Cost of Living in Ottawa

Summary about cost of living in Ottawa:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.50 C$ 15.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 C$ 8.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 5.50-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.85 C$ 3.00-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.96 C$ 1.25-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.55 C$ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.99 C$ 4.27-15.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.41 C$ 1.81-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.37 C$ 0.68-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.80 C$ 2.00-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.23 C$ 3.18-7.71
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.13 C$ 4.08-8.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.42 C$ 4.54-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.48 C$ 0.99-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.76 C$ 0.57-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.68 C$ 0.91-2.49
Tomato (1 lb) 1.31 C$ 0.91-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.04 C$ 0.45-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.02 C$ 0.68-1.50
Lettuce (1 head) 2.10 C$ 1.50-2.70
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.87 C$ 1.00-2.39
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 13.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.45 C$ 1.97-3.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.53 C$ 2.00-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.50 C$ 12.00-15.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 C$ 3.45-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 116.00 C$ 110.00-116.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.30-4.65
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.86 C$ 2.41-3.49
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 19.88 C$ 12.00-24.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.77 C$ 4.54-5.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 C$ 20,349.00-29,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,599.88 C$ 19,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 169.16 C$ 100.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 C$ 0.20-0.40
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70.36 C$ 55.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 54.93 C$ 35.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.60 C$ 0.00-46.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,146.67 C$ 800.00-1,400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,950.00 C$ 12,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 62.78 C$ 45.00-85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.15 C$ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 93.05 C$ 70.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 122.22 C$ 80.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,263.27 C$ 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 985.60 C$ 800.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,064.39 C$ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,583.06 C$ 1,300.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 440.99 C$ 300.00-699.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 247.93 C$ 200.00-400.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,910.47 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.65 2.99-5.00

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Last update: October 2018
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16 Comments so far

#Özlem Yaşar on Aug 16, 2018 :
Hi. I live in Turkey and planning to move to Canada. I can find most of the information on the web but I couldnt find enough info about schools for my child. ı have 2 children 6 and 11. They dont know english. Can they attend any schools? How much does it cost to maintain their education? I will be grateful for your answers or related links.
#Saiful on Jul 27, 2018 :
Hi, I'm Saiful from Bangladesh. I'm planning to move here in Ottawa with my wife and a 2.5 years old child. Would anyone please help me by suggesting about the minimum rent, expenses and above all if both of us work then how much we need to earn at least to lead a normal life here? Also please give me information about minimum wage per hour here. I'm working as a marketing executive in a real estate company here in Bangladesh. Thanks a lot.
#Lekhraj Goyal on Jul 18, 2018 :
@Anonymous, I am from India and want to settle at Ottawa. Kindly help me.
#Stephy on Mar 16, 2018 :
Hi again !
We wish the rent pricing,would go lower and more affordable.It’s pretty hard,to survive and really not fair,for those who lives in the street or shelters? Wish they would have,their own privacy and security or no one needs,roommates or others strangers,to move in,to be able to afford,their house for rent,only ? I could just imagine buying a house and be able,just to afford clothing,food or just a car ? Some people cannot afford,a car or some gas,to go to work,because,their rent is too high and unbelievable. It would help a lot of homeless and poor people,on ODSP etc to survive or get the chance,to make any dreams come true.We have one life and one chance...GOD bless everybody,peace and love.Let’s make it change and for a better place,to live.Fair and equal.
#Anonymous on Jan 23, 2018 :
Hi, I am a U.S. student looking to possibly study in Ottawa. On-campus housing is expensive, so I was thinking about living off-campus. Could I reasonably do that or would I be better off living on-campus?
#NonAnonym on Oct 23, 2017 :
To make a decent wage in Ottawa you don't need 80000K. That's totally inacurrate. 5500 CAD gross/month is a nice salary, not high but really nice salary. Rent starts from 1100-1300 for a basic apartment. You still have plenty of disposable money to spend and save comfortably.
#Anonymous on Jul 21, 2017 :
5500 CDN is not a high salary. Rent of 1000 will get you a small 2 bedroom apartment or basement apartment, plus utilities. Costs of regular life will cost around 3,500 per month if you are not extravagant. if the 5500 CDN is gross you have to realize that you will lose 1/3 on taxes. Also there is a 13.5% tax and everything that you buy, including services from others. To make a decent wage in Ottawa you would want a salary (gross salary) of $8000 minimum.
For other costs look at the calculator also on this site.
#Anonymous on Dec 23, 2016 :
Hi I am Indian professional. Is salary 5500CND enough to live a normal life in Ottawa. I have searched for rents. For 1000 CND, decent apartments/ homes are available. What about the other expenses? I need to save around 1000CND/m. Please Guide me...:)
#RestoringMotherland on Aug 01, 2016 :
The first ever apology to the native aborigine from the Chinese-origin Taiwan president might be a sign that all the ancient and new Chinese-origin immigrants would leave Taiwan for good in the near future in order to restore the full independence of the native aborigine. So wondering when the Chinese-origin immigrants including the current Chinese-origin Taiwan president and her Chinese-origin colleagues in the new Taiwan government would leave Taiwan, indeed the sooner the better for the native aborigine to establish their own nation without a blood of Chinese immigrants.

