Cost of Living in Saskatoon

Summary about cost of living in Saskatoon, Canada:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 C$ 15.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 C$ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 C$ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-9.25
Cappuccino (regular) 4.36 C$ 2.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.11 C$ 2.50-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.30 C$ 1.50-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.24 C$ 4.88-18.51
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.32 C$ 1.36-3.95
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.51 C$ 1.13-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.33 C$ 3.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.05 C$ 4.08-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.18 C$ 2.27-10.89
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.41 C$ 2.04-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.80 C$ 0.75-3.18
Banana (1 lb) 0.91 C$ 0.67-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.83 C$ 0.75-3.63
Tomato (1 lb) 1.62 C$ 0.68-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.97 C$ 0.68-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.99 C$ 0.79-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 3.06 C$ 2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.83 C$ 1.00-4.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 C$ 13.50-35.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.04 C$ 2.50-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.19 C$ 2.60-9.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 16.50 C$ 15.00-20.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 C$ 3.00-3.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 83.00 C$ 80.00-93.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 C$ 3.75-6.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.79 C$ 3.03-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 C$ 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.11 C$ 6.25-7.65
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,000.00 C$ 26,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,775.57 C$ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 282.59 C$ 175.00-580.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.34 C$ 0.10-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 78.55 C$ 60.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 58.15 C$ 30.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.25 C$ 15.00-22.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 C$ 13.00-20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 759.00 C$ 700.00-1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,650.00 C$ 8,400.00-12,900.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 62.78 C$ 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 56.75 C$ 35.00-85.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 110.62 C$ 70.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 128.89 C$ 80.00-175.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,183.33 C$ 850.00-1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 919.72 C$ 795.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,825.00 C$ 1,600.00-2,250.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,587.50 C$ 1,250.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 300.00 C$ 300.00-300.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre ?
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,225.00 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.65 2.15-8.75

Prices in Saskatoon

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Last update: July 2022
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12 Comments so far
Mark on Dec 05, 2021:
Saskatoon is like any other city in Canada, problems due to corrupt politicians lining their pockets is common under Conservative leadership. For example, in response to the pandemic, the prov gov offered subsidized (aka welfare) tax incentives for HOME RENOVATIONS, which specifically targets those with funds for renovations and multiple properties to renovate to increase property value. This was yet another in a long line of welfare to already rich people. Farmer landlord welfare is common throughout the year and usually doesn't get local news coverage at all.

Saskatchewan functions much like anywhere with conservative majority. If you're rich, the government helps you get richer. You're allowed to bring in dirt-poor immigrants and drive wages down for everyone else as a business owner. You retain the liberty to ruin your community through driving wages down and unsustainable business practices. If you're poor, good luck, the housing benefit is $500 and the lowest rent in the city is $800-900.
Candace on May 24, 2021:
Yes I agree with almost everyone’s view of Saskatoon.
It seems the government (Provincial and Municipal) is really disconnected from reality and the needs of the citizens. They and their wealthier friends would rather stop on or over you than help the people of Saskatoon. The pull a lot of secret and back door deals too that put citizens at risk of more struggles.
This city has the citizens acting like the wealthy politicians and CEO’s, greed and scams is what they are all about.
The city asks high rates for waste disposal and small garbage bins, high costs for the dump and wonder why people are complaining that the city is shingling with excess dumping throughout the alleys and basically anywhere they can find! Keep raising the costs and have no shelters or decent addiction centres and you keep driving up the crime and addictions, because of poverty. There is no such thing as affordable housing in this city, the slumlords ask more for rent than people can use towards shelter. If they are on assistance, they can’t even afford a bedroom in someone’s home! $1500 for two bedroom main floor, that is shared with the owner, is absolutely ridiculous and the city doesn’t even ensure that these places are liveable. This City and Province is all about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Soon the whole country will be filled with looters, addicts and destruction, because the wealthy and all the religions only care about getting what they want, not what they need.
Tracey on Aug 04, 2020:
There are way too many foreigners here in Saskatoon who are willing to work for peanut wages. I'm not surprised the minimum wage here in this province is one of the lowest in Canada.

Foreigners here are keeping wages low in Saskatoon. Why hire a Canadian and pay them fair wages with benefits, when you can hire a cheap Filipino worker and pay them the bare minimum with NO benefits? The ONLY reason these foreign workers put up with slave wages is because their jobs are tied to their permanent residency in Canada. If they quit their minimum wage jobs, they are deported back to their third world countries.

Unfortunately, wages here in Saskatoon do not reflect the true cost of living.
Digvijay on May 07, 2020:
Thanks for amazing info..

We are planning to come Saskatchewan with my wife and 6 year daughter. May you please one room and kitchen home for rest will cost us? And how much would be out living cost there???

