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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 92.25
Rent Index: 44.12
Groceries Index: 97.06
Restaurants Index: 87.23
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 68.77
Local Purchasing Power: 121.02

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$
12.00
20.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 C$
50.00
80.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.00 C$
7.50
8.75
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 C$
5.00
6.50
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.00 C$
6.00
8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.03 C$
3.50
4.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.08 C$
1.50
2.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.88 C$
1.50
2.25
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.90 C$
1.25
2.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.94 C$
2.00
3.50
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.56 C$
2.00
5.00
Eggs (12) 3.47 C$
3.00
4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 10.44 C$
7.50
13.21
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 14.38 C$
12.00
19.50
Apples (1kg) 3.61 C$
3.00
4.12
Oranges (1kg) 3.43 C$
2.43
4.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.07 C$
3.00
5.00
Potato (1kg) 2.46 C$
2.00
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.85 C$
1.50
2.40
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.39 C$
2.00
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.00 C$
14.00
22.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.78 C$
2.00
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.25 C$
2.50
5.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.25 C$
11.00
14.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 C$
3.00
3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 95.00 C$
94.00
96.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$
3.40
4.50
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.55 C$
1.50
2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 31.30 C$
30.00
31.30
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.19 C$
1.11
1.27
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,887.50 C$
20,000.00
25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 229.35 C$
150.00
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.32 C$
0.25
0.45
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.02 C$
40.00
70.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 62.46 C$
50.00
80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.50 C$
5.00
25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 C$
12.00
14.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.97 C$
40.00
80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.14 C$
30.00
60.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 107.79 C$
90.00
120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 113.85 C$
80.00
150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,422.92 C$
1,200.00
1,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,102.38 C$
900.00
1,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,344.44 C$
2,000.00
2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,697.62 C$
1,350.00
2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,047.44 C$
4,000.00
6,727.44
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,219.16 C$
2,800.00
3,456.83
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,023.45 C$
3,000.00
5,300.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.27
2.99
3.90

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Last update: October, 2014

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42 Comments so far

#$money on Oct 16, 2014 :
$ money is the ting that here jobs are harder to find ,housing sucks and renting with a child or children is terrible the people are rude and unkind when it comes to you living with your children to be honest I want move away or smaller town because it is hard to rent with children if I could I buy or own a house apparently average salary or wage per hour got be 17.50 an hour to live and if your a cook or something else your SOL.. :S sadly
#Mel on Oct 05, 2014 :
Average 4023,25 for the salary !?who said that ? if you work days and nights ! maybe !! you work to pay your things that's all you can do in Calgary, and if you don't drink and gamble then you gonna be sooo Bord !
#does not matter on Oct 02, 2014 :
Anyone coming from overseas your degree means nothing here. Especially if you are from India and so on. I own a aircraft repair/ service business, and I cant hire you do due to transport Canada regulations. Your schooling is no good, even though you could know more then we do here.
#rickyollie on Sep 27, 2014 :
im moving from england very soon and these prices seem pretty similar to home. 1300 for rent is pretty reasonable when you work it out to the GBP. cant wait to get out of england ha.
#Anonymous on Sep 12, 2014 :
#Scott i hope u can read this and could give me an answer, im going to canada in the next one and a half year and planing to stay and apply for residence, the main idea is to go to calgary or to toronto. reading your comments is making me hesitatte about calgary, i could use some enlightenment, i mean, if maybe would be better to go to edmontond or any tip would be great. thx
#Mike on Sep 08, 2014 :
@anyone considering on moving to Calgary. Don't. Unless you have a sizable chunk of change to plunk down for a downpayment on a mortgage (At least $200,000) or have a combined income of the same, it's simply not worth it to live here. I make over 100k and my fiancee makes over 60k and we are still struggling with housing costs even though we have no other debt.
#Bel on Sep 07, 2014 :
I have lived in Calgary for 5years. It used to be a great place to live. Not any longer. Income is not proportional to the cost of living anymore. The insurance went high and the traffic became worst now. The crime and pollution rate is also high. Calgary is no longer a great place to live.
#Ontario on Sep 02, 2014 :
I have Environmental Consulting experience and recently finished Occupational Health and Safety Certification. I am SEEKING EMPLOYMENT, IN CALGARY (OR ANYWHERE IN CANADA).

Is it better for me to move there and apply for work? I have read the posts above, and there are mixed points of views,

but what I get is move to Calgary and then look, and minimum salary to have a decent standard of life is 68,000 to 75,000?

