Cost of Living in Halifax

Summary about cost of living in Halifax:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 C$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 C$ 60.00-92.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 C$ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-7.50
Cappuccino (regular) 4.27 C$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.88 C$ 1.50-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.75 C$ 1.25-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.40 C$ 6.00-11.70
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.78 C$ 2.27-3.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.96 C$ 1.36-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.39 C$ 2.60-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.51 C$ 3.63-9.07
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.90 C$ 5.44-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.74 C$ 4.54-11.49
Apples (1 lb) 2.32 C$ 1.50-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.90 C$ 0.86-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 3.21 C$ 1.36-4.54
Tomato (1 lb) 2.31 C$ 1.59-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.27 C$ 0.70-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.37 C$ 1.00-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 3.02 C$ 2.89-3.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.10 C$ 1.60-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 C$ 15.00-24.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.41 C$ 2.70-3.99
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.37 C$ 3.00-5.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 16.00 C$ 15.00-17.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 C$ 2.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 78.00 C$ 78.00-79.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.20 C$ 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.74 C$ 1.61-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 26.80 C$ 26.80-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.98 C$ 3.77-4.16
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,500.00 C$ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,500.00 C$ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 142.15 C$ 60.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.38 C$ 0.25-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 84.24 C$ 65.00-98.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 43.06 C$ 25.00-65.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.00 C$ 20.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 C$ 11.99-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 813.33 C$ 650.00-950.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 C$ 16,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 54.38 C$ 40.00-70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.71 C$ 30.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 102.27 C$ 80.00-140.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 117.75 C$ 80.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,115.00 C$ 950.00-1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 802.94 C$ 700.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,973.21 C$ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,374.64 C$ 1,000.00-1,750.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 368.71 C$ 288.00-464.51
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 195.02 C$ 120.77-278.71
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,583.68 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.94 2.50-3.50

Prices in Halifax

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Last update: August 2017
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24 Comments so far

#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.
#Colin on Sep 27, 2016 :
The amount of horsecrap I'm reading in the comments its terrible, do not pay any attention to this info and just use google to find out for yourselves... $800 to $1200 minimum for a 1BR with nothing included? complete BS. Does this person only search along the waterfront in downtown halifax or something? (obviously exaggerated for those who can't read between lines, its quite expensive there)

I had moved out of a Dartmouth apt on busy bus route in nice location with parks and shopping close by, $750 per month for 2 BR everything included. This was a 1 year intro price and it then jumped to $930. But again, EVERYTHING INCLUDED. I paid for my food and extras like phone/cable/net, no electricity, no heat, no water, no parking, nothing.

I'm currently looking for a new place as the place I moved into is horrendous, and I'm seeing 1BRs and 2BRs for decent prices with at least heat and HW incl. Prices range from $600+ for 1BR and about $800+ for 2BR. These are not even in areas you'd be nervous living, these are decent working class areas with average or so crime rates and close to buses, shopping and parks.

So yea, don't even bother paying attention to most posts on here and simply use google to find out for yourself. A quick Kijiji search will give you an idea of the actual rent prices, and you can easily look up data for average utility costs and such, not that hard. Crime rates, and ratings for school are all easily accessible with a quick google search as well.

See for yourself, don't listen to the BS spewing out of some peoples mouths on here, cause its horribly, horribly wrong and some people are clearly lying cause they are pissed about their own personal circumstances.

Wages do suck for a lot of jobs, but as long as your not super picky (and I mean, if you've been working min wage for a while, you shouldn't be) you can easily find a better paying job. Call centers, warehouse work, even security if you have a license will all pay over min wage if you look around, and these types of places are ALWAYS looking for workers (high turnover)

Hell, I've been a stay at home dad for a few years but am going back to school in a year, looked for a job for a week. Applied for a temp agency and am being hired for $14/hr to work in a warehouse doing nothing but sweeping, tidying and very minimal lifting. Easy job for a guy with a nerve injury thats in pain just from playing toys with my kid, so if your able bodied, theres no excuse. I half assed looked for a week... And if you do well you get hired on by the company directly, a couple dollars an hour raise, pension and benefits.