It is indeed a victorious news for the aborigine all over the world so aborigine in US, Canada, Australia, etc should take this rare opportunity and immediately urge the ruling immigrants in their respective territory to follow the lead of the current Taiwan president and prepare to leave the mainland of their territories altogether in order to restore the full independence of native aborigine in their rightful territory
#Rebbie on Jun 22, 2016 :
Hi Amine

As provides stated it costed it costs at least $785/month for a bachelor appartment.
I have to agree with their numbers as one of my friend pays $750/month for his bachelor.
You might consider renting on the campus or finding a roomate to lower you rent.

good luck
#Amine on Mar 18, 2016 :
Hello everyone, ı am a Moroccan university student and ı want to carry on my studies in Ottawa.Can you please provide me about how is rent there for students.Are there any exception or not? Thanks in advance
#Abi on Nov 29, 2015 :

We are planning to move to Ottawa. Can anyone let me know the cost of living here and the below queries
1. Job opportunities
2. Cost of living
3. Minimum salary here
4. how much we can save if husband and wife are working
5. House rent & transportation
6. how easy to get a part time jobs initially

Can anyone please help me.....
#Pascoal on Nov 02, 2015 :
first of all i would like to know more about the rent house and university into this city
#Anonymous on Sep 30, 2015 :
@Jose Diaz Ottawa is a really nice place, and the crime rates are really quite low. If you don't speak French at all I'd suggest you stay away from Quebec, as Quebec has a lot of French people, but most people in Canada speak English, so you should be fine. I'm not sure how expensive Ottawa is exactly, since I've been living there my whole life, so I guess I'm just used to the prices. Ottawa is extremely safe, so you and your family should be fine. Good luck moving to Ottawa/Quebec!
#Jose Diaz on Sep 21, 2015 :
I am from Mexico but the living in here now a day has become very difficult (crime rate, government corruption, drugs, high cost of living, high taxes, etc.). I have my own business, very sucessful I might say but thanks to that, crime has came knocking at my door (extorsions). I am selling all my properties because I want to get away from that and relocate in Canada. I love Canada, been there before and got in love with Quebec and Ottawa.
We are 4 pax (me, wife and two baby girls), we are fully bilengual (no french at all thou), so what can you tell me? Whats is better for us? We want a new and better life for our girls, a place where we can walk and dont feel unsecure. Where I can work and not been afraid of getting and extorsion phone call or getting a family member been kidnap for ramson. (not been to drastic, but is true, kidnaping has increase in Mexico way to high).
If I sale my business and properties I will be taking there some decent money in my pockets that we want to invest in a small hotel or restaurant.
Reading a lot of articles about the two cities gave some doubts because I read that Quebec is very cheap to live at but have a hugh tax program that takes most of the income a family make, heard that french speaking people are rugh to the nonfrench speakings, boring, not enoughs doctors, etc. You know?!
About Ottawa, its a very expensive (rents, properties), not safe anymore, etc.
Wich city will you recomend me to look forward and what kind of hints can you give us before we even dare to move there?
Thanks a lot for your help.
#Phany on Sep 19, 2015 :
Why should we pay rent so high and the pricing of a rent is almost,to buy a house/apartment ?
The more rooms you need...the more expensive it gets and these days...some people needs,to live with relatives,friends,just to survive a rent.

My opinion is simple...every house for rent,should be one price and no one is allowed,to change that rule or go higher.
But,for every apartment,bachelors for rent...should be less expensive and smaller than a house,should be one price.
Every rooms,bachelors that apartment holds,should be one price no matter where you go in Ottawa and more rooms the apartment holds,the higher it gets,but stays average,no matter where you live in Ottawa.

To buy a house...should be the same amount,every month as renting it and allowed to put a down payment,to own it faster or how the house is worth for.

If,this would be the law and would be less of conflict or easy for everybody...everybody would be happy...less able to more surprise,for the rent to go higher,than someone else...fair/equal.

Thank you !