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Cost of Living in Saskatoon, Canada

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): ?
Rent Index: 28.21
Groceries Index: 73.26
Restaurants Index: 52.45
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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 C$
9.50
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.32 C$
35.00
70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 C$
6.99
10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.25 C$
4.00
6.50
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 C$
5.00
7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.75 C$
3.00
4.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.23 C$
2.00
2.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.98 C$
1.50
2.25
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.65 C$
5.00
15.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.58 C$
1.79
3.04
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.73 C$
1.13
2.26
Eggs (12) 3.80 C$
2.80
5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.57 C$
2.72
5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 7.28 C$
6.01
9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.85 C$
1.04
2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.31 C$
1.00
1.61
Tomato (1 lb) 1.30 C$
0.90
1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.67 C$
0.45
0.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.23 C$
2.00
2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.25 C$
3.00
3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$
12.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.50 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.92 C$
2.33
3.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 14.00 C$
12.00
15.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.10 C$
3.00
3.10
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 C$
80.00
81.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.42 C$
3.10
3.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.93 C$
1.61
2.90
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 46.50 C$
45.00
48.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.83 C$
3.38
4.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,800.00 C$
24,000.00
25,600.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 160.88 C$
130.00
200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 C$
0.25
0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 56.67 C$
50.00
65.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 61.33 C$
50.00
78.99
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.75 C$
12.00
15.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 59.62 C$
50.00
70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.50 C$
30.00
45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 93.33 C$
60.00
120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 85.17 C$
65.00
100.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,115.62 C$
900.00
1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 856.25 C$
800.00
975.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,837.50 C$
1,500.00
2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,533.33 C$
1,100.00
1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre ?
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 230.50 C$
211.00
250.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,683.93 C$
2,000.00
4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.98
2.89
3.01

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Last update: August, 2015

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19 Comments so far

#Petune on Aug 04, 2015 :
Okay so where is it better in Saskatchewan than Saskatoon? Can anybody tell me?
##leah on May 22, 2015 :
I lived in Saskatoon up until July 2013. I made 22.00 an hour and 44.00 for overtime at the hospital and I still couldn't make ends meet. The prices listed are way too low. The cost of living is astronomical to the point where I could no longer afford to live there. My rent for my a one bedroom on the nice side of town for myself and my daughter was 1150.00 and bread was more like 5.00. I liked living there before the rent skyrocketed but afterwards it was horrible. The crime was insane. My car was broken into so many times, with an alarm, on the east side, that SGI refused to cover my package policy and therefore the vandalism on my car not covered. I could go on and on about the horrible roads and traffic but I won't. Suffice to say I'm happier now that I've moved away.
#giuseppe on Apr 17, 2015 :
why, to came to live here cold cold cold and pay the rent like los angels and so many other cities
thank god you guys want more people living here good
better to live in misery then here how nuch you nake working here a mounth can you servive goog luck
#olo on Mar 28, 2015 :
I'm just work in Saskatoon per 3 months and was really detriment about the city but not for the people except for gangs in the city, my cuestiĆ³n is: where is the mayor and council? The streets sucks are holes everywhere Saskatoon is a very good place to start business the people who talk garbage are just destructive conformist people enjoy your salary, I think go to work in Saskatoon because I see something special there. Regards
#Kain on Mar 07, 2015 :
What ever happened to saskatoon? Its a shit hole now! Unaffordable in every, way shape or form. I barely get by every month and this is what ruin's peoples lives!
#Anony on Mar 03, 2015 :
Lol...Its an overpriced city in every aspect for the amount of income. I would never buy a house here that is over 250k, and now that can't get you anything but some run down shithole. Average 1980s housing shouldnt not be in the mid 300k. I own a 1980s house and it is market valued at 320k, that is absurd for the economy of Saskatoon. The city upkeep and maintenance is a joke. We should go back to riding horses, because roads are just about that bad. I work out of province, and the back roads we drive on are better than main streets of Saskatoon, that is no bullshit. Like it has been mentioned before, the population influx is just immigrants coming in desperate for a better life. Food, fuel, transportation, housing, any living costs, is pretty damn high for the wages here. Comparable to Albertan cities, where easily one person can make 80k a year...what is average for Sask, 25k?

