Ten Most Expensive Places to Live in 2019 in Canada

Salaries for the same job can vary wildly across Canada. But before you pack your whole life into boxes and go where the bigger paycheques are, have you considered the cost of living?
Like salaries, this can vary from city to city as well. Using data from Expatistan, we found out which are the 20 most expensive places to live in 2019 in Canada.

  1. Toronto, Ontario
    Toronto is the most expensive city to live in Canada. For an 85-square-metre apartment in a regular area, you can expect to pay around $2,049 a month, with an added $130 for utilities for two people. Lunch in the business district comes to around $17. You might want to take advantage of the fact that Toronto has the cheapest basic taxi trips in North America, since at $145 for a monthly pass, public transport is the most expensive in Canada. At least the city has given us some very funny Tweets about public transit.
  2. Vancouver, British Columbia
    It’s a good thing Vancouver is one of the places with the lowest taxes in Canada or nobody would be able to afford living there. A furnished 85-square-metre apartment in a regular area costs around $2,143 a month and utilities for two people come to about $107 a month. Lunch in the business district is about $17. Public transport is $107 a month, which makes up for the fact that Vancouver has the second most expensive gasoline in North America.
  3. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
    For such a small and remote city, Yellowknife is surprisingly expensive.
    Furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a regular area costs around $1,800 and utilities for two people in an apartment of this size will come to a whopping $410 a month. In winter, wrap up and go outside for a bit to save on heating bills: Yellowknife is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights.
    A basic lunch in the business district is around $22 and monthly public transport is around $59.
  4. Mississauga, Ontario
    Its proximity to Toronto makes Mississauga a great city for jobs. However, furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a regular area costs around $1,633 a month, while utilities for two people come to around $183.
    A monthly pass for public transport is $137 and Mississauga also has one of North America’s most expensive basic lunches in the business district: $22.
  5. Regina, Saskatchewan
    If you want to live in Regina, you need to budget for about $1,264 for furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a regular area and $227 for utilities for two people. You’ll also need $86 for a monthly pass for public transportation and around $19 for a basic lunch in the business district.
  6. Calgary, Alberta
    Stampede makes Calgary one of the best places to visit in July, but what about living here the rest of the year? Furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a regular area is about $1,456 a month and utilities come to around $211 a month for two people in an 85-square-metre apartment. Public transportation will set you back $103 a month and lunch in the business district is around $19.
    Don’t make it a big lunch, though: Calgary has the most expensive business district gym memberships in Canada.
  7. Victoria, British Columbia
    In Victoria, you can expect to pay around $1,627 a month for furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a regular area, with $123 for utilities for two people. A basic lunch in the business district costs around $18 and a monthly pass for public transportation is $84.
    It’s a good thing the city is so stunningly beautiful that you won’t want to spend your days surfing the web: Victoria has the most expensive internet in Canada.
  8. St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
    With its colourful downtown area, St. John’s is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. Living here is pricey, though.
    Furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a regular area will cost you around $1,388 a month, but you can expect to pay a whopping $318 for utilities for two people. Lunch in the business district comes to around $17 on average, while a monthly public transportation pass is $77.
  9. Edmonton, Alberta
    In Edmonton, monthly rent for furnished 85-square-metre accommodation is around $1,305.
    Don’t think you’ll save on utilities here in oil and gas country, though: at $257 for two people, Edmonton has some of the most expensive utilities in Canada.
    The city is also home to the country’s most expensive movie tickets and domestic beer from the store. For public transport, you can expect to pay $95 a month.
  10. Ottawa, Ontario
    Ottawa is the place to be if you want one of the Government of Canada jobs in demand for 2019. Unfortunately the nation’s capital isn’t a cheap city to live in.
    Monthly rent for furnished 85-square-metre accommodation in a normal area comes to around $1,455, while utilities for two people will cost about $138 a month. Lunch in the business district is $20 on average, but go easy on the dairy: Ottawa has the world’s fourth most expensive local cheese and the fourth most expensive whole-fat milk in Canada.
    Public transportation will set you back around $115 a month.
    Canadian Press
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