Cost of Living in Toronto

Summary of cost of living in Toronto, Canada:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 C$ 18.00-45.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 C$ 75.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 C$ 14.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.50 C$ 5.00-11.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 C$ 8.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.45 C$ 3.00-9.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.87 C$ 2.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.25 C$ 1.95-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 16.09 C$ 7.49-22.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.43 C$ 2.26-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.18 C$ 1.00-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.89 C$ 3.12-7.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.88 C$ 3.62-14.36
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.77 C$ 4.00-11.79
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.65 C$ 4.54-15.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.45 C$ 1.13-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.89 C$ 0.58-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 2.48 C$ 1.00-4.59
Tomato (1 lb) 2.31 C$ 0.99-4.35
Potato (1 lb) 1.67 C$ 0.50-2.99
Onion (1 lb) 1.72 C$ 0.68-3.63
Lettuce (1 head) 3.13 C$ 2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.46 C$ 1.25-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 19.00 C$ 15.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.42 C$ 1.80-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.87 C$ 2.75-7.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 20.00 C$ 15.04-28.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.35 C$ 3.25-3.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 156.00 C$ 140.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 C$ 4.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.82 C$ 2.25-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 31.00 C$ 26.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.11 C$ 5.30-7.12
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 34,350.00 C$ 33,978.00-39,858.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,645.69 C$ 27,382.58-35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 170.84 C$ 100.00-300.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 66.25 C$ 40.00-110.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 74.04 C$ 55.00-113.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 72.80 C$ 40.00-135.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 29.11 C$ 15.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 C$ 14.00-22.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,545.84 C$ 800.00-2,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 24,963.85 C$ 18,000.00-37,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 80.54 C$ 45.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 50.62 C$ 35.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 133.33 C$ 80.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 161.74 C$ 90.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,515.48 C$ 2,200.00-3,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,229.10 C$ 1,800.00-2,750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,465.15 C$ 3,600.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,602.33 C$ 3,000.00-4,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,307.77 C$ 999.99-1,765.14
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,020.96 C$ 799.99-1,300.63
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,723.31 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.57 5.00-7.85

Prices in Toronto

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Last update: April 2024
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100 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2024:
Bread, rice and eggs are like $6 these days. The greedy grocers and landlords want their proverbial pound of flesh. You’re just working harder to give your money to Galen Weston’s grocery stores and the greedy slumlord.
Anonymous on Apr 14, 2024:
To up and leave your comfortable middle class life in an emerging country
To end up as a general labor serf paying rent and food to exist
and saving nothing
is what should be considered a fate worse than hell.
Especially if you are educated with decades of work experience coming to Canada to work as a laborer on minimum wage.
Anonymous on Apr 10, 2024:
America’s economy is still booming, while in Canada the only job market for Anglophones are in the Greater Toronto Area where 1,500 people waited in line for a minimum wage restaurant job.

Pick your poison. Your social life will collapse due to the feminist culture as below commented.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2024:
As to the white woman comment made by Harpreet

Yes the white girls here are weird and trashy woman they do not have respect for themselves I blame the parents and social media.

Girls from other races and cultures are so much smarter beautiful and prettier in every way.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2024:
The Canadian eilte don't care about us

Time to leave Canada for good
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2024:
Toronto is a scam

Canada is a scam

Shame on you Trudeau and your government
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2024:
Food prices are going up back again. There are only 3 major grocery chains which are accused of price gouging consumers. Canada is not a free market in terms of food prices.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2024:
The TTC is so inefficient that many employers are asking candidates if they own a car to work within Toronto.

Car insurance for a new driver is about $500 to $1000+ a month.

Many available jobs in Toronto are minimum wage general labour, warehouse or temporary jobs.

Toronto is a temporary life which demands high rent and car insurance for a minimum wage jobs.

Forget about those internal $70,000 a year job postings. Those are for friends and family.
Mary on Mar 23, 2024:
Toronto is truly a smudged situation,

they’re in the middle of a housing, cost of living, and employment crisis and the government doubles immigration rates and jacks up international student admissions only exacerbating the existing issues, they have zero market competitiveness so their goods prices are through the roof, their housing prices only shoot upwards, it’s insane and I feel for the posters below and understand their anger.

You're just coming to Toronto to become a general labour wage serf.
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2024:
With family business, connections, everything is setup for a foreigner to succeed in his home country.

