Cost of Living in Edmonton

Summary about cost of living in Edmonton:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.50 C$ 15.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.21 C$ 8.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.75 C$ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.27 C$ 3.00-5.20
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.34 C$ 1.70-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.83 C$ 1.30-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.13 C$ 4.65-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.41 C$ 1.81-3.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.72 C$ 1.09-2.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.32 C$ 2.69-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.60 C$ 4.08-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.29 C$ 4.54-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.81 C$ 3.63-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 1.74 C$ 1.04-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 C$ 0.41-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.80 C$ 1.20-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.91 C$ 1.13-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 1.33 C$ 1.00-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.18 C$ 0.91-1.54
Lettuce (1 head) 2.00 C$ 1.50-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.29 C$ 1.25-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 12.00-19.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.30 C$ 1.99-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.41 C$ 3.00-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.00 C$ 12.00-16.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.25 C$ 3.00-3.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 97.00 C$ 90.00-98.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.75 C$ 3.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.66 C$ 1.93-4.07
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 C$ 30.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.50 C$ 3.77-4.99
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 C$ 20,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,255.15 C$ 20,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 164.87 C$ 80.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.35 C$ 0.17-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 73.02 C$ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.45 C$ 30.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.56 C$ 0.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 C$ 13.00-16.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 825.70 C$ 500.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,958.33 C$ 5,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 60.54 C$ 30.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.98 C$ 30.00-65.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 99.99 C$ 70.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 119.13 C$ 80.00-175.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,249.36 C$ 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,023.90 C$ 850.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,865.79 C$ 1,500.00-2,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,495.00 C$ 1,300.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 320.50 C$ 250.00-400.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 232.69 C$ 176.51-300.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,471.17 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.63 3.00-5.00

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Last update: February 2019
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46 Comments so far

#Amaka on Jan 18, 2019 :
Please can someone tell me more about New Brunswick,cost of living,job opportuinity.
#Anonymous on Jun 13, 2018 :
Edmonton is the worst place.That's why TV and drinking are people's common refuge.A pathetic and miserable life.
Right now people are enjoying the week long summer that they have!
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#Daniel on Feb 08, 2018 :
Canada's coldest cities are also Canada's sunniest cities. Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan these are coldest states and also they re sunniest. Victoria is one of the warmest places in Canada and it's also one of the least sunny. So yes, sunny Alberta...
#Weather Reporter on Nov 02, 2017 :
Oh look it's only 2nd of November today and Edmonton is minus -20C LOL! Yes, you read it right. A freaking -20C!

Toronto is +13C, Chicago is +9C, Boston is +16C New York +18C Washington DC +18 today

People saying Edmonton is cold because it's in Canada are masturbating themselves with flat lie - how miserable they can't afford to get out of that hell hole so they are fabricating bullshits and lie to themselves P.A.T.H.E.T.I.C.

Toronto's weather is just like any other big major cities in the world (give and take -/+5C) and also Vancouver / Victoria hardly hits below 0C - these cities are all in Canada

Whereas Edmonton's weather is HUGE stepdown, it's like living in North Polar region where eskimos reside and egloos built. Normal cities are at least 30 to 40C degrees "above" Edmonton's weather OMG can you even imagine

Sunny Alberta my ass what a joke
#Real Fact on Nov 01, 2017 :
To someone below claiming 18C in Oct in Edmonton, how blatant lies, it's more like -5 to -7 in mid late Oct. In the 1st of week of Nov, Edmonton already hits "double digits" minus with snow, trust me - I lived there for 8 years. Do not give false info to newbies gathering facts before making mistake moving into this truly shitty city of shits!