Any career leads for Calgary or website much appreciated!

thanks
Paul
#Siobhan on Sep 02, 2014 :
Hi, I am thinking of moving to Calgary with my child as a single mum.... And I have been applying for Administrive jobs... Do you think I will be able to afford to live??
#Rob on Aug 15, 2014 :
Living in Calgary has become extremely expensive. You will need an income of at least $100,000 tax free to have a decent life here. We are a family of 5. Husband, wife and three young kids. Moved to calgary 8 years ago from Toronto. It seems to me like everything has doubled in cost in the last 3 or 4 years. Gas, insurance, groceries and of course the ridiculous price of owning or renting a house. I was told by a well know realtor in the city that the volatile prices are mainly because there is a high demand from wealthy immigrants who moved or are planning a move to Alberta. These are people who can buy a million dollar house with no problem, most of them from places like Japan, South Korea, East India, UEA, etc. True or not??? No idea. Good luck to each and everyone of you.
#Ravi on Aug 02, 2014 :
#Scott, thanks for such a detailed advice on the actual conditions in Calgary. It has surly helped a lot.
#Scott on Jul 31, 2014 :
Calgary resident since 1998 here. There is less than 2% vacancy for rentals in Calgary. You will pay a minimum of $1,000 monthly for any accommodation, and that will be the bottom end of the housing market, so you will live in a cold, moldy dump. Indian or other job experience and education will not be recognized, 3rd world experience is not applicable due to the difficulties in verifying that your education and experience are legitimate. If you are a foreign temp worker you will be paid 2/3 or less what a Canadian resident would be paid; I guarantee it will not be enough to make it worth coming here. Companies are exploiting temp foreign workers to pad their bottom line, paying them less than the Canadian equivalent, then charging them fees, rent etc. for the privilege of working. Please also bear in mind this program is extremely unpopular, and highly politicized. It is intended to allow corporations to import foreigners and exploit their labor without all the protections Canadian employees receive by law. You may find that your visa to work here is pulled or non renewed if the next election stops the program. You are better off if you apply to immigrate normally and wait until your turn comes up. If you are an engineer, or technician you WILL be admitted to Canada as long as you speak English or French. You may need to upgrade your education to western standards before you can have a job with an engineering firm. Think about how much time you have to dedicate to this, if you are 40 and have a family you may not be able to resume your career at the same level as your home country.

There are many, many people from India and East Asia who have immigrated to Canada and become very successful. Please understand the vast majority of these people are members of large, influential and wealthy families in their home country. You will not have an easy time without the resources to upgrade your education, find employment and accommodation here. That said, if you can upgrade your education to Canadian standards, get a bit of experience (with references) and survive the first 5 years or so; you will be on an even playing field with citizens seeking the same job. It is not easy here, even if you immigrate, get a job, find a home etc., there will always be a good chance you could be laid off or replaced with a younger cheaper worker.

I have met published chemistry professors, aeronautical engineers and former Pakistani army officers driving taxi cabs here. There are programs which may help you integrate and get a job, but you will not have many options if you are not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

The climate here is harsh in the winter, are you really prepared? It can range from 5c to -35c in Calgary, but if you work in the field for oil recovery or construction industries, you will be in the North of Alberta and will need to work outside in -40C for 12+ hours a day for 2-3 weeks at a stretch. If you live in a tropical country you wont really understand how deadly our climate is in winter until you experience it yourself. Cold of this magnitude hurts, it is painful and it pulls the strength from you. What will you do if the heat in your home is shut off during winter? How do you ensure you will survive if your vehicle breaks down in the countryside when it is -35C? You should have an answer to this, most Canadians already do.

Many jobs available to new arrivals are difficult to access by transit. How will you get around? Car insurance is mandatory and you will not receive credit for experience for 3rd world driving. If your job is to involve operating a vehicle you will need 3 years verifiable experience in North America, European Union, China, Japan, Korea or Australia. If not insurance will cost upwards of $2,000 a year for minimum coverage to drive. For long haul or commercial driving, expect to pay $10,000 + per year to obtain insurance without experience. Public transit is acceptable, but not frequent or always reliable. Are you ready to wait for an hour in the dark outside your work for a bus that may not come when it is -35C? The sun sets in winter as early as 4:30. Not having a car in Calgary will seriously limit your opportunities and quality of life.

Moving from BC or Eastern Canada? You will not be taken seriously for a job offer until you live here. Most hiring staff wont look at resumes unless they have a Calgary address. You should have some post secondary qualifications or experience in a trade; the minimum wage jobs in Alberta have all gone to temp foreign workers due to the ease of abuse under the current program. You will need to make at least $65,000 annually to afford living in the city with your own place, a car and spending income for more than one person. Everything costs more here, unless you are coming from Vancouver. Plan ahead and live with a roommate(s). If you are under 30 it will be much easier to transition here, if you have a family don't come until you have a job because you will almost certainly be better off waiting to move them here when you are established.

