Cost of Living in Montreal

Summary about cost of living in Montreal, Canada:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 77.50 C$ 50.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 C$ 10.00-13.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 4.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 5.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.09 C$ 2.50-5.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.02 C$ 1.25-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.77 C$ 1.25-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.01 C$ 6.81-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.19 C$ 1.81-4.31
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.47 C$ 0.68-3.17
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.31 C$ 2.40-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.64 C$ 3.63-15.88
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.79 C$ 3.63-10.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.28 C$ 4.54-11.79
Apples (1 lb) 1.72 C$ 0.91-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 C$ 0.45-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.88 C$ 0.91-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.18 C$ 0.91-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.17 C$ 0.34-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.13 C$ 0.61-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 2.26 C$ 1.00-3.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.81 C$ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 12.99-24.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.33 C$ 2.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.61 C$ 1.50-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 C$ 10.50-16.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 C$ 3.25-3.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.00 C$ 82.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.55 C$ 3.25-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.82 C$ 2.74-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 C$ 36.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.54 C$ 3.94-5.03
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 C$ 22,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,439.84 C$ 22,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 96.14 C$ 60.00-160.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.35 C$ 0.10-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.02 C$ 50.00-89.95
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.88 C$ 15.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.80 C$ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 C$ 12.00-18.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 690.51 C$ 220.00-950.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,190.48 C$ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76.91 C$ 40.00-109.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.21 C$ 25.99-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 109.28 C$ 70.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 138.80 C$ 90.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,291.27 C$ 970.00-1,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 892.91 C$ 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,251.19 C$ 1,800.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,542.78 C$ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 552.30 C$ 464.51-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 321.01 C$ 232.26-405.05
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,314.56 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.48 1.95-5.00

Prices in Montreal

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37 Comments so far
Greg Donovan on Jun 01, 2021:
Montrealer is right to say the city is a joke and I would not recommend anyone who has lived in Europe to move here. Infrastructures are poor, life is expensive (taxes on goods and services are up to 15%, and in most services you need to add tips--even taxi drivers ask you for tips-another 15%, which equals to 30% more than the prices advertised, especially in restaurant), rents are expensive considering the bad quality of new and old buildings, poor (nonexistent) noise insulation (you can hear your neighbours peeing and all the flushing pipes) and food and alcohol are also super expensive--but this is for all Canada. Montreal is indeed highly impacted by corruption, it is very sad, but it is also destroying this city.

Construction seems to be the main industry, here. It was a nice city in the 1970s, but it has been on a downhill since the 1980-90s and now that inequalities are higher than ever, it is a strange place to inhabit-there are a lot of begging and poverty in the city centre, many are First Nations people who have been abandoned by the provincial and federal governments. Because of its small economy organised around services and construction, it is a rather trivial city in North America, many people talk about the art, but it is difficult to see how a place like this can generate any artistic life, especially since rents are now too high for artists to stick around and it is, at the exception of some wealthy neighbourhood, plainly ugly.

It is a city for those who have little ambition and who are happy with doing the same thing and having a small family, watch ice hockey and eating mediocre food like the so-called 'poutine', which is gravy on chips with fake cheese--discussing and utterly disgraceful. It is really for people who have no other options: 1-born here and stuck with a Canadian passport without much education or 2-fleeing difficult conditions from abroad. The weather is very unstable-miserable, most of the sun comes in the late afternoon, the winters can be difficult if you never experienced sub-zero temperatures and the maintenance of roads and pavements is pretty poor, so you can fall on ice and no one will take responsibility. My opinion is to go somewhere else than Montreal if you can. I haven't talked about the little culture war that is at the centre of why this place is so strange. If you have travelled a bit, this place resembles to Asunción in Paraguay, but in the global North. Look at the picture of the city and geographical setting (river, poor infrastructure--the metro is from 1967 and never been updated). It is a city that is stuck in its past and cannot move on.

