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Living Costs

Depending on your country of origin, you may find living in Canada more expensive or less expensive than you may be used to. Costs also vary depending on the region in which you want to work. Housing costs in Canada’s largest cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, are considerably higher than in smaller cities.

This table lists average monthly costs for food, housing and transportation in Canada, based upon 2013 data.

Groceries per person
$200 to $300
Renting an apartment
$500 to $2,000
Public transit pass
$60 to $120
Electricity and heating
$40 to $200
$20 to $60
Mobile phone
$30 to $100
$20 to $100