Move to Toronto. Toronto is truly like big American city. My relatives live in the US and I have visited and lived there for many times including Boston, Chicago, New York City, etc. Toronto is up there with them. It's actually better if you are Asian, you will feel like living at your home country and at the same time, you feel like living in big US city with much better livability and safer environment than US counterparts

The only good side of Edmonton is lower house price. Half a million gets you big house with 4 beds / 4 bath with large garden in good neighbor. My 1 bed condo in affluent area in Toronto is almost half a million, but then the market gain was actually $150K in 8 months. I am already far ahead of my colleague who still live in Edmonton. Imagine how long it would take to save up $150K with salary only. What's worse is that Edmonton's future is bleak whereas TO's house market / economy will continue to be strong. The gap will be larger and larger, bet it will be $200K difference by mid of next year. Without putting any effort at all, my net assets will rise up by $200K more than my colleagues in Edmonton

Another important thing, I work in Financial District in TO and so glad that I do not see aggressive scum beggars that I used to get harrassed by while working downtown Edmonton. Yes downtown Edmonton is full of parasites and red neck white / aboriginal trashes it's just pathetic. You cannot even fathom how the fuck the most important part of city, the true centre of the city is swarmed up by these street bums? WTF

Not in downtown Toronto. Financial District is full of good, hard-working people with nice business suits and ties just like myself. You will still see very few street beggars but they are quietly sitting in the corner with their heads down. Not like aggressive fuck-ups in Edmonton gets in your face and flys fuck-you to you

Edmonton is ghetto. that's what it is. Do NOT move there or you'll end up moving again anyway. Just save up like hell then get out. that's what I did with my six fig salary. You can save up more due to cheaper rent in Edmonton

My 2 cents
#Anonymous on Oct 24, 2017 :
Alberta has one of the most racist people in the world.They don't even like people from other provinces.
Cold,unfriendly and very rude people live in Edmonton.So many people use 'f'words all the time that I didnt even bring my family here.I'm glad my family didn't even see Edmonton.I left,and Im so happy I never looked back.
#Al on Oct 18, 2017 :
Would really recommend that this forum have a moderator, anonymous should have his comments removed.
alot of the facts stated here are very false. late october here and its 18C outside. murder rate is high but its gang and drug related. this is the festival city lots to do lots of different jobs, from research to healthcare to industry. In general its the sunniest city in canada and yes we do get weather but for the most part its friendly and safe. I cant believe the blatant lies told in this forum though....please moderate. wikipedia is the best source for true facts.
#Lensa on Oct 02, 2017 :
I went to visit my family in Edmonton. I had enough in 8 days only. Just wanted to fly back to NZ. The only part which I liked was the West Edmonton Mall and the water park inside.
#Tom on Sep 23, 2017 :
Cold city, Cold weather, Cold people, lots of grey, not that picturesque, overly expensive for what it is
#Anonymous on May 06, 2017 :
Is there any place worse than Edmonton?
Edmontonians like to think so,otherwise they would hang themselves the moment they could find a rope.
If you have not lived outside of North America,you have a tunnel vision.And you don't have the experience and knowledge to compare.
#rpg on Mar 10, 2017 :
I am a "neo" Canadian, I lived in Edmonton for nearly 30 years and I liked it. Yes, it is an expensive city - province for that matter; yes, I was told in a bar that in AB we speak English; yes, confronted with a problem I was also told that my thinking was not "Canadian" (I did not call on the police or the courts to solve my problems); yes, it is cold in the winter and the summers are very short, but over all I made my place there and defended who I am, sometimes more aggressively that others :). True, I worked surrounded by people with a higher degree of education, which would explain I guess that in spite of my accent I do not remember being asked where I come from; quite the contrary in fact, I was often praised for my knowledge of English as well as being envied for speaking three languages. I think my neighbours considered me one of them, not like a foreigner. I am no longer in Edmonton, but if I could go back in time I would never leave.