Now, where I am not agreeing with Montrealer is on the CEGEP, as many programs are meant to train young people to jobs that do not require a university degree and the education is of good quality and free. University education is almost free, 3k a year for citizens from Quebec, and the level is ok, some universities such as McGill and University of Montreal are in the top 100 in the world with a range of programs, but as you can imagine, it is not here that you will get a cutting edge programme, but good enough for local needs, however if you interest is to go abroad, please do your MSc and PhD outside this province and city. In conclusion I would not recommend Montreal, Quebec nor Canada an immigration place if you are full of ambitions and ideas, you would gain more to go to the USA (a place with no identity problem unlike Canada and Quebec) or Australia, otherwise Scandinavia if you want to learn a Nordic language. There are other options in Canada as well, I would avoid Quebec as a Province (they will find all sort of ways to get rid of non-Francophone immigrants) and I would REALLY avoir Montreal, this place is over and post-covid is just going to turn things even worse.
Anonymous on May 10, 2021:
My comment is for "Montrealer" on May 10, 2021
Vraiment? Move out and fast! You clearly are not happy in Montréal.
Montrealer on May 10, 2021:
Corruption in this city is rampant. As evident in the extremely poor quality of the roads due to the local government choosing the contractors with the lowest bid and thus the worse materials to maintain the streets, roads, etc.

If you want to remain sane in this city compare the quality of life to provincial cities of corrupt post-Soviet countries instead of Europe and you will be much happier. Education is a joke, especially when there is a clear divide between publicly-funded high school and private expensive high school where 40% of the city's students are (mostly coming from affluent families or middle-income family who have to sacrifice a big part of their income so that their children don't become drug addicts because of horrible public school system).

This problem is mitigated once you reach higher education, but the CEGEP system is simply a pathetic waste of time, there's a reason it's only used in the province of QC. CEGEP certification is only useful to get admitted to university, so you essentially wasted a year of your life when in every other places you enter university after 12th grade instead of 2 years of CEGEP.

As for discrimination, mastering French is crucial if you want to get any sort of job that pays a livable wage. Otherwise, you can do what most other low-income 1st generation immigrants are doing and have a lot of kids to reap that generous social benefits and welfare and not have to work a day in your life while enjoying services payed by hard-working taxpayers like free healthcare and decent public transport.

In conclusion, this city will be hell for a hard-working middle income family while it is a welfare utopia for low income families who have a lot of children.
Mara on Mar 25, 2021:
I wish Montreal would stop claiming Kamala Harris she left after high school to go to college in America do you really think that if she had stayed in Quebec she would have gotten position equivalent to that of the Vice President of the United States of America yeah right
Anonymous on Feb 28, 2021:
Just responding to COSMOPOLITAN, the "international traveler" who is completely biased in his comment.
Treat people well and you will be treated well in this city.

1. If you don't speak French, you'll be fine. Though government services may be harder to navigate.
2. If you are not quebecois, don't worry about it. Learning a bit of french goes A LONG way though.
3. Yes... the roads are not so good...
4. Yes, the health system is hard to navigate, outdated, and congested.
5. Social life IS excellent.
6. I don't understand this comment.
7. The weather is SUBJECTIVE. Honestly, it's not so bad. HOT summers and often quite cold winters.
8. I consider Montreal to be a GORGEOUS city. The people are wonderful, the accent is charming and the French grows on you.
COSMOPOLITAN on Jun 03, 2020:
Dear readers
Im an international traveler, I fly thousands of miles every month. Lived in Toronto most of my life.then moved to Montreal. Im Mediterranean. I will not go in details but I had the following experiences in the city I also invested there.
1. If you don't speak French you are at the bottom of the list
2. If you are not quebecois simply forget about good jobs,pay,and treatment from others.
3. The roads ? The moon has better roads. Simply horrible,
4. Health Systems and services: lets just say, the vet has much better service, and the hospitals all i can say is: oh boy
5. Social life:excellent...due to large number of alcoholics and drug users. So everyone is xtra friendly
6. Please reconsider. Save yourself the energy the time and hassle.
7. The weather and how they maintain streets in the winter is awful.
8. I hope they will wake up one day and increase the standard of this city and its people. I consider Montreal the recycling bin of French speakers of the world.
Anonymous on May 05, 2020:
Hi all.
I'm from Iran. I want know more about Montreal. one of my most important questions is this: is it possible to work in Montreal with low French level and just with gaining a good level in English? I really need help about it.
Jack Abrahams on Mar 03, 2020:
I wanna come to Montreal with my wife for studying in university, then doing work and living.
Do you think it is a good city for me?
I wanna live in a safe and modern place, a good university to study Geography, and have enough money to buy a house and a car 10 years after starting work. for a person who knows french in b1 or b2 level, is there part time jobs with good salaries in Montreal?
also what kind of easy part time jobs are there for my wife?
help me please. thanks very much.
Danica S on Dec 15, 2019:
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Danica S on Dec 15, 2019:
wOw!!! Good grief people, they have good and bad souls in every place where you can live!

