Cost of Living in Montreal

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 65.95
Rent Index: 23.39
Groceries Index: 68.71
Restaurants Index: 62.46
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 45.17
Local Purchasing Power: 103.71
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 45.00-80.00
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) 6.25 C$ 4.50-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.73 C$ 3.00-4.60
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.85 C$ 1.25-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.44 C$ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.05 C$ 6.44-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.94 C$ 2.27-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.62 C$ 0.91-4.50
Eggs (12) 3.40 C$ 3.00-4.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.22 C$ 3.63-11.34
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.19 C$ 4.08-8.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.42 C$ 5.44-9.98
Apples (1 lb) 1.67 C$ 1.13-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.83 C$ 0.68-1.22
Oranges (1 lb) 1.92 C$ 1.25-3.10
Tomato (1 lb) 1.86 C$ 1.36-2.99
Potato (1 lb) 0.88 C$ 0.45-1.86
Onion (1 lb) 0.83 C$ 0.45-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 1.86 C$ 1.00-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.87 C$ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 14.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.39 C$ 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.05 C$ 2.00-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 C$ 9.00-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.25 C$ 3.25-3.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 83.00 C$ 82.00-85.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.45-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.74 C$ 2.74-2.82
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.80 C$ 30.00-37.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.33 C$ 4.13-4.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 C$ 18,995.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,579.50 C$ 17,000.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 87.59 C$ 50.00-134.21
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.35 C$ 0.25-0.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.48 C$ 40.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.42 C$ 15.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.29 C$ 8.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 C$ 11.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 811.00 C$ 220.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 C$ 16,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.67 C$ 45.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.49 C$ 25.00-65.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.90 C$ 75.00-130.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.41 C$ 80.00-180.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 975.51 C$ 750.00-1,289.09
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 655.06 C$ 500.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,754.15 C$ 1,250.00-2,499.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,155.87 C$ 900.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 403.06 C$ 300.00-600.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 272.77 C$ 200.00-400.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,761.36 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.82 2.50-3.50

Prices in Montreal, Canada

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Last update: April, 2017
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Cost of living in Montreal is 34.05% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 698.65$ (954.08C$) and for four person family at 2,576.03$ (3,517.83C$) (without rent).
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100 Comments so far

#18 months is enough! on Apr 27, 2017 :
Montreal is disgusting, French people here are like white trash on steroids! The majority of the women have no manners and look like they were ridden hard and put away wet! Taxes are awful yes you might be helping a working mother have subsided day care but you are also subsidizing able bodied adults to stay home and smoke drugs all day!
#Juan on Feb 13, 2017 :
Hi, I´m goint to live in Montreal and I´d like to know how much taxes I should pay. Do you know any internet page wich is reliable. Thank you.
#M.Shapacy on Jan 28, 2017 :
When somebody has been selected by Quebec and finally got the visa , He can live in other state like Toronto ???
#M.Shapacy on Jan 28, 2017 :
I received reference no for my file through Quebec Canada online Mon project regular program of skilled worker last Jun.2016,But I did not receive any more correspondences or feed back after open my file.If some body has any information how much period will take for QSW program till selection certificate by Quebec ???
#DDF on Dec 02, 2016 :
#Reiner Banken
>>>A majority of people in Québec was opposed to the US war in Iraq
- Mmh. I highly doubt that. Most of the polls here are made up anyway. Tell anyone if they're opposed to it and it's pretty much guaranted that 70%+ of them would be in favor of the war in Iraq, well at least were I live.

>>>People in Québec support Palestinians much more that elswhere in Canada.
- This is definitely not true. People don't support it/don't care to be quite honest.
#J.D. on Nov 09, 2016 :
@DirtDev - What's with all the nastiness? Just live and let live. There's no need to behave like that.
#DirtDev on Oct 17, 2016 :
Funny how most people who dislike Montreal are people that cannot speak French and feel ostracized. Well guess what, that's exactly how French canadians feel too inside Canada, like an ostracized minority. Have fun in "Tah-ranoh" where english people are becoming a minority.

But hey, I guess you have a "real" job in Toronto? And living paycheck to paycheck too I guess (higher salary? tell us about the prices of houses too huh).

Good riddance, in Montreal we don't value people who only live to work, we value people who want to enjoy the city in all its aspects.
#Pierre on Sep 20, 2016 :
Jay Abe post of October 2014 is dead on the money. Montreal is a city lost in debt which they will never be able to dig itself out of due to corruption. They don't want to be debt free as it keeps everything in a state of chaos so they can continue to steal. I lived there for over 25 years and I left. In that 25 YEAR period they let in only the broke ass who are willing to either speak French or are willing to speak it to try to raise there odds of separating out of Canada. The level of ignorance of the common Quebecer is beyond repair. Its there way or the highway of ignorance. Hard to fit in if you do not have a narrow perspective aligned with there's.
It's border line cult like. They do not want to be educated or experience anything new, even if its more effective as it will impact there stealing. That is all they really know how to do is steal. Its all they pretty much only want to do is steal. Nepotism is huge.
They love the mafia and bikers its part of accepted society and way of life. If you are a wanna be gangster with balls you have a better chance than you do landing a corporate career as all major corporate head office s are gone to Toronto.
If you see the volume potholes it makes Baghdad look smooth. Road construction is in complete disarray. There is NO urban planning it pure Chaos as the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
The closest thing to corporate revenue is getting chased by ignorant cops hiding in the bushes just Horney to make there quota of tickets so they issue them with impunity. This is what they call Quebec revenue.
Its a complete joke.
Great place to party. The woman are easy and cheap.
Its the only place in North America where the price of prostitution is dropping as the local girls go for cheeeeep to free! Don't gamble at the casino as they do not follow Las Vegas rules they made their own to increase house odds. Don't play as you WILL lose.