So don't listen to picky, lazy, pissed off people blaming the city for their own lack of initiative, look around, and you'll find much better jobs and places to live than what some are claiming on here... Sure min wage needs to be raised, I'm all for it, but to say these are the only non-skilled jobs available, and that there are no affordable apartments here is a joke. Or, just the ramblings by someone who expects to find a job they do nothing for high wage and find a top of the line place to live in a top neighborhood for pennies with everything included...

Once you take your head out of the clouds, and put in even minimal effort, its tnot that hard...
#Irvingwood on Sep 16, 2016 :
I'm presently living in Aylesbury,UK. I've been here for 5 years. Cost of living is killing me. I'm on a number of pensions, but mostly it's the rent plus the fact that property taxes are paid by the tenant, not the landlord. This adds an extra £100 to the rent. So l'm probably paying £825+ for a 2-bedroom in Aylesbury, well out of the city centre. My taxes are about £4,000 a year. I can make it in Canada, but not in the U.K. unless l go way up north. I'm pushing 70, so if l go back it'll have to be soon. The wonderful uk Of the 60's after Thstcher, has become a cold place full of greed and indifference. My happiest and most productive years were spent in Halifax, but of course l had a good job, well-paid, with the Feds. I have a better pension than most, so how much of this bad-mouthing is true? I moved here from BC in 2010, and don't want to move back there. How does St.John's Newf compare to Halifax?
#Bliz on Jul 20, 2016 :
Just one thing: price of beer. $20 for 5 tallboys. $10 in ontario. Also the ppl are boring and lame as hell. Its all old ppl and the young ppl left here are duds. Education is crap. Too white...and im a white strsight male. Saying theyre "nice" is the equivalent of some chick sayin a dudes "nice"...and hes kept in the friend zone. Im friends with nova scotia but wouldnt date it.
#James on May 24, 2016 :
Been living out here my whole life. I don't even live directly in the city. I'm stuck making minimum wage part time because there are no jobs available making $600 a month. Social Assistance claims I should be able to live on $570 a month. Don't come out here. It's impossible to survive even WITH most of the available jobs. I'd like to see government officials try and live on my income. It'd be fun to watch them starve to death in a tiny apartment with no utilities. Welcome to Halifax!
#K on May 18, 2016 :
When I first moved to Halifax, I took a job making 19.00 an hour and ended up finding 1 bedroom rent for 750 (everything except electricity included). I was able to live comfortably and without worry while paying for rent, new car (250 a month including insurance - you can get them cheap now days guys), cell phone bill, pet costs, gas, electricity, student loan repayment, and internet. I had a 190 dollar cap on groceries per month and barely reached 100 a month. My point is, if you make what I made and you complain about low standard of living, you are 100% not using your money correctly. After paying for everything, I still had money left over to pursue hobbies, treat myself to clothing and shoes, buy Starbucks once and a while, go out to eat, or go out for a night of fun while STILL saving.

Eventually I snagged myself a government job and now live off a 28 an hour wage but my point is to be realistic in your life style. Sorry, but if you make 19 an hour then stop wanting to live the lifestyle of another tax bracket because it's unrealistic.