Born and raised here by immigrant parents. It's so multicultural and diverse.

As for apartments/housing arrangements, it's like this: should you choose to live in the downtown vicinity expect to pay top dollar for your space, your groceries, restaurants and entertainment. A - 1 bedroom apartment goes from $1300/month and the heat and hot water is included. Do you use 40 watt bulbs? Your electric bill won't cost you more than $25/month (it's what I pay...I have 3 lamps in my living room, 1 in the bedroom and 3 bulbs in a ceiling fan - I haven't turned off the ceiling fan in 11 yrs, except to clean it). If you prefer 100 watt bulbs, expect to pay $60/month or more!

If you choose to live a 20 minutes from downtown(via bus or subway) your rent for a one bedroom is between $750-900/month. Again most apartments have heating and hot water and appliances included (always ask).

I have the cheapest most reliable internet. Unlimited at 27MB (don't need more than 15MBs per person), I pay $34.95/month AND my modem is serviced by BELL! BELL and VIDEOTRON, for the same MBs unlimited charge you, $94/tax included.

Expensive areas are: West mount, Cote-St-Luc, Snowdon, Outremont, West-Island (DDO,Pointe-Claire,Beaconsfield, Bake d'Urfe,Ste-Anne's, Kirkland,Senneville).

Cote-des-Neiges area, best to live east of Cote-des-Neiges Road, if possible. NDG (Notre-Dame-des-Graces), plenty of places but best north of Sherbrooke Street.

I use Public Mobile with so many rewards that, my bill is $21/month for 1GB DATA.... everywhere I go, there's free WI-FI, so why would I pay more for data on free WI-FI? PLUS PM has given me 1 GB extra, until I use my GB up. Last week they gave 400 minutes free international calling and another 1 GBdata.

USE COMMON SENSE. Do a bit of research, ask people in coffee shops, in your hotel, wherever to whomever about where do they live, call 411 and ask the Montreal operator, etc.

Montreal is really a vibrant city, colorful and favorable. We have festivals every week starting on Victoria Day ,@ May 21st right up until end of October. We have 2 special winter festivals whereby each last about 10 days.

Don't be put off by the negative comments by people who haven't done they're research.
Danica Skirly on Dec 15, 2019:
I erroneously answered a question re Electricity,Heating,Garbage disposal,Water tax as $900. which has been corrected to $85.00/month for a 1 bedroom/400 sq ft apartment.