If you are serious about career or family advancement go to Toronto, you will only be frustrated and waste your time in Montreal. If you are a whoremaster you hit the right place, Montreal is for you.
#CJ on Sep 10, 2016 :
I am born and raised in MtL (anglo I guess but pretty much bilingual) and my husband is francophone from the Townships. We moved to Quebec City and now live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Our kids are in French school in Toronto but if we move back home we can choose either languages since I myself went to English school in Quebec and he went to French. Private achools in Quebec are GREATLY cheaper than Toronto (like 4-5k a year instead of 15-25k) so if you insist on English schooling there is an option. Living in the GTA has been great for alot of reasons, however, with a housing market of an average 950k in our community, we are house poor. We want to cash out and come back to Montreal to have a life! We miss the people, we miss the bagels, we miss the ease of going to shows, hockey games, festivals withe the best metro system in North America. EVERYTHING is expensive here in Toronto! My kids play soccer, one registration fee is equivalent to my friends' 3 kids soccer fees in the West Island! Her son's hockey is $300 cheaper than mine. Yes, our doctor and walk in clinic situaion is fantastic, but we can't afford to do anyhing in TO, and my husband makes a really good salary! We want to move back so we can LIVE!!!!! Montreal allows you to live. I have an ethnic last name, I am bilingual, I have been called an ethnic, and an anglo, the whole nine yards, but never in Montreal. Any comments I got was when I was living in Quebec City. All my friends are anglos who speak french and we are all first generation Canadians so we all have ethnic sounding last names (Italian, Greek, English, Welch, Chinese, Serbian etc...) and ALL of my friends in Montreal work and make decent salaries. I think there is a lot of Quebec bashing, no, it's not a perfect place, but at leat you can afford to have a life outside of work work work like people in Toronto, and you can bring your own wine to restaurants and cut down your costs!!!! Montreal is definitely a unique city, and I'll take it and it's flaws! You just have to be zen about the politics and accept the fact that it is different. Learning French is key. I'd never move to Italy and refuse to learn Italian right? And although my schooling is in English, I'd send my kids to French school. At home we are much more 'English' with tv, music, etc., so the language the kids know the better! Even if we stay in Ontario they'll continue in French as in this province more and more jobs are asking for bilingual candidates anyways. If you don't want to go the French route, then maybe consider out West instead.
#Amh on Sep 08, 2016 :
Last time I checked the MEDIAN annual gross income for Quebec is somewhere around $41000 which leaves you just slightly above $2000 a month depending on the type of jobs you have and extra group deductions (retirement, insurance, union,etc.) I know plenty of people making the median salary in Montreal and that's about how much they get at the end of the month...
#Amh on Sep 08, 2016 :
Average monthly disposable income after all deductions is at $2700? I think that is a bit too high. It might not including all the other deductions such as group insurance, union fees, group RRSP, etc. For a professional job with all the benefits and deductions I would say you'd need an annual salary approaching 60k to have $2700 net net showing up in your bank account, which is unrealistic for Montreal or Quebec in general for that matter considering the AVERAGE annual income of Quebec is only somewhere around $45000 whereas in Canada in general it is hovering around $50000...
#Reham on Sep 01, 2016 :
Hello Angella,
Please check
you will find this desired range
#dumy on Aug 30, 2016 :
Hi Angela,
here you have the link for rental in Mtl, you have a good chance to find a place for 500$ some of them all included heating, electricity and hot water around the area of gay village
#Mikel on Aug 27, 2016 :
I am a new PR here in montreal. I would like to know how is the amount assistence per month for one children here in montreal.

Thank you
#Angela Ashton on Jul 22, 2016 :
Hello I am moving from Victoria to Montreal I have read on this blog of some people talking about some people moving outewest be very weary cost of living is incredibly high your looking at $1,200-$1,500 for a single bedroom out of town. And, rental availability is 1% Good Luck! if you want to buy. I personally have lived here all of my life, and I just can't survive here any longer. I am a person on disability and therefore I will only be making just under a $1,000 I don't speak any French but I am very willing to learn and I am a quick study can anybody give me any information at all as far as best neighborhoods that are close to the metro? I am interested in living in gay village. Does anyone know anything about the neighbourhood? I am looking for a place between $550-$650. Thank You!
#Michel on Apr 12, 2016 :
I live in the west island of Montreal and here anglophones don't need French to live a normal life.
You know racism has many colours and flavours, I think no one wants to be forced for something different than normal.
Some of the extreme remarks about French who are racists might be right but I suspect these affirmations come from other provinces because sometimes it is not realistic.
Some other cultures including anglophones don't like French Canadian even if we could be open and friendly but you have to accept it
#Suma on Mar 28, 2016 :
I would like to study at MCGill and need to know more about and how it goes in Montreal but i need someone to help me! Can anyone help me. Please contact me as soon as possible. this is my email. And thank you
#Leandro on Feb 22, 2016 :
Sou Brasileiro e gostaria muito de viver no Canadá, espero que consiga em breve, obrigado a todos pela informação.
#bob on Feb 04, 2016 :
in response to:
"Hi Friends,

I am from India..."

140k is more than enough!
anywhere downtown is nice, quartier latin is my favourite.
Montreal is a small city really doesnt take to long to get from one end to the other, maybe an hour on the metro.

Here are the rules as I remember them for immigrants ( i now live in ontario)

If you are an immigrant and you speak english already you may send your kids to english schools. if you speak neither national official language you must send your kids to french school.
My advice if you are planning on putting down roots in Canada ( you will likely find your children will decide this for you . canada is very popular with immigrant kids, they rarely want to go back "home")
Have them learn french. public secondary education is free, take advantage of it. Post secondary is very cheap compared to USA, about par with the average in EU which varies hugely I know.
Additionally if your kids are anglophones and CHOOSE to attempt uni in french, tuition is waived!
take advantage of that. (that was the rule ten years ago when i was a uni student picking schools, maybe its changed?)
also your kids will have poor access to jobs during school if they are not bilingual.
really if you are going to live in mtl you should be planning on being bilingual, not immediately, but eventually.
#Prani on Feb 01, 2016 :
I am from India , and got an offer from my Sister Group in Montreal, I am planning to move with wife and 2 Kids aged below 7 year, I don't know French , will i be eligible for PR,
#J.D. on Jan 10, 2016 :
To answer all types of questions
I was born, raised and lived in Montréal for the past 25 years. Lots of questions and statements found here could use answers and complementary information.
First, French is a huge part of living in Montréal. It is essential. If, as some might have stated, it would be possible for you to find employment speaking English, those jobs will never be quite interesting. The real challenge about not speaking French would definetly be socialisation.

Québécois are, once again as stated previously, a bit hard to meet: using the social space, we are cold, kept to ourselves, and might seem impossible to attain. However, we are very warm people towards our friends. As the Danes (concept of «Hygge» or Swedes), we are, you can say, very private people, who do not really master the concept of «acquaintance». If it is hard to meet and get to know Québécois, French will definetly help you get easier social experiences. People here litterally wait for the bus a meter from one another to avoid having conversation with strangers. It has nothing to do with where you are from, it has to do with the fact that we don't know eachother.

Montreal is a very densely populated city. One of the densest cities in the world at 4 518 person/km2. When it comes to defining what is a «central neighbourhood», people do not necessary use the same spatial definition. The rent price compiled for «city centre» is more representative for the «central neighbourhoods» following the east wing of the Orange line, the couple few stations on the Blue line west of Jean-Talon, the «Centre-Ville» (everything cought between both wings of the Orange line), and more and more for the couple stations west of Lionel-Groulx on the Green line. Rent is definetly not going to be the priciest thing on your budget, but Markets and utilities are expensive. My household has two people and a cat: groceries and drugstore items are about 150$ a week (we do not shop at the cheapest place, and cook a lot, with care), and utilities (all Hydro) go from 85$/2months in the summer up to 450$/2months in the winter. We tape up the windows, seal up the doors and take good care of our ecological print. Most appartments are old and isolation can somehow lack, but between -20 in the winter and +35 in the summer, it's quite hard to keep track of the climate.

Speaking of which: Winter can be cold, yes, but it's not the cold you shall fear, it's the wet. A Canada Goose coat won't get you far. Get a good coat which is impermeable. Lolë make tough ones for women, and Mountain Equipment coop can get the men happy. Sorel or Pajar boots will keep your feet warm, but you do not necessary need this. Wellies will get you on just fine, as between the tube commute, the bus, the indoors/outdoors walking, isolated boots just might get you wet from the inside... And once you're wet, there is no way to escape the cold. Downtown has the most vast underground city (RÉSO) in the world, so if you work there, you might not even need to get out on terrible weather days.
Summer is terrible. It's humid, hot, and everyday ends up with a thunderstorm. Montréal has the second most rainfall annually (after the Olympic Bay, i.e. Vancouver-Seattle-Tacoma), you can expect a rainfall every other day, and the precipitations are less frequent in the winter. November is the worst, as there is no sunlight, no snow, and loads of rainfall.