I should have never settled here, lucky I bought my house before this housing market exploded for no reason. Living here for past 17 years, there is no economy boom, its same shit, just jacked up expenses.
#Rachel on Feb 04, 2015 :
The mayor is a bigoted and old fashioned fascist. Who thinks putting assisted living, the welfare office, and high end shopping on the same block is a great idea?!?! Also, spending $5 000 000 on christmas lights for a bridge that is about to be condemned when our streets are falling apart. Great job, you f*t f*ck. Great job.
##Larry on Nov 10, 2014 :
I returned to Saskatoon after 20 years studying and working in other parts of Canada and Europe. It is really unfortunate what has happened to this city. The below posts are correct. The city council has drastically raised lot prices (3x)in the last 5-10 years to raise and put a floor under house prices, completely benefitting the older generations high.
This is a rent seeking society, not an innovative one. There is a good reason Saskatoon is only 25% the size of Edmonton and Calgary. Very disappointing. Pretty much all population growth is due to international immigration, mostly desperate people and some professionals that need to be paid well above average to live here.
It did not have to be like this, but clearly the people who stayed in Saskatchewan, (not necessarily the cream of the crop) would rather exploit newcomers than create a great place for all to live. What prosperity there has been will end as the resource economy cycles down. Selling passports will only prop up real-estate to a limited extent as it has just about the worst climate in the habited world.
#David B on Oct 27, 2014 :
I lived in Saskatoon up until 2009 and left due to employment elsewhere. Compared to Regina, Saskatoon is a beautiful city with a pretty good music/art scene, and is quite vibrant in the summer (festivals near the river, clubs on Broadway). People in Saskatoon also seem to be more friendly than people in Regina (and I've also lived in Regina for a number of years).

The bad things about Saskatoon are

1) It's difficult to find affordable housing. Consider yourself lucky if you can find a 2 bedroom place in a decent neighborhood for less than $1000/mo. If you compound this with median income, you'll have to budget wisely if you're not working at a good paying job.

2) Public transport isnt very cheap. Although that said, the bussing system in Saskatoon is very well organized and the buses tend to arrive on-time.

