Cost of Living in Calgary

Summary about cost of living in Calgary:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.50-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 C$ 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.92 C$ 7.25-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.50-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.38 C$ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.30 C$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.10 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.81 C$ 1.25-2.45
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.61 C$ 4.70-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.33 C$ 1.59-2.95
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.80 C$ 0.91-3.63
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.22 C$ 2.80-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.54 C$ 2.95-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.25 C$ 3.63-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.42 C$ 3.63-8.99
Apples (1 lb) 1.86 C$ 1.40-2.49
Banana (1 lb) 0.77 C$ 0.68-0.87
Oranges (1 lb) 1.71 C$ 1.28-2.15
Tomato (1 lb) 1.63 C$ 0.91-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 1.16 C$ 0.68-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.05 C$ 0.54-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.27 C$ 1.75-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.05 C$ 1.19-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 C$ 14.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.89 C$ 1.65-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.97 C$ 2.30-4.25
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 15.00 C$ 12.00-16.75
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.25 C$ 3.15-3.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 101.00 C$ 99.00-103.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.20-3.75
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.57 C$ 2.32-3.30
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.80 C$ 27.00-33.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.81 C$ 3.41-4.16
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,370.00 C$ 20,500.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,722.79 C$ 17,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 187.38 C$ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.33 C$ 0.25-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 63.61 C$ 45.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.38 C$ 45.00-95.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.79 C$ 0.00-36.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.50 C$ 12.50-16.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 995.50 C$ 600.00-1,230.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 C$ 13,000.00-24,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.54 C$ 40.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 46.55 C$ 34.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96.84 C$ 80.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 127.46 C$ 80.00-165.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,138.57 C$ 950.00-1,350.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 911.17 C$ 800.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,985.42 C$ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,535.31 C$ 1,300.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 389.12 C$ 287.00-500.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 283.44 C$ 220.00-371.61
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,062.46 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 2.77 2.40-3.45

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#lauren on Jul 04, 2017 :
Despite my numerous health problems lol Gin ya nailed it. Calgary has the highest MS rate in the world. Everything is backwards here,the people are dim witted and lazy. Calgary is a rascist city run by chubby flat footed inbred rascists. You are probably benefiting from govt hand outs Gin.I would bet my ass on it. I don't know any Calgarians who would survive in the real world.
#Gin on Jun 09, 2017 :
I have to live on $19,000/year. If I can do it, anyone can. Calgary is the most amazing city I've ever lived in. Been here almost 30 years. I'll never move, no matter how expensive it gets.
A bachelor suite can be found for $480 if you don't care what it looks like or what area you're in...
A nice bachelor in the beltline you can find for $670. A small 1 bedroom for $700. Again, they won't be fancy, but most will include your heat, water and electricity which will save you about $170/mth.
I buy most of my "needs" from the dollar store. And I grocery shop on Tuesday's to get the 10% discount.
I drive a newer car too! So yes, it can be done if you aren't spending your money like a lunatic. I have a full and happy life (despite my numerous health problems). I don't feel as though I'm missing anything because I live below the poverty line. It's all about priorities.
#Chris on May 15, 2017 :
Calgary is a joke. Stay Away. Half a million dollars for a shit home, $50 for one bag of groceries, a handful of grapes is $8. It's cold, from Sept-April you have to deal with snow, cold weather, horrible road conditions, massive transit delays, accidents everywhere every time it snows people seem to have completely forgotten how to drive.

Insurance is nuts. Crime is on the rise. Police are scary/mean/abusive/racist. People are far less friendly and most will just ignore you now. You are crammed into over packed trains/bus's like sardines, never mind a seat. There is some new carbon tax so all things energy is now even more expensive, gas, electric bill, rent.

Massive layoff's, low pay, and huge increase in cost of living = Failing City

The biggest problem is the housing, it has gotten out of control, if you are of Gen X or lower you won't be able to pay off a mortgage in your lifetime, let alone get approved for a $500,000+ loan.

Years ago this was a wonderful friendly rich place with affordable housing, plenty of work, lots of money (oil), cheap groceries, cheap gas, a helpful cheerful community feeling that is now replaced with that big city coldness.
#Lex on Nov 02, 2016 :
After going through the comments, I've noticed a lot of people claiming that fairly high sums of money per month won't go very far in Calgary, and I have to disagree. I've lived, studied and worked in Calgary all my life, and I've experienced the hefty prices of other cities (ie. New York City/Manhattan) and it's not at all comparable. My boyfriend and I lived on about $3000 a month for a while when he was at school and this paid for the mortgage, groceries, car payments, insurance, cell phone bills, debt payments, pet insurance (for three big dogs), dog food/toys/treats and vet bills. We might have struggled a bit every now and then, but had we been a little smarter with our finances, we probably could have gotten by quite comfortably.

We make more now, and have enough for all the "luxuries", like vacations, date nights, etc. We don't make close to 8k a month though, and if we did, we would probably be laughing.

That being said, Calgary's been hit with a bit of a recession, and oil companies are dropping employees like flies. It can absolutely be difficult to find a job here, especially if you're not educated in a specific field. I wouldn't say its dangerous - not by a long shot - but there have been more break-ins now than in the past. Chestermere, for example, is a "town" (slash suburb) outside of Calgary, known for being well-off, and they suffer break-ins with vehicles weekly. I've also noticed petty vandalism is being reported more and more there. If anything, Calgarians and Chestermerians might feel more violated than afraid.

Groceries are expensive, but you can save if you shop smart and stick to a budget. Vets within the city are VERY expensive, and if you're looking to save there, I recommend both Pet Insurance and visiting the Strathmore clinic. The housing market is suffering, so rent/mortgages may dip down to sell, but moving to Calgary without a concrete job can be a risk.

Living beyond your means is possible, regardless of salary. 3K/month may not be a lot - especially if you're depending on that for two people - but it's not impossible. Be smart with your money, trim the fat where you need to, and you'll be fine!
#Tricia on Sep 15, 2016 :
#Cody is fair in their assessment HOWEVER, in just the past six months I've seen a climb in grocery costs, insurance (home, auto) due to recent Alberta disasters, food/restaurants and sewer/water service...and of course if you are not average (eg dietary restrictions, medical conditions etc).

