Cost of Living in Victoria, Canada

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 76.19
Rent Index: 31.01
Groceries Index: 82.34
Restaurants Index: 68.30
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 54.25
Local Purchasing Power: 127.88

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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) 8.50 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.50 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.50 C$
Cappuccino (regular) 3.97 C$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.74 C$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.81 C$
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.69 C$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.22 C$
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.97 C$
Eggs (12) 3.53 C$
Local Cheese (1kg) 12.33 C$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 15.97 C$
Apples (1kg) 3.76 C$
Oranges (1kg) 4.49 C$
Tomato (1kg) 5.36 C$
Potato (1kg) 1.99 C$
Lettuce (1 head) 2.50 C$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 C$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.18 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.82 C$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 11.00 C$
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 C$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 85.00 C$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.40 C$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.88 C$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.48 C$
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.25 C$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 C$
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 119.42 C$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.30 C$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 50.00 C$
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 47.86 C$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.33 C$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.75 C$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 55.00 C$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 53.75 C$
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 121.25 C$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 138.75 C$
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,085.00 C$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 833.57 C$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,858.33 C$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,450.00 C$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,229.40 C$
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,422.23 C$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,342.42 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.24

These data are based on 482 entries in the past 18 months from 68 different contributors.

Last update: March, 2015

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20 Comments so far

#Mike on Feb 17, 2015 :
I've lived here for most of my life, and I would say that Victoria is pretty friendly. It has much more of an approachable feel than a larger city like Vancouver. People will generally say "hi" if you say "hi" to them (at least in a safe neighborhood, which is 90 percent of the town) and often will let you merge into their lane when in traffic (and at least 60% of the time the driver who you just let merge will give you a friendly "thank you" wave- and I have the same experience with the bus drivers here).The local 7-eleven clerks, as another example, are about as friendly as they come, and a couple of them I've spoken to for over half an hour on a quiet night with few customers. In elevators most times people are open to a quick chat, if only about the weather.
I guess its all relative- it doesn't compare to the Maritime provinces, where I've heard you can easily join a house party and go from house to house socializing and drinking.

But for a rather laid-back city, with decent, and in most cases, friendly people, you could do worse.

Outside of the 5-block square downtown area,crime is also pretty low,and violent crimes even more rare. And even downtown is not that bad.

Overall, I like it here.