On finance: Yes, taxes are high, but that's what makes us equal, and we are quite proud to pay taxes. We are nowhere near wanting to get those down. If you do not like the idea of paying taxes, I suggest Alberta. It did not get them much luck, although. Minimum wage is not so high (11$ an hour), but only unqualified workers (usually on manual work, retail, coffee shops, etc) really end up working on minimum wage. This is not to be seen as an example of what your salary could be. Median income as of 2011 was 38 750$/year for one person. Median income is more representative than average income, as the middle class is quite enormous (although shredding)in Québec.

Hockey is important. Canadiens de Montréal's flag will rise upon the City Hall during playoffs season. About flags: Québécois are quite fond of the Fleurdelysé, and it flies mostly everywhere. It might seem odd for you at first, but you will get to love it. Plus, if you ever have children in Québec, you will get a Fleurdelysé in his/her birthpackage.

Environment is also quite important. If you throw something on the ground, people will look at you with disgust. And will be right to do so. There is selective collect through the city (for households at home, and in the streets), and starting 2020, you will have to pay (for every Kg) of residual waste at home. Compost is now offered to an important amount of households, and recycling is mandatory.

Public transportation is quite efficient, and there is a wide offer of carsharing. If you live in central Montréal, Public transportation qui cheap (87$/month), but if you live in the suburbs, it gets pricey quite fast. There is a special price for children and students. Most neighbourhoods do not have a school bus system, children mostly use public transportation to get to school if they go to a chosen school, but «neighbourhood schools system» grants them the right to be a walking distance of school. Parents usually go with them up to 3rd or 4th grade, but by 5th (they are 10 or 11), they often go alone. Children play and walk alone all the time, and it's quite safe.

I hope I have been able to help you figure out the life in Montréal.
I have uploaded the web pages to Immigration Québec and the Charte de la langue Française, those are documents you should seek information in. Please note that Immigration is a shared competency in Québec, so look at the documents you will find there in addition of the documents on Immigration Canada.

Hope you will love Montréal,
#Jim on Jan 03, 2016 :
My quick two cents as a Montreal native:
- French is strongly recommended...It's possible to find some places (smaller companies) that require little French though, but it will limit your job options.
- Most people are nice. However, although you WILL run into the racist/anglophobe occasionally...Maybe once every two months (or a handful times a year) you'll run into a public service worker who cannot/won't speak English to you on purpose. It's not often, but over time it can grind your patience, if you let it bother you. Just be ready for it.
- Taxes are high. Rents are cheaper than say Toronto and more affordable. Salaries are lower though, and are not increasing enough. I've personally used to find a place for myself, they also have an About Montreal section which I found useful...
#LiLi on Jan 02, 2016 :
Nobody should come and live in Montréal if they do not speak french. Life will be a lot more difficult. The average rent it is not 600$ unless you live in a 1 bedroom. The average rent for a family and to live comfortably is at least 1,000$ plus utilities. With 2,000# a month after taxe you will not live comfortably. But I guess it is better then some other places. Yo0u have to pay an average of 33 % taxes on you salary, plus another 15 % when you buy cother thing but food. Internet and cellular phone are pretty expensive, another average of 59$ each. School is frre for children under 16 and obligatory, but you still have to spend for books, and accessory. Naturally, yo9u can have social welfare, like a lots a people who just arrive in this city, but not always easy to live on this. I have been living in Montreal forover50 years, I dospeakfrench, and I had a good job, but in the last years I saw the cost of living going very high and the salary do not follow the cost of living. So the capacity of buying is getting lower and lower. The Canadian dollars is not really going well also, at this moment it<s ,71$ for 1 US. There is also another expens, you have to considered, in winter allthe expens goeas very high. You nedd clothing for winter and also for summer, at least two sets of clothing. So yes it is better then a lots of countries, but I am sure yo9u can do better.
#bobafett on Nov 03, 2015 :

About all the french questions....think about this. You go live someplace else in the world, would you bother to learn the local language ? Montreal is in Quebec, and Quebec is french for the most part.
#Nisha on Oct 31, 2015 :
As and when you land in Montreal, how to search for temporary jobs so as to get through with the daily expenses atleast.?
#P Anonymous on Sep 10, 2015 :
Hi Friends,

I am from India and getting a job offer in Montreal, the offer is for a director level with a yearly package of CAD 140K+. I know that taxes are high and it would eat into the take home. I would also get company provided insurance/health care.
My questions are
1. If the package is good enough for family of 3 including my wife and daughter..
2. Good areas to live, how would be the rents for 2 Bedroom apartment
3. Daughters education - She is 4.5 years old and would be going to pre-primary.. does not know French, can she get admission to English school (we do not know french)
4. My wife is a IT Consultant with 8+ yrs of experience - would she possibly get any job (does not know french)

I look forward to your responses and feedback

#Anonymous on Aug 04, 2015 :
Lots of comments about non accepted cultures etc from what I read but here is a simple TRUTH. Mtl is an INCREDIBLY affordable city to live in. If you make 20k a year and have a roome-mate (or more) you will not live like a king but you will certainly not live poor. It all depends on your situation I suppose (kids / no kids / significant other etc) but trust me MTL is CHEAP as F. xo
#oleg on Jul 24, 2015 :
Look people, I don't know why you get so offended here.It is true that the French Montreal society is not easy to breake into. At the same time it is true about France itself...yet people go there for the culture - so what is the problem? Yes settling in Montreal with a family will surely not be so easy especially coming from outside. Yet I definately would not call locals racist. They just are what they are - French Canadians and it is upon you to do the homework before going there. At the same time I will also say that most of the facts in the neggative comments about the weather, the job-market, and the language are are the statements about the greate social scene museums and the city itself
#Anonymous on Jul 01, 2015 :
Montreal is a very racist city when it comes to ethnics.French Quebecers don't like to see Canadians from ethnic backgrounds to succeed and obtain high pay jobs.
I have started the process to leave and move to return to my homeland .
Canada is not the great country it used to be.
#Anonymous on May 26, 2015 :
Well, think the comment made by #Jay Abe on Oct 22, 2014 is mostly true, surely there are cases of people who have succeeded in the province but those are exceptional cases. If you have all the qualifications to obtain a good job but you don't speak French, they will say that you need to speak French, then you will learn the language and in time you will master it, then they will say that you need to have studies in any of the local universities, well, you will obtain a degree in McGill, UQAM, UDEM or Concordia and then they will tell you that you need local experience... and I can continue going on listing all the possible excuses they will present to justify the fact that a non Quebecois can't get a job at the level of his/her experience. I have nothing against Quebec, I've been living here for the last 4 years and it is my home now, but the reality is the reality and there's nothing wrong with sharing this knowledge.