#Leslie on Feb 09, 2017 :
If you don't like it here move somewhere that you think is better. I am an Edmontonian. Yes there are some things that are not positive but is this not so anywhere. You seem to want to live in Utopia and there is no such place on this earth. To reiterate myself, "If you don't like it here quit complaining and leave. You are a big part of the negativity you feel ."
#6monthsatEdmonton on Jan 01, 2017 :
I came here almost 6 months ago as a grad student at UofA. The first thing I can say about this place is that this city is shittier than any shithole. The road looks like worse than village road during winter. Winters are so damn cold sometime I think only penguins and seals can live a happy life here. Life as an immigrant literally sucks here. There is no prominent racial discrimimation in the university but outside the university you can feel it. Even after coming here I saw a racially heated poster in a UofA library telling some immigrants to get lost. But there is a good environment inside the university , and even 4 out of 10 persons are really nice to people. There is a huge economical crisis and homeless problem. If you are here for just to work or study for a while, it's better to get it done and move out and live somewhere nicer, healthier and more alive. Don't plan to settle down at deadmonton, until you have seen the city and liked it.
#Anonymous on Oct 16, 2016 :
Yes,I lived in Edmonton for 3 years.
I noticed that the only thing most people really loved was money.
And that's why lots of people left Edmonton:No more money to be made anymore,
for the majority.
#Anonymous on Sep 21, 2016 :
No exaggeration about Edmonton.I have traveled to many countries in the world and I'm cross cultrally aware.
I have never seen any place worse than Edmonton in the world.No place is as depressing as Edmonton.
I am a happy and friendly person,but after living in Edmonton for a few years,I found out that no matter what l had in life,living in the wrong place could kill the kid in me.
I like this quote:
'If you are not happy where you are,move.You are not a tree'
I did.I left Edmonton and I never looked back for a second,and I couldn't be happier after I made that decision.
#Renee P. on Sep 19, 2016 :
The lot rent for the small piece of land where I live at a trailer park in Edmonton is going up to $575.00 next year, this doesn't include any kind of maintenance to the lot no mowing, or snow removal and they killed our plants by dumping the snow all over the trees and bushes that the park itself planted there.
#Andrea on Sep 16, 2016 :
I have been making some searches about canadian cities and I'm surprised in seeing soooo bad comments about Edmonton. I never been there but it hard to believe a canadian city can be so bad. I think people exagerates.
##ImAnImmigrant on Sep 01, 2016 :
I don't understand where all this hostility about Edmonton/Alberta comes from. It seems like these people have nothing to be thankful for in life. I moved here from the Fiji Islands when I was 12 yrs old and I am not 25. I work in the Healthcare Industry and I would of never been able to do that where I am from. Back home my mother started working when she was 16 to make money for her family of 8. Her mother was old and could not work any more. Her father who worked at the sugar mill made what is comparable to pennies here. When me and my parents moved here, it sucked for the first year because of the integration. School is different here but I got the hang of it due to awesome friends. I am a halfie which is half Fijian and half German. So i am not really dark but i am not really white either. I am an islander. I get that its cold but i adapted and didn't act like a little bitch whenever it got -30 out. I sucked it up and took the bus. It was an experience every time. This place has tons to offer if your willing to go out and face a little bit of snow and not be cooped up in your house all winter long. Not to mention all the fun festivals in the summer time. The people here are so long as your nice to them. Its that simple. Treat people the way you want to be treated...that goes in all countries across the world. I am so thankful for the opportunity this place has to offer and all the friends i have made while here. Living here is a blessing when compared to other countries in the world. It seems the only people who hate it here are the people who were born here. You don't hate it here you just haven't had the experience anywhere else.
#Anonymous on Aug 14, 2016 :
I lived in Edmonton for 3 years.