I would agree more with other posters that $3,000 may be a baseline number but I wouldn't consider it comfortable. I too have been here for many years, since 1989, and can assure you that the cost of living in Calgary has far outpaced other Canadian markets, like Toronto.

Shared with me recently, in most markets organizations that look to provide sports access to kids consider $50k for a family of four to be the poverty line and subsidy eligibility threshold,, in Calgary they adjust that figure to $75,000. Food for thought.
#Karl on Aug 17, 2016 :
I'm originally from the UK, but I live in one of the most expensive places on the planet, Zug, Switzerland. I thought Calgary was about 2/3rds of Zurich prices and not as expensive as San Francisco, but it's definitely in the top 30% of pricey places to live.

I visited Calgary in July 2016 my Aunt emigrated here in 2000 and has seen dramatic rises in housing costs and the general cost of living. Instability in the current job market means this place is not the utopia it was. This is directly linked to oil prices and effects EVERYONE in the oil "foodchain" even the taxi driver relying on fares from people will be hit. Believe me she lives in a huge house on the South of Calgary and has done very well out of the Alberta boom in the last 16 years.

This is fine when the oils selling but when it doesn't? It means that competition for jobs will be higher, the chances of you losing a job are high, employers will treat the workforce badly as they can get away with it and kiss goodbye to free Stampede tickets every summer dude to cost cutting.

As in Switzerland of course it's possible to live on X CAD per annum if you want to live in a tent in the middle of a freeway in -35c temperatures whilst eating only rice and noodles. Perhaps you want to steal from the neighbours their wifi and their dogs dinner too? Or you get to live in a crack den.

I've looked seriously into a move and I'd say 8k per month (this is nothing compared to Switzerland, UAE or HK I might add) 2 adults + 2 kids with a reasonable standard of living where you can pay, play and save for a rainy day. Then again are you willing to take the gamble as long as the Middle East keeps pumping Oil? I'll wait and see I think.
#John on Aug 10, 2016 :
#Cody you say You can live comfortably in Calgary for $3,000/m after taxes...
How can this be translated in a salary? Is it near 45000$?
#John on Aug 10, 2016 :
I just had an offer for 46000$ in Calgary...Is this ok for a young couple?
#Amanda on Jul 10, 2016 :
Hi my boyfriend and I are thinking of moving to Calgary in 2 years or so currently we live in Ontario, my step dad has a house that he's opening to us. Any advice on if this is a good idea or not? I currently work in the food services at a university and he works for a turf company. How hard is it to find a job? Do we have to redo our licence? How are utilities price wise? Any ideas how much we should both make together in order to live comfortably or thrive?
#Cody on Jul 08, 2016 :
You can live comfortably in Calgary for $3,000/m after taxes.

Rent - $1250/m

Utilities - $100 to $300 depending if its a house, condo or apartment. Some rentals with a few condo's include heat and water.

Internet - Free at the library, or about $75/m

Cable for TV - Google Shaw or Rogers but its probably $50/m, or buy a Android TV for $100 and there is no monthly fees.

No need for a land-line anymore.

Cell Phone - $40/m (Rogers, Bell, Telus plus their sister companies and other virtual providers)

Grocery Bill - $250/m

Entertainment - $150/m (Movie Theater, Stand-Up Comedy)

Bus Pass - $100/m
Low-Income Bus Pass -$44/m

Insurance - $100/m
Gas - $100/m
Repairs - Unknown

Private Medical Plan $50/m to $100/m (Bluecross, Greenshield)

All you can eat dinner buffet $15, lunch $10. Fast Food combo's $10. Subway 6" sandwich is $4.50.
A can of pop is $2.00, 2L pop is $3.50. 1L milk is $3.50. Sliced Bread is $4.

A cheap vehicle is $500, average decent used vehicle is $1500. You need Registration, Insurance and license plate along with a drivers license. You will be considered a new driver so with Alberta's privatized insurance you will pay more then BC and its provinvial government insurance called ICBC. Fuel varies from $0.90 to $1.10 on any given day within the city. One gas station can have a price of $1.25 and another down the road abit will be $1.00. Centex is a good gas station to buy gas from. At vehicle repair shops its common for the counter slicksters to get paid commission. Canadian Tire is like that.
#Matt on Jul 08, 2016 :
Lastly - I have lived in Calgary since the early 1980's. I have worked up North in the oil camps. I remember specifically lots of immigrants working meanial jobs (bus drivers, janitors, food service) but they rake in the cash. Long 12 hour days for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Then 1 week off. Long drive up there too. Some take the Greyhound. Others have the company fly them in. They are the more valued workers. You can be a roughneck on the oil rigs. Get a license, a reliable 4x4 and H2S Alive, First Aid/CPR and the clothing. Pay rate is $350/day for a Leasehand/Roughneck. I usually google "Rig Count" to see how the market is. If you are a good worker they keep ya, if you are not they kick ya loose quick. Cash daily jobs at Temporary Employment Agencies like TLC dont pay much but its cash daily. Usually sweeping construction sites, cleaning up or loading unloading trucks. Used to be $10/hour cash minus $3 if you dont have a bank account. They can provide steel toed boots and hard hat/safety vest. Easy jobs are the Traffic Flaggers. But you'd need good english skills.

I knew a Russian women that cut my hair, she spoke really good english after only 5 yrs in Canada.
Haircuts are $20 plus tip, you can find the rare place that will cut your hair for $15 or $10.

Tips for waitresses/waitors are 10%. Never tip a taxi as its expensive.

Car2Go is a great service for short 1 or 2 hour trips. They got cars everywhere. I usually go for their 4 door Mercedes as they are powerful turbos. The wimpy Smart cars are suprislingly great in the winter.

Car rentals from an agency is about $40/day. Sometimes they can be cheaper. I got them as cheap as $15/day a month ago. You need $300 on your credit card. They dont accept pre-paid credit cards.

Taxi's are always driven by immigrants/minorities. I havent used a taxi in a long time, but its about $10 for a 1km ride.

You can take a bus to the airport. Think its the #304 bus goes there. But getting on the bus from the airport is $8. Unless the bus driver is having a smoke/bathroom break then you can sneak on ;)

Airdrie has a bus that goes to downtown Calgary. I never used it. Maybe Okotoks/High River has one too I do not know.