Note that Private French schools considerably cost lower than English schools. The cost I submitted (whether primary or secondary, is the same): $5000/yr.
This should be noted in your index, as we are a bilingual province and only if both parents attended their education in English in Quebec, will enable them to enroll in an English school otherwise it's mandatory that the child attends French schools.
eli on Dec 11, 2019:
Planning to leave Montreal soon. The cost of living is rising here and there's too much "diversity" from 3rd word countries. Also, locals are either very rich either very poor on drugs.
Karen Palmer on Nov 26, 2019:
I think I've had one of the worst times of my life since I moved to Montreal in 2017. I moved into a neighbourhood in CDN/NDG. I had a great little apartment with lovely small garden....the problems...neighbours. I was harassed relentlessly, stalked, had my power turned off, was threatened on many occasions... had beer cans thrown at my windows....etc. A nightmare of any single woman...I definitely did not feel safe at all where I was living, but it was due to a couple of male neighbours wanting to control my moves and my life....awful. I had to go with the landlady to the Regie to get this neighbor evicted....way too much stress.
I was hit by a car as a pedestrian crossing the road at a 3 way stop sign. The driver simply drove straight through the intersection while looking in the opposite direction and talking on his cell phone. Fortunately, he wasn't going to fast. I did end up on the tarmac with the front tires up against my chest though.
I was witness to a man walking right past my home (incidently, the area is not generally considered rough) with a gun drawn, swinging it by his side. I looked the other way so as not to make eye contact.
There was a stabbing just down the road at a local shopping centre.
I was completely flooded out of my suite by a mid winter watermain rupture. I came home to 5 feet of frigid water in my suite, everything floating in contaminated, muddy water. It was -25C outside. I was left with the clothes on my back and what I was carrying in my purse. The attitude of the fire department and the city was terrible. It took the city 5 hours to respond and show up to turn the water off. The attitude of emergency responders is so laissez-faire that I couldn't help but think that I was a major inconvenience in their day-to-day work.
So, I moved into the heart of NDG in mid winter with little time to research for another place to live. Shortly after I moved in, I was being harassed again by neighbours....I came home one evening to a neighbour next door beating up his girlfriend in the hallway. Another evening to a neighbour immediately below me fighting with his girlfriend and hanging over the balcony railing naked and threatening to jump off if she didn't do what he wanted her to do.
I have been stalked in the grocery stores. I was physically grabbed in a local mall by a man who came up behind me. I have almost been hit by other cars in the middle of a traffic light controlled crosswalk. The drivers are so aggressive that they will not stop until they are right in the crosswalks....that's if they decide to stop at all.
In the spring time, it is almost impossible to go to any cafe without being approached by older men.
All this has happened in just 24 months.
I can't even volunteer here because I am not fluent enough in French for them to want my time....that is unless I perform volunteer work as a workload replacement in a geriatric facility.
Terrible experience so far.
They are benefits to living in this city, but the drawbacks so far have cost me my health and well-being. I will be moving out of Quebec next year after I get through the litigation with the City of Montreal.
I urge anyone considering a move to Montreal to think again. The city is falling apart, is patriarchal to the core, and no-one really gives a hoot.
HappyCamper on Nov 15, 2019:
Oh lol, I have never seen so many negative comments about Montreal as on this forum. Like Dave on 14 August 2018 (below) I'm just really surprised. Obviously many people with axes to grind here... Had to love the guy making $65K and saying he barely scrapes by... Lol, lol,lol, does he drink champagne perhaps with every meal? the average four person family in Montreal makes less and they get by, lol!! I came to Montreal 20 years ago from NH when I retired. I've lived pretty much all over the world for professional reasons, and I'd just like to say: Montreal is the most enjoyable place I've ever lived in... Some of the remarks on this forum are absurd... more potholes than Baghdad...? Lol, I lived in Baghdad actually. Not sure that guy was ever in Baghdad--I kinda doubt it or he wouldn't write such nonsense. Bridges about to fall down? Oh, lol, where does it end??? Just people trying to score cheap shots... It's a great city, vibrant, reasonably inexpensive (at least on my retirement income), great restaurants, I've never encountered any issues regarding language (I speak several, including french), great cultural activities, lovely small Chinatown and other ethnic enclaves. Lol, if you hate the city this much... perhaps make space for others who would love to actually live here....?
Anonymous on Nov 02, 2019:
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 $1100-$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 buses 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.
sylvie lacasse on Jun 05, 2019:
Hi, I would like to know for your comparative between Montreal an Calgary if you did include the provincial tax of 9.75% for Montreal or just the GST of 5% ?

