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Cost of living in Canada – 2015

Hi all,

We invite you to talk about the cost of living in Canada in 2015, with an updated price listing.

Don't forget to mention in which city of Canada you are living in.

How much does it cost to live in Canada?

> accommodation prices

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.)

> food prices (your monthly budget)

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance)

> education prices (if you need to pay)

> energy prices (oil, electricity)

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone)

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant

> price for a coffee or a drink

> price for cinema tickets

Do not hesitate to add items to this list! ;)

Thank you in advance for your participation.

I'll start...

For Halifax, Nova Scotia.

-- Bus fare for Metro buses --
Adult: $2.50 Senior/Child: $1.75 Student:$2.50
Bus to airport, use MetroX. Adult: $3.50 Senior/Child: $2.75 Student:$3.50

-- Apartment rentals --
Depending on location
Average price downtown core (per mth) *Note: can be higher for higher end apartments,
1 bedroom apartment btw 800-1100
1 bedroom 1 den btw 1200 - 1800
2 bedroom btw 1500 - 2200
Prices are cheaper in the suburbs

-- Home Prices --
Houses in suburbs (approx btw 8 - 20 km from downtown)
20 to 30 year detached can cost up to $300K
New (0-10yrs) homes (detached) average $450K - $600K
New (0-10yrs) town houses / semi detached average btw $200K - $380K
Houses in downtown are range from 600K - over a million
Apartments in downtown range from 300K upwards. You may get it lower for older or run down ones.
Mortgage on a 360K home can come up to $1400/mth plus minus 200 - which will come up the same thing if one rents a 2 bedroom apartment in downtown

-- Medical --
If you're a resident (PR or work permit), student (after a year), citizen of Canada - FREE with MSI (Medical Services Insurance)

-- Eating out --
Average low of 10/person to 20/person depending on how posh the restaurant is

-- Coffee --
Average of $1.80 for a regular to $2.20 sometimes

-- Energy --
For a 860 sq ft apartment, with electricity for heat, average at $50/mth (paid to Nova Scotia Power. It is a monopoly). If the heat in your place is powered by oil, be ready to pay more!!

-- Education (Tertiary) --
You don't want to know... VERY Expensive!!! 2nd most expensive province in the country for fees after Ontario....

-- HST (short for Harmonized Sales Tax which is the combined federal and provincial sales tax) --
High of 15%

-- Food (monthly) --
Depends on how you eat!!! If you go for No Frills, Walmart, Superstore and on the cheap, you can go as low as 100-150 / mth for 2 person. But if you go for gluten-free, farmers market, CSA type food, you can go as high as $300 or more...

-- Cinema tickets --
You go to Cineplex and pay btw, $12 for hit shows on a normal days (everyday except Tuesdays) or more sometimes. Tuesdays are cheaper by half - $7

@philipyeo  :up:

accommodation prices 800 - 2500

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.) 50 - 125 /MO

> food prices (your monthly budget) 6000 FOR A HSEHOLD OF 4 PPL

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance) FREE PLUS PREMIUM INS FOR EXTRA 75 PER HSEHOLD /MO

> education prices (if you need to pay) HIGH SCHOOL FREE (PUBLIC) PRIVATE IS 12000 PER ANNUM AND UNDERGRAD IS 15000 PER ANNUM PLUS LIVING ANOTHER 8000

> energy prices (oil, electricity) 400 /MO

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone) 200 /MO

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant 50 - 200 FOR 2 PPL

> price for a coffee or a drink 2 TO 4 FOR ONE PERSON

> price for cinema tickets CHEAP TKT ON TUES USUALLY 7 OR REG 12

Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge (Ontario)

> accommodation prices = Rent 2-3 bedroom $800 - $1400

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.) = $75 per month

> food prices (your monthly budget) = Family of 4 usually $400

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance) = OHIP free, personal insurance to cover family around $300 per month and insurance through Employment sometimes covered 100% or you usually pay 20% of cost.

> education prices (if you need to pay) = Free for school age

> energy prices (oil, electricity) = Family of 4 average $60 - $80 per month each utility

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone) = Expensive, family bundle average $300 per month

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant = Family of 4 average $90

> price for a coffee or a drink = $1.50 - $4.00

> price for cinema tickets = $10 - $15

> Car Insurance = Expensive $100 - $300 per month depending on driving experience and vehicle

City: Winnipeg
Prov: Manitoba
> accommodation prices :
1 bedroom appartement : 700$ to 1200$/ month
Average 2 bedroom house: 230,000$

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.)  $2.50 for the bus (no subway yet lol)

> food prices (your monthly budget) On adult male $300/ month

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone)  about 40$/ month for each service

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant 15$

> price for a coffee or a drink 2$

> price for cinema tickets: 10$ or 5$ on Tuesdays

City: Montreal
Prov: QC
> accommodation prices  ( 3½ - 600$ + )  (4½- 750$ + )

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.) $3.25 / trip

> food prices (your monthly budget) 

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance)  Free medical care

> education prices (if you need to pay)

> energy prices (oil, electricity)  ( $80 / month average for a 4½ condo)

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone) Internet $30 - $80 / month depending on speed, etc)

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant ( $ 40 / person)

> price for a coffee or a drink  ($1-3 for coffee) ( $7-15 / alcoholic drink)

> price for cinema tickets   ($12-30)

Thanks for your information.

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