I know many cases of people who speak the French, English + (at least) their mother tongue, with university degrees and years of experience in their fields working for well-known companies around the world and, they have left the province (or accepted a job under their level of experience) due to the lack of opportunities. I heard from 2 HR advisers, both of them born in Montreal, that I should change my name to a Quebec-native one in order to get an interview. I have even more shocking proofs of discrimination in the labor market but I will keep them for myself now.
#Reiner Banken on Apr 26, 2015 :
I am living in Montréal since 1980 and I am very well integrated into the Québec Society. Jay Abe is very sarcastic in his post from October, 22, 2014. Abe says that Quebeckers are extremely closed-minded individuals and that you must have a French sounding name if you want to succeed. My name is definitely German and it has not prevented me from being well accepted into Québec Society. I am from Germany and it is definitely easier to integrate into Québec society than into German society. Values in Québec are different from the rest of Canada. Due to social programs inequity is lower in Québec than elsewhere in Canada. A majority of people in Québec was opposed to the US war in Iraq, while a majority in the rest of Canada supported it. People in Québec support Palestinians much more that elswhere in Canada. There are very many examples of values that make Québec a distinct society.

I must say that Abe's comments sound much like comments from an English speaking Canadian from outside Québec who is is bashing Québec. Québec bashing is quite popular. If you make efforts to integrate and respect the values of Québec society, you will succeed, but takes more than a few months. In this commment I am writing Québec rather than Quebec. Québec is the official spelling and Québec's official language is French. If you don't learn French you cannot hope to be happy in Québec. It takes time, but is worth the effort!

Using the work National appropriately the ultimate test for integration in Québec. The Québec parliament is called National Assembly, because Québec is a distinct society, a nation. I you cannot accept this difference from the rest of Canada, you will not be happy in Québec. The cultural differences go back to the colonization of Québec by people from France. Have a look at the description of the recent documentary Empreinte:

By the way, people from Latin cultures seem to integrate much more easily than from other cultures...
#Maureen Smith on Apr 10, 2015 :
Joe Abe is 100% correct. There is political movement right now aimed at improving the economy in Montreal. I have lived here for +40 years and it's a love/hate relationship. The taxes are horrendous. The culture is fabulous. Our public transport is signifigantly better than a city like Toronto and more affordable. You must send your children to the French school unless you pay for private education and the Montreal French school board has an abysmal record especially for male children.I am personally making sure my family uses the stupidly inexpensive education costs to get all of us top notch degrees then we will leave. Who knows, maybe they can turn this place around. The bottom line is, come on down but make sure your exit strategy is in place.
#Zoé on Apr 08, 2015 :
There is definitely no perfect city but Montreal, Quebec is an amazing and delightful place to live and raise children. I live in the city and my borough is becoming more and more multicultural and it’s wonderful! When my children started daycare, there were children that didn’t speak a word of French and now they speak fluently! Is that so bad? 98% of North America speaks English… we are the 2% that speak French. Personally, I have lived in a few countries and speak fluent English and German… the more languages you learn the better. No?

In addition, all the taxes I pay make it possible for families that arrive with nothing to send their children to subsidized daycare (appro.$7.50/day). I give a big percentage of my salary in order that everyone in Quebec, shape, size or color… live in dignity and happiness. We believe it’s better to share wealth and iron out as much as possible economical differences.

As for healthcare, when it’s urgent and you need it, it’s FREE and fast. When it’s not so urgent it can be painfully long. Bring toys and pencils for kids 

Anyhow, I’m sad to read such bad posts about Montrealers/Quebeckers … but maybe it’s good that some people bitch my city, best kept gem in the world. Bienvenue à Montréal!
#Anonymous on Apr 05, 2015 :
Please, anyone interested to move to Montreal should read carefully what Jay Abe said on his post below on Oct 22, 2014. Sad but true. I live here since 2008 and I agree with him.
#Jay abe is an idiot on Apr 02, 2015 :
His comment is only partial truth and his racial rent on Quebeckers is unfounded.

People should do their own research.
#ankit on Nov 04, 2014 :
hi vama,
this is ankit from india I want to do studay in canada. pls tell whitch college perfect and cheap for me. if my budget is 8000 C$ per year fee and tell me leaving cost per month.
I am very thankfull to you.
#Jay on Oct 22, 2014 :
#Faad: depends where you are from. The wait time is anywhere between 3 to 6 years.

#ameya: is your 2500$ before or after tax? Not speaking french will be tough on you. You will not be greeted in english in most places.

#Alkesh: the wait is very long. there can be an additional 2 years wait after the CSQ. getting answers from the canadian government will be very frustrating and long.

#michelle: your green card will mean nothing here. you need to apply for a regular immigration process to get your permanent residency in order to get into the country.

#Christy: Your diplomas and qualifications can certainly help you. Speaking french will help you integrate faster but french quebecois is not like real french. There are some organizations here that can help you a little bit but you need to research this online.

#Amitava Roy: if you do not already have a job waiting for you here it will be tough to find one especially if you do not speak french. you can research for jobs in northern Quebec in the mines. The Cote-des-Neiges area is a good place to be. You have all that you need nearby and rents are cheap.
#Jay Abe on Oct 22, 2014 :
For those who are thinking about moving to Montreal:

I've been living here for 25 years so I will try to give you a view from my perspective.

- You will need on average 5k a month (after tax) to support a family. You can get by with 2k by yourself.

-Rent: Varies, but for a 2BR $500-$1500. More expensive downtown. The apartments here are in bad shape and old. You are obliged to sign a lease for 1 year and provide good references.

-Groceries: $250-$800 per month. A family of 4 will easily hit $800. Super C and Maxi are usually are the cheapest with Metro, IGA and Loblaws being the most expensive groceries stores.

-Hydro (which means electricity): $50-$400 per month, depends on whether you heat your home with electricity or is included in the apartment rental. Winter months are very cold and summers extremely hot and humid.

- Taxes: Very, very high. almost half your annual salary will disappear, adding to this 17% taxes on almost everything you purchase. Quebec is the highest taxed place in North-America. Do not underestimate that statement. The more you make, the more you pay, as simple as that.

- Job market: Very selective, yes you read that right. It doesn't matter you speak french well or not. It doesn't matter if you have all the diplomas in the world or you won the Nobel price. If your name is not a Quebecker one you will not get a good paying job. If you manage to find a job it will either be something below your actual competencies or not well paid or both. Expect to send many resumes and not get a single answer. If you manage to get an interview they will most of the time say you lack experience (which is another way of telling you that you don't look Quebecker enough). Finding a job here will be very, very frustrating.

- Transportation: The public transit system is OK. The busses and subways are super loaded at rush hour and there are very frequent interruptions. Like almost every day. Waiting for a bus at -25 degrees celsius only to find out that it's full is extremely frustrating.

- Roads: Extremely poor shape. There are more potholes than in Baghdad. Bridges are crumbling to the point where they can potentially fall at any given moment. Construction work is everywhere creating very heavy congested traffic at all time of the day. It is not a pleasant experience to drive in the streets of Montreal. Tight, congested streets (especially in winter with the snow on the sides). Traffic lights are at every corner and not synched, creating lots of frustration, traffic and wasting your gas. People drive bikes in the middle of the street not caring so you're in constant fear of hitting one. Police cars are everywhere hiding just ready to give you a ticket for any reason like a U turn in the middle of the night.

- Healthcare: Very slow and bloated. Expect long waits at the emergencies, like 12 hours. If you want better and faster service you have to go to a private clinic and pay. You can forget about family doctors. The good doctors leave this province for a better life and pay elsewhere.

- Schooling: French is mandatory for all kids. College and universities can be attended at the language of choice. Education here is very good and cheaper than anywhere else.