Thank you
USA #1 on May 09, 2019:
Lived here 4 agonizing years and going home.
My advice is this, always move when it is warm so you can see the types of people who live there. I moved into a old crappy building in a not so great slumghetto neighborhood near the port in Hachelaga. When I moved in it was winter unfortunately as it got warmer out these cockroaches came out and were loud, smoking drugs, drinking alcohol all over the place! You can't even open your windows because of these degenerates sitting on their balconies smoking drugs all day long! My mental health was not worth saving money. Some of these people look odd, do french canadians marry their 1st cousins?
AW on Feb 22, 2019:
Born and raised in Montreal's anglo west island. Went to Concordia for University and left to Toronto for my first job. My rent is now $1400 for a room in a 2 bedroom downtown. I make $65,000 a year and I am barely scraping by. I too once had nothing nice to say about Montreal, but I now wish to move back for good since discovering how reasonable it actually is to live there.

FACTS: French is a huge asset for employment but you can find jobs (mainly in sales and customer service) in English. They will teach you French for free. Just make the effort.

Beautiful city, perhaps the most beautiful in NA, especially compared to the dump which is Toronto.

Taxes slightly higher than Ontario, car insurance in Ontario is on average 150-300/month where in Montreal it is between 50-150

You will find shitty people wherever you go, there are amazing people here too, both French and English.
Anonymous on Oct 27, 2018:
MIA services is one of the biggest cheaters in Montreal, he earns a good portion from rent as he has taken the apartments on lease and even rents out apartments at a much higher rate. For Eg: Apt actual rent is $600, but he will charge you around $900 - $1000 pm, thus he is earning above $300 p.m. Persons like him should be deported out of canada
Dave on Aug 14, 2018:
Lots of Québec bashing down here (...any Québécois that's suprised??): French speaking Swiss tourists that needed a translator, "it smells piss everywhere", drug epidemic ("1/3 of population is on some kind of drugs. Its very obvious. "!!!), brutal customer service and sense of business, "people are closed minded and very hostile toward anything that is new or different", I've missed all of this for my entire life but luckily, we have some anglo canadians that noticed all of our imperfections and are there to enlighten us toward purity....God save the queen!
Anonymous on Jul 20, 2018:
Think twice, preferably 3 times before setting a foot here. Unless you are a student with PR or you are coming from a shit hole, you will never be happy here.

- DT is somehow compact (in north american standards), so living AND working in DT is somehow convenient
- A lot of hotties, beauty level here is high, and almost everyone is fit.
- Cheap Education (only if you are a PR in Quebec), although the standards are not so great and uninspiring, its still a good value for money if you are a Quebec resident.

Pretty much everything else .

- Very wired vibe in the city in General. People are resentful, hate the rest of the country, and generally angry all the time.
- Forget about manners. you will observe obnoxious behaviors all the time. While using metro, driving, walking, shopping, ect. manners here are worse than a 3rd world countries e.g. spiting, yelling, littering, public urination, drugs abuse in public are the norms around here.
- Hygiene problem: Its Dirty and smelly, this apply to the city, apartments, restaurants, and everything else.
- Drugs epidemic.Take random sample of commuters on the street at any time of the day within the city proper, and its guaranteed that at least 1/3 of population is on some kind of drugs. Its very obvious.
- Brutal customer service and sense of business in general. You will be shocked with the arrogance and stupidity that comes with customer service over here. the quality of basic products are inferior and come with way too inflated prices. Be prepared to pay 3X the price V.s a Global metropolitan cities like Tokyo, HK, Dubai and get much much less of the value in return.
- Forget about getting a job at your level if you are not a Quebecois. In order to get a job here, you should send thousands of resumes and go through tens of fake interviews until you settle on a job that is way below your competencies level and under paid (yes both). What's the point right?
- People are closed minded and very hostile toward anything that is new or different.

So, dude if you are a single guy and stuck here, open the passenger seat side and role out.