In Canada he is nothing, he has nothing, he is starting from scratch. Nobody knows him, no body will help him.

It takes 5-10 years for an average person to build a life in any country, even more with the rising cost of living.
Harpreet Singh Singh on Feb 26, 2024:
Hello everyone. My name is Harpreet. I am 24 years old. I am on a study visa.

What I find weird about Canada, especially Toronto, is that the majority of white women are beasts and animals in nature. They walk naked on the street, yet complain that men are looking at them.

Why would I pay high rents to be labelled as a predator by both the feminist and the racist? I'm returfing to my homeland. God Bless Narendra Modiji!
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2024:
Has anyone noticed that their newsfeed and YouTube feeds have a lot of videos about people complaining about Canada?

Local Canadian media, and even the BBC have recently reported that many people are leaving Canada. Given that about a quarter of the population lives in the Greater Toronto Area, maybe the posters below are right about the dismal state of affairs.
Vijay Singh on Feb 23, 2024:
No surprise at the comments.Canadian diploma mills masquerading as colleges have, for years, unethically binged on a huge volume of foreign students who pay exorbitant foreign student fees in the hopes of gaining fast tracked immigration.

They did this under the blind guise of pro diversity, pro immigration, politics. Canadians who suggested there was a problem were branded as intolerant and silenced with smear campaigns.

Meanwhile foreign students were being exploited as low cost minimum wage labour by business, packed into overpriced basement rental housing by exploitative landlords, and milked for huge tuition fees by educational institutions who engaged in unethical recruiting practices. It's a scam. Plain and simple.

What is a better dream? Working an office job in Management in your stable home country where you have a chance to own a home, and save some money, or leaving your comfortable lifestyle to work in Canadian factories and warehouses for minimum wage, while you save nothing because rents are too high?
Anonymous on Feb 21, 2024:
We have the internet accessible in almost every country of the world, and yet I still hear complaints from mainly people on a student visa, complaining how rents are high, and they can't find jobs to supplement their expenses while studying in Canada.

Canada is declining, and yet, people are fooled into coming into this big dump especially Toronto where rents are about C$2,500/month for a one-bedroom apartment. Petty crime is rising, unhoused people are sleeping in TTC subways because they can't find a rental, and there are so many social ills I can't post because it's explicit.

If you're a father who has a good job abroad, and is considered middle class in your country, and you have daughters, DO NOT ruin your life by coming to Canada, because poverty can turn good people into desperate situations.
Dominique on Feb 19, 2024:
The western empire especially anglo is over. Canada definitely included. The western world has been attacked for many decades but also self-inflicted. The countries with diversity and where it's always pushed and nauseatingly promoted are on their way down. These places are the areas to avoid. Literally a Titanic.
Anonymous on Feb 18, 2024:
"Rent in Toronto is, on average, 31.5% lower than in Singapore."

The majority of locals here get subsidies and government housing, not to mention that many of the rentals are expat rentals which skew the average paid locally.

Singapore salaries are higher because we are one of the financial capitals in a tiny city-state. In Canada, the joke is that surgeons clean toilets in homes owned by blue collar workers with a primary school education.
Anonymous on Feb 15, 2024:
Do you know the Empire State of Mind song by Alicia Keys & JayZ? There is a Toronto version:

"TORONTO. That is where dreams are broken. There's nothing you can do. Now you're in Toronto. Wrong move!"

So you want to leave your comfy middle class life abroad to live like a modern day slave in Toronto paying over 50% of your wages in rent to a slumlord? Then be my guest.
LAUREN G HELE on Feb 15, 2024:
It would be nice if you could provide an overall percentage for the cost of living i.e. 3.2%
Anonymous on Feb 14, 2024:
Toronto is Manhattan prices with the job market of a second-tier small city like Cleveland or Rochester.

The high paying jobs are for those who were already born into wealth to begin with. You will hardly find someone who recently moved to Toronto striking it rich. It's designed that way to enable more wage and rent serfs while the rich get richer.
Anonymous on Feb 11, 2024:
@ Ash

There are theories that the Eglinton CrossTown Line 5 is deliberately being delayed, because 1) more money for contractors, and 2) they are waiting for the new residents to populate the condos under construction along Thorncliffe Park to Kennedy station.

In other words, poor and working class people who live in this area do not get any benefits from this subway extension. For the past 10 years, small businesses were forced to close, while condo developers are building a lot of luxurious condos.

