Cost of Living in Halifax

Summary about cost of living in Halifax, Canada:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 C$ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 11.50 C$ 10.00-13.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 4.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.31 C$ 3.00-5.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.05 C$ 1.99-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.90 C$ 1.50-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.62 C$ 5.60-14.54
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.69 C$ 1.81-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.56 C$ 1.81-3.63
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.72 C$ 2.50-4.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.62 C$ 3.63-8.16
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.78 C$ 4.54-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.04 C$ 4.54-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 2.81 C$ 1.81-4.08
Banana (1 lb) 0.99 C$ 0.87-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 2.16 C$ 1.47-3.62
Tomato (1 lb) 2.09 C$ 1.81-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 2.23 C$ 0.91-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 1.81 C$ 0.91-2.49
Lettuce (1 head) 3.66 C$ 3.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.33 C$ 1.99-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 C$ 14.00-22.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.68 C$ 1.18-6.43
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.83 C$ 4.00-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.25 C$ 16.50-20.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 C$ 2.75-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 82.50 C$ 79.00-85.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.20-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.74 C$ 2.01-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.00 C$ 26.80-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.03 C$ 2.73-4.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 C$ 22,500.00-25,600.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,182.86 C$ 18,990.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 169.44 C$ 100.00-261.54
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 C$ 0.06-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 96.90 C$ 75.00-140.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 59.01 C$ 26.00-92.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.75 C$ 18.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.62 C$ 11.99-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 950.00 C$ 800.00-1,300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,500.00 C$ 12,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 67.02 C$ 35.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 48.84 C$ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 119.92 C$ 80.00-155.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 126.58 C$ 100.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,400.77 C$ 1,200.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,003.27 C$ 850.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,428.57 C$ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,649.52 C$ 1,290.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 461.25 C$ 300.00-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 284.12 C$ 139.35-363.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,396.98 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.52 2.55-4.50

Prices in Halifax

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Last update: December 2020
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14 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 02, 2020:
Halifax is one of the best places to live in Canada. Quality of life is way better than in New Brunswick,PEI,or NFLD. Cost of living is higher than other parts of the maritimes but thats okay because at least people have good jobs and there are cheap neighborhoods in the surrounding areas like Dartmouth,Fall River,Bedford if you want budget apartments. If you are a person that is looking to move to Halifax or surrounding areas that has a good quality of life, a moderate cost of living, and likes to live near the ocean this is deferentially the place to be.
Anonymous on May 27, 2020:
Halifax is the fastest growing city in Canada, thats why its hard to find an apt, people know its the best place to live in Canada with lots of jobs even in a pandemic.
Anonymous on May 27, 2020:
NB has no money, no jobs , poor education, lousy government and the people are not good. NS is the best!
Anonymous on May 27, 2020:
I am from Halifax but I have been living in NB, I can't wait to move back home. I have been here long enough to say that Halifax is dedinitely one of the top places to live with good government, money,education and good people. If you live there, you are lucky!
Chatt on May 22, 2020:
For new immigrant, would you suggest NS or NB? How badly is NS economy and employment affected by Covid-19?
Renee on Mar 24, 2020:
This is a place I have always wanted to visit. I went to Iceland for vacation and was appalled by the amount of racism I experienced as a black female. I was just a tourist - there spending my money for a week and they acted as if I was moving into the house next door. Are there black people in NS? If so, are they welcome and equal?
ss on Oct 16, 2019:
Not to complain but as a overall general opinion. As a millennial trying to adult in this economy. Not only is the cost of living increasing but also the cost to just live in general is hard and expensive. We have kind of been set up to fail in the sense of always going to be paying back into debt or living in a rental unit that is not affordable. The cost of education alone is high, and in order to get a good paying job you need to spend a few years in school to start. Plus work to pay bills and afford to eat while attending school. With the low minimum wadge and high living cost in Nova Scotia, us millennial and the generation up coming will never be able to be on our feet and not be so stressed and worried; because we will always being paying back into student loans and not making enough money to support our selves.
Stop complaining Mike on Oct 16, 2018:
Mike you seem kind of abrasive, chill out. Buy a house. Git gud. Damn straight you need to listen to my words #Mike. Get riggedy rekt son
My name on Oct 16, 2018:
Well, the recent prices in the downtown Halifax area have been through the damn roof. Plz fix.
Al on Apr 11, 2018:
I have been living in Halifax for 2 years and I am an immigrant, I compared the cost of living in many Canadian cities before I chose Halifax and I found that only cities in New Brunswick have a lower cost of living than Halifax and finding a well paying job in Halifax is easier than anywhere in New Brunswick, so Halifax is among the only places in Canada where finding a job is not hard and the cost of living is low, which is the best combination. Just look at the other cities that "everybody" wants to live in Canada, even with well paying jobs it is too expensive to live in them, try living in Toronto or Vancouver with $60K p.a., that's not enough to make ends meet and it is not possible to save anything from that, but in Halifax, a job that pays $60K p.a. is enough to live comfortably in a nice home with a new car and getting entertainment often. It is easy for an educated person to land a $60K p.a. job in Halifax even as a new immigrant and an experienced Canadian (born in Canada) would get much more than that for the same job, so there is really nothing to complain about. Friends of mine who moved to Toronto from Halifax in order to get better paying jobs are now worse off, as their jobs only pay them a little more (up to $5K a year more) but their cost of living doubled, mainly due to their rent and cost of insurances.

When I retire I plan to move to Cape Breton, which has the lowest cost of living in Canada and is also the calmest and most beautiful place in my opinion (but unfortunately it's nearly impossible to find a professional job there), but as long as I need to work for my living, Halifax is the best place for me.
ERIC on Jan 14, 2018:
I hope those ppl whom blamed canadian government can have a long tern life in China. And I hope u guys enjoy a totalitarian treated . Just enjoy fresh pm2.5 go with communism all blow into ur head
Sarah on Oct 25, 2017:
"I live in the downtown core, with a spacious apartment all included for 775 a month." LOL well I know that's fake. Maybe she pays $775 for one bedroom in a multi-bedroom house with shared kitchen and bathroom with a bunch of other students. That would be more accurate. But there is NO WAY you will find even a bachelor's apartment, in the downtown core for $775. Let alone all-inclusive.
macdonald on May 28, 2017:
I live in the downtown core, with a spacious apartment all included for 775 a month. My bf and I together make about 2000 a month and we are living very comfortably. I think Halifax is a great place and I would totally start a family here
someon1 on Dec 22, 2016:
I don't know why everyone is complaining. It not any1 elses fault but yours that you chose to live a life that only pays minimum wage. If you became an engineer you wouldn't have a problem so why are you crying. If you were born in canada you were automatically better off than 90 percent of the entire planet and you not taking advantage of that is your own fault so stop with the wining and crying when you all know people live in much worst conditions outside of Canada. My answer to all your worries and cries out to the government to help you.. don't depend on other to help you.... help yourself.. and figure out out on your own.. stop crying about it. No one is going to reach out and help you.. you have to help yourself.