Cost of Living in Montreal, Canada

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 70.50
Rent Index: 26.38
Groceries Index: 73.59
Restaurants Index: 66.83
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 49.01
Local Purchasing Power: 139.76

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 C$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 C$
Cappuccino (regular) 3.63 C$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.85 C$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.33 C$
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2.07 C$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.21 C$
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.55 C$
Eggs (12) 3.23 C$
Local Cheese (1kg) 14.20 C$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 13.10 C$
Apples (1kg) 3.52 C$
Oranges (1kg) 3.73 C$
Tomato (1kg) 4.09 C$
Potato (1kg) 2.10 C$
Lettuce (1 head) 1.42 C$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.78 C$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.90 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.26 C$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 C$
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.25 C$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 C$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.75 C$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.70 C$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.80 C$
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.39 C$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,500.00 C$
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 92.10 C$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.34 C$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 45.77 C$
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.15 C$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.50 C$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 C$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 61.92 C$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.29 C$
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 94.91 C$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 130.00 C$
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 916.11 C$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 651.12 C$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,781.82 C$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,171.80 C$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,798.09 C$
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,539.24 C$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,862.22 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.26

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Last update: March, 2015

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82 Comments so far

#ankit on Nov 04, 2014 :
hi vama,
this is ankit from india I want to do studay in canada. pls tell whitch college perfect and cheap for me. if my budget is 8000 C$ per year fee and tell me leaving cost per month.
I am very thankfull to you.
#Jay on Oct 22, 2014 :
#Faad: depends where you are from. The wait time is anywhere between 3 to 6 years.

#ameya: is your 2500$ before or after tax? Not speaking french will be tough on you. You will not be greeted in english in most places.

#Alkesh: the wait is very long. there can be an additional 2 years wait after the CSQ. getting answers from the canadian government will be very frustrating and long.

#michelle: your green card will mean nothing here. you need to apply for a regular immigration process to get your permanent residency in order to get into the country.

#Christy: Your diplomas and qualifications can certainly help you. Speaking french will help you integrate faster but french quebecois is not like real french. There are some organizations here that can help you a little bit but you need to research this online.

#Amitava Roy: if you do not already have a job waiting for you here it will be tough to find one especially if you do not speak french. you can research for jobs in northern Quebec in the mines. The Cote-des-Neiges area is a good place to be. You have all that you need nearby and rents are cheap.
#Jay Abe on Oct 22, 2014 :
For those who are thinking about moving to Montreal:

I've been living here for 25 years so I will try to give you a view from my perspective.

- You will need on average 5k a month (after tax) to support a family. You can get by with 2k by yourself.

-Rent: Varies, but for a 2BR $500-$1500. More expensive downtown. The apartments here are in bad shape and old. You are obliged to sign a lease for 1 year and provide good references.

-Groceries: $250-$800 per month. A family of 4 will easily hit $800. Super C and Maxi are usually are the cheapest with Metro, IGA and Loblaws being the most expensive groceries stores.

-Hydro (which means electricity): $50-$400 per month, depends on whether you heat your home with electricity or is included in the apartment rental. Winter months are very cold and summers extremely hot and humid.

- Taxes: Very, very high. almost half your annual salary will disappear, adding to this 17% taxes on almost everything you purchase. Quebec is the highest taxed place in North-America. Do not underestimate that statement. The more you make, the more you pay, as simple as that.

- Job market: Very selective, yes you read that right. It doesn't matter you speak french well or not. It doesn't matter if you have all the diplomas in the world or you won the Nobel price. If your name is not a Quebecker one you will not get a good paying job. If you manage to find a job it will either be something below your actual competencies or not well paid or both. Expect to send many resumes and not get a single answer. If you manage to get an interview they will most of the time say you lack experience (which is another way of telling you that you don't look Quebecker enough). Finding a job here will be very, very frustrating.

- Transportation: The public transit system is OK. The busses and subways are super loaded at rush hour and there are very frequent interruptions. Like almost every day. Waiting for a bus at -25 degrees celsius only to find out that it's full is extremely frustrating.

- Roads: Extremely poor shape. There are more potholes than in Baghdad. Bridges are crumbling to the point where they can potentially fall at any given moment. Construction work is everywhere creating very heavy congested traffic at all time of the day. It is not a pleasant experience to drive in the streets of Montreal. Tight, congested streets (especially in winter with the snow on the sides). Traffic lights are at every corner and not synched, creating lots of frustration, traffic and wasting your gas. People drive bikes in the middle of the street not caring so you're in constant fear of hitting one. Police cars are everywhere hiding just ready to give you a ticket for any reason like a U turn in the middle of the night.

- Healthcare: Very slow and bloated. Expect long waits at the emergencies, like 12 hours. If you want better and faster service you have to go to a private clinic and pay. You can forget about family doctors. The good doctors leave this province for a better life and pay elsewhere.

- Schooling: French is mandatory for all kids. College and universities can be attended at the language of choice. Education here is very good and cheaper than anywhere else.

- Weather: Not pleasant unless you enjoy winter. Extreme temperatures ranging from -30 Celsius in winter to +35 in summer. The weather is so unpredictable that not even the weather station can get it right. People discuss the weather everyday that's how bizarre it is.

