67 CAD$30.00-$60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$70.00 CAD$49.99-$100.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$75.00 CAD$49.99-$100.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$120.00 No Range Available
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,800.00 No data available
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,400.00 No data available
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$3,000.00 No data available
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$2,500.00 CAD$No data available
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
in City Centre
CAD$7,534.74 No data available
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
Outside of Centre
CAD$4,843.76 No data available
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$7,200.00 No data available
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.99% No data available

All information crowd-sourced from Numbeo

 

3. Burlington, ON

 Downtown Burlington

If you're looking for an apartment, Burlington is the city to check out. Though it is now considered one of the richest in Canada, the city boasts an apartment vacancy rate and low average rent equivalent to the much less clean, much less appealing, and much less rich city of Hamilton, located nextdoor. Plus Burlington is closer to Toronto than Hamilton and has lower unemployment. It is also safer than Richmond Hill - and Hamilton too, obviously. And it takes about half as much time to save up to buy a house in Burlington as it does in Richmond Hill. Burlington lacks a large immigrant community but that is changing as the city continues to expand.  

Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$14.10 CAD$10.00-CAD$25.00
Three Course Meal for 2
at a regular restaurant
CAD$70.00 CAD$65.00-$75.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$10.00 CAD$10.00-$10.00
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$5.00 CAD$5.00-$6.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$6.00 CAD$5.00-$7.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$4.05 CAD$3.50-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.12 CAD$1.99-$2.25
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.70 CASD$1.25-2.50
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 litre) CAD$3.00 CAD$3.00-$3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.42 CAD$2.25-$2.50
White Rice (1kg) CAD$3.00 CAD$1.00-$5.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.58 CAD$2.75-$4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$20.50 CAD$16.00-$25.00
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$14.26 CAD$11.02-$17.50
Apples (1kg) CAD$4.79 CAD$3.86-$5.51
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.73 CAD$3.50-$3.97
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$6.83 CAD$3.97-$11.02
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$4.96 CAD$3.31-$6.61
Head of Lettuce CAD$1.60 CAD$1.50-$1.70
Water (1.5 litre bottle) CAD$3.50 CAD$3.00-$4.00
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.25 CAD$14.50-$16.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.38 CAD$2.25-$2.50
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.50 CAD$3.00-$4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$10.50 CAD$10.00-$11.00
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Burlington Transit Ticket CAD$3.25 CAD$3.00-$3.25
Burlington Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$95.00 CAD$95.00-$250.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.75 CAD$3.50-$4.00
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$2.00 CAD$1.99-$3.00
Taxi 1 hour Waiting CAD$32.40 CAD$30.00-$60.00
Gasoline (1 litre) CAD$1.38 CAD$1.35-$1.40
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline
(Or Equivalent New Car)
CAD$25,000 CAD$24,000-$25,000
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$155.00 CAD$110.00-$200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) No data available No data available
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$57.00 CAD$45.00-$70.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$47.50 CAD$45.00-$50.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) No data available No data available
Movie Ticket CAD12.00 CAD$11.50-$20.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$66.67 CAD$50.00-$100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$66.67 CAD$45.00-$95.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$120.00 CAD$100.00-$140.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$115.00 CAD$85.00-$135.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,233.33 CAD$1,000.00-$1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$900.00 CAD$750.00-$1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,067.67 CAD$1,500.00-$3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$1,583.33 CAD$1,250.00-$2,000.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
in City Centre
CAD$3,201.73 CAD$2,903.46-CAD$3,500.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
Outside of Centre
CAD$2,192.02 CAD$1,184.03-$3,200.00
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$2,670.50 CAD$1,800.00-$3,541.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.00% No data available

All information crowd-sourced from Numbeo

 

2. Calgary, AB

 Calgary

Calgary has recently gained a reputation for being an expensive place to live but the numbers say otherwise. Compared to other large, immigrant-friendly cities in Canada, Calgary's rent is relatively reasonable. Moreover, there are jobs a plenty as the unemployment rate is quite low. The high wages mean that you can afford to buy a house sooner than any other major city in Canada, despite the fairly high real estate prices. Living in the city also means that you can save on gas and use transit. The problem? The apartments go very, very fast.

