Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What does it cost to live in Canada?

Apartment buildings in the English Bay area of...
Apartment buildings in the English Bay area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The vast size, varied climate and population distribution of Canada mean that costs of living can vary from one area to another. There may also be some expenses that you weren’t expecting before you arrived.
Here are some typical costs for items and services in Canada. Please note all figures are in Canadian funds.

Rent—Bachelor Apartment (1 room apartment, 1 month, large city)
$700–$1,100
Rent—Bachelor Apartment (1 room apartment, 1 month, small city/town)
$500–$700
Water, Gas and Electricity (1 month) - Apartment
$150
Water, Gas and Electricity (1 month) and Sewage – Single Family house
$400
Car Insurance for a mini Van of $35,000, 250 deductible and 2 drivers with very good history
$1350
VOIP Phone (1 month, including long distance)
$30–$40
Cheapest Cell Phone Package (1 month) with Unlimited Data
$40
Cable Television (1 month)
$25–$50
Internet Connection (high speed, 1 month)
$50
Groceries for One Person (1 month)
$200–$300
1 Dozen Eggs
$2–$3
Bag of Rice (20 pounds) – High Quality
$20
Bus Fare 1-Way (local)
$2.25
Fast Food Meal (hamburger, soft drink, french fries)
$4–$6 per person
Average Restaurant Meal
$10–$25 per person
Coffee from Specialty Coffee Shop
$1.70
Admission to Nightclub
$0–$15
Gas/Petrol
$1.15–$1.50 per litre
Movie
$11.50–$13
Pair of Jeans
$40–$80
Pair of Running Shoes
$60–$200
Return Flight from Vancouver to Toronto
$300–$1,200
Letter within Canada
$0.57
International Postage (letter)
$1.70
Interest Rate on Savings.5%


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