Cost of Living Comparison Between Calgary and Vancouver 

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Consumer Prices in Vancouver are 4.1% higher than in Calgary (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Vancouver are 20.9% higher than in Calgary
Rent Prices in Vancouver are 61.4% higher than in Calgary
Restaurant Prices in Vancouver are 8.3% higher than in Calgary
Groceries Prices in Vancouver are 14.5% higher than in Calgary
Local Purchasing Power in Vancouver is 30.0% lower than in Calgary
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Restaurants
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 C$ 25.00 C$      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 C$ 120.00 C$      +20.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 14.00 C$ 14.00 C$      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.50 C$ 8.00 C$      +6.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 C$ 9.00 C$      +12.5 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.15 C$ 5.44 C$      +5.6 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.77 C$ 3.06 C$      +10.5 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.47 C$ 2.69 C$      +9.1 %
Markets
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.57 C$ 11.66 C$      +21.9 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.93 C$ 3.77 C$      +28.6 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.43 C$ 2.72 C$      +12.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.82 C$ 6.03 C$      +25.0 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.31 C$ 8.85 C$      +6.5 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 8.01 C$ 9.06 C$      +13.1 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.60 C$ 10.78 C$      +25.3 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.70 C$ 2.95 C$      +9.4 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.85 C$ 0.83 C$      -2.5 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.35 C$ 2.48 C$      +5.7 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.61 C$ 3.04 C$      +16.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.52 C$ 2.15 C$      +41.6 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.39 C$ 1.80 C$      +29.9 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.72 C$ 3.69 C$      -0.7 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.34 C$ 2.54 C$      +8.6 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 19.00 C$ 20.00 C$      +5.3 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.72 C$ 4.79 C$      +28.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.70 C$ 4.96 C$      +5.7 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.40 C$ 20.07 C$      +9.1 %
Transportation
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.60 C$ 3.15 C$      -12.5 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 112.00 C$ 140.00 C$      +25.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.50 C$ 4.00 C$      -11.1 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 5.07 C$ 3.45 C$      -31.9 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 55.00 C$ 36.90 C$      -32.9 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.37 C$ 7.37 C$      +37.4 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,978.00 C$ 33,978.00 C$      0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,992.90 C$ 28,168.71 C$      -2.8 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 323.12 C$ 179.46 C$      -44.5 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 60.54 C$ 67.63 C$      +11.7 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 89.01 C$ 85.89 C$      -3.5 %
Sports And Leisure
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 80.12 C$ 61.69 C$      -23.0 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 45.08 C$ 17.80 C$      -60.5 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 C$ 18.00 C$      0.0 %
Childcare
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,252.27 C$ 1,461.90 C$      +16.7 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 29,775.00 C$ 20,100.00 C$      -32.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 81.52 C$ 89.33 C$      +9.6 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 72.25 C$ 63.42 C$      -12.2 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 121.93 C$ 139.31 C$      +14.3 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 165.32 C$ 187.96 C$      +13.7 %
Rent Per Month
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,920.86 C$ 2,754.18 C$      +43.4 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,562.96 C$ 2,282.21 C$      +46.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,820.44 C$ 5,065.74 C$      +79.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,343.29 C$ 3,859.26 C$      +64.7 %
Buy Apartment Price
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 431.90 C$ 1,543.61 C$      +257.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 399.42 C$ 997.39 C$      +149.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Calgary Edit Vancouver Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,821.01 C$ 4,082.93 C$      -15.3 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.39 6.53      +2.3 %
Last update: February 2024February 2024
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