Cost of Living in Edmonton

Summary about cost of living in Edmonton, Canada:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 C$ 13.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 C$ 50.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 11.00 C$ 9.95-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.50 C$ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.59 C$ 2.50-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.30 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.11 C$ 1.75-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.17 C$ 4.60-15.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.38 C$ 1.62-4.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.65 C$ 0.90-3.40
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.60 C$ 2.84-4.79
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.16 C$ 2.72-12.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.67 C$ 2.72-13.61
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.01 C$ 2.72-9.97
Apples (1 lb) 1.82 C$ 0.52-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.87 C$ 0.68-1.51
Oranges (1 lb) 1.97 C$ 0.69-5.43
Tomato (1 lb) 1.69 C$ 0.75-2.26
Potato (1 lb) 1.65 C$ 0.50-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 1.25 C$ 0.32-2.72
Lettuce (1 head) 2.40 C$ 1.97-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.45 C$ 1.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 10.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.13 C$ 1.97-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 C$ 2.00-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.00 C$ 14.00-19.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 C$ 3.25-3.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 98.00 C$ 90.00-120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.87 C$ 3.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.90 C$ 2.00-5.31
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 C$ 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.45 C$ 3.60-5.15
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,172.50 C$ 24,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,773.05 C$ 22,115.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 218.36 C$ 150.00-340.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.38 C$ 0.15-0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 88.32 C$ 63.00-120.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 57.06 C$ 30.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.40 C$ 10.00-32.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 C$ 13.00-20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,037.78 C$ 600.00-1,400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,892.00 C$ 4,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.35 C$ 30.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.81 C$ 25.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 104.37 C$ 70.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.69 C$ 70.00-175.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,183.15 C$ 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 979.28 C$ 850.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,888.27 C$ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,569.35 C$ 1,353.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 345.32 C$ 278.71-464.51
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 227.16 C$ 179.00-255.48
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,091.24 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.78 2.10-4.00

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18 Comments so far
Red on Jul 17, 2021:
Edmonton is amateur hour 24/7
Poor management.
Terrible roadways.
Road construction everywhere in every part of the city 365 days a year.
Needless barricades blocking important arteries in traffic kill private production, curb efficency and is otherwise wastefulness for tax payers.
City poorly managed. Very sloppy city coordination where many road construction projects last for months and months, sometimes years where many days no workers or work being done.
Many road profects are continuously in the same spots where the road get dug up with a year many times.
Sloppy wasteful city managment!
Zach on Mar 12, 2021:
With our without Covid-19, Edmonton very VERY boring. There's really not a whole lot to do here. I've been here for almost 20 years, and the biggest problems that make this city boring are:

#1 - Weather.

Weather conditions lock you in your home for LITERALLY half the year (unless you don't mind skiing, running, or doing anything else outside in very cold weather). The most simple thing you can do almost anywhere, is to go outside for a walk, and it's not really appealing to most when it's in cold weather; The cold weather that lasts for over 5½-6 months of the year.

#2 - It's NOT cheap here.

Yes, we don't have provincial (Harmonized) sales tax, but the crappiest apartment in the city cost around $1000(Canadian)/month.

When the oil industry is moving, almost anyone can make money here. Either with real estate, or working directly or indirectly in the oil industry.

People come here for work (when it's available), make their money, and then leave when the well runs dry. What wrecked Edmonton, as well as many other places in the world, was the oil boom of 2005. Housing prices went up by 275%, while wages only moved up 10%-20%. Prices haven't really come down since, and the well has indeed run dry. Without oil and what it does for our economy, it's basically unlivable. Before the oil boom, this place was livable, but now it's just not.

Don't get me wrong, it's not the WORST place in Canada. It has a lot to offer, but maybe, just for a visit. If you're thinking about moving here, you can do better.
Tom on Jan 21, 2021:
The mental cost of living in Edmonton is way to high. Trust me. Do not even consider it. Dull, grey and angry. Anger and billegerance everywhere. Isolated, cold and unskilled.
Simon on Sep 29, 2020:
I would be planning for my first visit to Canada but I have no idea where to land. What is the social life ? Currently most of the country have social limit due to outbreak. Is this same as Canada?
Frank Rizza on Aug 11, 2020:
I love Edmonton! I think it’s the most underrated city in North America. It’s made massive strides in the last 10 years or so. I was born and raised here and I’ve had many chances to leave but I can’t seem to do it. It’s really not that much colder here than Toronto or Montreal but “winter” can last longer. It’s not really a flashy city. It’s one of those places that you have to explore to really get the feel for. It’s a great sports town and a great event town. There’s a surprisingly large and extensive arts scene and the festivals are fantastic. It’s a great food town and its extremely diverse. And yes you can have a nice middle class life with $120k/year. One of the reasons is the lowest overall tax rates in the country real estate prices that have been coming down a bit in the last few years and are very reasonable now.
Sam on Aug 10, 2020:
I have lived in Edmonton for almost 20 years. It really is a great place to live. It’s cold for sure and winter probably lasts a little longer than in most winter cities. I find the people are cool and Edmontonians have a real laid back way about them. It’s way more chill than the other bigger Canadian cities. My biggest issue with the city I love is that it’s pretty ugly outside of the central, close to river parts of the city. It is really a city that you have to spend some time in to really appreciate. It’s subtle and awesome!
SmarterThanYou on Jun 18, 2020:
@Real Fact NYC has had lower homicide rates than Toronto in recent years and is safer as a result. It is also more interesting and educated than Toronto as well. Also, many white canadians in Toronto hate Asians due to rich Chinese driving up the cost of real estate, which is not an issue in US counterparts. Also, cities like Irvine CA are better for Asians than all cities in canada.
Edmontonian on Feb 11, 2020:
As a person born and raised in Edmonton, I love this city more and more every year. I have traveled extensively and of course I wouldn't choose Edmonton as a travel destination, but it has a lot to offer for a foundation to a fulfilled and vibrant life.
someone online on Jan 26, 2020:
there seem to be mix feelings about Edmonton. it seems the main negative thing is the cold.

say, if a person was earning around $120k annually before tax, would that enough to live an above average kinda of a life style?
or a "happier" life?
Edmontonian on Jan 08, 2020:
Local Cheese (1kg) 10 C$ - WHAT???
You will not buy a cheese below 40 C$.
Mary Ham on Nov 17, 2019:
How in God's name is a person on social assistance supposed to live ANYWHERE in Canada??? This data seems pretty accurate, and we wonder why homelessness is becoming a much larger issue. I feel sick to my stomach, with very little "pride" in calling myself Canadian.
JAY on Nov 09, 2019:
It's not too bad in the summer and you can make decent money if you are smart. I own a business in AB but spend 3/4 of a year in Southern California. What actually sucks about Edmonton and Alberta in general, that there's no hot girls or even classy girls around. Typical AB girl is overweight, SJW, with a dumb green or pink hair holding a fckng tim hortons diluted diarrhea wearing walmart clothes. In SoCal the girls are amazing: beach body, nice booty, flirty, easy going. Believe or not but 100% of girls I have dated so far in AB turned out to be either latino, europan or black, never locals.
Amaka on Jan 18, 2019:
Please can someone tell me more about New Brunswick,cost of living,job opportuinity.
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
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