- Social life / entertainment: From all the negative aspects of this city, this is the only one that stands out as positive. There are so many restaurants and ethnic food to chose from. There's many festivals and concerts for free during summer and winter time. The clubbing scene is amazing. There's lots of attractions and museums for all ages. If you enjoy nature, an hour drive will usually get you to the country side where you can hike mountains, camp, fish or hunt. If you like hockey you will love this place.

As a final word of advice, if you come from a foreign land you have a way better chance in Ontario. Quebeckers are extremely closed-minded individuals. Their colonial history has shaped their society into a closed protectionist of their own identity and values. If you remotely sound or look or think different than them then you will never fit in here. Even if you speak perfect french, their french is not the same and you will have a hard time understanding their slangs. Many people in recent years have picked-up and left for either Alberta or Ontario because the job market there is much stronger and growing. Businesses in Quebec have also moved because of the government's stubborn stance on the french language, heavy bureaucracy and high taxes. Also, Quebec has the highest level of corruption in Canada. The mafia is deeply rooted in the Montreal municipal government which costs the city a lot of taxes so they can allocate construction contracts to their mafia friends. Montreal is good only for students, not to raise a family.
#Faad on Oct 19, 2014 :
Hi there I would like to know sinc eligible to apply for immigration according to a lawer do any one been successful in this way?
#Yemi Hart on Sep 15, 2014 :
hi, we are a family of four (4) moving into montreal soon, we would like to know the financial cost of housing,minimum salary if i and my husband get a job,elementry school fees for our two children, feeding clothing etc.we are taking french classes now.pls let us know the finncial budget so we can plan say for a year.
#Sue on Sep 14, 2014 :
Hi all - anyone looking for a 2 bedroom apartment - feel free to contact me Sue -

I can help you with information regarding the city as well - it will be my pleasure
#ameya on Sep 12, 2014 :
Hi, myself Ameya within two months I will b in motreal for my job purpose my basic pay is 2500 cad is it sufficient for personal expenses as well as saving for future. And I can't speak French it would be big challange for me to stay in Montreal please reward me bak
#Alkesh on Sep 10, 2014 :
Hi i m from india,
i have received file no. from quebec immigration since one year, but i have not received yet any further update.
quebec immigration takes lot of time for processing our file so can i hope that they will process my file in future or i should choose the another option. i have completed french language level-A1 & i will give the exam of TCFQ shortly. Which level is enough for 'CSQ'.

Thanks & awaiting for your reply...
#michelle on Aug 24, 2014 :
Hi im michelle im now living in new york,but my husband and I,want to move to montreal we both have a green card from will be easier for us to work with a green card...knowing that im very good in french....
please help me cause im confused...
any advise will help...
#Christy on Aug 16, 2014 :
Hello Vama & anyone else who can help,

I am intending to move all alone to Montreal in the near future... I do live in the middle east right now.
Can u assist me in the monthly cost of living.. How much do i need to spend each month for living ( housing, food, transportation,etc...).
Is it easy to find a job? Noting that i work in logistics field and i have an experience of 4 years. I am good in french and english.
Do u think i will have to attend any special courses related to my profession (logistics) to be able to find a job easily? Noting that i got my masters degree in management from UQAC.
Are there any organizations that can assist me to settle safely since i'm going to Canada all alone? Can these organizations ensure me housing/residence and other services as soon as i land in Montreal? f yes, at what cost?

Thanks in advance
#Waqar on Aug 07, 2014 :
Hi,Abhinav Anand

I am waqar from Germany and originally from pakistan. I also got PhD with same amount in ETS, LACIME - Laboratoire de communications et d'intégration de la microélectroniqueMontreal. I want also know the cost of living and other stuff. If you like you can share your email address with me and we can be in-contact with each other maybe we start at same time.
#Abhinav Anand on Jul 24, 2014 :
I am Abhinav from India.
I have an offer of PhD from Synchromedia lab, ETS, University of Quebec, Montreal.
I will be getting scholarship of 1500 Canadian dollar (C$)per month. I want to know, will it be sufficient enough for me to survive there. On an average how much I will have to spend per month as living expenses. Is it possible to save some money from the amount 1500 $C per month.
#Kiranjot singh on Jul 10, 2014 :
One of the best webpage I saw about Montreal till now :)
I am planning to move Montreal from India, for doing 2 years yoga course and part time job preferably in yoga. The institute is situated in Avenue Casgrain. So which area should I prefer to live in a single room on sharing basis. Also how much average cost would be there for one month if we cook a our own food.
I have completed in yoga science. Can I get a yoga job over there? If yes how much can I expect if I work for 4 days per week(because rest of the day will be our class). If not what other options are there?
#Amit on Jul 09, 2014 :
Hi, I am from India. I will be moving to Montreal next Month with my spouse. I have 1 kid who needs to go to grade 1. We don't know French but English. I am bit worried for my daughter schooling. As she does not know french so what are her chances to get admission in the English medium school and what will be the fees.
#sheree on Jul 05, 2014 :
Hello i have a postdoc. offer in university in Montereal, i will have around 1700$\month.
i have three girls (10 years, 7 years ans 3 years)and i have lots of concerning;
1- if this moneny will be enough for us to leave there.
2- can i found good public schools for my kids (they only know English)
3- all of my family members don't know anything about french, so can we leave there with our english
4- is it easy for my husband to find ajob there?
5- can i apply for immigration while i'm in montereal
thank you for your time
#Amitava Roy on Jun 28, 2014 :