No buses go out to Cross-Iron Mills mall. Not yet anyway. Just a bus for their employees.

The Century Downs Casino/Racetrack is not a Casino, but slots. OTB is at Schanks South and North. Edmonton has a racetrack too. Casinos are Elbow, Stampede, Barlow, Blackfoot, Grey Eagle. Grey Eagle has a Bingo hall where you can smoke. Thats the only place. Very few natives work there. Another Casino on the way to Banff, at the Nakisa/Kanaskis turn off. Not many people there at all.

Banff is over-rated. Good for a few days. Lots of Asians tourists. Expensive hotels.

Stampede is worth it to go atleast once. Its the same thing every year. If you like to party and get drunk then thats your thing. 10 days. First week in July. Same rides every year. Different concerts. Coke stage is free concerts with admission. Saddledome is paid concert tickets PLUS Stampede admission. Beer tents downtown on 4th street, 10 ave alley. 4street&17 ave. Its all a gong show, I usually leave Calgary when Stampede comes. Too many.... stupid people, drunk people, too many tourists wearing cheesy cowboy outfits.

Calaway Park is another attraction for children. They got a campsite there too.

Skiing in the winter is expensive. Lift tickets are $100, food is pricey. Sunshine Coach bus is available. Rentals of ski equipment are costly too. The new thing is mountain bike riding the ski hills. Canada Olympic Park has one. Dunno about the major ski hills.

Golf is expensive too.

Schanks North/South has a virtual golf machine, a real mini putt, a few arcade games, lots of pool, OTB. A beer is $5 to $8. Liquor store is $1.50 to $2.00 a can for your brand name beers. Vodka bottle is $20.

Watch out for the Red Light camera's at intersections. Expensive tickets now. I got nailed for $280 for speeding. The red light camera's have speed sensors too.

Parking is expensive downtown. $300/m for a stall. Car2Go you dont pay for parking at city lots or on street. A garage rental is $200 for a double, $100-$150 for a single garage. Storage is $200 for a single car garage size. Secured though. Not heated.

Tim Hortons food is all frozen and reheated by philapeno's. No more bakers or fresh donuts. If you want fresh go to a grocery store. Timmies is famous for their coffee. Even their soup comes in frozen, bagels too come in frozen. Nothing fresh there, just there new salads.

Chicken on the Way is a classic famous Calgary restaraunt.
Peters Drive-In on 16Ave N the Trans Canada is too.
Burger joint on Edmonoton Trail called Boogies Burger.

Bars I dont know, I dont drink anymore. Melrose is closed down. Revamped into another yuppy bar.
Some liquor stores are open from 10am to 2am. Some alcoholics mentioned the airport was a good place to grab some booze before 10am. But probably not after 2am as I think the airport is closed.
Prices are different from store to store.
#Mark on Jul 08, 2016 :
Another note, all the crime is due to domestic violence/rape or drugs-dealing/buying or money.

Always use common sense.

Sally Ann meals cost money, but its cheap like $3. They sling bread everyday at the front door. is Canada online classifieds. Gas is currently $0.92/Liter. Insurance is $90/m for 30+ yrs old good record. Miss payments, cancel policy means next time you pay full year upfront.
No Insurance fine is $3000 or 45 days in jail with 1 year to pay.

Used bicycles at Goodlife Community Bicycle on 4th street and arund 27 Ave in the strip mall. Or your local bum can get you one cheaper ;)

When buying a vehicle make sure it was last registered in Alberta. You can check at the Registry, get the VIN for the vehicle. Pick N Pull sells used vehicles at cheap prices and

YMCA gym/pool membership is $40/m, but I get mine for $20/m with a letter from a social agency. Lindsey Park now called the Talisman Center is a good spot too. World Health has locations but its expensive.

Sikome Lake in Fishcreek Park at River and Highway 22X is not free anymore. They have to do upgrades so it will cost you money now. Splash parks are around. Eau Claire Market, and South of SAIT college.
#Mark on Jul 08, 2016 :
Lots of mis-information here. I came to look at what it would cost for utilities per month for a house. I have only lived in well insulated condo's in Calgary built since 2000. Condo's charge condo fees. Cheap is $250/m all the way up to $600+/m. But condo's can be as low as $150,000, average is about $250,000. Cheap freehold houses are $350,000. You can look at for prices. Renting a room can be $400/m, average is $500/m. Apartments are about $1000/m to $1200/m. Transit is $9 day pass, $3.15 for 90 minutes, $100/m or $44 for welfare bus pass.
The "hoods" are Forest Lawn/Dover/Erin Woods/Penbrooke and area. The slums are Marborough and North from there. Lots of immigrants and poor people there. Party time is along 17 ave SW. Its loud so you want something a few blocks off. You pay a premium for being so close to downtown. Lots of bums down there. Especially 17 Ave and 14 Street. All the nice area's are South of Glenmore Trail. Of course Crowchild and Sarcee area's. Then you get into U of C area. Still respectable, more so then the hoods and slums. Please remember that Calgary has far less crime then Edmonton. E-Town has 50+ murders per year, while Calgary has 15 to 20. Alberta only pays 5% GST while other provinces pay a total of 12 to 15% on their goods. You get higher paying jobs here too. There seems to be more bums spread out now, in front of Walmart and such. Bums in Calgary never starve and they always have a roof over their heads if they choose. Mustard Seed has a warehouse for them to sleep and eat its up in the Foothills Industrial Park. The Drop In Center downtown has mats and food, same with the Salvation Army a few blocks away. They all give out 3 meals a day, plus the Food Bank and the religious groups that sling their message and food with kool-aid ;)

Calgary can get quite cold in the winter. The Drop In centre has a clothing area. Marks Works Warehouse sometimes donates their wares. I got free heated boots from them once. Sally Ann was slinging the donations years ago. Winter jackets every year. Used not new. Just saying if you see a bum with a sign that says "Hungry" they are lying. Inform them of the DI, SA and Seed and they laugh at you. Lots of bums picking bottles, but they seem to pick bins that are picked 100 times a day at the c-train stations.

Cops drive unmarked Fords. Photo radar are in Ford F150's. Saw a BMW motorcycle pigs once in Calgary, it had BC plates on the bike though, which was odd.