Toronto is becoming a city of haves and have nots
Ash on Feb 08, 2024:
But it should become much bigger (bigger than 5,000 sqkm) and its metro system's length should be at least 1,000 km.

It took almost 20 years to build a 5 mile subway extension (purple line), and you are dreaming of a 1,000km TTC system?

Toronto doesn't have the money because the contractors and the politicians will siphon off most of the money. The TTC and Metrolinx can't even get the Eglinton Crosstown up and running despite billions of dollars being spent to build a 20 mile light rail system.
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2024:
Toronto is big city which is attracting a lot people, jobs, cultures and ... every day.
So, Toronto Urban area should become much bigger. It's land area is around 2,300 to 2,500 sqkm. But it should become much bigger (bigger than 5,000 sqkm) and its metro system's length should be at least 1,000 km.
Anonymous on Feb 03, 2024:
Educated and talented people will find that Toronto masquerades as a large American city, but actually has a small town second-world mentality.

Not good for anyone who wants success using their education, skills and talent. You're inside a purgatory in Toronto where foreign medical doctors flip burgers at McDonalds, and Nobel Peace Prize nominees are struggling to pay rent for a shared room inside a crowded rooming house.
Anonymous on Jan 21, 2024:
This city (Toronto) makes a man jaded and pessimistic when it comes to dating and gender relations. It's as if the majority of females in Toronto openly dislike the local men.

But the same females bend over backwards to help fake international students and war criminals. A strange breed of humans. The modern liberal Toronto woman...
Anonymous on Jan 16, 2024:
Amnoteor below,

Toronto treats everyone who isn't rich as a number, a cog in a machine, and a modern day serf. People have a right to complain about the high rents, decline in real wages and unnatural population growth which is affecting the cost of shelter, food and services.
Amnoteor on Jan 15, 2024:
Wow ... comments are a bunch of whiny drivel. Feel free to ignore the losers.
This site compares numbers, not whiners.
Anonymous on Jan 09, 2024:
Last month (December 2023), Canada added 100 jobs to the economy, mainly part-time net of full time job losses.

This was during the busy holiday season. 100 part-time jobs added in an economy of 40 million.

100 new jobs. January 2024 job stats may be worse. Who wants to move to a recession economy, and pay $2,500 a month to rent an apartment when full-time jobs don't exist for new people?
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2024:
All cities in Canada have high cost of living.

The government thinks everyone has a well paid job and University/College degree which isnt the case.

Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau need to go same with the liberals.

Canada needs a change for the better.
Vena Wang on Jan 04, 2024:
Rent is too much. House prices are too much.

The wages are not able to pay for the rent and home prices, leading to many people sharing rooms in the Greater Toronto Area. It's a modern day slum.
Rick on Jan 02, 2024:
Canada is nearly devoid of culture

Corporate chains absolutely dominate Canadian life. There are:

The big five banks (RBC/BMO/CIBC/Scotia/TD)
The two coffee shops (Timmies and Starbucks)
The three shopping spots (Canadian Tire/Walmart/Dollarama)
The seven fast-food joints (McDonald’s/BK/Wendy’s/Harvey’s/A&W/Subway/KFC)
The one sit-down restaurant monopoly (Swiss Chalet/The Keg/Montanas/East Side Mario’s/Kelsey’s/Milestones)
Anonymous on Dec 27, 2023:
In Canada now and plan to leave.

Can't get a job, found out my college here likely won't lead to permeant residency, like ever.

Tuition is coming up for January 2024 and I can't pay and it doesn't lead to a PR card anyway so there's no point. Was living in a tent but now it's -1 celcius and it's too cold for me to remain outside with January and February temperatures getting colder. Heading home back to India broke cold and tired.

If there's any advice I have for anyone it's don't move to Canada. It is a scam.

It may have been good 10 years ago but that ship has firmly sailed. It is now a neo feudal hellscape. There is 0 ability to get ahead after high cost of living quality of life is much better in India. You can actually get a job, it's warm, family is around, food is better, etc.
Anonymous on Dec 11, 2023:
Toronto just amazes me. There aren't hiring anywhere regarding part time or minimum wage labor jobs. This is more than a recession going on, yet the politicians are packing this country with demand for housing that rents are $2,500 for a one-bedroom apartment these days in Toronto.