#not fatcat on Feb 05, 2015 :
Yes low unemployment here in Victoria happens when people are desperate. Nice climate: yes but heat must be paid for. Rental price second only to Vancouver most are equal. Low occupancy : people on low income ( $10.25 lowest in Canada ) have no choice but to take the cheapest available and grab it fast before it's gone. Don't forget criminals like nice weather as well lots of crack, plantations, smuggling a ferry ride to the US plus an international port in Van some here as well all the perks. A fellow got busted cooking crack with his kid in the place. Home invasions. Old folks assaulted. Bullying is epidemic(bring your kids every neighborhood has a dojo ) Cost of living : minimum
wage 2 adults equals 1 living
wage if you don't go anywhere
or do anything, everything here
is geered towards MONEY fine
if you got it. Low unemployment
You bet. Take that job or go
hungry, expect a raise forget it, companies can't afford to pay you what your worth ( you'll here this when you ask to see
your supervisor ) and don't
forget the permanent resident
scam, these poor suckers pay a
kickback to there employer thenm share a basement ( mostcommon ) even sleeping in
shifts. So much better than Luzon, Quito, Nairobi, Shanghai
or Goa. Someday. You can't
blame them. So many over qualified people looking for work. Retiring not an option. Same problem cost of living. One person I know was a regional supervisor is now a greeter at Wal-Mart. Another was a highly paid investigator, retired, now works as a cashier. Another works (at 75 years old) as a commissionair. Many about to be retirees need to work to make ends meet. My point is Victoria ain't all roses.
#Anonymous on Aug 24, 2014 :
P.S.....if you work for minimum wage....I'm sorry...but Victoria probably isn't the best place....??? Why on earth would you ever think you were entitled to live in Canada's nicest climate without a decent job.....??? Yes, it's expensive....but so is any other 'desirable' place on earth.....quit bashing Victoria because you can't afford to live there.......people in Paris can't afford to live in Cannes.....people in Kansas can't afford to live in's not the city's fault.....1/2 a million people call the southern island home.....and we don't need to complain.....some folks do with less to live in such a beautiful place....others prosper just fine....
#Anonymous on Aug 24, 2014 :
I grew up in Victoria, left when I was 32 to find a better paying job in Alberta. I did that, and invested my money at 48 I am moving back. I still have to 'fly-out' for my work shift.....but my days off will be spent their. My wife gets to live there 365 days of the year. The place is gorgeous, I golf on Christmas all year round....the cost of living is comparable to other cities. My dog is happier....not having to go 'out' to the washroom at -30....We won't be shoveling snow.....EVER AGAIN!! I won't be paying to heat my garage....income tax for the $100K range is actually insurance only a few bucks different, heath premiums suck....but $140/ mo. for the two of us is negligible. The city has a lot to do....and friends have always been easy to make.'s not the easiest place for lower income folks....but it is freakin' Victoria at do remember we live in Canada right??? 99% of the country shovels snow on X-mas'll be golfing...Put a $ value on that.....:)
#Perrywhite on Aug 06, 2014 :
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#lr on Jul 06, 2014 :
Go read about how much Victoria BC (Bring Cash & your own friends) really sucks in various ways. The entire culture sucks (economic, social, political). British Columbia is also poor and over taxed because the environmental extremism and anti industry and everything else attitude is keeping it poor, not rich like Alberta, Saskatchewan. BC is very corrupt and it is all lead from the mental gong show of Victoria. The Victoria employers are purposfuly ignoring local citizen job applicants in order to con the Federal Government into allowing the import of cheap Temporary Foreign Worker slave labour. Canada would improve if blockage BC would slide into the Pacific Ocean like Atlantis did and Alberta become the new west coast. Read the comments on, (Victoria, BC, Canada),,, Yahoo Answers, "Why Some Immigrants Leave Canada", etc. Do your research or get screwed. Greater Victoria people are cold, aloof, uptight, arrogant, cliquey, unfriendly, anally constipated, restricted. They look angry, bitchy, stern, standoffish, and pissed off even when they are supposed to be happy and having fun like on Canada Day. Victorians only look hot on the outside superficial surface.
#didem on Jun 26, 2014 :
I wonder how much the min wage in Victoria
is is the law in whole Canada
but i guess more quality in BC for living
i ve been AB , Calgary Ontario , Vancouver , Ottawa but still whole the nice mammaries in BC that amazing city , im in Quebec but we faced problem as other city , isn't cheap , isn't clean ,crowded
hard winter and Ontario the same ,also AB
the life indoor only we missing a nice
#L on May 05, 2014 :
Victoria BC Canada is also where the 2014 McDonald’s Restaurants, Temporary Foreign Labour program corruption scandal started and then exploded across Canada to other cities and provinces. The hunt for other employers lying about having no citizen staff and needing to import cheap slave labour, is not going across Canada to other employers of all types and sizes. This is unsurprising as British Columbia (BC=Bring Cash) and Greater Victoria are famous for its culture of cheap and restricted. They are lacking in prospects and opportunities. It is not only about money, the social life is equally cliquey and restricted. You should also read web sites like Better Business Bureaus, Yahoo Answers, “Why Some Immigrants Leave Canada”, and others to get the big full picture of what life is like before you blindly and ignorantly move there.
#Ethel on Apr 20, 2014 :
The most recent comments are gibberish as far as I can see. What relationship they have to any cost of living is truly hard to understand. People just write for the sake of saying nothing, I guess!
#LR on Feb 20, 2014 :
BC does not mean British Columbia Canada, like it should. It really means Bring Cash (along with your own family & friends), as you won't find any in Victoria BC. The metro Victoria region has a big problem with its ingrained culture of poverty. The people don't want to be doom and gloom in the beautiful environment, but the limited, job market, economy, politics, and uptight cliquey social life wears people down. The lack of energy and passion in Greater Victoria is palpable. You can feel it and see it in all the people's faces. People are correct when they say it lacks soul and personality. Giving up your more prosperous, sociable, exciting lives elsewhere in order to move to Victoria is stupid, unless you like to trade down and not up. The comments on and, Yahoo Answers, other sites are very specific and accurate about Victoria BC Canada.
#Angie on Feb 20, 2014 :
One thing that's left out here is the Medical Services Plan that is required by all British Columbia residents (whereas the rest of Canada doesn't pay for medical) ....single person is $69.25
#Geofficus on Dec 20, 2013 :
Yup. After leaving Calgary's hectic growth for more satisfying quality of life - I found that a skilled worker like me (Construction 20 years, jack of many trades and high customer service skills) has to compete with thousands of guys with similar skill sets for almost half the wages I received in Calgary. Many outfits there use guys like me to get through a job quickly, then get rid of us before benefits get paid. Forget job security, unless $12/hr is right up your alley. The lingering black clouds above many folks' heads is seen everywhere.
Yeah sure there is lots to do that doesn't cost money like hiking, bike riding and touring Victoria's cool neighborhoods - but if you have a car payment, a decent place to live (about $700-$900 rent) and creature comforts, that $12/hr will barely allow you to scrape by. I set up a light contracting business and my wife stuck with retail (she was getting $19/hr previously) and she barely kept us afloat while I was biting my nails in between contracts.
Move there if you have family, a boat to fish with, disposable cash - even though there are many many properties to be bought inexpensively, the for sale signs have moss growing on them! Great place to visit but hold on to your city angst, grin and bear where you currently are. My wife and I lost $30,000 easily by moving to sleepy Sooke. Beyond beauty - the town is 20 years behind in infrastructure, Victoria is 10 years behind any other city.
#RL on Oct 07, 2013 :
The September 28, 2013 Victoria Times Colonist newspaper and Black Press papers had stories on how the Conference Board of Canada rated Greater Victoria last place for economic growth amongst all the Canadian major city metro regions. The cities in Western Canada did better than Eastern Canada. The western metros of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina all did better than Victoria. Victoria has a persistent long history of being the crazy lame duck amongst all the major cities in Canada.
#Bob on Sep 12, 2013 :
Hi, lots of jobs for skilled/educated people in the Victoria region. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Average salary is 90-97% + that of Saskatchewan & Alberta - but with lower income taxes. So take home pay is higher. Housing cost more here yes, but that is due to demand! Plus there are much worse things to invest in than real estate LOL! People want to live here. Groceries are cheaper here compared to the prairies, especially fresh fruit and veggies. Cost of heating your home is cheaper than the prairies etc. Victoria is walkable all year long, in fact many people just walk or bike to work - the highest percentage in Canada! We use half the gasoline per capita compared to the prairies where terrible urban design (Calgary - Saskatoon) forces you to drive everywhere along with the poor gas mileage experienced during the long cold winters. You make a little more on the Canadian prairies, but you need too to cover the higher cost of living! LOL Plus we are part of the North American megaregion Cascadia , so Large US centres are easily accessible for cheap flights south (less than $200 from BLI-Vegas or SEA-LA return all taxes in!) and cheap shopping etc The US is barren and empty directly south of the prairie - you need an expensive CAD flight down or a couple days to drive. So isolated from major North American population centres Ha
#Dave on Sep 01, 2013 :
So many people on so many sites say that living in Victoria is too expensive and there are no jobs. And yet the city is full of people. Are the naysayers trying to say that there are no $30 an hour jobs? How much money per month is needed for basic necessities, after taxes? I'm talking about rent, utilities, food, a couple bus passes, any other essentials, and very little entertainment money.
#Ray on Jun 29, 2013 :
Victoria BC Canada is far more weird when it concerns the job market economy. People would think the governments, private companies, schools would be hiring new staff as people retire, quit, or get laid off. Even when the economy gets better and there are work to be done, Victoria region employers are purposefully not hiring new staff to fill job vacancies to save money and lower their quality. The job vacancies goes empty and the remaining staff are made to do the work of 2,3 plus workers for the same pay. Even if they do hire, they will try to pay everyone 25-33% less than the employers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
#R on May 21, 2013 :
Many people think Victoria is such a nice place to live and not just visit, based on 2 weeks. They don't research deeper into the culture and economy. They need to know the whole truth or get burned.