3) Like elsewhere in Saskatchewan, winters tend to be cold. Side streets in some neighborhoods aren't very well maintained in the winter so it can be dangerous to drive in sometimes.
#Anonymous on Jul 09, 2014 :
Hi! Can any one please tell me howuch nurses make in Saskatoon. Registered nurses I mean.
#J-Bot 6000 on Jun 16, 2014 :
I moved back to Saskatoon after having been away for 25 years. The "bones" of the city are still here, but it is otherwise unrecognizable. The comments about Saskatoon being stuck in a time warp from 10 years ago are correct, as are the statements about the mayor and council. The streets are in an advanced state of decay, while the city wastes money on affluenza-inspired projects. The mayor is out of touch with what is happening in his own city; he is basically uninvolved and invisible. Crime is rampant (drugs, gangs, car theft, break-ins). The population has outgrown the city's overloaded and crumbling infrastructure, but the mayor and council decide that it is best to spend money on art centres and bridges. There is indeed an abandoned, rusting hulk of a bridge rotting in the middle of the city, and there are no plans to demolish it. Build some low-income housing. Stop patching the streets and actually resurface and repair the streets. Plow the streets in winter instead of letting the population destroy their vehicles on rutted roads. Enforce traffic laws (try to cross Central Ave without getting killed). Crack down on crime -- give us community police stations again (this works in other cities; it'll work here). The population of Saskatoon is young, and the spirit of the city should reflect this. Instead, we are stuck with a city council and mayor that are stuck in their personal glory days from a decade ago and who are out of touch with the demands and needs of a city that is booming. If council continues to steer this course, the West side will continue to decay and rot, and the older neighbourhoods on the East side will follow suit. And when the economy cycles through into another recession (as it surely will someday), Saskatoon will become Detroit North. Are you listening, Mayor Atchison? No, I don't expect that you are. Saskatoon is a beautiful city. But it is on the cusp of either ruin or glory. The path chosen for us by this city council will lead us in one direction or the other... I don't trust them to choose wisely, because they haven't so far. Stay away from Saskatoon for another five years. Wait till this council is voted out.
#Naomi wilson on Jan 23, 2014 :
I will be moving to saskatoon soon but base on those information it doesn't sound to impressive. I will be making nine dollars an hour what the hell can I do with that? How am I going to manage with the bills and other basic things. This doesn't sound to good.oh boy am sad.
#Jon Bovi on Nov 29, 2013 :
I moved to Saskatoon from North Battleford a decade ago after the insanity that was the water treatment plant fiasco. I regret doing so more and more every year. We have an insane mayor and city council who have been systematically converting the river bank into a giant sea of taxpayer-funded concrete despite the fact there is a condemned bridge right in the middle of it. They allowed almost all of the city's apartments to be converted into condos, creating a city where low income families and people were forced out of their dwellings because they couldn't afford to buy the apartments. Of course this facilitated the ridiculous housing bubble the city is still experiencing. $300,000 will buy you a small house built in 1976 in an old part of the city, ten years ago that same house was on the market for $80,000. ten years ago a two bedroom apartment could be had for $500, we're now looking at $1200 or more. The job market in the city has tons of jobs available, but none of them pay well which is why they aren't filled. While I appreciate that people from other countries come here for opportunity, subsidizing their housing so that employers can hire more of them for less is creating more problems than it solves. My boss hires immigrants and pays them a low wage simply because he can, then gets upset because they take longer to train and usually can't run any equipment.

This city is run by middle aged idiots who were handed an inexpensive housing market, room for growth, and a beautiful city by the generation that worked hard to build it all up. Their greed is turning it into a complete dump and destroying opportunities for the up-coming generations. It's not surprising that most of Saskatoon's "entertainment" caters to alcoholics, this placec is depressing enough to make anybody want to drink the time away.
#trev on Oct 20, 2013 :
this is either way out of date or its totally wrong, i live here the prices of foods are listed way to low, same with rent, and average wages are way to high, unless they are adding the wages of a household together.
#GIro on Oct 14, 2013 :
terrible place to live, city services are a joke, saskatchewan is in a time warp of about 10 years in the past compared to nearby canadian cities. If you have a choice pick somewhere else
#Motivated on Sep 11, 2013 :
Saskatoon is a great place to live. Especially if you have children, we have diverse culture. Yes we are the 8th most expensive place to live in Canada, but there is alot of Industry here and good paying jobs.

You get only get out of life what you put in to it!
#Krishna on Jul 12, 2013 :
hi i am from india we wish to settle at canada.I put pr file for Saskatchewan is it good place to live .i have boy of 3 year.he can adjust in atmosphere of there. besides that can we get job there easily . we have no relatives there so government or any other person help us on initially base .
#jon on May 25, 2013 :
i think that the budget of everything is out to lunch because most people do not make 2200 a month i make almost 26 dollars an hour and only bring home 2700 most jobs in saskatoon dont pay enough to make ends meat and the houseing in saskatoon for appartments is completely and utterly rediculous a 1000 a month for rent on a 2 bedroom on the bad side of town and 1000 for a 1 bedroom on the good side really anyone with kids might as well jump off a bridge because if you and your spouse dont stay together the man will not make it because there too busy spening all there money on child support and and daycare not to mention the payment for there ex spouse to sit at home do nothing because there to lazy to get off there fat asses and work for a living
saskatoon sucks
#John Lucas on Oct 27, 2012 :
This is some very useful information about Saskatoon, especially for those who are thinking about moving. There are many different real estate companies (http://www.npreit.com) that can help you make the most of your budget. I've heard good things about living in Saskatoon!

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