I just plan to move Montreal Canada with my Family. I have one kid and wife. I have Immigrant Visa in Skilled Worker Civil Engineering Technology. Though We passed DALF A-2 but we are not so fluent in French . Whether It would be so difficult to get Job. Please also suggest which location nearby metro will be good to stay and study of my Child in Montreal. My Daughter is in 3rd Slandered.
#José Luis Silva on Jun 17, 2014 :
Hello Vama , i´m considering to apply for a scholarship(2500 CAD/month) to do a 4 years PHD degree in Quebec. Do you think it´s enough for me, my wife and my son(2years old)? My wife has an undergraduate degree in law school(Brasil) , so i´m considering that she also could work to increase our monthly gains. Could you please help us with a personal advice ?
#Anonymous on May 14, 2014 :
Hi vama
Thank you alott!!and about my french language im very good and its not a probleme to me my friend and i speak french very well.Anw tahnks alottt for ur help but i need to know the name of important hospitals in montreal if you can help thats will be a great news for me.
Again,tanhk youu very muchhh!!!!
#JO on May 11, 2014 :
hello vamma,
i would like to know about the quebec immigration process payments for quebec goverment and...federal goverment ,,,can you please ....tell me..
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Vanz,

first thing i need to tell you is , the immigrant agents do not have any power to make your application accepted. in my opinion you can do it in your own.

As your husband is the principle applicant, the age could be against your selection, the second one against you is knowledge of french.

The immigration department will not send you any letter to learn french , instead they may send you a rejection letter and ask you to file more documents or information if you have any (which can be french knowledge)

As far as I know your file is a difficult one (sorry to say this)
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Wassim,

sorry i replied with a wrong answer in my earlier reply.

For you to get into montreal, please be sure that you are at intermediate level in french and you are a certified nursing professional, you will be given a training once you get a job in one of the hospitals here .

The initial selection process is a bit tough if you do not have french knowledge, hope you verified your points on the skilled worker category.

once you get the selection it will take only 6 months for you to get into canada.


the immigration office has some good officers who wants to select all the applicants, some will always find a reason to reject you.
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Ermal Bellani,

For you to start in montreal, 6000$ is sufficient for 3 months even you can drag upto 4 months with this amount. The rentals are cheaper here.

Do not worry about your job until you are good in french, if your search is on target, your will get a job in 8 weeks(2 weeks for initial formalities for new immigrants)
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Wassim,

For you to start in montreal, 6000$ is sufficient for 3 months even you can drag upto 4 months with this amount. The rentals are cheaper here.

Do not worry about your job until you are good in french, if your search is on target, your will get a job in 8 weeks(2 weeks for initial formalities for new immigrants)
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Bini,

As you are from Nepal, your application will be processed in Delhi or Hongkong, you can see from the following link the current processing times

In this link they might have listed cut off date of application i.e. if they say jan 2013 that means they processed upto that month.

The normal time taken for QSC is 18-24 months in your region.

if you do not have enough points then they might inform you within six months to send any docuements that could help you to get more point, but if you have the points they will send you an interview invitation.

if you had not received any information from them for 12 months then your points should be ok and they will soon confirm about the interview soon. please improve your french knowledge before the interview which is an elimination criteria.

all the best
#vanz on May 07, 2014 :
hi vama, we lodged our application to quebec embassy or quebec government last march 2014, we are a family of seven, my husband and i, a 22 year old daughter - An Accountancy graduate still reviewing for the board exam this coming october, a 21 year old daughter-a nursing graduate who will be taking the board exam this month, a 15 year old high school daughter, a 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son both elementary students, actually my husband is the principal applicant, we are both government employee in the philippines as administrative assistant for 15 years, we submitted all the required documents but we don't have any french language proficiency yet, as per our agent the quebec gov't will send us a letter if we need to take the french language test. We have not heard from the quebec gov't or embassy yet.

my inquiries are....what do you think of our application, does it have a higher percentage of admission to quebec as immigrant?
#wassim on Apr 23, 2014 :
hi vama,
it's wassim who was talking with you and excuse me because i didn't write my name.You are very kind answering my questions.I need to know,as a nurse,do we have a chance to be accepted in montreal??
What should i have to do to begin the demand of immigration.Please we need your help because there is no one else can help us.
Thank you very muchh.
#bini on Apr 21, 2014 :
Hi,Vama. I am resident of Nepal and by profession i am nurse, currently processing my documents for immigration in Quebec. I am waiting my Quebec selection certificate. How long will i have to wait to get it and, what is my chance of getting Qsc. Thanks.
#Ermal Bellani on Apr 16, 2014 :
Hi,we are a couple of nurse,and we are moving to montreal in a near feature.we are a litle scare for the new life.the cost of living for the first 3 month,how much a house with 2 rooms does cost?is the montreal the best place for the nurse as we heard?
Kind regards,
#Vama $ on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi DK,

Montreal is the financial capital of Quebec , I would suggest it is better you settle within the montreal Island. You will have a lot of opportunities within montreal as well as a few places which are just out of montreal(places like brossard , laval etc)
#Vama $ on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi Anoob,

If you are applying for Quebec , you need to submit your application to immigration bureau in Hongkong , but remember if you are not an intermediate level in French then quebec is not an option for you. For more information please go to

the second option is applying for federal migration in which you can migrate to any province in Canada except quebec. go to for more information.
#Vama $ on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi #Anonymous on Mar 28, 2014(as I do not have your name, using the date to identify)

please do write with a name next time , it will be easier to answer.

if you are successful in DELF , it is a big advantage for you.