There are less job vacancies in Toronto to go around for so many people. Many staffing agencies are not hiring and don't have work.
Pikachu on Dec 08, 2023:
This is late stage capitalism.

The economy works for an increasingly small set of stakeholders while everyone else is merely an indentured serf, including newcomers.

You just exist to pay rent to those who already owned rental properties. It's a Ponzi Scheme- Canada is a Ponzi scheme.
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2023:

You leave middle class job in your home country.
And you end up working as labourer in Toronto for poverty wages.

You lived in a huge house in your home country.
And you are now paying $2,000 a month rent for a small apartment.

Canada is not for the educated and ambitious. There are many barriers to entering the career of your home country, like unions, professional associations and the infamous and impossible request for "Canadian work experience" just for an entry level job.

If you want to choose to migrate to Toronto this time, you will be worse off, and probably at risk of homelessness. Beware!
Anonymous on Dec 05, 2023:
This has to be a national crisis if foreign students are living in homeless encampments (tent cities) across Toronto.

Why do people even bother moving to Canada from their comfortable homes to live in tents down by the river in freezing cold?
Anonymous on Dec 05, 2023:
[URGENT] To International Students Living in Tents in the Greater Toronto Area: Preparing for Winter with a HOT TENT setup

I've noticed that many international students in Canada are currently living in tents due to housing affordability issues.

With winter approaching, it's crucial to understand that regular tents will not suffice in the extreme cold. To ensure your safety and warmth, I strongly advise investing in a hot tent setup. Here's what you'll need and why:

Hot Tent: These tents are specifically designed for winter conditions. They're insulated and can withstand heavy snow and wind. Look for one with a stove jack (an opening for a stovepipe).

Wood Stove: A portable wood stove is essential for heating your tent. It’s safer and more efficient than open fires. Ensure it fits your tent and has a proper venting system to avoid smoke inhalation. I recommend the OneTigris Tiger Roar Tent Stove with Chimney Pipes because some of the cheaper ones leak smoke into the tent and increase your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Cast Iron Cookware: Great for cooking on your wood stove. Cast iron retains heat well and is durable.

Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector: This is a lifesaver. Tents are enclosed spaces, and using a stove increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Always have a functioning detector in your tent.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2023:
@ anon below:

Tell that to both immigrants and Canadians who want to leave Canada because of high rents and stagnant wages due to a poor job market. You're probably that Canadian Landlord vulture who openly admitted that he and his landlord friends prey on virgin girls when they want to let a room in their rooming houses.
Anonymous on Dec 02, 2023:
New immigrants should really think about what they can bring to Canada before complaining about how little one can get from here. Stop ranting, intead, work hard and work smart. Anyone will prosper in Canada
Anonymous on Dec 01, 2023:
It’s a fair deal for new immigrants. Either you bring a couple million capital or labour in exchange for your right to live in this beautiful country. It happened in the past, now and in future.
Anonymous on Dec 01, 2023:
The situation in Canada will not get any better, housing prices and rent will stay high, wages will stay low and taxes will get worse.

Why? Quite simply because the government will continue to market Canada to more naive immigrants overseas and many will continue to fall in the trap, only once they have been here for a certain amount of time will they figure out the realities and by then if they do leave (many end up deleting themselves), there will be a fresh batch of gullible fools to replace them..
Anonymous on Nov 28, 2023:
I do not believe that Toronto will lead to a good life for newcomers because of lack of well paying jobs.

My concern is that Canadian employers do not consider decades of international work experience and an advanced university degree for a job. For someone in their 30s and 40s, moving to Canada and having to redo high school credits, undergrad and postgrad to meet Canadian experience requirements sound like a money pit.

This is because no good job will be guaranteed at that time, and by the time you finish your education you'll be 40s and 50s applying for jobs with 20 something young Canadians.

This leads to many educated newcomers doing menial jobs that are not within their field of profession. The jobs are not enough to afford rent based on affordability criteria.
Anonymous on Nov 23, 2023:
Canada is a scam. They lie to educated people to migrate to Canada, when their foreign work experience and education are not recognized in Canada due to discrimination.

Canada just wants the immigrants to spend their life savings until they are broke and forced to return to their homelands like a loser.
Hebrew Israelite on Nov 23, 2023:
@ anon below:

White feminism ruined that guy's life. The Karens living in houses and working in comfy government jobs cry that they are disadvantaged more than the unemployable brown guy with special needs that he cannot function more than being a sign holder.