Avg home in Calgary is ~$500,000
Average rent is $1,500 per month, will go up at end of summer break.
Avg Salary (according to this site $5,660 before tax. Bullshit - $68,000 is in the top 10th percentile of earners in Canada.) Average salary is more like $42,000, which is barely enough to live here.
Taxes - 28 - 38% of your income goes to federal and provincial income tax, CPP etc.
Gas - currently $1.22 per litre.
#Ravi on Jul 31, 2014 :
Myself Ravi, even I am planning to place my foot in Calgary on PR and have already started the process. I am having 13 years of experience is Sales, Marketing and even Training in India, and have also worked at Zonal Manager level.

I have heard that in Canada, your home country experience is not taken into consideration by the employers and you have to start your career again form the grass-root level. How true is it?

Even I would like to know that if I would have to start from the survival jobs, what would be the best option available for me? By the way, fortunately, my English proficiency is 7.5 according to IELTS.

Would appreciate your comments.

Thanks in advance.
#Heather on Jul 29, 2014 :
Hi we are three women that have just moved from Ireland. One of my friends was told that in her job she will be earning $15 dollars an hour. What would that be a week or a month? We are trying to fin a 3 bedroom place to live but the prices are very high and we are unsure as to what we can afford? Also a lot of places are in available till September.
##dusty on Jul 29, 2014 :
#Leo we pay $1700/ month for a 30hr/week dayhome for our 2 children (1 of whom spends most of the day in school). A private dayhome was much cheaper than the daycare centres in our area (& had a much smaller caregiver/child ratio). It's equal to our rent...
#Leo on Jul 25, 2014 :
What about the cost for child day care or baby sitter? We have a 6 months old baby, so we would need that on a daily basis in order to work/study. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
#Melissa on Jul 22, 2014 :
Would 3000 budget be reasonable to find a house in southwest or southeast calgary in a good neighborhood and location.
#Newcomer to Calgary on Jun 28, 2014 :
Hello All,

Let me try answering some of the questions below.

A one bed room apartment in the downtown core city area with security, access to pool, sauna, gym, heater and electricity will cost approx. $1100 p.m.

Groceries certainly depends on food habits and lifestyle. Approx. $750 - $1000

Mobile, Internet, Cable TV Approx. $150

Calgary Transit is a well operated system, connecting every nook and corner of the city. $3 per 90 minutes.(both C Train & Bus) Monthly pass @ $96.
Most expensive of all is parking, of course it varies from place to place. $10 - $25 per hour.
Another option to this is to rent-a-car as and when required and its mostly available with one day advance booking. Eg. Nissan Sonata $35 - BMW X1 $100 per day excluding gas. <www.enterpriserentacar.ca>

All kinds of restaurants with most cuisines are available with differing rates. A buffet would range from $16 to $30 per head in an average hotel.
For a couple with a few varieties of elected dishes the bill might come up to $100 in a happening place.

Alcohol
Beer - Canadian 8 x 330ml = $15
Wine - Avg. $10
Bacardi 1 litre - $35

Cigarettes
20pk - $9

Job
Purely depends on your years of experience, Canadian work experience, technology, communication and most important of all work permit. If you have a PR it might be of good help in finding a permanent job. Those looking for a job with a temporary visitor visa may not be qualified for permanent full time jobs (very few organisations hire temp residents). However, contract jobs are available and plenty of consultancies to help you. "Luck also matters"

Quite a few places to visit & spend time in and around the city. www.visitcalgary.com

Hope this helps.

All the best!!!
#roozbeh on May 29, 2014 :
I am a mechanical engineering with more than 10 years experience in field of inspection in Oil&Gas(equipment) industrial.how can i find job in calgary?
#Alice on Apr 25, 2014 :
We're currently looking at moving from the UK and are looking at towns about an hour out of the city.

I have a good idea on prices for rent and utilities but could anyone give me an idea of grocery prices for a family of 5?

Thanks
#Calgarian on Apr 22, 2014 :
Here are the facts about the city expenses you will experience today:

2 bedroom apartment (decent in a low/no crime area): $1300 a month
If you like to live in a low income/crime area, you might be able to find it under $1100
Apartment Utilities (Electricity, Phone, Internet, Cable): $200 a month
Food (if you cook at home): $350 for one person .... $500 for 2/3 people
Transit (Bus Pass): $96

The above are the basic necessities anyone would need to live. If you are looking for anything else in addition to the above, be prepared to pay the price.

I hope the above would be helpful to those who are looking for a basic idea of the cost to live in this city today.