I swear I would rather die than living in Edmonton for 1 more year.

I wouldn't even like to fly over Alberta,even if they offer me a free plane ticket.
#FAITHFUL on Jul 21, 2016 :
I get some of you are angry at Edmonton. I too have wasted close to 30 years of my life in this city, but I stay because I am close with my folks. I am not angry at Edmonton, I am angry on how I have been perceived and treated by employers in this city. Most of all I am upset with how WHITE IMMIGRANTS OF NON-UKRAINIAN AND NON-ITALIAN ORIGIN are treated and rarely hired on a permanent basis in the field I work in and the rest white immigrants like myself are casual employees with no chance of ever being hired on a permanent basis and has nothing to do with how good or bad we are in what we do- it is like a glass ceiling that is almost impossible to break unless you marry a non-immigrant or someone of a Ukrainian or Italian background. No matter that I have been here since I was in Kindergarten- I always get asked by people I work with and even by superiors where I am from, where my accent is coming from, where I was born- which I hate it and honestly nobody's business. I also have been accused of doing things I haven't done simply for the fact they were jealous or mad at me because their kind(ethnic background friends)or they know I won't sue or complain to higher places at them. Basically I deal with all the stupid BS at work and in this City. The questions and treatments I have received as an employee working- my superiors would never ask refugees, or ethnic minorities in fact I am sure they could be sued or fired for asking them such questions or a liberal media story would show up on CBC or CTV about it. For those of you who don't know- ethnic minorities have nothing to do with your ethnicity being a minority because my ethnicity is a minority in Edmonton, but it means being of a coloured race- so that includes biracial folks, Black, Hispanic, East-Indian, Asian, Arab-refugees. Canadians too pretend they are not racist- but racism is very real in Canada- a Chinese person will get hired in government, but they won't hire an immigrant from Croatia so discrimination still exists and yes employers in Edmonton do ask white immigrant interviews where they are born-pretending we an equal and fair society is all masked under our National ETHNIC MINORITY POLICY. I am glad things are getting better in my homeland, that we have a Conservative government in power there, that things have westernized because I feel more welcome and safe being there then I do in Edmonton and I have been here since the late 1980s, if things don't improve in my life in the next year in Edmonton with employment I am heading back to the place I was born in. I will never understand why parents chose to settle in Edmonton, they themselves have dealt with discrimination at work. I agree Edmonton is overrated, but I have to say compared to other cities I have visited in the world and airports I have passed we do have a nice and clean airport- and we definitely deserve more non-stop flights to Europe and Asia and more American cities. I don't like Edmonton based on the people I have met in the city and the treatment and discrimination I have faced at work, but not the structures of the city or our airport- we do have many nice parks, things to do, great choice of grocery shopping and dining but yeah you have to make more like a gross income of $4000-$5000 to be able to actually enjoy the things Edmonton to has to offer- if you make a gross income of $2000-$3000 that's barely enough money to get by especially if you have kids and are married and are a one income household. Edmonton too is overinflated- 2500 square foot homes shouldn't be going for $550,000-$650,000 and a one bedroom condo shouldn't cost $200,000.
#nonya on Jun 23, 2016 :
Edmonton sucks plain and simple weather sucks, roads suck pot smoking losers suck .
#rocky on Jun 13, 2016 :
I can only speak about what I know and those I have spoken to since moving here in the spring of 2015. Edmonton is AWESOME!
To those who speak foul of their experience, I will not battle the negativity of your experience, often it has been my understanding that people get the experience they are looking for and it often has to do more with your ability to make friends rather than what the city/town is or isn't.
It is June and the sun sets at about 10pm, that means 17 hours of sunlight everyday, the festivals and events happening here are extraordinary for the population. Basically from mid June to the end of August there are huge festivals every week that most cities would love to have.
The river valley is absolutely stunning and filled with endless walking, running trails and connected parks by footbridges across the North Saskatchewan River.
The weather from May has been very comfortable, very low humidity, bright blue skies and variable. Have i mentioned sitting on the patio until 11pm with sunlight!
It is a winter city, i.e. this is Canada, it gets snow and cold temperatures. But there is a lot of variability in weather, i.e. it gets very cold and then warms up significantly all through the winter season. I recommend learning to skate or ski or find ways to enjoy the beauty and diversity that winter can bring.
The Rocky Mountains, Banff National park is 4 hours away, Jasper National Park is 4 hours away, with Jasper and west offering endless mountain experience with very few tourists to battle, Banff is also stunning but a little more busy with tour busses.
I could go on and on, but the people I have talked to here love it here, they like the easy going and friendly manners and the lack of feeling obnoxious about the city like you see in larger centers.
To the negative people, sorry you didn't enjoy the city, I hope you find a good place in your new home.
#Quincy on May 05, 2016 :
I have to agree with everyone who reckons Edmonton is a SHITHOLE! I wasted 20 years of my life there. I now live in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. As we say in oz, EAD!
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#grewupedmonton on Mar 16, 2016 :
I grew up in edmonton and made the move to BC in my mid 20's and I have never looked back. All my family lives there (which is the ONLY part of edmonton I miss)so i go there at least once or twice a year to visit Everytime I do it reminds me of WHY I do not live there. Stumbled across this page today, my husband asked me "tell me I am making the right decision in not applying for the job in edmonton" (he is unemployed right now) and thank you to your posts as it really reminded me that I would rather be struggling financially in BC instead of working my life away in a depressing place (edmonton)where i would be saving up for that 1 or 2 week holiday which would probably be taken in BC. I go out everyday for a run and look where I live and just say i am living the dream...I don't make a ton of money, but who needs it when there are so many free things to do where I live and you appreciate and LOVE the place you live in. I may be poor...BUT i am living a much healthier lifestyle then Edmonton which really should be the most important factor in life.
#Wes on Mar 12, 2016 :
The rate for taxi/hr waiting has not changed in over 9 years. $30/hr. Maybe someone got confused and though it was the district of edmonton in London England
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#true terror on Feb 10, 2016 :
People is very self fish and rude that no question
Money for my handy man is great however the cost of living is not cheap at all
I am only living another two years and I will sell my house and condo moving back to seattle....
I probably not coming back.. very boring place to stay.
#SAM on Jan 27, 2016 :
I have lived in Vancouver all my life and just moved here b/c i was offered a job where I would be entitled for a pension plan if I stay here for next 23 years. Few things I found about the city is, people are very selfish and arrogant and unhelpful and cost of living is 30% higher than Vancouver in terms of rent, food and otherwise. Although gas is cheaper but we spend more as we have to warm up our car in winters and our commute to work is longer. My view is that we try to complain and the way to enjoy is to say that this is the best I have and this is the best I can get either I enjoy it and make myself happy or make myself and other unhapy
#Sandy on Jan 10, 2016 :
I love Edmonton! Our winters have been much milder in the last few years. There is a lot to do both in winter and summer. We have many summer festivals. Our summers are warm and can go up to the low +30's with no humidity. We have a huge, beautiful park system through which you can walk or ride across much of our city. This is not a huge city compared to Toronto so you can get where you want to go rather quickly. I am a teacher and I make $94K a year, so not every good paying job is directly tied to the oil patch. I find people to be very friendly, helpful and caring. If you are stuck in some snow or have a flat tire wait about 30 seconds and someone will stop and help you. Anyone I know who has come from another country to visit or live are so happy to be here.
#Bob on Nov 23, 2015 :
I finally left Edmonton for good.
I left everything behind and couldn't be happier about it.