The white woman is the DEVIL in Canada. Brown men are entering HELL if they decide to migrate to Canada.
Anonymous on Nov 22, 2023:
Foreign born Toronto man can't find a job:

Don't leave your good life, to live in Canada and end up like that guy.
Rick on Nov 19, 2023:
Who in the hell would now want to immigrate to Canada? Outrageous housing costs, which consume most of your income. One has to work at least two to three jobs just to try to keep from completely drowning economically. A healthcare system which is on life support. It is next to impossible to get a doctor. Emergency waits times at hospitals can range from 4 to 24 hours. Traffic from hell in all the major cities .... particularly Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The crushing cost of living. A political leader who is a complete fool who has basically destroyed the country in just 8 years. As if all of this wasn't bad enough ...... 5 months of winter from hell. Living in Canada is now an extreme struggle in every way imaginable. One will always struggle. One will always work like a dog. Furthermore, one will very likely fall into extreme debt in Canada just to survive. One has to pay outrageous taxes on their income, leaving them with about 50% of what they actually earn after they have paid all the combined taxes on everything that they buy or services that they use. Forget about ever being able to save money. Incomes are about 35% less than in other advanced countries for the same skilled job. One will never own a home. One will never be able to start a family. One will always freeze in the winter. Life in Canada has become an absolute hell. The Canadian dream is as dead as dead can be. It is no longer a country where one can earn a decent living, own a home and live a good life. On top of all of this, it has an authoritarian government which keeps passing new laws to reduce free speech and civil rights.
Canada on Nov 18, 2023:
It's incredibly hard to live here. I don't know how people are able to do it.

Cost of living is so insanely high. Everything is expensive. People are mentally unstable due to stress.

So many homeless people not just in the city but across Canada.

It's also a really really boring city.
Anonymous on Nov 16, 2023:
Europeans, even Ukrainians have higher standards of living. They won't as easily allow themselves to live like simpleton Indians. Indians are perfectly okay living like cockroaches with 39 other people in one house.

We shouldn't be expected to live like an Indian simpleton.
Justin on Nov 15, 2023:
Toronto just want wage serfs to pay rent to a feudalistic landlord with no chance to become a property owner.

You'd be a sucker to liquidate your assets to pay rent in a crowded basement to enrich those who already own property.
Anonymous on Nov 14, 2023:
I have full empathy for newcomers and students who are the most receiving end and have long term impact

In Toronto, Indian students can't even afford a room with roommates anymore, they rent time periods in beds. Say there's a room with 9 bunk beds in it, one of the beds is rented from 12 to 8 pm to one student, then from 8 pm to 4 am to another student, then from 4 am to 12 to another, and it's still so expensive.

Even minimum-salary jobs are hard to get, for every job open there are 150-200 students applying, and minimum salary jobs will NOT get you $4000 a months, you'll be lucky to make 1200 after tax and commute expenses. It's a desperate situation.
Jai Hanuman on Nov 09, 2023:
Canada wants Indian nationals to do the menial jobs no matter how educated and professional they were in their home countries. I'm puzzled as to why Indian nationals are continuing to jump into this economic dumpster-fire knowing what awaits them in Canada.

It baffles me. Everyone who has access to the internet knows that Canada is not the land of milk and honey, and many foreigners will be worse off in Canada than they were in their home countries.

The joke that Toronto has the most educated taxi drivers who used to be doctors was a joke since the 1990s! It hasn't gotten any better because the rents are too high, and many full time jobs have been contracted to staffing agencies.
Anonymous on Nov 09, 2023:
If you studied and graduated in your home country's university and have a stable job in the your home country why do you have to move to Canada.

No problem working abroad but to be immigrant to other countries like Canada must be a suicide mission, because you will be downgrading your career working menial jobs. Docs who conducted surgeries in the UK are driving beck taxi or working in warehouses as genera labor. Thats the situation. Overqualified immigrants doing dead-end jobs in Canada. No future.

You would've been better off in your home country. But now you're grinding away in Toronto paying most of your paycheque in rent for a single room. What a pity that you placed yourself in this dire predicament.
The Terminator on Nov 09, 2023:
Indian People need to get out of this city.....disgusting people
Jason Pledge on Nov 03, 2023:
Toronto is False Advertising.