Good Luck!
Em on Jul 01, 2018:
I came to Canada when I was 5, and lived in many big cities in the country since, including Montreal for 6 years. My parents are polyglots, therefore, my siblings and I are as well and French is one of the languages we've learned when we were kids. I'm well-travelled and visited several French-speaking places around the world and none of them speak French the same way, even within the same country. I've been to several places in France and they speak VERY differently, sometimes, they barely understand each other from place to place. I experienced the same in Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria, Congo and Ivory Coast. Some places in Quebec speak the same way as few Northern Regions of France. Same stands for English speaking places, Spanish speaking places, Portuguese, Arabic and so on. To #frenchgirl who wrote a group of Swiss francophones needed a translator, Quebecers are not to blame, it's the ''stuck up bougie vacationers'' fault. I've been to South East Asia and Africa to places where people don't speak a word of any of the languages I speak and I found a way to communicate anyway without a translator and even managed learning something despite the language barrier. Anywhere I went around the globe so far I've been welcomed with open arms and ended up staying longer than planned. Canada is a wonderful place coast to coast, it's not flawless but if you come with a smile nobody can fuck with your vibe... you might even change theirs. Montreal I miss you, you were my first love.
Balwinder bath on Jul 01, 2018:
Very nice to see Living costs in different cities of Canada.
I very much liked Montreal. Jái aime bien la ville de Montreal(Quebec). Enchante.
Je suis professeur de Francais a lúniversite de Guru Nanak Dev a Amritsar-Punjab.Je vais visiter canada bientot.
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reza on Jun 11, 2018:
Hello I am Iranian . I'm 20 years old and I am a student of architecture. I want to immigrate to Canada to study. Which university in Canada is better in architecture? please guide me. Thank you
Anonymous on Mar 22, 2018:
Anyone who want to settle in Montreal can contact the South Asian women's community center for help , they provide all the information for initial settlement
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2018:

I am not an expert, but there are a lot of resources in Montreal to help you out, some online. Look for them :)
NEHA on Feb 07, 2018:
hello friends,
i am Indian ,i have 4 year old baby girl.i am planing to set at Montreal,i am nurse,i am afraid about my daughter schooling,and her my family nobody over there no back bone support too.i m wondering about how to survive over there. i have pass A1 and A2 in french,so pl guide me
Anonymous on Jan 02, 2018:
Hey Subin

What do you mean by survival job?

Also you might have to learn French, especially if you want to work as a nurse.
Subin on Dec 18, 2017: a nurse .I would like to know more information on what kind of survival jobs i can expect and Do i need to know French as I have even heard about free french classes taken for the new immigrants.
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2017:
Everything I say is, obviously, from my point of view. I have lived in Montreal my whole life, I was born there and such. It's just my opinion. It’s also a response to other very colourful opinions on here. Honestly, I would love to see from where you base your opinions, because, of course, “let’s base our opinions on stereotypes”.

First of all, not all Québécois are racists. I say this because I am part of a minority that lives in Montreal. All countries in the world have their batch of rotten apples and Quebec isn't spared. It’s not necessarily trash either. Not everyone has a mullet, lives in a trailer and curses at the whole neighborhood, smoking and drinking. This kind of behaviour would be really frowned upon, even by "Québécois de souche" and by anyone else! People are actually really friendly and like to help when they can. They are also very social. If you seem interested, they might spark up a conversation with you, learn more about you, and be genuinely interested. Québécois are passionate about their culture and their history. They fight for what they believe in. They believe in justice and fairness.

Quebec isn't exotic, but anyone who visits a different country or culture could find it, in a way, "exotic". Speaking of the language, what do you call English from the United Kingdom, The United States, Australia or Canada? English. Well, same here. French from France and French from Québec is very different, true, but it's because it's cultural, not real or fake. It' still called FRENCH. And historically speaking, the Québécois accent is the real "French" accent (here's the link for the info, sorry it is in French: Of course, someone from France wouldn't necessarily understand French from Quebec at 100%, especially if they go to places like Gaspésie or Saguenay. But it would be the same for a Québécois who visits France too. So, yeah, of course a translator would be needed. If you went to China or the US, wouldn’t you have a translator with you to help you understand what is going on around you?