Don't even go to Edmonton for money.The most important thing in life is time.No matter how much money you make,you can't buy back the time you wasted in Edmonton.You live once.Live where you like to live.

Goodbye to snow,ice,mud,construction,dust,racists,depression,long winters,high rent,mortgage,student loan,car loan,line of credit,oilfields,oil sands,terrible economy,uncivilized drivers,rude people,expensive food,car insurance,criminals,fat women,feminist lesbians,and all the other things I will happily forget.

I won't even fly over Alberta.And for the people who said I'm always welcome to leave:Yes,I did and it was the best decision I ever made in my life.
#Al on Nov 08, 2015 :

THANK YOU for the refreshing read - it's nice to see someone give the cold, hard, honest facts about this shithole of a city. I laughed out loud several times reading your comment because you nailed it so perfectly.

While it used to be worth it (barely) to move to Edmonton for the low cost of living and higher wages, this is no longer the case. Wages are falling and cost of living is skyrocketing. If you're a renter, be prepared to shell out $1600+ per month for a basic apartment (slightly cheaper if you don't mind living in a dingy basement from the 70's with olive bathtubs and crusty appliances). Real estate prices are heavily over-inflated, and wages are comparable or even lower than you would earn in a far better city (unless you have some serious credentials, then you might be OK, but then only if you don't work in oil and gas). Also be prepared to deal with all the east indian immigrants who have invaded the entire south of the city, the hordes of natives who panhandle in city center, and the criminals who own the northeast.