That being said, there is no way in HELL you could live comfortably if you make under 18 an hour. I'm pretty damn sure. Now in that case, I'm sorry I don't know what to tell you all.
#donald on May 11, 2016 :
Do not move here....this place will never change for the matter how just you'r cause is, there will always be somebody against your ideas....con artists are everywhere due to the high costs and having an "under the table" second job just to will get trapped here.
#ResearchForPremier on Apr 05, 2016 :
Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to live and the people are friendly but no jobs and poor education system makes it a sad place to be. Large Social assistance program can do much better. The people are very capable of producing great results. NS can be the new, New Hampshire, where the rich and famous live. We can be, we just have to reach and work harder for it. IT CAN BE DONE!!
#Ross on Mar 13, 2016 :
Both parents from N.S. Thinking about moving to coast from Cornwall. Like everyone else I prefer to research such a big commitment. Would like to work part time to supliment pension. There is a great deal of opinion for and against moving to the province of N.S. I am finding it difficult to make an informed opinion based this and other forums. We will be visiting may 2016. Is there anyone who can give an informed, up to date and unbiased opinion about what to expect in Nova Scotia as residents. I looked at the relative prices of a variety of services, food costs, etc. And did not think it that much of a difference. Looking forward to hearing from someone.
#Brian Traynor on Jan 01, 2016 :
I'm moving from Ontario to NS and I would like to know if I bought a house with land and the house is being renitaved could they legally make me tear it down. That is my retirement home. I can't be in two places at the same time
#James ryan on Oct 25, 2015 :
Highest prices and taxes along with poverty wages makes Nova Scotia a place to avoid . As long as the 6 or 7 famillies control the governmenr and are prepared to keep there employes making scab wages ,no benifits and no security things will never get better.
#Tom C on Sep 11, 2015 :
I am born and raised in Dartmouth and have been all across our country many times but I still come home and love it here. My only complaint is the amount of tax we pay here....on everything. But the cost of housing is cheaper than any of the major centers...and its cleaner and friendlier than any place else....
If your not happy here please stop complaining and please leave as we don't want or need whinners..
#mike on Sep 03, 2015 :
As a single guy, rent is ridiculous here. I paid half in montreal for better accommodations .....stop with the rent increase as I'm not making a ton of money.....will this cause me to move on....maybe....not everyone wants room mates. I want to be able to afford my own space and still enjoy life....stop with the fucking rent increase.
#Jordan on Jul 19, 2015 :
I live in Halifax ,nova Scotia and the wages are below livable..$10.40/hr.. We need at least $15/hr and cost of living go down or $20/hr and living stay the same. The average labour job rate is $11-$12/hr which is sickening. At $12/hr and 50hrs/WK we r lucky to clear $420. We need $600+/WK the average rent is between $800-$1200/month nothing included. The government needs to do something about this and give us a fair livable wage of $20/hr to compete with cost of living
#Anonymous on Jun 08, 2015 :
We moved here from Calgary 8 years ago. Sadly we are now moving away as the place is getting worse not better and we don't see that changing in the near future. The comments about the foolish government first mentality, the lack of infrastructure, and shrinking middle class are all true in our view. Most of the people we know don't want their kids to live here... So why do they?
#Graham on May 02, 2015 :
Lived there for 15 months and went back to the UK. Why, great people but very old fashioned attitudes by government, you can't buy beer in a supermarket, crazy. Food expensive, milk etc barmy prices. Canada is a free market economy but has many monopolies that have no place in a free market place.
#Robbie on Apr 26, 2015 :
I moved to Halifax from BC. Nova Scotia does have higher property tax rates and income tax, BUT, you must take other expenses into account. First off, I was shocked at how cheap Auto and Home insurance rates are in Halifax, you pay a lot more in BC. I am saving $145 a month. Secondly, in BC they bill you medicare premiums monthly on top of your personal income tax. Those are presently (2015) $72 a month, $864 a year. Also, BC residents pay more for gas (as of April 26, 2015) $1.25 a litre in Vancouver. Halifax was $1.11 cents a litre. $.14 difference. (Fredericton NB was $1.05) So when adding all these additional expenses from BC both places probably work out evenly. And best of all, the people in the Maritimes are so much friendlier!
#Moe agha on Mar 10, 2015 :
The worst place I have ever been to. Looking for other options somewhere else
#the mistro on Feb 04, 2015 :
the only thing that could make NS worse is a war of hicks. This place is horrible.
#globetrotter on Oct 26, 2014 :
100% agree with the comments below. Unless you are a die hard fan of Honey BooBoo or have confirmed work arrangements with decent pay, don't bother coming here.
It's a hick town that's regressing at a scary rate and, as noted below, destined for disaster led by shortsighted and incompetent politicians with selfish agendas.
#Happy Newcomer on Oct 09, 2014 :
The shortsighted provincial government crowded by old farts does everything to make this one the poorest provinces even poorer.

The equation is simple:

15% HST + one of the highest in Canada income and property taxes + lamentable salaries = 29 years in raw more people leave the province then enter.

The current economic course is based on milking middle class and not on improving of standards of living here. If such destructive tends continue I foresee Nova Scotia becoming a rednecks heaven reminding post apocalypse reality.

So think and don't get brainwashed by media....
#Ross on Aug 24, 2014 :
Cost of living in Halifax can be extremely high especially considering the lack of jobs and poorly designed infrastructure
#Jordan Robert on Dec 04, 2013 :
hello im a new comer to Halifax nova scotia my name is Jordan Robert from WaWa Ontario Canada I cant wait to go there next year that is all I have to say bye take care guys