Cost of Living in Montreal

Summary about cost of living in Montreal:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 62.50 C$ 50.00-85.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 C$ 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 C$ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.00 C$ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.16 C$ 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.69 C$ 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.75 C$ 6.50-9.46
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.98 C$ 2.27-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.45 C$ 0.91-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.12 C$ 2.50-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.04 C$ 3.63-15.88
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.88 C$ 4.08-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.41 C$ 4.54-9.98
Apples (1 lb) 1.67 C$ 1.00-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.89 C$ 0.67-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.81 C$ 1.36-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.90 C$ 1.24-2.65
Potato (1 lb) 1.22 C$ 0.45-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.20 C$ 0.52-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.28 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.15 C$ 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.99 C$ 15.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.42 C$ 1.18-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.28 C$ 2.00-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 C$ 10.00-13.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 C$ 3.25-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 85.00 C$ 83.00-86.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.82 C$ 2.41-2.90
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 C$ 30.00-39.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.86 C$ 4.54-5.22
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,950.00 C$ 21,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,636.90 C$ 19,000.00-26,500.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 94.05 C$ 51.46-150.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.36 C$ 0.17-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 61.98 C$ 45.99-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 34.90 C$ 13.33-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.00 C$ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 612.00 C$ 240.00-900.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,654.76 C$ 3,700.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.00 C$ 40.00-95.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.75 C$ 30.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96.46 C$ 70.00-130.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 121.68 C$ 80.00-160.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,219.47 C$ 850.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 781.72 C$ 600.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,072.53 C$ 1,500.00-2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,319.83 C$ 950.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 514.57 C$ 418.06-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 309.65 C$ 232.26-375.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,215.18 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.52 3.00-4.30

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49 Comments so far

#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.
#Anonymous on May 23, 2017 :
I'm a girl from Vancouver, BC thinking of places where I should go to school. Because Vancouver is so expensive and I don't want to live with my parents for too long and bother them, I thought Montreal might be a good fit. I am currently enrolled in a French immersion program at my school and I will be graduating with a bilingual certificate. And yes, I love cold, winter weather (little iffy on hot, summer weather though since I'm extremely pale and burn easily) so I won't be bothered by the cold. I've already visited Quebec before, specifically Quebec City during winter, and I really enjoyed my time there and I didn't feel cold once (except for when I stuck my fingers in snow because they were too hot from my hand warmer bags). What could cause a problem is that even though I'm fluent in French, I don't really speak with an accent (which some teachers have criticized me about so I'm guessing it matters to other French-speakers). And I saw somewhere in these comments that if your name isn't French-sounding or too foreign you won't be hired, and we'll my name is really weird. It's a slightly common English name with a certain Important letter missing and many of my teachers mispronounce it on purpose in French to pull my leg sometimes. Could that cause any issues? My last name is very uncommon (at least where I'm currently living) and it's quite Welsh (since I have a lot of ancestry from there). If someone, anyone could answer it would mean a lot.
Thank You!
#temp resident on May 15, 2017 :
Having moved here from BC, I must say it's a welcome change. Although I love BC and miss the mountains, Montreal's lower cost of living allows me to really take advantage of the activities that previously I couldn't afford (out for dinner, shows, hockey, art galleries), which significantly improved my life. My french is solidly mediocre but I like to practice and once I make clear that I prefer not to switch to english, people play along. I do feel a bit silly because their english is usually amazing and it would probably be easier to communicate. The neighbourhoods outside of the city center (plateau, gay village, NGD, etc) are really charming and not far from the center (I bike) and very worth the rent savings. One things I dislike is the health care systems and how hard it is to see a doctor; very few clinics take walk-in patients and no appointments may be made if the doctor is not your family doctor (getting a family doctor apparently takes years).
#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.?