Cost of Living in Ottawa

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 68.09
Rent Index: 30.98
Groceries Index: 61.24
Restaurants Index: 73.31
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 50.29
Local Purchasing Power: 124.25
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.25 C$ 14.50-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 C$ 50.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.25 C$ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 4.90-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 5.00-7.95
Cappuccino (regular) 3.99 C$ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.01 C$ 1.31-2.70
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.65 C$ 1.00-2.29
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.67 C$ 4.29-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.18 C$ 1.81-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.26 C$ 0.91-1.81
Eggs (12) 3.25 C$ 2.50-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.78 C$ 2.71-7.25
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.24 C$ 3.63-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.10 C$ 4.54-8.02
Apples (1 lb) 1.62 C$ 0.91-2.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 C$ 0.40-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.45 C$ 0.86-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.32 C$ 0.63-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.96 C$ 0.49-1.49
Onion (1 lb) 0.89 C$ 0.45-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.22 C$ 1.75-2.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.23 C$ 1.19-2.95
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 12.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.29 C$ 2.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.39 C$ 2.00-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.00 C$ 10.00-13.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.55 C$ 3.25-3.65
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 105.00 C$ 100.00-113.75
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.45 C$ 3.30-3.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.82 C$ 2.25-3.46
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.00 C$ 18.00-24.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.80 C$ 3.48-4.16
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 C$ 19,195.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,833.33 C$ 18,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 155.26 C$ 77.00-258.70
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.24 C$ 0.15-0.45
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 59.50 C$ 40.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.01 C$ 35.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.73 C$ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.50 C$ 11.50-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,000.00 C$ 1,000.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 C$ 16,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.16 C$ 45.00-85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.83 C$ 25.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 99.78 C$ 75.00-130.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 129.46 C$ 95.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,212.17 C$ 990.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 944.51 C$ 800.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,035.19 C$ 1,650.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,486.27 C$ 1,250.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 498.13 C$ 400.00-649.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 248.70 C$ 190.70-350.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,309.47 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.71 2.10-3.40

Prices in Ottawa, Canada

These data are based on 2053 entries in the past 18 months from 265 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2017
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Cost of living in Ottawa is 31.91% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 761.55$ (1,000.38C$) and for four person family at 2,745.13$ (3,606.03C$) (without rent).
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15 Comments so far

#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 !
#eu on Apr 27, 2014 :
Besides cost, how good is Ottawa?
#Keith on Mar 31, 2014 :
The main source of income in Ottawa is politics and immigration. We'll take your money.
#Gary on Feb 16, 2014 :
I am buying cigarettes online. It comes to $30-$35 per carton for Marlboro including delivery. Usually they deliver within 2 weeks. Try at Hopefully you will save a lot.
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2014 :
What is the main source of income in Ottawa and the GMT
#Lauren on Dec 23, 2013 :
Don’t forget that Ottawa is the capital of Canada and that is why prices here will be always higher that in other cities. But I’ve also heard that the cost of living in Ottawa is high in comparison to other places in the world! Can you imagine? Household accommodation costs for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities are average in comparison to other international locations. Nevertheless, most people don’t like the city because of high cost of rent there in comparison to other cities.
#Bernard Taillefer on Dec 10, 2013 :
Just want to find out if im worth 3,200,000 in Ottawa what it is really worth.......that is all