What else to say? Stony Trail is a good alternative to Deerfoot during rush hour. Its always empty, but its a longer drive too.

Cheap Hotels, used to be called HoJo's on Macleod Trail and 50 Ave. As cheap as $50/night, up to $100/night. Rooms smell nasty. Like the TNC up in the hood. Motel Village is another cheap motel/hotel area. Lots to choose from. Use You can camp too, by Canada Olympic Park, Symons Valley or if you find a good spot in Fishcreek Park go for it. Bums do. Just camo it good.

Hawks helicopter annoys me because its loud. Hawks is the police helicopter. They always fly low. There is only one other helicopter which is the Traffic Heli. Plus the medical heli too.
#Max on Jul 02, 2016 :
If you're paying $166 for Basic Electric/Hydro, then you're getting ripped off. I managed to get mine down to $39, $40.03 and $47.71 in the past three months.
#Jingo on Jun 06, 2016 :
Lots of opportunities in Calgary you name it, a bit expensive but you get use to it as long as you have work, find a job is not that difficult just need patience same as other cities in the world. Pharmacist, truck drivers, engineers any profession might work, but remember if you want to settle in new place you have to be flexible in any ways in order to live while looking for the great opportunity that will fit yourself.
#ART on May 09, 2016 :
Lots or rapes and muggings every day in Calgary? Really? You do realize Calgary is a city of 1.2 million people, but for its size, it is remarkably safe. I was born and raised here, and I have always felt nothing but safe, wherever I go in the city, day or night. Yes, there are some rough areas to avoid, but even those areas are nowhere as bad as other rough/ghetto areas in other cities of the world of comparable size. Like I said, Calgary has its share of crime and violence, but its far from being a dangerous city.
#Anonymous on Mar 18, 2016 :
Hi,am European citizen and planning to move to Calgary live and work. And my profession in Truck driver with 8 years experience. My question is is it possible for me to come and find job and be able to live there?
#Dinho on Feb 14, 2016 :

Pharmacists in calgary are valued? I wanna go to Calgary to study english in the University of Cal., is it interesting?

Sorry for my spelling errors, but my english is very limited.

Can somebody help me?

Euder Dias
#aksh on Jan 17, 2016 :
hlw, what are the minimum prices there to livve in a rental room for a person.
#Parisian on Dec 31, 2015 :
Ok ok ok ! I'm a french guy from Paris. I spent time in Calgary from 2014 till July 2015. So I can compare both cities. I love Calgary but it was very very expensive to live there. I think with the downturn, the rents are down right now but the groceries were very expensive, far more than Paris. Even for the rents (you don't have to do the change because you don't earn $CA in Paris or € in Calgary), mine was 1500$CA monthly for a 550 sq feet. I can definitely have that size for 1500€ in a central district in Paris for sure. For the groceries, the best is to go to Save on Foods where you could find some good deals. The clothes for that point were really cheaper than Paris. The transport were expensive, 3$CA a ticket (1,80€ in Paris), 95$CA the monthly pass (70€ in Paris for all the zones). For the phones, I had once a 231$CA bill (ouuuuch! but that's my fault) with Telus, in Paris with Free it's 15€ (or 2€ if you have Free at home), internet was close 100$CA than 30€ in Paris.

So yes Calgary is as expensive than Paris if not more. But Calgary is a lovely city, beautiful and peaceful, I travelled a lot around and I didn't find in North America an underrating charming city as Calgary. Friendly and welcoming people, made me feel that place as home, even right now that I'm in Paris, I call Calgary my home. If you have a great position with great salary, go on because there's definitely a great quality of life in Calgary.
#KennethIsSmokingTheGoodStuff on Dec 29, 2015 :
As expensive as Paris or New York? That's far more than a small exaggeration.
#Kenneth on Nov 12, 2015 :
Unless you still have a job in oil and gas Calgary is on par with Paris and New York without the culture or ambiance. Also it is becoming a very dangerous to take the mass transit after night fall. Lots of rapes and muggings every day.
#Anonymous on Oct 20, 2015 :
FYI - Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Think multiple times before moving to Calgary or anywhere else in Canada.
#Laura on Oct 20, 2015 :
If you're coming to Calgary, DO NOT LIVE IN SAGE HILL. It is the most boring place on earth! It was my regret that I bought a property here and now I am having a hard time selling it. It's kinda tough because the most accessible and convenient locations to downtown are flood zone areas....just an honest opinion though!
#oussama on Oct 18, 2015 :
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#Lynn on Sep 18, 2015 :
I have been living in Calgary since 1970 and at that time life was affordable . These days I have to work like a slave to support myself and my family everything expensive !!! Soon I have to seek somewhere else to make a living ..
#Najet on Sep 08, 2015 :
I'm moving to calgary by the next month do you think is easy to find a job for HR-skills?
#Maltesh on Aug 17, 2015 :
Hi I am looking for job in Canada, my qualification is sslc, ITI (electronic) 2 years course I have 8 years work experience can I get any opportunities.
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#star wars on May 02, 2015 :
calgary is the patrol capital of canada. many oil and gas engineers live in calgary .
i tell you about average family in calgary ,so that average family in calgary have 2 or 3 childrens,salary 8000 canadian dollars in a one month and 2 cars also family have home 3...6 bedrooms , kitchen , hall or fireplace room , 2...4 bathrooms , play room for children and tarace total 160...340 square meters . now you will see average costs , income 8000 dollars
mortgage on home 1800 dollars
food items 500 dollars
car , gasoline 400
uttilities 250 ... 320 dollars
tax 320
school 160
oter 400
rest , residue 4100 dollars in a one month , 50 000 in one year
#eugenix on Apr 29, 2015 :
I am planning to move to Calgary to look for work. I only have 5K dollars left in my account. Will that suffice to be able to find a place (shared accomodation) and be able to find a job before my money runs out?
#Shweta Singh on Apr 08, 2015 :
I am planning to move to Calgary this year with my son and husband. I got a job there with salary arounr 51K CAD per annum after tax deduction. I need to admit my son to a school here along with a day care to take care of him till I am back. My spouse will accompany me and will look for a job there. He is presently sales & marketing manger in Media & advertisement field.