Shitty city indeed. Can't wait to get the hell out of here.
#Eef on Nov 04, 2015 :
LOL @ comments comparing Edmonton to third-world nations. Please, shut the fuck up. I grew up and lived in the Philippines for 20 years before having the opportunity to move here in Edmonton, and although the weather here is shitty, comparing the livelihood and the government here to the Philippines, life is definitely better here. In the Philippines, human rights laws approved only apply to the rich people. They don't apply to the poor. Only criminal laws are applied to the poor while they don't apply to the rich. What a fucked-up place. Compare that to Edmonton, I couldn't have asked for a safer and therefore better place. Please, if you haven't lived in a third-world nation, don't even think about comparing them to Edmonton. Yeah, sure; go on vacations to third-world nations and stay at five-star hotels and eat and drink only the finest of that country... Try actually living there as a citizen and see that place for what it truly is. Well, you may still have it easy since you weren't raised in that place and you already have the resources before even coming there. Well, thank goodness you never actually grew up in there because please you're going to get eaten alive by almost everyone there. It's kill or be killed, and for the most part quite literally.
#Truth to be told on Oct 23, 2015 :
FACT 1: Edmoton is the coldest city over 500,000 population middle and upper size city class in the world. Surprised it is not Moscow or some other parts of world?

FACT 2: There is a reason why Edmonton's wage is higher than other cities in Canada but house price is much cheaper. Why the city with higher salary has one of the lowest house price? Because the city is shitty, they have to offer more money to attract people and house price is low because no one wants to buy house and settle down. However rent is still high because they need place to live - but only temporarily.

FACT 3: Alberta itself is shitty to live as employment is so unsecure due to oil price fluctuation. I have seen many Calgary oil companies layoff back in 2008 and it happened again this year. There is no secure employment in Alberta except gov't unions.

Everyone entitles to his opinion and I'll tell you mine about this wasteland so called Edmonton. I am gonna enjoy writing this. People need to know about the city before they move in. They don't need some stupid bitch saying if u don't like, don't come. What they need is FACTUAL info and objective truth not hindered by "blind locals".

Having lived in Edmonton for about 10 yrs and became Canadian citizen today I could not be happier that finally today will be my last day in this shitty wasteland called Edmonton. I am writing this in my hotel room downtown Edmonton right now and my flight leaves tomorrow. I will never ever come back to Edmonton again not even once in my life NEVER

I have B.Sc. from top university and worked for world class major IT corporation for about 10 yrs earning over $100,000 / yr and that was the only reason I sucked up living in this shit hole for such a long time. Unlike US, there are not many companies/cities offering $100K salary in Canada. So it is a big deal if your job pays over $100K. It is impossible to earn that much if I was in Vancouver. That is the ONLY reason why people come to Edmonton. That's it. People sacrifice everything for the money they make in Edmonton, nothing else.

So, if your salary is not 6 digits like me, don't even come to Edmonton - it is not worthy. Winter here is freaking 8 months!!!! it drops to - 40 celcius, that's - 104 degree fahrenheit and again it lasts for 8~9 months. You got only two to three months to live like normal human being and enjoy outdoor life. For another 8 to 9 months, you stuck at home being depressed. Best thing you could do is to visit West Edmonton Mall by driving your frozen car (gotta jump start your battery first because it is already dead) in muddy+snow covered shitty road that you cannot even see. That's why car insurance is so expensive and there are idiot truck drivers everywhere passing you scaring shit outta you. Yes, driving in Edmonton is another horror experience, I never felt so safer driving in LA or Seoul even though those are million times bigger cities, driving there feels a lot safer than Edmonton.

To sum up, if your salary is not over $100K, do not come. The sacrifices you make living out here is not even worthy. Even making 6 digits salary, try to exit when enough is enough. I have saved up quite a bit during those 10 yrs and finally I could not bear this shitty life anymore. Money is only one aspect of life so I made a decision to leave and never come back. And that's what most others do too because they have experienced FAR BETTER LIFE else where. No matter what other Edmontonian rednecks saying, living in Edmonton is like living in 3rd world. People call it Deadmonton for a reason. Only Deadmontonians never realize because they never experienced other better world.

And there are panhandlers and street beggars and aboriginal niggers everywhere in downtown. I never pass one block without being harrassed by these pests asking for pennies or cigarrettes. And when you ignore, these pests cuss at you. What the heck?? I have travelled all over the world - London, Tokyo, LA, Seoul and even Egypt but I have never seen such a city with so many fucking bums out in downtown core. Sure LA got bums but not in downtown core. This is what happens in so called advanced western country Canada? It's worse than some 3rd world African country.

