Cost of Living in Victoria, Canada

Prices in Victoria

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 92.02
Rent Index: 35.52
Groceries Index: 106.64
Restaurants Index: 76.38
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 64.67
Local Purchasing Power: 95.76

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.50 C$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 52.50 C$
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.00 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 C$
Cappuccino (regular) 3.66 C$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.85 C$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.61 C$
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.78 C$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.05 C$
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.25 C$
Eggs (12) 3.40 C$
Local Cheese (1kg) 13.84 C$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 16.33 C$
Apples (1kg) 3.21 C$
Oranges (1kg) 3.41 C$
Tomato (1kg) 4.76 C$
Potato (1kg) 1.69 C$
Lettuce (1 head) 1.88 C$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.20 C$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.89 C$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.50 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) 3.55 C$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.88 C$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.48 C$
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.29 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 103.30 C$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.40 C$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.29 C$
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 54.29 C$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.67 C$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.75 C$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 61.86 C$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 55.00 C$
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 113.33 C$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 124.26 C$
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 966.67 C$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 835.62 C$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,716.67 C$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,416.67 C$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,041.84 C$
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,770.58 C$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,000.00 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.65

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Last update: April, 2014

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26 Comments so far

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#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
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#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.
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#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
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#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.
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#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.
#Mary-burtha on May 31, 2013 :
its been hard for me to situate my life with my 11 children all under the age of 5 in a 1 bedroom apartment, i try so hard to do it all on my own, but i want a man, a man over the age of 95 preferebly with the name Joel or Bert, either one will suit my needs, also i own 15 cats, Mr.whiskers gave birth to every cat in the house... I cant stand being away from Mr.Whiskers... I love him. He is my everything... Some people call me obsessed, but it doesnt matter that I dress him up, It's adorable,This morning he was in a ducky costume, then I am changing him into a dragon costume... Im sorry I dont have children watch the plays i put on with him. they auplaud. My man, my sweet touching man is always there, i call him Mr.Whiskers because when i'm alone i call my boyfriend Mr.whiskers becasue i miss him. God bless everyone thank you for listening, have a good day <3 love mary-burtha
#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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