And, as a Haitian person, Creole is not French. It’s Haitian Creole. It has its base from French due to history, of course, but also from English and Spanish, just sayin'. Same from Creole in the Barbados, French from New Orleans, etc. "Real French" doesn't exist. Languages evolve. French evolved too. So has English and pretty much all languages in the world.

Beautiful French women? "I'd have to use poor grammar, chew gum, smoke, drink, sleep around and be artificial to be liked." Um, no. This type of chick exists everywhere too. "Beautiful French women?" Are "real" French women pretty on the outside but ugly on the inside? Do they all act like you? If so, PASS. You say you are a nice person, but I doubt it. If you want my opinion, the people you met saw through your fake nice attitude.

Most Québécois family names come from France, by the way. It would've been good to properly follow your history lessons and make connections.

Yes, we defend French because it is French, even if you don’t want to admit it.

Yes, there are people who are racists but racism is everywhere. It sucks, but it’s true.

It's expensive sometimes, but there are ways to live comfortably.

I have no idea where you went to see people in trailers, but you certainly did not visit Québec the way you should’ve. If you had, you would’ve seen a country rich in culture and history, and the beautiful faces of the people in it. No place in the world is perfect at all. “White trash on steroids” exists everywhere.

So, sincerely «T'aimes pas, reste chez vous»
Adam on Aug 30, 2017:
LOL, French girl, so you don't sport a mullet either? Seriously though, you are 100% correct! Tourist have to live in the city to know what's really like, coming on vacation or a dorm as a student is not really knowing the city. And, give them about 1-2yrs of living here and they will curse lthis shit hole as well. I'd trade Paris over Montreal any day! Yes to the real beautiful French women and NO to the QC trash, LOL.
French girl, can you take me back with you?
FrenchGirl on Aug 30, 2017:
I am a French girl, I speak French very well but I yet to have found someone that actually speak French! Please call it something else!! LIke New Orlean call their dialect of FR: Cajun; Haitian: Creole; Acadians: Chiac... So, please everyone do us the real French form France people a favour and call what is spoken in QC: Quebecois, and NOT French.

Proof? Well when a group of francophone Swiss was visiting Montreal they had a translator with them because they could only pick up 30% of what was spoken to the said 'French' in QC!! That is about correct, a francophone will get about 30% of what Quebecois french slang.

Also, for the Americans who think QC is exotic because of the FR laugage and women, then you are dead wrong, nothing exotic about trailer trash on steroids (well said #18 months is enough!) Some may think they are hot because they are CHEAP, not to be confused with beauty!! You can get similar trailer trash at home in the USA, just go to Tampa FL, no difference!)

#DirtDev; Funny how I speak (real) French and I also have plenty to say about Montreal. Make no mistake, the racism is also to anyone that doesn't come from QC, who doesn't have a fabricated bastard inbreeded name (La porte, La chance...) As a very friendly and natrual REAL French woman I am viewed as the ENEMY, how dare I show people what a REAL French person is all about!!! SO, Other ethnicity francophone or not you will get the very same RACIST attitude. I get dirty looks in lady's bathroom when I come in and have a nice smile, they look at me as If I had horns on my head! I am a warm, friendly, natural real French woman and they don't like that, at all!! I'd have to use poor grammar, chew gum, smoke, drink, sleep around and be artificial to be liked. I DON'T THINK SO!!!

The QC are indeed racist, arrogant and ignorant, can't speak the language they pretend to defend (how ironic!), have no one will be accepted beside their own! Granted some few exceptions who are delgihtful people and well educated but I would say thats about 10%, must likely in affluent areas of the city.

