Cost of Living in Nanaimo

Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 52.50 C$ 50.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 C$ 7.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.00 C$ 7.00-7.50
Cappuccino (regular) 3.97 C$ 2.89-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 C$ 1.00-2.75
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.47 C$ 1.00-1.89
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.19 C$ 5.13-10.56
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.04 C$ 2.26-3.58
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.81 C$ 0.91-2.72
Eggs (12) 3.48 C$ 3.00-3.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.83 C$ 4.54-10.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.14 C$ 4.08-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) ?
Apples (1 lb) 1.47 C$ 0.91-1.80
Banana (1 lb) ?
Oranges (1 lb) 1.28 C$ 0.63-2.30
Tomato (1 lb) 1.54 C$ 0.73-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.84 C$ 0.68-1.00
Onion (1 lb) ?
Lettuce (1 head) 1.83 C$ 1.00-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.73 C$ 2.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 C$ 12.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.50 C$ 1.50-1.50
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.25 C$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.00 C$ 8.00-14.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 C$ 2.50-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 67.50 C$ 55.00-70.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.21 C$ 3.15-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.51 C$ 3.51-3.51
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.08 C$ 39.08-39.08
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.67 C$ 3.97-5.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,000.00 C$ 25,000.00-33,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 160.00 C$ 80.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.20 C$ 0.05-0.35
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.00 C$ 40.00-67.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 60.00 C$ 50.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.00 C$ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 C$ 11.00-12.75
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.75 C$ 45.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 52.50 C$ 40.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 106.67 C$ 100.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.00 C$ 120.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 830.00 C$ 800.00-850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 777.00 C$ 735.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,420.00 C$ 1,200.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,220.00 C$ 1,100.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 288.60 C$ 185.80-480.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 176.51 C$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,425.00 C$ 1,900.00-2,800.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.63 3.00-4.00

Prices in Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Last update: November, 2015
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4 Comments so far
#joseph on Apr 30, 2015 :
plz I need an accommodation in nainamo plz how can u help me out am coming from Nigeria
#Nate on Jul 20, 2014 :
This is pretty accurate however as a local you can always find ways that are cheaper than stated here.
-Tennis courts don't cost anything or if so, you would be in a club. No cost since we have a ridiculous amount of parks and schools around.
-A monthly pass for a Gym is NOT 75 for an adult. It is more like 20 to 75 $
-A pair of leather shoes is NOT 120 $ You can find a normal pair of leather shoes for around 80 $.
-We've adapted an american lifestyle. Buying milk in 1 L portion is not smart. A 2L or 4 L is worth more of your value ( Of course some can't drink it all) however a 4L is 4.69$ (dont go to thrifty foods)
-AGAIN Internet through SHAW ranges between 20$ to 100$ with most people getting a plan around 40$ a month, NOT 75 $
- We hardly sell bottled water especially some around .33L. Any grocery store will sell each bottle for less than a Dollar FOR SURE. Nestle 24 Pack of Water 6 $. Safeway, Safe on ETC
-If you happen to be poor enough to use Local transportation , BUY A BIKE. Local transportation is in fact truly expensive and useless as it does not come on time ( or just have a car).

Canadians don't live like kings. A socialist system in Sweden Norway Denmark has a Much easier time living off of MINIMUM WAGE. With very little education or almost just a certificate, you can have a higher paying job and live much easier. There are many jobs that pay well if you look hard enough.. Just not on Vancouver Island!
#Anonymous on Jan 10, 2014 :
thinking of moving to nanaimo this spring people tell me its too exspensive on small wcb pension
#Richard Nelson on Jan 03, 2014 :
You people are really out to lunch, saying the cost of living did not go up last year, what world do you live in. Everything here has gone up considerably.

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