People need to realize that the Canadian government lies when they promise an easy life here. it’s unfair to immigrants to be deceived . they come here with good intentions and quickly realize it’s not what they were told.

Can you imagine leaving your comfortable middle class job in your home country to pack boxes in Toronto, and stuck with no savings because of low wages and high expenses?
Anonymous on Nov 02, 2023:
Agree with most of the comments. You are sold a lie in migrating to a country with no good jobs
Anonymous on Nov 02, 2023:
If you're middle-aged (40 to 55), with decades of work experience, professional education and worldly...

You're gonna regret moving to Canada.

Do you like packing boxes, working on assembly lines and doing dead-end jobs for minimum wage with no chance to go up the social ladder? Then be my guest and live in Toronto working for a pittance compared to the sky high rents.
Ben Horowitz on Nov 01, 2023:
In reply to Jake on Oct 24, 2023:

Hard work doesn't really equate to success in Canada because of how the system is a glass ceiling for educated permanent residents and newcomers who are forced into general labour jobs.

It's easy to get laid off these jobs too, thus, hard work is only appreciated to enrich the CEO and shareholders. Canada's job market is segregated, and newcomers should be aware of that.

The 21-year-old graduate from an elite Canadian university is going to get the job, even if the newcomer has more qualifications and work experience. This is how Canada keeps newcomers at an economic quagmire with no hope for a middle class life.
Italiano on Oct 28, 2023:
I wouldn't advise any middle class professional in their home country to up and leave their comfortable lifestyles to migrate to Canada.

These are the issues at hand currently:

1) Toronto rents are about 2,500 CAD a month for an apartment, and keeps on rising for some strange reason that defies economics.

2) Getting a family physician is hard, and clinics are pressuring you to pay for out of pocket expenses due to stagnant healthcare funding. Many Canadians are waiting so long for urgent care that they would rather take a loan and pay it out of pocket in the States.

3) Toronto is congested with at least 100,000 new cars being registered every year. Public transit has not kept up with population growth.

4) Good jobs are extremely difficult to get. Expect to work in a factory or warehouse for minimum wage for a while. The job market is segregated where one group gets the best jobs and outcomes in life, and the rest are grinding their backs off with nothing to show for it.

5) Canada is becoming Americanized capitalist in a sense that the government panders to those who own assets and property, but if you fall through the cracks, it's easy to become homeless even if you have the best education and work experience.

6) Canadian employers don't recognize foreign credentials, even if it's from the States. Intellectual discrimination.

7) Adding to Point 5, the government is doing their best to import as many international students who pay rent to the property owners and causing a higher cost of living for everyone else.

8) There is no future in Toronto to live the middle class dream. It's either you migrate to Canada already rich, or you downgrade your standard of life (eg Bank Manager in Dubai working as a general laborer in a factory).
Anonymous on Oct 26, 2023:
You're gonna starve & can't afford rent in Toronto if you don't have a cushy government job, become a grifter like a useless politician, or engage in some involvement with the sketchy underground economy. YOU'RE GONNA STARVE:

Food insecurity rose in line with inflation
A few years ago, unemployment was a major factor in the number of people seeking support, as the early months of the pandemic brought the economy to a halt. The report said food insecurity is now being driven by inflation and the high cost of living — with more Canadians struggling to afford basics like housing and food.
The study said demand for food banks started exploding around the same time inflation shot up, doing so at its fastest rate in the last 40 years.
HungerCount 2023 Findings
A table on a white background with 2023 HungerCount findings put out by Food Banks Canada
MISSING: summary MISSING: current-rows.
Number of food bank visits across Canada in March 2023 1.9 million
Percentage increase from March 2022 ⇧ 32.1%
Percentage increase from March 2019 ⇧ 78.5%
Source: Food Banks Canada (CBC)

"It's not necessarily that there's not enough food," said Larry Mathieson, who runs the Unison for Generations 50+ program for older adults in the Calgary area. "It's that we can't afford the food."
The study said 17 per cent of clients this year had jobs, but they didn't earn enough to make ends meet.
"Never before have food banks seen such a high level of need among the working population," the report said.
@Paulpinoyko on Oct 24, 2023:
Canadian govt is a scam it is design to lure people to the country with a promise of a great life.

100% true, the country’s govt is design and set to milk people with their hard earn money and little to no opportunity to move up instead of getting stuck to working a lowly paying jobs on construction or cleaning houses and building to working in food industry waitering to butchering poultry animals.