Coming to the cost of living , $25000 a year is more than enough for two people if you share accommodation. I would say, Rent 600-700(including heating) transportation 80+80(public transport) if you cook yourself , it will not be more than 200$/month/person. 1500$/month is sufficient for both of you in the first year.

About location in Montreal, you need to find an apartment near a metro station which will save you money and time. I would suggest the following places for you to look for an apartment Lasalle /ville-emard or Côte-Des-Neiges , if you are ready to opt for a congested place then park extension is a good place to have cheaper apartments.

if you have more questions please let me know , please do write with your name next time.

#Anonymous on Mar 28, 2014 :
hi vama
please i need your help , im a nurse (a single one)and im planing to move to canada the next year with my friend and he is a nurse too and he is single.We are lebanese and we can speek the french very well and the french is the second language here and we use it in schools,universities and works.And we are going to take the "DELF":it's a french diploma internationally recognized.And we heard that Canada is the best place for nurses.Are we making the right choice??where is the best place to live in montreal?? (because it's our destination).And a 25 000 $USD are good enough to live the first year?please we are depressed because no one help us and i have a lot of questions to ask.Please help us !!
#Saskatonian on Mar 24, 2014 :
We have been living in Sask for 35 years and plan to retire in Montreal area. We look for a tranquil place with easy access to the Center, but do not want to be in its midst. French milieux or Anglophone neighborhoods are equally attractive. Any suggestions....
#Anonymous on Mar 23, 2014 :
I am an International student planning to start my PhD at McGill in Fall 2014. I am planning to move with my family (wife and two kids. Are there any financial support programs for International Students in Montreal?
#dk on Mar 16, 2014 :
i am thinking of moving to qubec,canada with my family.i have to 2 kids.3 year child and 8 months child and my wife is a nurse.which place is best for nurses, with low cost expences.i m planing to near by a that the best way..?
#anoob on Mar 08, 2014 :
my name is Anoob from india. How i can apply pr for canada
#vama on Feb 22, 2014 :
Hi Sunny,

I think the answers I gave to Sheila could help you in a way to get some information about the cost of living and the job opportunity in your field.

As you are coming with two kids, you may not have much of a problem for your initial finances. You may get more child benefit amount for the second child.

bottom line is you need to learn French before you come here(at least to an intermediate level), although you can enroll in an advanced French course here.
#Vama on Feb 22, 2014 :
Hi Sheila,

this is the link for French courses

when it comes to child benefits ,You will be meeting with a Quebec immigration office at the airport , the officer will give you an appointment with Quebec immigration counselor at a later date, During this counseling they will provide you with the forms required for child benefits.

As far as the French course is concerned, you can apply through the site I mentioned above. you may need to mention a reference number from your Quebec selection certificate. There will be a question in your application on whether you need financial assistance.
#sunny on Feb 17, 2014 :
I am nurse from india planing to miggrtae to quebec with my family including two kids.i like to know more about quebec living cost and the job opportunity.can anyone helps me????
#Sheila on Feb 15, 2014 :
Hi Vama.

That so nice of you. I really appreciate your help.
Regarding the french course, does it mean while we are in the course we will receive $460 each? How long does the course take? Would you please send me the links where they offered the french course and where we can apply for child support. My understanding is we will do that once we get there. I just want to preapre all the requirements needed. Again, thank you Vama.

#vama on Feb 13, 2014 :
Hi Sheila,

When you select a place in Montreal, it should be close to the metro (walkable distance), I would suggest Lasalle /vill-emard or Côte-Des-Neiges area you can find a cheaper apartment which includes you heating cost and they will provide the refrigerator and the stove. you may need to buy the other furniture (may be cheaper second hand ones) the initial cost for buying things will be around 600$(TV , bed, sofa, dining etc.). your monthly expense (rent $550 1 bed room/kitchen/living we call it 3 and 1/2) could be at around 1500 to 1750 a month initially. In the mean time you will start receiving child tax benefits and child assistance (could be around 200-300$ a month) this will help you to spend for your child.

if you enroll to a French class you will get a stipend of 115$ a week this will account to $460 a month, if your spouse too take the course you may get $920 if you put all these amounts together you will get around $1200-1300 a month which is sufficient for you until you find a job. so the life will not be that difficult if you come over here with $6000.

let me know if you have any more questions.
#Sheila on Feb 12, 2014 :
Hi Vama,
Thank you so much for your reply. Thinking that I could possibly owning a house in two years was great! ^~^