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Restaurant Purchase Average Price Price Range
Meal at a Cheap Restaurant CAD$15.00 CAD$12.00-CAD$20.00
Three Course Meal for 2
at a regular restaurant
CAD$67.50 CAD$60.00-$78.00
Combo at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) CAD$8.00 CAD$7.96-$9.63
Domestic Beer (draught pint) CAD$6.00 CAD$4.50-$7.00
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$7.00 CAD$5.99-$8.00
Cappuccino (regular) CAD$4.20 CAD$3.99-$5.00
Coke/Pepsi (333ml bottle) CAD$2.21 CAD$2.00-$2.50
Water (333ml bottle) CAD$1.70 CASD$1.96-2.50
Groceries Average Price Price Range
1% Milk (1 litre) CAD$1.92 CAD$1.25-$2.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) CAD$2.42 CAD$2.25-$2.50
White Rice (1kg) CAD$2.77 CAD$2.49-$3.00
Dozen Eggs CAD$3.35 CAD$3.00-$4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) CAD$10.28 CAD$8.00-$12.50
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (1kg) CAD$15.44 CAD$12.00-$20.00
Apples (1kg) CAD$3.61 CAD$3.00-$4.41
Oranges (1kg) CAD$3.29 CAD$2.18-$4.00
Tomatoes (1kg) CAD$4.04 CAD$3.00-$5.00
Potatoes (1kg) CAD$2.41 CAD$2.00-$3.25
Head of Lettuce CAD$2.28 CAD$1.50-$2.99
Water (1.5 litre bottle) CAD$2.16 CAD$1.49-$2.99
Average Bottle of Wine CAD$15.00 CAD$15.00-$20.00
Domestic Beer (pint bottle) CAD$2.00 CAD$2.25-$5.50
Imported Beer (333ml bottle) CAD$3.18 CAD$2.25-$6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) CAD$12.50 CAD$11.00-$13.99
Transportation Average Cost Price Range
One-way Calgary Transit Ticket CAD$3.00 CAD$3.00-$3.15
Calgary Transit Monthly Pass (Regular) CAD$96.00 CAD$95.00-$99.00
Taxi Starting Fare CAD$3.50 CAD$3.50-$5.00
Taxi Fare Per 1km (Normal Traffic) CAD$1.55 CAD$1.55-$2.00
Taxi 1 hour Waiting CAD$31.30 CAD$30.00-$35.00
Gasoline (1 litre) CAD$1.11 CAD$0.95-$1.23
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline
(Or Equivalent New Car)
CAD$22,600 CAD$20,000-$24,900
Utilities (Monthly) Average Cost Price Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment CAD$193.64 CAD$150.00-$251.84
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) CAD$0.32 CAD$0.20-$0.45
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) CAD$64.00 CAD$50.00-$80.00
Sports And Leisure Average Cost Price Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult CAD$62.10 CAD$50.00-$80.00
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour on Weekend) CAD$20.23 CAD$10.00-$27.89
Movie Ticket CAD13.25 CAD$12.99-$15.00
Clothing And Shoes Average Price Price Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) CAD$72.43 CAD$50.00-$85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store CAD$41.67 CAD$30.00-$50.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CAD$101.62 CAD$80.00-$125.00
1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes CAD$117.67 CAD$90.00-$150.00
Rent Per Month Average Rent Rent Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre CAD$1,371.43 CAD$1,200.00-$1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre CAD$1,143.75 CAD$1000.00-$1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre CAD$2,377.78 CAD$1,800.00-$3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre CAD$2,042.86 CAD$1,500.00-$2,500.00
Condos Average Rate Rate Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
in City Centre
CAD$4,535.08 CAD$4,000-CAD$5,381.96
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment
Outside of Centre
CAD$3,079.76 CAD$2,800.00-$3,444.45
Salaries And Finances Average Salary Salary Range
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Taxes) CAD$3,978.49 CAD$3,200.00-$5,652.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.16% 2.99%-3.69%

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1. Richmond, BC

Richmond, BC

Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver and only a 30 minute drive from downtown, is probably the best city in the country to settle: nearly 60% of the city has immigrated to Canada. The rent isn't as high as some other areas of Vancouver - one of Canada's most expensive cities - and the average salaries are higher than the city itself. You can take transit to work to save money and the Greater Vancouver Area is notorious for the warmest weather of any major city in Canada. What's not to like?

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