Leave or stay out of the country as early as you can. I realized Canadians are very polite but not very nice they will hear you but will not listen and give you what you want. Canadians pander to Karens and Permit Pattys.
Anonymous on Oct 24, 2023:
I passed the Points System. I was led to believe that I will get a job in my field.

I have a degree in biosciences which I used to obtain my Phd in Canada.

I'm working at McDonalds for a few pennies above minimum wage, while a dunce Canadian woman gets the best jobs doing nothing inside the office.

Canada is CURSED for educated foreigners. No wonder Alek Minassian snapped out, but he should've driven that van where there were white Canadian women than murdering a bunch of Orientals.
Jake on Oct 24, 2023:
If you work hard, you can achieve anything. Canada is for those determined to succeed.
Google Long Lines Job Fair Toronto on Oct 22, 2023:
The bad economic times have only just started
Is Canada already in a recession? We should get a good indication this week

Peter Armstrong · CBC News · Posted: Sep 24, 2023 4:00 AM EDT | Last Updated: September 24

The Canadian economy is headed for a rough patch. Growth has already slowed considerably. Job growth has moderated. Inflation remains stubbornly high. But the pain households are feeling today is only going to get worse.

"The path forward looks bleak," Tiago Figueiredo, a macro strategy associate with Desjardins, said in a note.

For a while there, the economy proved more resilient than expected. The Bank of Canada's interest rate hikes piled up one after another. Even so, the jobs market boomed, GDP continued to expand.

But economic pain was inevitable. Soaring inflation has eroded purchasing power, and climbing interest rates have clobbered households. Now, cracks have begun to appear in the data, and economists expect those cracks to grow. GDP contracted in the second quarter of this year.

Next week, new data is expected to show economic growth flat-lined in July and perhaps contracted again in August. Some of that can be chalked up to specific factors, including labour actions like the port strike in B.C. or wildfires.

But before any of that, momentum was clearing being sapped out of the Canadian economy.

That would put Canada on track for two consecutive quarters of negative growth, which would meet the technical definition of a recession.

Frances Donald, the global chief economist and strategist at Manulife Investment Management, says we should spend less time debating what to call this downturn and focus more on how it will impact people.

"Even if there are technical factors that avert two quarters of negative GDP, this economy will feel like a recession to most Canadians, for the next year," she told CBC News.
Jake on Oct 21, 2023:
Below me, the liar is spreading false information about the Canadian economy. According to the OECD's latest figures, Canada's economy grew by 3.2% in 2022, surpassing the G20 and OECD averages of 3.0% and 2.8%, respectively. This is the right time to come to Canada as there is significant labour shortage in Canada.
Anonymous on Oct 21, 2023:
Toronto is INFESTED with cockroaches, bedbugs, rodents and FEMENISTS!
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2023:
So this Trudeau government spammer below can post URLs, but I can't?

The Bloomberg information is not relevant to the recent stats. Canada's economy is stagnating.

We are entering a recession. Why would anyone leave their comfy office jobs in their home country to work as laborers and janitors for minimum wage, and saving little to no money because of extortionate rent prices?
Jake on Oct 20, 2023:
"Canada already is the fastest-growing economy after the US in the G7 this year and will probably repeat that performance in 2024, according to economist forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. It will be No. 1 in 2025 with gross domestic product expanding 2.3%. Technology is driving much of the growth. "
Buzz on Oct 20, 2023:
Very hard to be hired with employee benefits.

Sheer contract & temp agency work. You will end up as a wage serf.

Rents are too high here.

Anonymous on Oct 18, 2023:
The Canadian GDP is stagnating despite 'high population growth'.

Educated newcomers work in warehouses and factories for minimum wage. Waste of talent and skills.

Justin Trudeau's approval ratings are declining, and the Conservatives are projected to win the 2025 federal election (338 Canada).

Jake below is lying to you folks.
Jake on Oct 17, 2023:
Don't believe the naysayers. The Canadian economy is growing at a pace never seen before. The Trudeau government has put in many policies that make it easy to start a business and cut down on the amount of paperwork. Despite the high cost of living in Canada, the Trudeau government has taken steps to help struggling families. Toronto is one of the most affordable cities in North America. Settling in Canada is the best decision you can make.
Schoenen Klantberg on Oct 14, 2023:
Toronto remains one of the most expensive in the country, with the average cost of a one-bedroom property now at $2,614 a month.