mjd on Feb 22, 2020:
Hello my dears. I am going to go to Saskatchewan university in six months for a phd program. My fund is about 1500 c$ per month. Do you think I can live with this money in Saskatoon city?
Wilhelm on Jan 06, 2020:
NEVER been a fan of city life; neighbours too close, little/no privacy, bylaws & other crap unecessary among the responsible/respectful. But working in S'toon necessitated at least living close to; in our case a bedroom community within 30 min. Until local property taxes became unsustainable we lived a reasonably comfortable life; city conveniences when needed & a quiet community to retreat to. Lasted 38 years until Saskatoon crime etc extended its reach to our streets; by which time our property taxes exceeded comparable in S'toon by several hundreds ea year. 3+ yrs now living an hr S of S'toon; we know most ALL our neighbours, everyone extends/receives respect & gets along. Living here requires accepting a level of personal responsibility for ones actions woefully absent in S'toon. Utilities/taxes are now a fraction of what we were being gouged previously. Being barely an hr; trips to S'toon are inevitable. S'toon traffic is AWFULL; an on-going eyesore that city council/planners/administrators HAVE YET to get a handle on. Is there NOBODY in Saskatoon who can synchronize traffic lights? "Circle Drive" is an oxymoron; try getting anywhere/somewhere while having to use it, "Circle Parking" is more accurate. KUDOS to Gordie Howe Bridge for at least halting degeneration of traffic for a time. S'toon drivers are generally inconsiderate, too many clueless & rude; at our last accident (other party ran a stop & t-boned us), it was a Saskatoon Fire official sent to investigate as there were already 20+ accidents being dealt w/ at the time. It's a RELIEF to see home every return. But I've NEVER been a fan of city life.
SaskatcheJuan on Dec 17, 2019:
If a single person monthly costs: 1,122.17C$ without rent & the average rent is between $750 - $1100 for a one bedroom apartment.

What type of work is both in demand and pays enough without having to borrow/go into debt? Ideally $3000 a month starting? (As it has been suggested earning three times the price of a city's average rent before moving there.)
Syed Batl on Aug 29, 2019:
What are the chances to get part time or full time jobs in Saskatoon? . What is the average wage in Saskatoon?. What about University of Saskatchewan?
TUggy on Jul 18, 2019:
Still laughing at the guy who referred to Saskatoon as "the big city". There isn't even close to half a million people living there. Maybe if you come from Bumfuck, Saskatchewan then Saskatoon is a big city, but I assure you that Saskatoon is a town - just one of many across Canada that is only now catching up with the rest of the world thanks to the Internet.
Oyin on Jun 28, 2019:
I am a black immigrant who has lived in Saskatoon a little over one year and I am yet to experience racism. People are generally very nice (or pretend to be) and the enlightened whites are usually very kind and helpful. Every city has it's ills and having traveled around the country as a result of my job, I have come to love Saskatoon because of the quality of life here and the relatively lower cost of living. The traffic is also not as bad as some make it sound.

To those who believe that immigrants are the cause of the problems they have in Saskatoon, I guess they lack exposure. If they were exposed to other climes, they'll understand that immigrants bring nothing but progress to Saskatoon. Immigrants are not the ones committing the crimes, neither are they the ones relying heavily on the government. They pay their dues and only benefit from the same programs that everyone else have access to and immigrants are never given preference over indigenes, only when indigenes are not qualified, are immigrants given the opportunity.
Gideon on Jan 05, 2019:
Danielle, Saskatoon is a beautiful city...with some problems. A huge drug problem (meth; not limited to Saskatoon, the whole province has issues), poverty, crime (spiking because of drugs), a massive influx of immigrants (not necessarily a bad thing), an infrastructure that can’t keep up with growth, high home prices, and an iffy economy.

But... Saskatoon’s still a pretty nice place to live.

A graduate degree won’t guarantee you anything, but it might give you an advantage depending on your field.

But... Saskatoon’s still a pretty nice place to live.

The largest groups of immigrants here do tend to keep to themselves in small but ever-growing pockets in the city. This seems to be more and more common everywhere, though. Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg... So although Saskatoon should be very multicultural, and technically it is by virtue of its population, it still kind of isn’t because no one, except an enlightened few, seem to want to mix and mingle.

But... Saskatoon’s still a pretty nice place to live.

There is a component to Saskatoon’s population that is made up of xenophobic white people. They’re the ones whose comments you read below. Since Saskatoon’s inception they’ve had a privileged place as the “dominant” culture. But they are learning that the world isn’t actually mostly white, it’s 2019 not 1819, and Saskatoon isn’t the isolated landlocked whites-only backwater they thought it was. These people are loud, but this makes them easy to spot and avoid. I’m a white person and I avoid them. They’re just bloody embarrassing. They’re also a dying breed, so there’s some hope.

But... Saskatoon’s still a pretty nice place to live.

These things having been said, most people are pretty nice here. The city has some nice places, the river is beautiful, there’s live music, theatre, outdoor stuff to do. And the fact is, Saskatoon needs progressive people. If you move here, participate. Contribute. That’s the key. The people who feel the most isolated or threatened living here don’t participate or contribute to community. It can be intimidating given the things I’ve listed above. But it’s rewarding and makes you feel like you’re part of the city.

Saskatoon’s still a pretty nice place to live.
Danielle on Jan 01, 2019:
I am living in Toronto and would like to move to Saskatoon. I have a graduate degree, so my question is how easy/hard it will be to find work once I move there. Hopefully, some of the problems that exist in Toronto will not be in Saskatoon or at least on a lesser scale. The comments about immigrants have not been lost on me, I notice that there are some who blame their difficulties on immigrants. My hope is that, those views are not the the general feeling expressed at large. It is understandable how some people might feel if they live in a place all their lives and others arrive and are more prosperous. As long as immigrants are educated and working to achieve their prosperity, as long as immigrants are not collecting social benefits I don't see a reason for the bitter attacks. It is true that some immigrants stay in their own communities, speak their own languages and live as if they have not left their place of origin, not all immigrants are that way.