Anyway, I think you're right, acceptance and embracing the whole country will make it easier like we've been knowledgable that Montreal is a bilingual country and knowing French is a necessity. So we might as well learn and study the language.
In addition, would you be able to suggest please on where is the best place to settle in montreal? For a starter like us, cheap but of course safe is a must. Lets say it will take us 2-3 mos without work, could Cad $6000 enough to survive?
Thank you!
#vama on Feb 12, 2014 :
Hi Sheila,

As you are a Nurse, you have a great opportunity in Montreal. Once you land here , I recommend you to learn the French language. There is a super hospital which will be opened this year(2014) they need a lots of doctors and nurses, nowadays Quebec allows doctors from other countries to register here.

if you take a decision to move to Montreal, it is good one at the same time you may need really work hard for the first two years to stabilize your family on all the aspects, who knows you can be an owner of a house at the end to two years.

all the best
#vama on Feb 12, 2014 :
Montreal is a good place for immigrants, it is a choice you need to make between the cities where the life is fast(Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa etc.) and a relatively slower lifestyle (Montreal). My advice for the immigrants is, if there is a will there is a way , you need to accept the language(learn French immediately you land here, this will make a big difference),you can help your kids in their studies if you spend 6 months in a French course.

If you are looking only for money or if you compare the earnings here with other cities then I would say you are making a mistake. The initial stay here will be struggle for everyone but the situation may change quickly if you try hard for jobs.

Job hunt: some immigrants come to Montreal with a higher expectation on salaries and when they get a job or apply for a job , they compare the salaries outside Montreal(which is always higher) and they start to make excuses that "it is hard to get a job without French" , I would say if there are 1000 jobs in the market now, 30-40% of those jobs may accept a candidate who speaks only French. if you are looking for a blue collar job then 90% of the jobs does not look for the language. for the white collar jobs you need make the right hit (apply for all the jobs even if they ask for French) if the job advertisement says "bilingualism" that is an indication that if you know English you will be considered. The strategy you need to adopt is to compromise on your salary to have a full time permanent job (this is more important to be successful in Montreal) . Even if you have lesser salary , you can have your expenses within that.
#Sheila on Feb 12, 2014 :
I would like to ask for help to decide if it is a good idea to move and live in Montreal. We are currently living in Auckland, New Zealand and the cost of living here is a way too high. I have read that it was 28% lower there in Montreal. I have read the comments above and some gave me a fright really. We are applying as immigrant so we will find a job as we get there. Is it easy to look for a job? We are both nurses but has not yet registered in Canada. We have a 7 yrs old son. Shall we stay here in Nee Zealand? Help. Thanks :)
#Exiled on Feb 01, 2014 :
I moved two months a go to Montreal, and i think it is a mistake. Months people described it right , it is a bad place to live unless you are a drug addict. I lived in large cities before such as Houston,Toronto , but this city is so unique in its own way. You may find people love this place, but if you are an average human being you wont like it
#Phanta on Dec 19, 2013 :
Montreal is shit. Corrupt. Smelly. Smoogy and humid, polluted in summer. Your kids will NEED to learn french even in english schools it's 80% french. Good luck helping them with their 20 pages a week of home work in grade 1 ALL IN FRENCH, eng. schools have no english books in the library. Fuck Marois and her flappy twat. Im getting out as soon as I can find a job in ontario.
#Sam on Dec 10, 2013 :
Montreal is great. Especially if you're an Artist or someone living 'outside of the sqaure'. Abundance of wonderful bars, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, fashion stores, cinemas. Lot's of great independant grocery stores and to be honest the cost of living ain't too bad when you factor in the rent is anywhere from 1/4 to 2/3rd's of what you would pay in another city. I don't speak french and I get by just fine, although if i did spend 2-3 months taking lessons the jobs I would be able to work would increase dramatically.

Also, people tend to be happy here, and it's one of the few places i've lived/been that engenders a real sense of community in certain neighbourhoods.

The city itself is beautiful, downtown is one of the least gross downtowns i've encountered, the mountain is fantastically beautiful, a real gift to the people of this city. 10 Minutes of walking and you're in complete wilderness.
#wassim on Dec 03, 2013 :
Hello everyone.Im a nurse and im planing with my friend to move and work in montreal.Im wondering about the coast in there.Can anyone help me??
#wass123 on Dec 03, 2013 :
Hi,im a nurse in my final year in university.My friend and i planing to move to Montreal to work.We are libanese and we can speek Frensh very well and the english to.Im wondering if anyone can help us what to do.pleasee hellp us
#Anonymous on Nov 07, 2013 :
Hi,I am planning to move to Montreal in two years with my husband and our three children now 7,5,and 2 years old.
Can anyone tells me which good and cheap place to go to especially in terms of house rent,children schools and finding jobs for me and my husband
#Mleue on Sep 25, 2013 :
Stay away from Montreal. The idea that Montreal`s cost of living is acceptable is wrong. You pay less to live to rent, but you`re paid less at work as well. Services here are really awful, people are rude, a large quantity of quebecois are dirty, smelly, rude and taking full advantage of welfare blaming immigrants for their wrong doing, but it seems to me that there are more immigrants working than locals. Housing here is also very bad when considering the way houses were built and how they are maintained. Most apartments are falling apart, pest infested, you have horrible landlords, windows that don`t open, lack of safety, noisy neighbours and so on and so forth.
Driving here is horrible. Statistics Canada puts Montreal as the second place with most accidents in Canada, right after GTA, but WAY smaller than GTA, so in the end, it counts for more.
Health care is really bad... Unless you go to the hospital unable to breathe, count on waiting between 8 and 24 hours for EMERGENCY!
All public service is in French and although the rule is that they should be bilingual, they aren`t and resent answering in English.
The separatists are as strong as ever. Canada would do WAY BETTER by cutting it`s losses and letting go of this province that sucks all the milk that the rest of the country works hard to provide. I come from Ontario and can`t wait to go back home.
Montreal has the HIGHEST number of cases of domestic violence in the country. Yet, the justice system is completely unfazed about it and deals with it as a slap on the hand kind of problem. One MD here killed his 2 children. Less than 3 years later he is free and working again. This province is going to the dogs.
There`s no work, no security, no honesty, no justice and if you take the bus or subway to go anyway you will also notice that they have no soap.
#Andres on Aug 24, 2013 :
Just to answer a few questions I saw here... I've been living in Montreal for 7 years now. kind of getting motivated to move to BC. As a separatist gvnt is in power, aggressive and excluding laws have been put in place. Eg.