SO, PLEASE STOP SAYING THE FRENCH ARE RACIST IN QC, THEY ARE NOT FRENCH, THEY ARE QUEBECOIS!!!! We French have STOP signs and EMAILS as well as SPAM, who want to call that POURRIEL??!! Really? I am quite insulted to have any of these trashy people call themselves FRENCH!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2017:
Move to Montreal if you like:

- To pay the highest taxes in North America
- To pay more for grocery, gas, clothing and everything else
- To pay more for your car insurance, plates and DL
- Have the worst health care system in Canada
- Worst street pot holes
- Most agressive Police who gets away with everything
- Most corrupt politician in NOrth America
- Have less human rights (language police?! freedom of speech, you can't even say what you think online without being charge with being a terrorist!)
- Poor customer service - you will not be viewed as a valued customer but as if you are disturbing them all the time and yeah, you have to say 'thank you' when you pay, and they will tell you welcome, isn't that supposed to be the opposite?)
- Woman who get married are not allowed to use their husbands name on DL, health card... You will ahve to go to court, spend thousands and be refused in the end. So, happily married women be prepared to be call MISS followed by your maiden name!
- Meeting people most have zero manners and very self centered and impolite. Open the door of an old lady and a young guy will push her out of the way to get through!
- Get paid less than all the other proviences
- Pay more for everything

Shall I go on? I speak 4 language and was forced into a French school against my will, after high school I moved to Ontario to continue my studies in my language of choice, that to is my human rights being breeched! I don't know of any place on earth that force people to study in a specific language!

Everytime I come to montreal it's more expensive and more oppressive! People who like it are too young or haven't been here long enough!
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2017:
As per my calculations Living in Surrey BC would cost less than Montreal, QC (and cheaper than Ottawa too), plus no need for winter tires, garage rental, extremely high car plates and insurance, cheaper grocery, clothing, gas, near 5% less sales taxes (12% instead of near 17%). I found really nicely located end of New Westminster/begining Surrey for $925 1br. 750sqf. heated, pool and nice garden.

I have an apt in a not so good old building about 50min from downtown Montreal by public transit or 30min by car. and it is the cheapest I could find for a 1br. I pay $960 - Internet (no cable or TV, phone..) unlimited $80 (special rate for 1 yr, then will be $105+taxes with videotron), Hydro QC: $75 (I only have a fridge and stove, and light bulbs which I make sure all are off when not using and no a/c!) Garage $150 (they get you there! we need that in -40 winters!)

Moving to Surrey, BC I'd save at least $300 a month with rental related and even more with Grocery, gas clothing... A+ health care too, QC is a C- while Ontario is a B+

Sorry but I live in NYC, London UK (4yrs 2012-2016), Milan IT, Miami South Beach FL (2010-2012) and Montreal (now) an I can say for certain that overall cost of living VS salary it is the MOST expensive city. And, it doesn't have much to offer compare to others!! In montreal I make 1/4 what I made in the UK and USA yet I pay almost the same in expenses. FOR WHAT?! I can say that beside London, Montreal is close second in terms of bad customer service and rude people without manners. If you are a woman you will get harassed all the time too and groped everywhere you go. Hey, some may like that but I don't! Good luck finding interesting intellectual well mannered people there!
Sam on Aug 22, 2017:
Im planning to move to canada.just wanna have a view where can i live with 4000 USD per month for 3 person?
Im not that much fit with cold climate
Anonymous on Aug 15, 2017:
I love Montréali that s the best city in the world, people are friendly not all of thrm , it depends wmhere you are located . .. and with who you are dealing , i lived almost 10 years there , moved for a couple years to Ottawa , and now i am back to Montreal ... For a single or a student , i will chose defently Mtl ,Family and kids , Ottawa. ... If you are a student you cAn survive no trouble in Mtl : a lot of roommates,,, a lot of restaurants, clubs, and bars : night life is fabulous , and dont worry you will found something to eat at 4 am , on week days.... if night life is good means a lot of small jobs ,part times and yes if you study you can do busboy or waiter somewhere on week-ends, and make your extra cash.... Aymen
Anonymous on Jun 25, 2017:
I am wondering whether cost of living captures tax added on each purchase and service added on each bill in the restaurant.