- Weather: Not pleasant unless you enjoy winter. Extreme temperatures ranging from -30 Celsius in winter to +35 in summer. The weather is so unpredictable that not even the weather station can get it right. People discuss the weather everyday that's how bizarre it is.

- Social life / entertainment: From all the negative aspects of this city, this is the only one that stands out as positive. There are so many restaurants and ethnic food to chose from. There's many festivals and concerts for free during summer and winter time. The clubbing scene is amazing. There's lots of attractions and museums for all ages. If you enjoy nature, an hour drive will usually get you to the country side where you can hike mountains, camp, fish or hunt. If you like hockey you will love this place.

As a final word of advice, if you come from a foreign land you have a way better chance in Ontario. Quebeckers are extremely closed-minded individuals. Their colonial history has shaped their society into a closed protectionist of their own identity and values. If you remotely sound or look or think different than them then you will never fit in here. Even if you speak perfect french, their french is not the same and you will have a hard time understanding their slangs. Many people in recent years have picked-up and left for either Alberta or Ontario because the job market there is much stronger and growing. Businesses in Quebec have also moved because of the government's stubborn stance on the french language, heavy bureaucracy and high taxes. Also, Quebec has the highest level of corruption in Canada. The mafia is deeply rooted in the Montreal municipal government which costs the city a lot of taxes so they can allocate construction contracts to their mafia friends. Montreal is good only for students, not to raise a family.
#Faad on Oct 19, 2014 :
Hi there I would like to know sinc eligible to apply for immigration according to a lawer do any one been successful in this way?
#Yemi Hart on Sep 15, 2014 :
hi, we are a family of four (4) moving into montreal soon, we would like to know the financial cost of housing,minimum salary if i and my husband get a job,elementry school fees for our two children, feeding clothing etc.we are taking french classes now.pls let us know the finncial budget so we can plan say for a year.
#Sue on Sep 14, 2014 :
Hi all - anyone looking for a 2 bedroom apartment - feel free to contact me Sue -

I can help you with information regarding the city as well - it will be my pleasure
#ameya on Sep 12, 2014 :
Hi, myself Ameya within two months I will b in motreal for my job purpose my basic pay is 2500 cad is it sufficient for personal expenses as well as saving for future. And I can't speak French it would be big challange for me to stay in Montreal please reward me bak
#Alkesh on Sep 10, 2014 :
Hi i m from india,
i have received file no. from quebec immigration since one year, but i have not received yet any further update.
quebec immigration takes lot of time for processing our file so can i hope that they will process my file in future or i should choose the another option. i have completed french language level-A1 & i will give the exam of TCFQ shortly. Which level is enough for 'CSQ'.

Thanks & awaiting for your reply...
#michelle on Aug 24, 2014 :
Hi im michelle im now living in new york,but my husband and I,want to move to montreal we both have a green card from will be easier for us to work with a green card...knowing that im very good in french....
please help me cause im confused...
any advise will help...
#Christy on Aug 16, 2014 :
Hello Vama & anyone else who can help,

I am intending to move all alone to Montreal in the near future... I do live in the middle east right now.
Can u assist me in the monthly cost of living.. How much do i need to spend each month for living ( housing, food, transportation,etc...).
Is it easy to find a job? Noting that i work in logistics field and i have an experience of 4 years. I am good in french and english.
Do u think i will have to attend any special courses related to my profession (logistics) to be able to find a job easily? Noting that i got my masters degree in management from UQAC.
Are there any organizations that can assist me to settle safely since i'm going to Canada all alone? Can these organizations ensure me housing/residence and other services as soon as i land in Montreal? f yes, at what cost?

Thanks in advance
#Waqar on Aug 07, 2014 :
Hi,Abhinav Anand

I am waqar from Germany and originally from pakistan. I also got PhD with same amount in ETS, LACIME - Laboratoire de communications et d'intégration de la microélectroniqueMontreal. I want also know the cost of living and other stuff. If you like you can share your email address with me and we can be in-contact with each other maybe we start at same time.
#Abhinav Anand on Jul 24, 2014 :
I am Abhinav from India.
I have an offer of PhD from Synchromedia lab, ETS, University of Quebec, Montreal.
I will be getting scholarship of 1500 Canadian dollar (C$)per month. I want to know, will it be sufficient enough for me to survive there. On an average how much I will have to spend per month as living expenses. Is it possible to save some money from the amount 1500 $C per month.
#Kiranjot singh on Jul 10, 2014 :
One of the best webpage I saw about Montreal till now :)
I am planning to move Montreal from India, for doing 2 years yoga course and part time job preferably in yoga. The institute is situated in Avenue Casgrain. So which area should I prefer to live in a single room on sharing basis. Also how much average cost would be there for one month if we cook a our own food.
I have completed in yoga science. Can I get a yoga job over there? If yes how much can I expect if I work for 4 days per week(because rest of the day will be our class). If not what other options are there?
#Amit on Jul 09, 2014 :
Hi, I am from India. I will be moving to Montreal next Month with my spouse. I have 1 kid who needs to go to grade 1. We don't know French but English. I am bit worried for my daughter schooling. As she does not know french so what are her chances to get admission in the English medium school and what will be the fees.
#sheree on Jul 05, 2014 :
Hello i have a postdoc. offer in university in Montereal, i will have around 1700$\month.
i have three girls (10 years, 7 years ans 3 years)and i have lots of concerning;
1- if this moneny will be enough for us to leave there.
2- can i found good public schools for my kids (they only know English)
3- all of my family members don't know anything about french, so can we leave there with our english
4- is it easy for my husband to find ajob there?
5- can i apply for immigration while i'm in montereal
thank you for your time
#Amitava Roy on Jun 28, 2014 :

I just plan to move Montreal Canada with my Family. I have one kid and wife. I have Immigrant Visa in Skilled Worker Civil Engineering Technology. Though We passed DALF A-2 but we are not so fluent in French . Whether It would be so difficult to get Job. Please also suggest which location nearby metro will be good to stay and study of my Child in Montreal. My Daughter is in 3rd Slandered.
#José Luis Silva on Jun 17, 2014 :
Hello Vama , i´m considering to apply for a scholarship(2500 CAD/month) to do a 4 years PHD degree in Quebec. Do you think it´s enough for me, my wife and my son(2years old)? My wife has an undergraduate degree in law school(Brasil) , so i´m considering that she also could work to increase our monthly gains. Could you please help us with a personal advice ?
#Anonymous on May 14, 2014 :
Hi vama
Thank you alott!!and about my french language im very good and its not a probleme to me my friend and i speak french very well.Anw tahnks alottt for ur help but i need to know the name of important hospitals in montreal if you can help thats will be a great news for me.
Again,tanhk youu very muchhh!!!!
#JO on May 11, 2014 :
hello vamma,
i would like to know about the quebec immigration process payments for quebec goverment and...federal goverment ,,,can you please ....tell me..
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Vanz,

first thing i need to tell you is , the immigrant agents do not have any power to make your application accepted. in my opinion you can do it in your own.

As your husband is the principle applicant, the age could be against your selection, the second one against you is knowledge of french.

The immigration department will not send you any letter to learn french , instead they may send you a rejection letter and ask you to file more documents or information if you have any (which can be french knowledge)

As far as I know your file is a difficult one (sorry to say this)
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Wassim,

sorry i replied with a wrong answer in my earlier reply.