French: It is mandatory that all companies demand their employees to speak french at work so you do need french to find a decent job and to get along with la societe quebecois.

Schools: You cannot register your child in an English school even if it's private. Only if you were educated in english and you have prove of it. Children are forced into the French School system by the means of welcoming schooling which is French and Math (In french) the years that are necessary until your child gets the level to adapt to the regular system, totally isolated from the rest of the school. School drop-outs in Quebec exceeds 25%

Taxes: Almost everything here is taxed. from purchases expect almost a 17% rate as instead of adding federal and provincial taxes, here, you are charged the federal 5% of an amount then charged provincial tax to the subtotal (9.5%), besides your income tax that goes from 30-35% up to more than 50% depending on where your household income stands. So if you think that rent is cheaper than other Canadian cities, Remember the taxes you are paying by the second.

Health: Expect the longest waiting times in Canada and poor health facilities. NO FAMILY DOCTORS AVAILABLE.
If you are a doctor and want to work in Quebec, expect almost impossible acceptance and low wages compared to other regions of North-america and of course you DO NEED to speak french.

Transportation: Decent availability through the whole city for CAD$3.00. Make sure you have exact change or get the passes. A woman got a CAD$200 ticket for boarding a bus with a 5 dollar bill with her 2 year old kid last week. No AC on buses during summer.

Traffic: Try to avoid at all costs HWY 15 & HWY 40 mess. Greater Montreal Area is almost 4 million people and the road infrastructure might've been made for 1 million. Total collapse during rush hour without mentioning falling bridges and countless potholes all year round. The whole road system of the province is decadent as corruption drags and eats all your well-earned pennies.
Gas prices are 15 cents more expensive in Montreal than in the surroundings.

Culture: Montreal is a fun city. Lots of activities all year round.

If you are muslim, or from any other culture or religion and you wear any distinctive item, A new ridiculous law is in place that bans you from wearing it in any gvnt building or place. Being the Quebec Gvnt, the mayor employer in the province it is obvious that you are automatically excluded from being part of them.

Vive Le Québec Libre!!!
#ELHAM on Aug 18, 2013 :
Hi.We are going ti live in montreal new three mounth.Do you know which neighborhood is better for us for our first mounth as a nice safe and cheaper one.thank you!
#white_rose on Jul 18, 2013 :
I am immigrant here and I don't know French, My son will be in grade one this year, he will go to French school. I am worried on how can I assist him at the school time if I don't know French, especially in readying in French, dictation in French, etc... He might get bad reports because I don't know French.
I appropriate any suggestion or help.
#Julian on Jul 18, 2013 :
Notice hat these numbers depend a lot on lifestyle of the person. My wife and i live with our two kids (1 and 3 years old) in Verdun which is a cheap place, well located, only 7 minutes from downtown and we spend $750 on rent (we're $50 under average as the city is slowly becoming expensive) and $400 in groceries. We pay average $90 for electricity ($40 in summer, up to $150 in winter). School is free unless you want a private one which will cost from $200 to ... anything you want. School is in french, mandatory, unless your parent went to english school (anywhere in the world) hence you have the right to go to an english school too.

I have a used car (lincoln navigator) which eats a lot of gas, travel yearly to my home country, travel a lot to NY, eat outside 2/3 times a month, have high speed internet (15/10 mbps) and cell phone (no tv, i use internet). Our average expenses are $1700 monthly and we can't say that we miss something.

Notice that Montreal es always less expensive than any other city in canada but the taxes are higher than anywhere else and also the salaries are lower. But USA, i mean plattsburgh or burlington which are 1-2 hours from here is always cheaper than here and you can buy groceries there (no duties as groceries pay no tax)

Btw, we never pay taxes we always get a refund around $2k or $3k. So make your calculations, hope this helps somebody.
#Shiro on Jul 17, 2013 :
hi again, sorry, but i am really worried about this whole place, i heard that people in Montreal are cold and mien, is there ganna be a chance of adjusting with all this? i hope we'll find English school, because french is not our best option, likely we're raised on English , thus french is hard when coming to school. and what's the difference between C$ and $(u.s.a)?

#Anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 :
hi...i am willing to migrate to montreal, but i don't know where we will end up i want to ask, if my family earns like 500 $ or less, can we manage two for school (grade 12 and banking)? mostly..what kind of job could we find for 3 people? and finally...if we end up in a french area, can we find any english school? i haven;t been well in french in writing and my sister is worse than parents don't speak frnech at all...will this be hard?
#mohanad on Jul 04, 2013 :
I want to know best place in montreal to rent a house but cheap and safe and near from every thing,we r new immigrants to Quebec,max I can pay a bout 700/m

#Faghan on Jul 03, 2013 :
Great website. I also suggest to give out sort of an overall basic costs for a single/couple something like this one:
#Bernard on May 27, 2013 :
You never become citizen of Quebec because it is not a country but a province of Canada. You are a resident of Quebec once you arrive and settle in Quebec. It is true that speaking French (and specially English) helps you find a better job here. Low to mid-pay jobs do not always require you to speak French but high paying jobs always require that you speak English. English is the International language but remember that French is the majority language in Quebec. Furthermore, one of Montreal assets is that it is multicultural. Most of immigrants speak French, English and their mother tong. Most of people raised in in Montreal speak both French and English. If you want to experience more of the French Canadian culture and are willing to learn French, Quebec city and other smaller cities might be better choices but it will be harder to get by in English and therefore harder to find a good job (if you do not speak French).
Cost of living in Montreal is very similar to most of other North-American cities but real estate cost is lower than let's say Toronto, Vancouver or New York. An advantage of large cities like Montreal is that most people can get around without a car. You could live in a suburb or outside of Montreal at a lower cost than Montreal but might find it difficult to get around without owning a car. Some people could live in Montreal for $2000.00 per month and others could not live here for $5000.00 a month because it is mostly a matter of the lifestyle you want. Monthly grocery cost around $800.00 and $800.00 or more for a small 1 bedroom apartment, for 2 people. Other costs are similar to other N.A. cities.
#Pawel on May 14, 2013 :
Hi there,
What do you think, is there any sense in moving from Europe to Montreal? After my debts i will have 3300 CAD per month to share with my wife and children (almost 1 year old). Any ideas about that?
#Fred on May 07, 2013 :
Hello, I am looking to open my own bar/club in the region of Plateau/st Laurent, do u know what or where I can find the rent rates per sqm please?
#jay on Apr 22, 2013 :
1900$/week is crazy the minimum is like 400$/week so with 1900$ a week ur good to go. and daryl if u make 80k wit 2 kids and a wife u can get urself a house and 2 cars and put ur kids in sports and buy ur kids all kinds of stuff and have enough to go on a small vacation
#Laura on Apr 06, 2013 :

It is crucial that your child learns French before starting school in Quebec. The language laws in Quebec are very strict. Even if English is a child's only spoken language, they must be taught in French (below college level) unless their parents specifically studied in English in Quebec when they were children. That means that anyone that moves from outside Quebec must enroll their children in a school that is taught only in French.
#Naknak on Apr 05, 2013 :
Hi, im looking to move to montreal to study in concordia university by jan 2014, which afordable but (safe)area can i stay and what kind of students jobs can i get?

#kazem on Apr 01, 2013 :
we are going to live in montreal we have a boy 12 aged. what do you think about his language. is it better for him to study english or french before arriving us to montreal.he knows alittle english but no french
#Juan on Jan 09, 2013 :
I found this link very interesting. It is a list of minimum hourly wages in the Canada.