If you think Edmonton got lots to offer (symphony, theatre, festival and whatnot), you have NOT seen real deal AT ALL. Because of your lack of experience in other parts of the world and Edmonton is the most shit you can have, of course you will say E-town is the best. The truth is You get only 2nd degree deadbeat artists coming to Edmonton. No highclass shit happens ever in Edmonton, they all goto Vancouver or Toronto or other FAR BETTER world class cities.

I was laughing so hard reading comments below someone said Edmonton has the "world class airport" LOL. Just how stupid and ignorant about what other cities have. I bet she never get out of Canada. That's the typical ignorant Edmontonian will say to you - trust me, if you ever visited any other well-known intl' airports, you will know Edmonton airpirt is just tiny little shit and it does not even have good duty free shops at all.

Conclusion: Do not come to Edmonton. If you have to come then make money save money as much as possible then leave quickly as you can. I am in my 40's now and I could not even marry in Edmonton because I never want to settle down in Edmonton permanently. I am flying to place tomorrow where I am willing to settle down and I feel sorry for those who got married in Edmonton and have to stuck in this shitty wasteland forever. My buddy got married with Russian girl and have kids and now they want to get out of Edmonton. Moving entire family and selling his home and with old mother-in-law plus 2 kids that is major disaster. Never marry and settle down in Edmonton that will be your worst nightmare. My former colleague worked in Hawaii and now wants to go back to Hawaii so badly but he couldn't as he got settled down with family in this shit hole. He regrets and said to me once, "If I was single like you, I'd have left already to somewhere warmer and much nicer" And that is exactly what I am doing right now and you will too if you got the half of the brain. No one wants to live in Edmonton except locals because they have no idea what's out there.

8 months of FREEZING winter will drive even the most calm person INSANE.

Good luck
#I Love Edmonton on Oct 20, 2015 :
For those people who hated Edmonton and can't say good things about our city, YOU ARE ALL WELCOME TO LEAVE and NEVER COME BACK!
#Barb on Oct 08, 2015 :
I am so surprised by the negativity and ridiculous overgeneralizations I have read (eg the doctors are useless, everyone is racist, Americans aren't welcome) I am Canadian, have travelled the world and live in Edmonton. I have a good job and so does my husband ( both white collar). Our kids go to a great school and we live in a good neighbor hood. Edmonton has a beautiful river valley, a wonderful symphony, many festivals, restaurants and sporting activities. We have a great university. I agree, the winters are cold but we enjoy our life here. There are many nice places to live and no city is perfect. I think anyone reading these posts should do their own research and not believe such blanket statements
#stacy on Sep 23, 2015 :
I grew up in edmonton and it was cheap and friendly until I left to live in England and Germany in 1999. I moved back in 2007 to find it very expensive and unfriendly. There are too many coming here for the oilfield jobs and then leaving. No one here cares to be friendly cause they don't plan on making this their home. Oilfield jobs are long hard hours outdoors in high heat and extreme cold and long work shifts mean zero life, no time with friends or family and high depression rates. It's a great place to learn about other people of the world because every nation is here working side by side. You need to make at least $3000 Canadian per month to survive and more if you want to go out and enjoy life. Now that oil prices dropped and alberta is in recession , many are unemployed and mad about foriegners taking any good paying job.

I'm born and raised here but like Germans better than Albertains and there realy is nothing to do in edmonton and winter is 7 months long and suck!
#Dave on Sep 11, 2015 :
Where did you get these figure from?
Canada has every race from all over the world.
#Lois Watt on Aug 13, 2015 :
I've lived in many cities in my lifetime both Canada and USA. I prefer Canada and Edmonton although Vancouver was a happy time when it wasn't so expensive to live there. You may not believe your eyes when you see our country.

You will not be disappointed with Edmonton. It's a dynamic center of theater and arts, festivals, a symphony, world cup sporting events such as FIFA,transportation, logistics, engineering, technology, research, construction and manufacturing, ranching and farming,and has a world-class international airport.

Weather: winter Oct to May (down to -40C), warm June to Sept (up to +30C), 325 sunshine days a year.

Home buying cost: Is medium when compared to France's home price average of 3.8 million, Vancouver's $1.5 million to Edmonton $442,000+.
Refer to this URL:

Rental: Averages $1200 (1 Bed) and some landlords pay all utilities except for phone and cable TV and if they don't include it count on paying an extra $125+ including renters' insurance.