Please furnish me with day care & school expenses and the job market for sales & marketing manger in Media & advertisement field.
#Jagadeesh on Mar 21, 2015 :
Hi ,I was told that by well known person that living in the Calgary has become extremely expensive and volatile prices, Iam pure vegetarian, Iam getting there 7000CAD per month.
Iam a 50 year old man is it worth going from Bangalore to Calgary , mainl intension to go there for saving the money, is it possible to more money, Iam planning to move for three years contract with family with two kids.please any one can suggest me to go or not.
#Ajith on Mar 21, 2015 :
I am planning to Calgary Canada, what will be minimum expenses incurred, I am Bangalore, working here, and. Iam 50 year old, thought going for 3yeRs contract. Is it worth going for 7000cad per month. Please anyone guide is it worth going there or not.
#Raj on Mar 19, 2015 :
Hi #anil kumar

I hope you are still staying in India,

I have been living in Calgary for last 15 years. I have seen Calgary a good and affordable place to live, but not any more unless you make at least $8000 or more to live a decent living for the family of four (2 parents and 2 kids).
With your $82,000 USD you can do that but take account of few things below,
1, You may have very less or nothing to save for future,
2, Job market here is very volatile and now it is in it`s worst situation.
3, If your wife is a home maker now, she may be forced to go to work (by peers or you), eventually your kids will feel loneliness.
There are lot to say....( and important thing it is very COLD (-15C average) here in winter months)

But i have been to these situations and always thought "why did i come to Calgary" OR even Canada.

At the same time i have to say few good things as well
Country and city is good as well as the lifestyle.
Lot to explore
You will get your time
....and few more to say
But you get all these where you are already with very good income and very high saving potential than here

After all these IMHO if i were you i would not even thing about coming to Calgary or Canada
#Rose on Mar 12, 2015 :
Hello all, I have been living in Calgary off and on since the 1970's. Once Calgary had only 137.000 people now they have over a million. During the last few years the prices have only gone up, average house pricesare not affordable to people on lower incomes 15 dollars an hour less, a new home is 600,000 dollars for one in a good area, and new areas are selling for over a million. You can get at 680 sqft - 860 ft condo (BOX)for 300,000 plus. You can try to buy and they will give you a 40 year Mortgage because they are desparate to sell, so then you pay like 2 million dollars for your BOX. Rents start at 1400 month in the very bad neighbourhoods and range up to 17,000 month in affluent areas, yes I said 17,000 dollars a month I can show you the adds. There is NO RENT CONTROL here and your landlord can raise your rent to whatever he wants. THERE are more illegal unsafe suites than anywhere in Canada as everone is trying to get into money and try to afford to live. MOST JOBS are only 10 dollars an hour in retail up to 15 dollars an hour for sales. Car insurance and car safeties are mandatory, if you come from another province be prepared to pay very big bucks to get your car saftied here. If they will saftey it at all. ALL PLACES Require either first and last month rent and some even charge a damage deposit on top of that. The UTILITIES, gas and electricity are very high and they can shut them off in the WINTER if they want. SCHOOLS charge for your students to go, yes public school can cost an extra 1200 per year for school supplies etc. AND there are not many High Schools in the outer areas so be prepared to bus your high school student out of your area for perhaps a 2 hour bus ride each way, that is if the school has room. If you need Daycare be prepared to pay 1200 to 2400 a month in a Daycare centre, or 900 in a private home that is not monitored so possibly unsafe. Calgary is NOT the place to come if you are not a professional with a secure job making over 120,000 per year. YOU WILL NOT FIND THIS DREAM JOB HERE anywhere unless you know someone who knows someone. YOU SHOULD SEE all the PHD and MASTER degress working at McDonalds or Tim Hortons. Cars are expensive. and once you even start to get a paycheck it will be taxed 33percent and you only take home 2/3of your money. Then add the Benefits, so add another 135-200 off your check to pay for same. Now your 2,000 paycheck is 1100 dollars or less. I am sorry Calgary used to be awesome but it GREW TOO FAST AND IS IMPLODING.....AND dont forget all the Murders and stabbings, house break ins, robberies and car thefts which run into the thousands of reported crimes. AND Dont forget the 14,500 car accidents that were reported in town last year just on one road, the Deerfoot Trail. There are good things too, lots to do (EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE THOUGHT) close to the Mountains, (EXPENSIVE) and good people (TOO MANY TO MAKE FRIENDS ANYMORE) everyone is too busy trying to work 2 jobs to pay their bills. Calgary is a young person town and there are people here from all over. During the next two years expect a surge of people out as the Economy fails due to the OIL Colapse. TODAY alone 1000 people got laid off by Fort McMurray and tomorrow there will that many more. STAY HOME Dont come right now, it is a bad time to try to move into Calgary. Come for a visit, try to get your dream job look for a house the move here, DONT MOVE YOUR WHOLE FAMILY if you have no prospect, you will be in a hotel or on welfare before you know it.......sorry to be the bearer of bad news but LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THOSE ARE THE FACTS...WILL SUPPLY PROOF AND ARTICLES IF NEEDED
#anil kumar on Feb 23, 2015 :

Anil kumar here,

I just received an opportunity of working in Calgary with monthly salary of 8200usd. I am very well settled in delhi india and crossed the age of 50. Is it good to move to calgari as a single. I m an engineer with 25 years of experience and drawing a salary appx 26 lacs annually in india.

Please guide me.
One room with attached bath and medical reimbursement of rs 300 per week will be given extra.

