Cost of Living in Ottawa

Summary about cost of living in Ottawa:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.00 C$ 12.65-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 77.50 C$ 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 C$ 8.99-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 6.00-8.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.13 C$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.04 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.71 C$ 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.25 C$ 4.50-12.45
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.58 C$ 1.81-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.50 C$ 0.45-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.04 C$ 2.50-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.27 C$ 3.18-9.98
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.93 C$ 4.54-8.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.89 C$ 4.54-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.74 C$ 1.13-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 C$ 0.54-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.85 C$ 0.91-2.49
Tomato (1 lb) 1.49 C$ 0.91-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.91 C$ 0.45-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.91 C$ 0.45-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.38 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.79 C$ 1.00-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 15.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.51 C$ 1.52-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.07 C$ 2.00-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 14.00 C$ 12.00-17.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 C$ 3.45-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 116.50 C$ 116.00-120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.85 C$ 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.84 C$ 2.41-4.46
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 19.77 C$ 15.00-24.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.30 C$ 3.75-4.73
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,500.00 C$ 22,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,189.04 C$ 19,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 156.78 C$ 86.00-228.73
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) 65.87 C$ 50.00-89.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 56.07 C$ 40.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.45 C$ 0.00-45.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,126.50 C$ 600.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,944.44 C$ 8,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.03 C$ 40.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.19 C$ 30.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 102.68 C$ 75.00-130.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 138.11 C$ 100.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,353.05 C$ 1,100.00-1,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,068.56 C$ 800.00-1,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,287.50 C$ 1,700.00-2,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,742.00 C$ 1,400.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 461.46 C$ 300.00-699.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 271.68 C$ 200.00-400.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,108.93 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.65 3.00-4.00

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Last update: October 2019
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22 Comments so far

#John Dunn on Oct 02, 2019 :
This chart does not include rooms for rent or bachelors.
Also bus pass for people on disability or low income called the community pass is 45/month
#Jooda victor bamidele on Sep 20, 2019 :
I am still in Nigeria but planning to go to Canada.. As some that he just going there, like how much can I save for the visa, ticket and the cost of the living when I get there.. Thank you
#Anonymous on Aug 10, 2019 :

My fiance has been in Ottawa since 5 years and is earning around 6000 dollars each month. Can someone please let me know if this enough for two people to live a comfortable life in Ottawa??
#anonymous on Jul 22, 2019 :
i'm in the same boat as you guys have been right now, i'm a single mum with one teenager and a 9yr old. presently we live in montreal but will like to relocate to ottawa. i don't know if its a good decision as ottawa is more expensive as i heard. presently i earn between 14$-15$ per hr, my car insurance is 32$ monthly and my nice 2bedroom is 800$.its a really big and hard decision. kindly advise a confused and scared of what lies ahead mum. thanks.
#Anonymous on Jul 12, 2019 :
Hello to new immigrates,

I am an immigrant to Ottawa and been living here for over 30 years. If you are not in the high tech business, then you are looking at working for a minimum wage and start from there. And hope that your children will have a good quality life. If you have a family and a career in your own country and thinking you can get a job of your choice here, it may be too late for you. Sorry but this is the reality. There are many doctors from other countries came to Canada and end up working in computer field. Why computer field, because, you don’t have to communicate but make the computer programs work and high pay. When you are here, you have to go to school and learn new skills that your employers need.

There is the trade business and that pay well too.

The bottom line is get a job first then things will work out. First generation usually work hard and sacrifice for their children. Assuming you can enter the country (that is another story).

Good luck.
#anonimo on Jun 27, 2019 :
hi, can someone tell me if ottawa is livable as a city, how much can it earn a job in tourism? thanks
#Ali on Jun 26, 2019 :
Hi.i want to know how much can a general practitioner earn in ottawa?
#bella on Mar 05, 2019 :
Can anyone tell me what is tuition fee for a first year international student studying at UNIVERISTY OF OTTAWA in biology sciences full time?
Their website is very confusing .
I cannot understand what are the approximate annual fee for september to may program.
Is it under $20,000 or more? tuition only.
Somebody help please!!! I want to apply and they do not answer emails or phone calls.
#Anonymous on Nov 20, 2018 :
In Ottawa Canada's capital city you can live a very good life. Schools up tp grade 12 are free of cost and generally high standard. Salaries are generally quite good with the lowest minimum wage at $15 dollars an hour and the average income per person is $77,000 before deductions. After deductions it is around $53,000. Deductions include taxes, pension plans and health care. The average family income is $94,000 before deductions . There is no extra charge for Healthcare in the province of Ontario where Ottawa is located. There is a charge for all medications under the age of 65 yrs but many employers offer coverage of medications as part of their salaries. At the age of 65 all medicines are free of charge paid for by the government. The cost of food in Ottawa is quite high probably around $150.00 to $200.00 a week for a family of 4. Rent is around $1500.00 per month with the average cost of buying a house at around $400,000.00 although you can still find much cheaper houses outside the city. The cost of electricity is around $70.00 a month and then around $80.00 a month for heating in the winter. Winters are cold and long November to April but the city is close to ski hills and skating areas. Ottawa is a beautiful city with many parks and beautiful gardens . The city is located at the sight of 3 major rivers which provide beautiful scenery, boating , hiking and skating. Hope this helps people out there. All the best.
#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