For you to get into montreal, please be sure that you are at intermediate level in french and you are a certified nursing professional, you will be given a training once you get a job in one of the hospitals here .

The initial selection process is a bit tough if you do not have french knowledge, hope you verified your points on the skilled worker category.

once you get the selection it will take only 6 months for you to get into canada.


the immigration office has some good officers who wants to select all the applicants, some will always find a reason to reject you.
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Ermal Bellani,

For you to start in montreal, 6000$ is sufficient for 3 months even you can drag upto 4 months with this amount. The rentals are cheaper here.

Do not worry about your job until you are good in french, if your search is on target, your will get a job in 8 weeks(2 weeks for initial formalities for new immigrants)
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Wassim,

For you to start in montreal, 6000$ is sufficient for 3 months even you can drag upto 4 months with this amount. The rentals are cheaper here.

Do not worry about your job until you are good in french, if your search is on target, your will get a job in 8 weeks(2 weeks for initial formalities for new immigrants)
#Vama $ on May 10, 2014 :
Hi Bini,

As you are from Nepal, your application will be processed in Delhi or Hongkong, you can see from the following link the current processing times

In this link they might have listed cut off date of application i.e. if they say jan 2013 that means they processed upto that month.

The normal time taken for QSC is 18-24 months in your region.

if you do not have enough points then they might inform you within six months to send any docuements that could help you to get more point, but if you have the points they will send you an interview invitation.

if you had not received any information from them for 12 months then your points should be ok and they will soon confirm about the interview soon. please improve your french knowledge before the interview which is an elimination criteria.

all the best
#vanz on May 07, 2014 :
hi vama, we lodged our application to quebec embassy or quebec government last march 2014, we are a family of seven, my husband and i, a 22 year old daughter - An Accountancy graduate still reviewing for the board exam this coming october, a 21 year old daughter-a nursing graduate who will be taking the board exam this month, a 15 year old high school daughter, a 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son both elementary students, actually my husband is the principal applicant, we are both government employee in the philippines as administrative assistant for 15 years, we submitted all the required documents but we don't have any french language proficiency yet, as per our agent the quebec gov't will send us a letter if we need to take the french language test. We have not heard from the quebec gov't or embassy yet.

my inquiries are....what do you think of our application, does it have a higher percentage of admission to quebec as immigrant?
#wassim on Apr 23, 2014 :
hi vama,
it's wassim who was talking with you and excuse me because i didn't write my name.You are very kind answering my questions.I need to know,as a nurse,do we have a chance to be accepted in montreal??
What should i have to do to begin the demand of immigration.Please we need your help because there is no one else can help us.
Thank you very muchh.
#bini on Apr 21, 2014 :
Hi,Vama. I am resident of Nepal and by profession i am nurse, currently processing my documents for immigration in Quebec. I am waiting my Quebec selection certificate. How long will i have to wait to get it and, what is my chance of getting Qsc. Thanks.
#Ermal Bellani on Apr 16, 2014 :
Hi,we are a couple of nurse,and we are moving to montreal in a near feature.we are a litle scare for the new life.the cost of living for the first 3 month,how much a house with 2 rooms does cost?is the montreal the best place for the nurse as we heard?
Kind regards,
#Vama $ on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi DK,

Montreal is the financial capital of Quebec , I would suggest it is better you settle within the montreal Island. You will have a lot of opportunities within montreal as well as a few places which are just out of montreal(places like brossard , laval etc)
#Vama $ on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi Anoob,

If you are applying for Quebec , you need to submit your application to immigration bureau in Hongkong , but remember if you are not an intermediate level in French then quebec is not an option for you. For more information please go to

the second option is applying for federal migration in which you can migrate to any province in Canada except quebec. go to for more information.
#Vama $ on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi #Anonymous on Mar 28, 2014(as I do not have your name, using the date to identify)

please do write with a name next time , it will be easier to answer.

if you are successful in DELF , it is a big advantage for you.

Coming to the cost of living , $25000 a year is more than enough for two people if you share accommodation. I would say, Rent 600-700(including heating) transportation 80+80(public transport) if you cook yourself , it will not be more than 200$/month/person. 1500$/month is sufficient for both of you in the first year.

About location in Montreal, you need to find an apartment near a metro station which will save you money and time. I would suggest the following places for you to look for an apartment Lasalle /ville-emard or Côte-Des-Neiges , if you are ready to opt for a congested place then park extension is a good place to have cheaper apartments.

if you have more questions please let me know , please do write with your name next time.

#Anonymous on Mar 28, 2014 :
hi vama
please i need your help , im a nurse (a single one)and im planing to move to canada the next year with my friend and he is a nurse too and he is single.We are lebanese and we can speek the french very well and the french is the second language here and we use it in schools,universities and works.And we are going to take the "DELF":it's a french diploma internationally recognized.And we heard that Canada is the best place for nurses.Are we making the right choice??where is the best place to live in montreal?? (because it's our destination).And a 25 000 $USD are good enough to live the first year?please we are depressed because no one help us and i have a lot of questions to ask.Please help us !!
#Saskatonian on Mar 24, 2014 :
We have been living in Sask for 35 years and plan to retire in Montreal area. We look for a tranquil place with easy access to the Center, but do not want to be in its midst. French milieux or Anglophone neighborhoods are equally attractive. Any suggestions....
#Anonymous on Mar 23, 2014 :
I am an International student planning to start my PhD at McGill in Fall 2014. I am planning to move with my family (wife and two kids. Are there any financial support programs for International Students in Montreal?
#dk on Mar 16, 2014 :
i am thinking of moving to qubec,canada with my family.i have to 2 kids.3 year child and 8 months child and my wife is a nurse.which place is best for nurses, with low cost expences.i m planing to near by a that the best way..?
#anoob on Mar 08, 2014 :
my name is Anoob from india. How i can apply pr for canada
#vama on Feb 22, 2014 :
Hi Sunny,

I think the answers I gave to Sheila could help you in a way to get some information about the cost of living and the job opportunity in your field.

As you are coming with two kids, you may not have much of a problem for your initial finances. You may get more child benefit amount for the second child.

bottom line is you need to learn French before you come here(at least to an intermediate level), although you can enroll in an advanced French course here.
#Vama on Feb 22, 2014 :
Hi Sheila,

this is the link for French courses

when it comes to child benefits ,You will be meeting with a Quebec immigration office at the airport , the officer will give you an appointment with Quebec immigration counselor at a later date, During this counseling they will provide you with the forms required for child benefits.

As far as the French course is concerned, you can apply through the site I mentioned above. you may need to mention a reference number from your Quebec selection certificate. There will be a question in your application on whether you need financial assistance.
#sunny on Feb 17, 2014 :
I am nurse from india planing to miggrtae to quebec with my family including two kids.i like to know more about quebec living cost and the job opportunity.can anyone helps me????
#Sheila on Feb 15, 2014 :
Hi Vama.

That so nice of you. I really appreciate your help.
Regarding the french course, does it mean while we are in the course we will receive $460 each? How long does the course take? Would you please send me the links where they offered the french course and where we can apply for child support. My understanding is we will do that once we get there. I just want to preapre all the requirements needed. Again, thank you Vama.