Anil kumar
#David on Feb 23, 2015 :
@Bondo2. Well I live in Calgary over 20 years, I found Calgary is the best place to live in Canada, due to the oil sand and Lowest Tax rate in the rest of Canada (5%) No PST. We have all the Big Head Office Oil and Gas company are now in CALGARY,AB, Like Imperial Oil, Suncor...etc.. . I think your 85K per year are suitable for a Single house, plus you have NO expense on Gamble and smoke, it should very okay. Don't listen to any none sense from other people. If I were you. I will recommended everyone to Live in the area like Calgary NW and SW, Chestermere. These Area are so perfect for growing your children and family plus with a greater community.
#Bondo2 on Jan 30, 2015 :
I am a PR holder and got an offer for a job in Calgary for 85K a year. We are a family of 5 ( 3 children: 8,5 and 3). Would this be ok to live, We do not drink, gamble or smoke (so no expenses in this area). We are thinking of living in off the city center.
#Brandon on Dec 27, 2014 :
I have lived in Oshawa ontario my whole life and I am a licensed mechanic. I moved from ontario to calgary and it was definitely worth it, I'm making more than double to do the same job and the cost of living compared to Toronto and the gta is a joke, housing prices are in line with Whitby oshawa area for the most part. Toronto is way more expensive to live in.
#Nerin on Dec 25, 2014 :
I left Calgary hoping to find it easier to get by in a smaller community. But it wasn't easier. I am tempted to think it is tough lots of places. For info about whether you can make it in Calgary or other Canadian cities check out It says both parents need to work full time and earn $17.29/hr to live with basic security, dignity and social inclusion. It assumes a family of 4 with one child in full time daycare and one in before and after school care, no debt, minimal savings. The comments on international qualifications can be shockingly true. You really must know before you come. Canadian professions all have associations that you have to register to be able to work. Check with them directly. Calgary Menonite Immigrant Society (I think that is the name) may be able to help.
From my own experience of jumping ship to leave Calgary: make sure you find a place to live before you arrive and have money to cover costs for 3 months. is one of our best rental sites with tons of places to consider. One last bit: stay where your family is, you are strongest there, your children have roots and family can affect your happiness more than many other things. Good luck wherever you are.
#Anonymous on Dec 13, 2014 :
Can anyone please advice me whether 3420 Canadian dollars per month be enough to meet for couples and a baby-Aditya
#kat on Dec 05, 2014 :
Just my opinion. I would not recomend anyone considering to move to Calgary. Not unless you have a high paying job when you get here. Nevermind wanting to be single and having your own place. The people are cold and so is the weather. Rent is crazy and it's hard to find a place for a decent price. If you think you'll do well with no education good luck! You'll end up stuck like l say about face book...once you get in you'll never get out! The city is getting dirtier and so are the people. I wouldn't recomend it for an average person.
#Faisal on Dec 01, 2014 :
Hi guys,
Can you plz tell me , what do you mean by crime area or no crime area ? which type of crime are you talking about ? Please elaborate.
#Faisal on Dec 01, 2014 :
Hi guys,
Can you plz tell me , what do you mean by crime area or no crime area ? which type of crime are you talking about ? Please elaborate.
#bill on Nov 28, 2014 :
To all that would like to move to Calgary : the OK jobs once taken you are left with the ones that will hire you under the table ( illegally) yes there are corporation that do that,normally they never get punished when they are found guilty but you, you will be paying fines with interest and you will have to move away to where you came from any ways or get the lowest paying jobs, because big corp. Are protected by their lawyers and you are not. If you file a complain you will need to pay $$200. And there is no guarantee that you will get any money back from your employers several people i am talking the majority end up working cleaning at note ()
#Vien2013 on Nov 26, 2014 :
Hi, reading from the blogs, It seems difficult to have a good life in Calgary as adverties by the immigration agencies around the world.

I am a civil engineer with good experience in the field of construction industry and my wife is a registered nurse with ample among of experience too. We are moving to Canada next year with our two kids. Bringing our educational qaulifications and experience would this guarantee or help us survive in Calgary or in any part of Canada? Thanks in advance.
#Jerry on Nov 21, 2014 :
Happy to leave Calgary for good. It is very boring,non-cultural,very expensive city to live. The system is set up you to take loan and to work as a slave.
#tal on Nov 19, 2014 :
please contact me coz i have similar situation to yours and now I'm in Calgary
#adam on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hey Guys,
Quick question please .. i'm a single i've got a job offer with a salary of 3500$ in calgary,is it enough for me to taste the good life :D I'm not a drinker nor a smoker .. so what do you guys think ?
#Willy on Nov 05, 2014 :
Hello folks ....
what about architects in Calgary ... ??
is there any chance for them there ...?

I'm an Egyptian architect , and holding RIBA II ( Royal institute of British architect ) plus a license to practice in Dubai and Egypt ...

I'm moving to Canada from Dubai as an immigrant by next December , and a lot of my friends in here advised my to head for Calgary instead of Montreal of which was my first choice since it's cultural and cosmopolitan city

how much money is to be considered a good start for a man for year till i get my degree recognized in Calgary and obtain my license to be able to practice ...?

can i start my own ( Design/build ) business even if i have to find a licensed architect as a partner till i obtain my license ...?
and how much that can be a start for this ...?

#$money on Oct 16, 2014 :
$ money is the ting that here jobs are harder to find ,housing sucks and renting with a child or children is terrible the people are rude and unkind when it comes to you living with your children to be honest I want move away or smaller town because it is hard to rent with children if I could I buy or own a house apparently average salary or wage per hour got be 17.50 an hour to live and if your a cook or something else your SOL.. :S sadly
#Mel on Oct 05, 2014 :
Average 4023,25 for the salary !?who said that ? if you work days and nights ! maybe !! you work to pay your things that's all you can do in Calgary, and if you don't drink and gamble then you gonna be sooo Bord !
#does not matter on Oct 02, 2014 :
Anyone coming from overseas your degree means nothing here. Especially if you are from India and so on. I own a aircraft repair/ service business, and I cant hire you do due to transport Canada regulations. Your schooling is no good, even though you could know more then we do here.
#rickyollie on Sep 27, 2014 :
im moving from england very soon and these prices seem pretty similar to home. 1300 for rent is pretty reasonable when you work it out to the GBP. cant wait to get out of england ha.
#Anonymous on Sep 12, 2014 :
#Scott i hope u can read this and could give me an answer, im going to canada in the next one and a half year and planing to stay and apply for residence, the main idea is to go to calgary or to toronto. reading your comments is making me hesitatte about calgary, i could use some enlightenment, i mean, if maybe would be better to go to edmontond or any tip would be great. thx
#Mike on Sep 08, 2014 :
@anyone considering on moving to Calgary. Don't. Unless you have a sizable chunk of change to plunk down for a downpayment on a mortgage (At least $200,000) or have a combined income of the same, it's simply not worth it to live here. I make over 100k and my fiancee makes over 60k and we are still struggling with housing costs even though we have no other debt.
#Bel on Sep 07, 2014 :
I have lived in Calgary for 5years. It used to be a great place to live. Not any longer. Income is not proportional to the cost of living anymore. The insurance went high and the traffic became worst now. The crime and pollution rate is also high. Calgary is no longer a great place to live.
#Ontario on Sep 02, 2014 :
I have Environmental Consulting experience and recently finished Occupational Health and Safety Certification. I am SEEKING EMPLOYMENT, IN CALGARY (OR ANYWHERE IN CANADA).