Health care:
Is free, even heart surgery. Dental costs and prescription drugs are not covered by universal health care. But you can purchase insurance for close to $150/mo. There is also government assistance available.

There are lots of job openings here from $10./hr (waiter, cashier etc.)to well-over $100,000. Most everything is geared to oil and gas exploration and recovery. Alberta is still one of the world's largest agricultural areas, cattle ranching and grain farming. Trades people are much in need here.You might not start at the top wage at first but most professional companies offer apprenticeships and opportunities to work into higher earning brackets and positions of authority.

Billions of dollars are being spent on housing, roads, bridges, freeways, and new recreation centers. New neighborhoods are springing up all over the city.

Citizens: Most new immigrants to our area are from India, former English colonies abroad because Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and our absentee monarch is Queen Elizabeth of England. The west coast I believe greet a great deal of Chinese and Japanese immigrants. We are a vast country.

Races: For the most part, we all get along quite well. There are certain areas of the city that immigrant races tend to congregate more than others notably Millwoods (India, Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Somalia, Sudan, and more).

I welcome you to come here.
#pete on Jun 27, 2015 :
Hi there I just want to know I am coming to canada edmonton next year with my 2 best buddies to study there and for work what expenses will going to be there

Kindly send me the details as it is very important and I have finalized everything just amount of expenses is remaining kindly someone guide me for a room and for the external expensed
#Anonymous on May 07, 2015 :
It snowed in Edmonton today! WTF? It is May 6!
And by the way with all the racist pigs that you can even see on this page from Alberta, immigrants that I have seen for a few years in Alberta, mostly LOVE to leave here permanently.If they are still here, it's because they're struggling to pay off their mortgages, car loans, student loans, lines of credit, credit cards' debt, etc.

Please notice that Alberta is an exception. It is NOT like BC, Ontario or any other civilized place in Canada.
#My 2 Cents on Apr 26, 2015 :
Sure, it is a blue-collar city, but a huge portion of us work in health care, education, for the government, etc. I did university here in Edmonton and make a decent income as an engineer for the local utility company. I live across the street from the River Valley. Running, biking, just taking a walk. Endless trails in each direction, not to mention a view of downtown and the river.
I also organize a social group and have to know what is going on in the city every week. There is ALWAYS something to do. We are far from Dead-monton. The live theater scene is really developed. There are three theaters within a 10 min walking distance from where I live. People make art, movies and music in Edmonton. You just have to find it. Every concert tour and performer imaginable has passed through Edmonton. I am from a miniscule country on the other side of the world and even bands from there come here a few times a year.
I know at least a few hundred middle aged immigrants who practice their own profession in Edmonton and do not drive taxis or clean the streets. It's not easy, but it's possible and likely you will find your path eventually. I live in the university area and know plenty of professors and intellectuals and spiritual and conscious people, too. And what's wrong with blue collar? It's a decent way of making a living.
The guy who talks about the US being better is not right in the head.They have so many political and inequality and religion and race problems there I don't know where to begin. Canada is a small fish, so we still have a semi-working democracy. Sure we are inefficient, but it's better than working like slaves, not having maternity leave, amongst many other problems. Some states are even right now trying to remove basic worker protections. A month ago some governor tried to make it okay for 15, 16 year old workers to not have to go to school. Also, Canada has a decent immigration system based on the economic value of applicants, the US still runs a lottery, so instead of getting decent people they have millions of degenerates. And people who would get mental health care in Canada are left to run around on the streets homeless in the US putting everybody in danger.
#Anonymous on Apr 20, 2015 :
Lots of people got laid off in Alberta, recently.Alberta depends heavily on oil and as a result, economy is dead, at the moment.Alberta is billions of dollars behind right now.It's a big mistake to move here, buy property or invest in anything else.
#Bel on Apr 09, 2015 :
Edmonton is densely populated by Chinese while Calgary is by people from India and Pakistan.
#Deepak on Apr 01, 2015 :
I am from india.i planned to take mba in alberta i am working in oil and gas field as a plant design pls tell me can i get part time job while studying in alberta.?i need part time job like same oil and gas field..and tell me the living cost and if i study mba energy resource management means can i get job easly in alberta..?