#vama on Feb 13, 2014 :
Hi Sheila,

When you select a place in Montreal, it should be close to the metro (walkable distance), I would suggest Lasalle /vill-emard or Côte-Des-Neiges area you can find a cheaper apartment which includes you heating cost and they will provide the refrigerator and the stove. you may need to buy the other furniture (may be cheaper second hand ones) the initial cost for buying things will be around 600$(TV , bed, sofa, dining etc.). your monthly expense (rent $550 1 bed room/kitchen/living we call it 3 and 1/2) could be at around 1500 to 1750 a month initially. In the mean time you will start receiving child tax benefits and child assistance (could be around 200-300$ a month) this will help you to spend for your child.

if you enroll to a French class you will get a stipend of 115$ a week this will account to $460 a month, if your spouse too take the course you may get $920 if you put all these amounts together you will get around $1200-1300 a month which is sufficient for you until you find a job. so the life will not be that difficult if you come over here with $6000.

let me know if you have any more questions.
#Sheila on Feb 12, 2014 :
Hi Vama,
Thank you so much for your reply. Thinking that I could possibly owning a house in two years was great! ^~^

Anyway, I think you're right, acceptance and embracing the whole country will make it easier like we've been knowledgable that Montreal is a bilingual country and knowing French is a necessity. So we might as well learn and study the language.
In addition, would you be able to suggest please on where is the best place to settle in montreal? For a starter like us, cheap but of course safe is a must. Lets say it will take us 2-3 mos without work, could Cad $6000 enough to survive?
Thank you!
#vama on Feb 12, 2014 :
Hi Sheila,

As you are a Nurse, you have a great opportunity in Montreal. Once you land here , I recommend you to learn the French language. There is a super hospital which will be opened this year(2014) they need a lots of doctors and nurses, nowadays Quebec allows doctors from other countries to register here.

if you take a decision to move to Montreal, it is good one at the same time you may need really work hard for the first two years to stabilize your family on all the aspects, who knows you can be an owner of a house at the end to two years.

all the best
#vama on Feb 12, 2014 :
Montreal is a good place for immigrants, it is a choice you need to make between the cities where the life is fast(Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa etc.) and a relatively slower lifestyle (Montreal). My advice for the immigrants is, if there is a will there is a way , you need to accept the language(learn French immediately you land here, this will make a big difference),you can help your kids in their studies if you spend 6 months in a French course.

If you are looking only for money or if you compare the earnings here with other cities then I would say you are making a mistake. The initial stay here will be struggle for everyone but the situation may change quickly if you try hard for jobs.

Job hunt: some immigrants come to Montreal with a higher expectation on salaries and when they get a job or apply for a job , they compare the salaries outside Montreal(which is always higher) and they start to make excuses that "it is hard to get a job without French" , I would say if there are 1000 jobs in the market now, 30-40% of those jobs may accept a candidate who speaks only French. if you are looking for a blue collar job then 90% of the jobs does not look for the language. for the white collar jobs you need make the right hit (apply for all the jobs even if they ask for French) if the job advertisement says "bilingualism" that is an indication that if you know English you will be considered. The strategy you need to adopt is to compromise on your salary to have a full time permanent job (this is more important to be successful in Montreal) . Even if you have lesser salary , you can have your expenses within that.
#Sheila on Feb 12, 2014 :
I would like to ask for help to decide if it is a good idea to move and live in Montreal. We are currently living in Auckland, New Zealand and the cost of living here is a way too high. I have read that it was 28% lower there in Montreal. I have read the comments above and some gave me a fright really. We are applying as immigrant so we will find a job as we get there. Is it easy to look for a job? We are both nurses but has not yet registered in Canada. We have a 7 yrs old son. Shall we stay here in Nee Zealand? Help. Thanks :)
#Exiled on Feb 01, 2014 :
I moved two months a go to Montreal, and i think it is a mistake. Months people described it right , it is a bad place to live unless you are a drug addict. I lived in large cities before such as Houston,Toronto , but this city is so unique in its own way. You may find people love this place, but if you are an average human being you wont like it
#Phanta on Dec 19, 2013 :
Montreal is shit. Corrupt. Smelly. Smoogy and humid, polluted in summer. Your kids will NEED to learn french even in english schools it's 80% french. Good luck helping them with their 20 pages a week of home work in grade 1 ALL IN FRENCH, eng. schools have no english books in the library. Fuck Marois and her flappy twat. Im getting out as soon as I can find a job in ontario.
#Sam on Dec 10, 2013 :
Montreal is great. Especially if you're an Artist or someone living 'outside of the sqaure'. Abundance of wonderful bars, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, fashion stores, cinemas. Lot's of great independant grocery stores and to be honest the cost of living ain't too bad when you factor in the rent is anywhere from 1/4 to 2/3rd's of what you would pay in another city. I don't speak french and I get by just fine, although if i did spend 2-3 months taking lessons the jobs I would be able to work would increase dramatically.

Also, people tend to be happy here, and it's one of the few places i've lived/been that engenders a real sense of community in certain neighbourhoods.

The city itself is beautiful, downtown is one of the least gross downtowns i've encountered, the mountain is fantastically beautiful, a real gift to the people of this city. 10 Minutes of walking and you're in complete wilderness.
#wassim on Dec 03, 2013 :
Hello everyone.Im a nurse and im planing with my friend to move and work in montreal.Im wondering about the coast in there.Can anyone help me??
#wass123 on Dec 03, 2013 :
Hi,im a nurse in my final year in university.My friend and i planing to move to Montreal to work.We are libanese and we can speek Frensh very well and the english to.Im wondering if anyone can help us what to do.pleasee hellp us
#Anonymous on Nov 07, 2013 :
Hi,I am planning to move to Montreal in two years with my husband and our three children now 7,5,and 2 years old.
Can anyone tells me which good and cheap place to go to especially in terms of house rent,children schools and finding jobs for me and my husband
#Mleue on Sep 25, 2013 :
Stay away from Montreal. The idea that Montreal`s cost of living is acceptable is wrong. You pay less to live to rent, but you`re paid less at work as well. Services here are really awful, people are rude, a large quantity of quebecois are dirty, smelly, rude and taking full advantage of welfare blaming immigrants for their wrong doing, but it seems to me that there are more immigrants working than locals. Housing here is also very bad when considering the way houses were built and how they are maintained. Most apartments are falling apart, pest infested, you have horrible landlords, windows that don`t open, lack of safety, noisy neighbours and so on and so forth.
Driving here is horrible. Statistics Canada puts Montreal as the second place with most accidents in Canada, right after GTA, but WAY smaller than GTA, so in the end, it counts for more.
Health care is really bad... Unless you go to the hospital unable to breathe, count on waiting between 8 and 24 hours for EMERGENCY!
All public service is in French and although the rule is that they should be bilingual, they aren`t and resent answering in English.
The separatists are as strong as ever. Canada would do WAY BETTER by cutting it`s losses and letting go of this province that sucks all the milk that the rest of the country works hard to provide. I come from Ontario and can`t wait to go back home.
Montreal has the HIGHEST number of cases of domestic violence in the country. Yet, the justice system is completely unfazed about it and deals with it as a slap on the hand kind of problem. One MD here killed his 2 children. Less than 3 years later he is free and working again. This province is going to the dogs.
There`s no work, no security, no honesty, no justice and if you take the bus or subway to go anyway you will also notice that they have no soap.
#Andres on Aug 24, 2013 :
Just to answer a few questions I saw here... I've been living in Montreal for 7 years now. kind of getting motivated to move to BC. As a separatist gvnt is in power, aggressive and excluding laws have been put in place. Eg.