Victoria BC Canada job market sucks. Graduates get stuck in low pay jobs even after graduation. All BC jobs pay 25-33% less than AB and SK for same or more work load. Life is good only if independently rich. Check,, (Victoria bc), The culture is also very cliquey and uptight.
#Rl on Mar 23, 2013 :
Victoria BC is tough job market with low wages, frustrations while the general living costs for everything is higher than your income. That is a bad combination anywhere. You will struggle to make a life for you and your family as the economics will force you to do cheap jobs that are not related to your education to live. The restricted finances and the uptight social culture means you will have no money and friends. Look up web sites like,, for all the comments from people. Victoria BC Canada is only good to visit not live.
#WG on Jun 02, 2012 :
British Columbia (BC) probably has more ski resorts, golf clubs, and hotels per capita than any other province in Canada.

English is spoken by about 95% of BC, so no problem on that score.


Housing, food, and gasoline are probably the highest in Canada. A one bedroom apartment in a good part of Victoria (the capital city with about a quarter of a million people) goes for about $850. Gasoline today (12 Jun 2012) is $139.99 CAD per litre. I paid $4.99 CAD for a four pound bag of oranges today.

But... the unemployment rate in Victoria is low! The April 2012 unemployment rate was 5.3%.

But... There is a housing bubble, and the recession in all of North America is getting worse.

So, good luck!
#Sebastian on May 29, 2012 :
Hi everybody, my girlfriend and I want to live in Canada and work for a year because the chilean government has a treat with Canada. We would like to know what is the best city to live in, taking into account that we do not speak French, just English. Furthermore, the jobs we want to apply to are in the area of hotels, resorts, and skiing centers as part of their stuff.

How much should we earn to live with the basic accomodations?

Thank you so much, greetings from Valdivia, Chile.

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