Is it better for me to move there and apply for work? I have read the posts above, and there are mixed points of views,

but what I get is move to Calgary and then look, and minimum salary to have a decent standard of life is 68,000 to 75,000?

Any career leads for Calgary or website much appreciated!

#Siobhan on Sep 02, 2014 :
Hi, I am thinking of moving to Calgary with my child as a single mum.... And I have been applying for Administrive jobs... Do you think I will be able to afford to live??
#Rob on Aug 15, 2014 :
Living in Calgary has become extremely expensive. You will need an income of at least $100,000 tax free to have a decent life here. We are a family of 5. Husband, wife and three young kids. Moved to calgary 8 years ago from Toronto. It seems to me like everything has doubled in cost in the last 3 or 4 years. Gas, insurance, groceries and of course the ridiculous price of owning or renting a house. I was told by a well know realtor in the city that the volatile prices are mainly because there is a high demand from wealthy immigrants who moved or are planning a move to Alberta. These are people who can buy a million dollar house with no problem, most of them from places like Japan, South Korea, East India, UEA, etc. True or not??? No idea. Good luck to each and everyone of you.
#Ravi on Aug 02, 2014 :
#Scott, thanks for such a detailed advice on the actual conditions in Calgary. It has surly helped a lot.
#Scott on Jul 31, 2014 :
Calgary resident since 1998 here. There is less than 2% vacancy for rentals in Calgary. You will pay a minimum of $1,000 monthly for any accommodation, and that will be the bottom end of the housing market, so you will live in a cold, moldy dump. Indian or other job experience and education will not be recognized, 3rd world experience is not applicable due to the difficulties in verifying that your education and experience are legitimate. If you are a foreign temp worker you will be paid 2/3 or less what a Canadian resident would be paid; I guarantee it will not be enough to make it worth coming here. Companies are exploiting temp foreign workers to pad their bottom line, paying them less than the Canadian equivalent, then charging them fees, rent etc. for the privilege of working. Please also bear in mind this program is extremely unpopular, and highly politicized. It is intended to allow corporations to import foreigners and exploit their labor without all the protections Canadian employees receive by law. You may find that your visa to work here is pulled or non renewed if the next election stops the program. You are better off if you apply to immigrate normally and wait until your turn comes up. If you are an engineer, or technician you WILL be admitted to Canada as long as you speak English or French. You may need to upgrade your education to western standards before you can have a job with an engineering firm. Think about how much time you have to dedicate to this, if you are 40 and have a family you may not be able to resume your career at the same level as your home country.

There are many, many people from India and East Asia who have immigrated to Canada and become very successful. Please understand the vast majority of these people are members of large, influential and wealthy families in their home country. You will not have an easy time without the resources to upgrade your education, find employment and accommodation here. That said, if you can upgrade your education to Canadian standards, get a bit of experience (with references) and survive the first 5 years or so; you will be on an even playing field with citizens seeking the same job. It is not easy here, even if you immigrate, get a job, find a home etc., there will always be a good chance you could be laid off or replaced with a younger cheaper worker.

I have met published chemistry professors, aeronautical engineers and former Pakistani army officers driving taxi cabs here. There are programs which may help you integrate and get a job, but you will not have many options if you are not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

The climate here is harsh in the winter, are you really prepared? It can range from 5c to -35c in Calgary, but if you work in the field for oil recovery or construction industries, you will be in the North of Alberta and will need to work outside in -40C for 12+ hours a day for 2-3 weeks at a stretch. If you live in a tropical country you wont really understand how deadly our climate is in winter until you experience it yourself. Cold of this magnitude hurts, it is painful and it pulls the strength from you. What will you do if the heat in your home is shut off during winter? How do you ensure you will survive if your vehicle breaks down in the countryside when it is -35C? You should have an answer to this, most Canadians already do.

Many jobs available to new arrivals are difficult to access by transit. How will you get around? Car insurance is mandatory and you will not receive credit for experience for 3rd world driving. If your job is to involve operating a vehicle you will need 3 years verifiable experience in North America, European Union, China, Japan, Korea or Australia. If not insurance will cost upwards of $2,000 a year for minimum coverage to drive. For long haul or commercial driving, expect to pay $10,000 + per year to obtain insurance without experience. Public transit is acceptable, but not frequent or always reliable. Are you ready to wait for an hour in the dark outside your work for a bus that may not come when it is -35C? The sun sets in winter as early as 4:30. Not having a car in Calgary will seriously limit your opportunities and quality of life.

Moving from BC or Eastern Canada? You will not be taken seriously for a job offer until you live here. Most hiring staff wont look at resumes unless they have a Calgary address. You should have some post secondary qualifications or experience in a trade; the minimum wage jobs in Alberta have all gone to temp foreign workers due to the ease of abuse under the current program. You will need to make at least $65,000 annually to afford living in the city with your own place, a car and spending income for more than one person. Everything costs more here, unless you are coming from Vancouver. Plan ahead and live with a roommate(s). If you are under 30 it will be much easier to transition here, if you have a family don't come until you have a job because you will almost certainly be better off waiting to move them here when you are established.

Avg home in Calgary is ~$500,000
Average rent is $1,500 per month, will go up at end of summer break.
Avg Salary (according to this site $5,660 before tax. Bullshit - $68,000 is in the top 10th percentile of earners in Canada.) Average salary is more like $42,000, which is barely enough to live here.
Taxes - 28 - 38% of your income goes to federal and provincial income tax, CPP etc.
Gas - currently $1.22 per litre.
#Ravi on Jul 31, 2014 :
Myself Ravi, even I am planning to place my foot in Calgary on PR and have already started the process. I am having 13 years of experience is Sales, Marketing and even Training in India, and have also worked at Zonal Manager level.