Currently the minimum wage is C$9.90/hour
#Mladen on Jan 02, 2013 :
Prices at this website shall include GST or VAT, whatever applicable. For each city in Canada. Thanks
#Fish on Jan 02, 2013 :
Are the prices given above include taxes? If the price on the shelf for a loaf of bread shows $5 in Calgary and $4,5 in Montreal it doeas not necessarily mean that I will pay less at the cashier in Montreal as the taxes there are higher.
#Tatiana on Dec 13, 2012 :
Here are some of the best neighborhoods in my opinion:
Outremont: very nice, a little expensive.
Rosemont: very nice, safe, not very expensive, very "Montreal" (architechture, etc.),
Downtown (say, from McGill metro station to Guy-Concordia) nice, but quite expensive, pretty busy, but everything nearby.
MileEnd is also nice, becoming more expensive.
Open up a Metro map on Google and let's look at some areas by the surrounding metro stations.
GREEN LINE: From Honoré-Beaugrand to Frontenac: Mehh.. It's ok, cheap, but not really nice. Metro Frontenac, Préfontaine, Joliette are kind of ghetto (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a neighborhood you might want to avoid - not necessarily dangerous, but it just isnt nice; and a little scary at night) Papineau and Beaudry are downtown, in the Gay neighborhood. Berri Uqam is near a university, it's nice (especially St.Denis street, busy, lots of cafés, restaurants etc) but can be expensive. From St-Laurent station to Guy-Concordia, you're downtown. As I said, it's nice, but very busy. And pretty expensive. Atwater is good. Lionel Groulx to Angrignon... It's alright, I guess, not expensive, but nothing there, mostly families.
ORANGE LINE: Montmorency to Jarry: NO. It's far, it's not beautiful, not fun, just no.^.^ Jean-Talon to Sherbrooke: YES! Laurier to Sherbrooke are a little more expensive, but great area, great neighborhood, great place. Champs-de-Mars to Bonaventure is the old Montreal. It's very nice, (Bonaventure is more business-y), but also more expensive (great lofts and condos). Great neigborhood though. Lucien L'Allier to Cote-Vertu... I wouldn't live there just because it's far, boring, again, more families, not the same artsy feeling there is downtown. But definitly cheaper for rent. Cote Vertu is very english.
BLUE LINE: From St-Michel to Fabre i would avoid. It's also ghetto-ish, again, a little scary at night if you ask me. Just not a good neigborhood. But also definitly cheaper. Jean-Talon to Acadie is also ok, but not great. Not cheap nor expensive. Not that many things to do (except Jean-Talon). Outremont to Université de Montreal is the Outremont neighborhood I was talking about earlier, love this area. Cote des Neiges to Snowdon, not great but not aweful. And finally the
YELLOW LINE: Berri-Uqam- same as I said earlier, and Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke, I don't know why you would want to live there, it's just as expensive as Montreal, it's far, and the metro is more expensive :). Hope I helped you a little bit! :D
#eli on Sep 29, 2012 :
I am eli and I am going to live in montreal in one future year. I want to know where is the best place to live? (considering the house rent and metro fee) Thanks a lot
#Eloida dela cruz on Aug 13, 2012 :

Hi I'm from burlington Ontario and I'm moving to Montreal in January.. Does somebody know how long do you have to live there to become a citizen of Quebec and how can i find a job?
#Toby on Jul 06, 2012 :
@ Jeff. I think its after 3 months or residence.

@ John. French is VERY helpful if you want to find a job in Montreal, but not 100% mandatory. Unfortunately, unless you're an executive at a large corporation, most of the jobs available to those who don't speak French aren't too interesting. Mostly call center jobs and manual labor.
#Jeff on Jun 01, 2012 :
Hi I'm from st.catherines Ontario and I'm moving to Montreal in September. Does somebody know how long do you have to live there to become a citizen of Quebec?
#John on May 15, 2012 :
Please note: Montreal is a somewhat a "bilingual" city but French is needed to work.By Quebec law French must be spoken in a business. Elementary and high school students are forced to learn in French unless you go private. In some cases, French from Quebec will treat you like a lower class citizen or refuse you services if you can not speak to them in French. All written material from the Quebec government is in French. You can request English documentation but it will take some time. Information brought to you by a Montrealer.
#Talant on May 13, 2012 :
Hello everybody, my name is Talant and I'm going to leave to Montreal with my spouse next two months. I will be very thanks you for provided information on the below:
1. I'm not sure on the possibility of finding a job in the first three months, that's why I would like calculate the expenditures. As I understand from the survey on this site the monthly consumption for two persons is about 2,000 CAD, correct?
2. As a matter as I know there are two way of renting apartment. Furnished and non-furnished. Which way is more appropriate from your point of view? Is it possible to find furnished 1 bad-room apartment outside of center for 650 CAD?
3. I know French language but I need to improve knowledge. Is there available French classes for newcommers in the Governmental program?

Thank you in advance and many thanks,
#Zhoobi on Mar 27, 2012 :
hi. I'm an architecture and my husband a computer engineer. We are going to live in Montreal. I want to know how much are typical salaries of an architect or a computer engineer? Is it that 3000$? best regards
#KAth on Jan 11, 2012 :
To answer Claudia's question:

If you mean $1900 every paycheck (so every 2 weeks) to live on your own, you're fine. If you mean, per month, then you're still okay, but maybe get a roommate to share the rent. Just use public transportation (the metro and the buses are enough, believe me). I make less than a thousand a month and I survive just fine. If you're at school, there are a lot of student discounts too.

Best of luck!
#Anonymous on Jan 05, 2012 :
hi. my name is claudia. i m going to live in montreal and i m not from canada. do you think that a paycheck of 1900 $ its enought to live in there or its very low? best regards
#Anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 :
Hi Daryl, I don't know if you moved to Montreal yet, but I can help you on the language question. My father moved to Montreal 20 years ago and he did feel the need to take French classes. Montreal is a multicultural city but supposed to be bilingual. The main issue with in the province of Quebec is that the French language is dissapering little by little. Because of that, the province put some regulations. So if you are going to work with the public, you will see people that will refuse to speak to you in English, even if they understand. So it might be a good idea to take a class and know the basic stuff. Good luck!
#Daryl on Mar 01, 2011 :
HI, We are thinking of moving to Montreal. I have 2 main issues. Jobs and monthly expenses. If taking into assumption that the house and car are fully paid off. How much monthly income I need to live in Montreal? We have 2 kids. Elementary school and a high school. Dased on the report, the average income is CAD70K per household. So on average, if I can earned this salary alone, I will have CAD 4K after tax of disposal income. Is that sufficient for a family of 4? And 2nd issue is I do not speak French, can I still get this type of pay?

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