French: It is mandatory that all companies demand their employees to speak french at work so you do need french to find a decent job and to get along with la societe quebecois.

Schools: You cannot register your child in an English school even if it's private. Only if you were educated in english and you have prove of it. Children are forced into the French School system by the means of welcoming schooling which is French and Math (In french) the years that are necessary until your child gets the level to adapt to the regular system, totally isolated from the rest of the school. School drop-outs in Quebec exceeds 25%

Taxes: Almost everything here is taxed. from purchases expect almost a 17% rate as instead of adding federal and provincial taxes, here, you are charged the federal 5% of an amount then charged provincial tax to the subtotal (9.5%), besides your income tax that goes from 30-35% up to more than 50% depending on where your household income stands. So if you think that rent is cheaper than other Canadian cities, Remember the taxes you are paying by the second.

Health: Expect the longest waiting times in Canada and poor health facilities. NO FAMILY DOCTORS AVAILABLE.
If you are a doctor and want to work in Quebec, expect almost impossible acceptance and low wages compared to other regions of North-america and of course you DO NEED to speak french.

Transportation: Decent availability through the whole city for CAD$3.00. Make sure you have exact change or get the passes. A woman got a CAD$200 ticket for boarding a bus with a 5 dollar bill with her 2 year old kid last week. No AC on buses during summer.

Traffic: Try to avoid at all costs HWY 15 & HWY 40 mess. Greater Montreal Area is almost 4 million people and the road infrastructure might've been made for 1 million. Total collapse during rush hour without mentioning falling bridges and countless potholes all year round. The whole road system of the province is decadent as corruption drags and eats all your well-earned pennies.
Gas prices are 15 cents more expensive in Montreal than in the surroundings.

Culture: Montreal is a fun city. Lots of activities all year round.

If you are muslim, or from any other culture or religion and you wear any distinctive item, A new ridiculous law is in place that bans you from wearing it in any gvnt building or place. Being the Quebec Gvnt, the mayor employer in the province it is obvious that you are automatically excluded from being part of them.

Vive Le Québec Libre!!!
#ELHAM on Aug 18, 2013 :
Hi.We are going ti live in montreal new three mounth.Do you know which neighborhood is better for us for our first mounth as a nice safe and cheaper one.thank you!
#white_rose on Jul 18, 2013 :
I am immigrant here and I don't know French, My son will be in grade one this year, he will go to French school. I am worried on how can I assist him at the school time if I don't know French, especially in readying in French, dictation in French, etc... He might get bad reports because I don't know French.
I appropriate any suggestion or help.
#Julian on Jul 18, 2013 :
Notice hat these numbers depend a lot on lifestyle of the person. My wife and i live with our two kids (1 and 3 years old) in Verdun which is a cheap place, well located, only 7 minutes from downtown and we spend $750 on rent (we're $50 under average as the city is slowly becoming expensive) and $400 in groceries. We pay average $90 for electricity ($40 in summer, up to $150 in winter). School is free unless you want a private one which will cost from $200 to ... anything you want. School is in french, mandatory, unless your parent went to english school (anywhere in the world) hence you have the right to go to an english school too.

I have a used car (lincoln navigator) which eats a lot of gas, travel yearly to my home country, travel a lot to NY, eat outside 2/3 times a month, have high speed internet (15/10 mbps) and cell phone (no tv, i use internet). Our average expenses are $1700 monthly and we can't say that we miss something.

Notice that Montreal es always less expensive than any other city in canada but the taxes are higher than anywhere else and also the salaries are lower. But USA, i mean plattsburgh or burlington which are 1-2 hours from here is always cheaper than here and you can buy groceries there (no duties as groceries pay no tax)

Btw, we never pay taxes we always get a refund around $2k or $3k. So make your calculations, hope this helps somebody.
#Shiro on Jul 17, 2013 :
hi again, sorry, but i am really worried about this whole place, i heard that people in Montreal are cold and mien, is there ganna be a chance of adjusting with all this? i hope we'll find English school, because french is not our best option, likely we're raised on English , thus french is hard when coming to school. and what's the difference between C$ and $(u.s.a)?

#Anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 :
hi...i am willing to migrate to montreal, but i don't know where we will end up i want to ask, if my family earns like 500 $ or less, can we manage two for school (grade 12 and banking)? mostly..what kind of job could we find for 3 people? and finally...if we end up in a french area, can we find any english school? i haven;t been well in french in writing and my sister is worse than parents don't speak frnech at all...will this be hard?
#mohanad on Jul 04, 2013 :
I want to know best place in montreal to rent a house but cheap and safe and near from every thing,we r new immigrants to Quebec,max I can pay a bout 700/m

#Faghan on Jul 03, 2013 :
Great website. I also suggest to give out sort of an overall basic costs for a single/couple something like this one:
#Bernard on May 27, 2013 :
You never become citizen of Quebec because it is not a country but a province of Canada. You are a resident of Quebec once you arrive and settle in Quebec. It is true that speaking French (and specially English) helps you find a better job here. Low to mid-pay jobs do not always require you to speak French but high paying jobs always require that you speak English. English is the International language but remember that French is the majority language in Quebec. Furthermore, one of Montreal assets is that it is multicultural. Most of immigrants speak French, English and their mother tong. Most of people raised in in Montreal speak both French and English. If you want to experience more of the French Canadian culture and are willing to learn French, Quebec city and other smaller cities might be better choices but it will be harder to get by in English and therefore harder to find a good job (if you do not speak French).
Cost of living in Montreal is very similar to most of other North-American cities but real estate cost is lower than let's say Toronto, Vancouver or New York. An advantage of large cities like Montreal is that most people can get around without a car. You could live in a suburb or outside of Montreal at a lower cost than Montreal but might find it difficult to get around without owning a car. Some people could live in Montreal for $2000.00 per month and others could not live here for $5000.00 a month because it is mostly a matter of the lifestyle you want. Monthly grocery cost around $800.00 and $800.00 or more for a small 1 bedroom apartment, for 2 people. Other costs are similar to other N.A. cities.
#Pawel on May 14, 2013 :
Hi there,
What do you think, is there any sense in moving from Europe to Montreal? After my debts i will have 3300 CAD per month to share with my wife and children (almost 1 year old). Any ideas about that?
#Fred on May 07, 2013 :
Hello, I am looking to open my own bar/club in the region of Plateau/st Laurent, do u know what or where I can find the rent rates per sqm please?
#jay on Apr 22, 2013 :
1900$/week is crazy the minimum is like 400$/week so with 1900$ a week ur good to go. and daryl if u make 80k wit 2 kids and a wife u can get urself a house and 2 cars and put ur kids in sports and buy ur kids all kinds of stuff and have enough to go on a small vacation
#Laura on Apr 06, 2013 :

It is crucial that your child learns French before starting school in Quebec. The language laws in Quebec are very strict. Even if English is a child's only spoken language, they must be taught in French (below college level) unless their parents specifically studied in English in Quebec when they were children. That means that anyone that moves from outside Quebec must enroll their children in a school that is taught only in French.