I have heard that in Canada, your home country experience is not taken into consideration by the employers and you have to start your career again form the grass-root level. How true is it?

Even I would like to know that if I would have to start from the survival jobs, what would be the best option available for me? By the way, fortunately, my English proficiency is 7.5 according to IELTS.

Would appreciate your comments.

Thanks in advance.
#Heather on Jul 29, 2014 :
Hi we are three women that have just moved from Ireland. One of my friends was told that in her job she will be earning $15 dollars an hour. What would that be a week or a month? We are trying to fin a 3 bedroom place to live but the prices are very high and we are unsure as to what we can afford? Also a lot of places are in available till September.
##dusty on Jul 29, 2014 :
#Leo we pay $1700/ month for a 30hr/week dayhome for our 2 children (1 of whom spends most of the day in school). A private dayhome was much cheaper than the daycare centres in our area (& had a much smaller caregiver/child ratio). It's equal to our rent...
#Leo on Jul 25, 2014 :
What about the cost for child day care or baby sitter? We have a 6 months old baby, so we would need that on a daily basis in order to work/study. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
#Melissa on Jul 22, 2014 :
Would 3000 budget be reasonable to find a house in southwest or southeast calgary in a good neighborhood and location.
#Newcomer to Calgary on Jun 28, 2014 :
Hello All,

Let me try answering some of the questions below.

A one bed room apartment in the downtown core city area with security, access to pool, sauna, gym, heater and electricity will cost approx. $1100 p.m.

Groceries certainly depends on food habits and lifestyle. Approx. $750 - $1000

Mobile, Internet, Cable TV Approx. $150

Calgary Transit is a well operated system, connecting every nook and corner of the city. $3 per 90 minutes.(both C Train & Bus) Monthly pass @ $96.
Most expensive of all is parking, of course it varies from place to place. $10 - $25 per hour.
Another option to this is to rent-a-car as and when required and its mostly available with one day advance booking. Eg. Nissan Sonata $35 - BMW X1 $100 per day excluding gas. <>

All kinds of restaurants with most cuisines are available with differing rates. A buffet would range from $16 to $30 per head in an average hotel.
For a couple with a few varieties of elected dishes the bill might come up to $100 in a happening place.

Beer - Canadian 8 x 330ml = $15
Wine - Avg. $10
Bacardi 1 litre - $35

20pk - $9

Purely depends on your years of experience, Canadian work experience, technology, communication and most important of all work permit. If you have a PR it might be of good help in finding a permanent job. Those looking for a job with a temporary visitor visa may not be qualified for permanent full time jobs (very few organisations hire temp residents). However, contract jobs are available and plenty of consultancies to help you. "Luck also matters"

Quite a few places to visit & spend time in and around the city.

Hope this helps.

All the best!!!
#roozbeh on May 29, 2014 :
I am a mechanical engineering with more than 10 years experience in field of inspection in Oil&Gas(equipment) can i find job in calgary?
#Alice on Apr 25, 2014 :
We're currently looking at moving from the UK and are looking at towns about an hour out of the city.

I have a good idea on prices for rent and utilities but could anyone give me an idea of grocery prices for a family of 5?

#Calgarian on Apr 22, 2014 :
Here are the facts about the city expenses you will experience today:

2 bedroom apartment (decent in a low/no crime area): $1300 a month
If you like to live in a low income/crime area, you might be able to find it under $1100
Apartment Utilities (Electricity, Phone, Internet, Cable): $200 a month
Food (if you cook at home): $350 for one person .... $500 for 2/3 people
Transit (Bus Pass): $96

The above are the basic necessities anyone would need to live. If you are looking for anything else in addition to the above, be prepared to pay the price.

I hope the above would be helpful to those who are looking for a basic idea of the cost to live in this city today.

Disclaimer: please note the above estimates / costs are based on my understanding and knowledge about what I hear and see on the daily basis from people and local news. You need to do your own due diligence and research about the actual cost of living for your own preferences and lifestyle.
#Sunil on Apr 22, 2014 :
we have been living in Calgary since past 8 years and I believe minimum salary required for a couple with 2 kids is at-least $75,000 to survive in this city
#chandra on Apr 18, 2014 :
hi please anyone advice min salary required for family of 2 kids.... thanx
#sonia dhawan on Mar 28, 2014 :
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#starsatindia on Feb 19, 2014 :
how much an aircraft maintenance technician can get in calgary if he possess ICAO Type II Indian AME License on Cessna 152 , Cessna 172 and A109E Power helicopter. r there some gud oppurtunities . r there any job profiles for which formal work permits r not required.

#albert tagoe on Feb 07, 2014 :
hello sir am young man 44 yrs older and am a green card older living in united states of america and i want come and exchange my green card and be canada alien holla back and also can i get a place to lay my head
#Garvard Garvard on Feb 03, 2014 :
The living cost in Canada is very high and new immigrants should know about this. The prices for apartments, houses, gas, insurances, food are very high in compare with our neibour the USA. Especially expensive are alcohol and cigarettes. One pack is about $10 or even more. But I am buying over the internet at and it comes cheaper than in local tobacco shop. Some other products also cheaper to buy online.
#tracey on Feb 03, 2014 :
Looking at the statistical model and judging by the percentage estimated, it boils down to how much you are willing to pay for rent. It takes out a whopping 23% of your income. Ouch. Which means you would need to earn roughly around four times what you would be spending for your living conditions. So, let's say for a one bedroom apartment at 1,500/month, it stands (as per the estimate being shown here) that you'd have to be making around 6,000/mo or 72,000/year give or take depending on your spending habits.
#Saif on Dec 30, 2013 :
Hi,im Saif from Toronto,Canada.Am pr holder single and wanna shift at Calgary.You please tell me if i want to live one room or give me advice which will be be more reasonable for me for living and fooding as well.Am also want to know the job opportunity.
#Malik Ravjani on Dec 20, 2013 :
Hi there,

I am looking to move to Calgary in the Summer of 2014, please can you advise cost of living in the city , approximate , we are a couple with a small baby ?

Avergae Rent in Calgary if I am living in suburbs ? Food & utilities expenses ? Will a $45k salary be enough to start living in Calgary.

Appreciate your comments