Disclaimer: please note the above estimates / costs are based on my understanding and knowledge about what I hear and see on the daily basis from people and local news. You need to do your own due diligence and research about the actual cost of living for your own preferences and lifestyle.
#Sunil on Apr 22, 2014 :
we have been living in Calgary since past 8 years and I believe minimum salary required for a couple with 2 kids is at-least $75,000 to survive in this city
#chandra on Apr 18, 2014 :
hi please anyone advice min salary required for family of 2 kids.... thanx
#sonia dhawan on Mar 28, 2014 :
Hi,my name is sonia dhawan.Im an lecturar in govt.high school.Can anyone sponsor me on the payment.Im from punjab,India with my son studying in grade 10.IF some one is interested in sponsoring us please contact us on (akarshit007@gmail.com).
#starsatindia on Feb 19, 2014 :
how much an aircraft maintenance technician can get in calgary if he possess ICAO Type II Indian AME License on Cessna 152 , Cessna 172 and A109E Power helicopter. r there some gud oppurtunities . r there any job profiles for which formal work permits r not required.

starsatindia
#albert tagoe on Feb 07, 2014 :
hello sir am young man 44 yrs older and am a green card older living in united states of america and i want come and exchange my green card and be canada alien holla back and also can i get a place to lay my head
#Garvard Garvard on Feb 03, 2014 :
The living cost in Canada is very high and new immigrants should know about this. The prices for apartments, houses, gas, insurances, food are very high in compare with our neibour the USA. Especially expensive are alcohol and cigarettes. One pack is about $10 or even more. But I am buying over the internet at http://www.howmofcigarettes.com and it comes cheaper than in local tobacco shop. Some other products also cheaper to buy online.
#tracey on Feb 03, 2014 :
Looking at the statistical model and judging by the percentage estimated, it boils down to how much you are willing to pay for rent. It takes out a whopping 23% of your income. Ouch. Which means you would need to earn roughly around four times what you would be spending for your living conditions. So, let's say for a one bedroom apartment at 1,500/month, it stands (as per the estimate being shown here) that you'd have to be making around 6,000/mo or 72,000/year give or take depending on your spending habits.
#Saif on Dec 30, 2013 :
Hi,im Saif from Toronto,Canada.Am pr holder single and wanna shift at Calgary.You please tell me if i want to live one room or give me advice which will be be more reasonable for me for living and fooding as well.Am also want to know the job opportunity.
#Malik Ravjani on Dec 20, 2013 :
Hi there,

I am looking to move to Calgary in the Summer of 2014, please can you advise cost of living in the city , approximate , we are a couple with a small baby ?

Avergae Rent in Calgary if I am living in suburbs ? Food & utilities expenses ? Will a $45k salary be enough to start living in Calgary.

Appreciate your comments
#Shruthi on Nov 21, 2013 :
I would like to know the difference between the cost of living in London from Calgary.Kindly help :)
#KDR on Nov 13, 2013 :
Hi, I am planing to move Canada because recently I got my PR card. By profession I am a structural detailer/designer in Tekla and Autocad both offshore and onshore structures. Calgary is the right place to move? Now I am in UAE.

Thanks
kdr
##chandler on Nov 07, 2013 :
#ajith 96k a year would be good even great for a couple with a baby and you would get a comfortable nice lifestyle
#Manju Raj on Nov 06, 2013 :
Hi,
I am Manju Raj from India, My wife & I will be relocating to Calgary in the first week of December'13. My Wife is offered a role in a Multi National Company and I will be accompanying her without a job for now. I have received my temmporary visitor visa and I'm looking forward to get my work permit during the time of immigration.

I am hoping to get some information on how easy or difficult it is to get a job for myself once I land. Is there a way I can apply for jobs without a work permit now?

Also, what would be the cost of living for a couple with a decent lifestyle?

Thank you...

Manju Raj
#ravi on Oct 27, 2013 :
Hi,
i am currently living in British Columbia, but would really like to work in calgary. But from what i've seen from the net, the cost of housing (renting) an appartment is really high. Do we really have a lot of job openings comapred to BC. Kindly advise. Thanks
#ajith on Oct 01, 2013 :
Hi
is 96k per year a good salary in calgary for a couple with a baby.

please advise
#Sam on Sep 19, 2013 :
#Tarik : $2000/month is really low income for Calgary. But if you are single and don't have any expenses, you should be able to 'survive' but not thrive. However, Calgary has one of the best job markets in Canada, so you should be able to find a higher paying job quickly. Even working as a waiter you would be able to make more than $2000/month with tips.
#Tarik on Aug 26, 2013 :
should i be able to live in calagry .. if my monthly income is around 2000 canadian dollar?

and dose anyone knows about this company? "kristian electric ltd"
i got a job of sales man in this company. and i am thinking to move to canada in base of this job
#Judy Leeson on Aug 24, 2013 :
Living out there might be to high living on a fix income
#manizheh on Jul 29, 2013 :
i think the cost of living in calgery is very Higher than the cities like Montréal...but if you find job it is not important...

#daniel on Dec 27, 2012 :
Very high for fixed income people
#kieth on Dec 27, 2012 :
Whoah!!! living here seems extravagant!

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