But the pace of rent hikes in the Ontario city has slowed considerably in recent months, and was down by 0.2 per cent from August's level. Compared to one year ago, Toronto rents are up by 4.9 per cent.

Across Canada, clocked a 27-per-cent increase in shared accommodation listings over last year, including a whopping 78 per cent spike of such listings in Ontario.

"The average roommate now in Toronto is paying over $1,300 a month," he said in an interview.
Accept Cookies on Oct 14, 2023:
Jake is lying guys.

Canada is hard for newcomers. It's great for the elites like Galen Weston, Ed Rogers, John Tory, Irving, Bronfman and Saputo. Those guys want more newcomers to become consumers.

Jake is being dishonest. Take his comment with a tiny grain of salt.
Jake on Oct 13, 2023:
These comments make me laugh. I would recommend to anyone considering immigrating to Canada, go for it. Canada is currently booming and full of opportunities. There are numerous job opportunities available in every nook and cranny of Toronto. Toronto is one of the most affordable and liveable cities in the world, and your children would be growing up in a developed first world country. It is a testament to Canada's success that millions of newcomers are living happily in Canada.
Anonymous on Oct 12, 2023:
I hate these modern women you have in Toronto. Stuck up and prudish beaches dressed like fakking whoars!
Anonymous on Oct 05, 2023:
There is no future for young people in Canada.

I left Canada after a decade of underemployment. There is a stagnant job market with little growth and innovation, limiting the employment prospects of young people and immigrants. The cost of living has easily doubled in the last 10 years, with negative wage growth. Taxes continue to go up, like the carbon tax, which has contributed about 30 percent to the cost of living.

One cannot afford housing in a normal household unless one partner has a government job, or a position in one of Canada's Crown Corporations. The only way to get hired is to know someone on the inside, an aunt or uncle, or your parents who can get your hired. There is no relationship between skills and entry-level employment. If you are an immigrant, you can forget about working in a well-paying job with your foreign name. You will not even receive an interview.

I have so many things to write about this country, which is seriously mismanaged and mediocre. I advise young people to not move there. Consider United States or Europe, where housing is still affordable, taxes are lower, and food is of good quality. There are also a lot more opportunities these days in developing countries.

Good luck.
Jeremy Stone on Sep 26, 2023:
Toronto has become a glorified prison. There is no freedom of movement unless you wish to lose your savings moving to the middle of nowhere.

Toronto- That is where dreams are broken. There's nothing you can do (except protest against the elites living in Rosedale and The Bridle Path.
Ajay on Sep 07, 2023:
I regret moving to Toronto.

I had a government agency job, a house , a car and $9,000 USD in emergency savings.

I sold everything to move to Canada. No stable job. All savings exhausted.

My rent is over C$2,200 a month. I was laid off in the factory job. No job right now.

I wonder if jumping over the Don Valley overpass connecting Danforth and Broadview is the way out of this living hell.
Anonymous on Sep 03, 2023:
Canada is in for a recession:

The Canadian GDP stalled in the second quarter of 2023, missing market expectations of a 0.3% expansion and failing to build on the 0.6% growth rate in the previous three-month period.

On an annualized basis, the Canadian GDP contracted by 0.2%, well below market expectations of a 1.2% expansion. source: Statistics Canada
Rick on Sep 03, 2023:
No point blaming immigrants for the numerous problems in Canada. If you allow your house to be invaded, you can't blame the invaders for the damage. Why is Canada giving away visas like popcorns? The flawed system they've created makes it impossible for Anglo-Canadians to run this country without foreigners. Now Canadians have to compete with millions of Indians. No worries though, Canadians are preoccupied with beer, hockey and weed.
Anonymous on Aug 31, 2023:
Jobs are hard to find in Toronto that (alleged) accused rapists are taking advantage of the desperation:
Anonymous on Aug 29, 2023:
Unlike America, Canada isn't looking for the next new CEO, scientist, inventor or world success story.

Canada, in particular, Toronto is looking for COGS IN A MACHINE, WAGE SERFS and CONSUMERS.

Canada wants an educated underclass to work in factories and warehouses to enrich the landed gentry.
Anonymous on Aug 29, 2023:
Jobs are hard to find in Canada. Look at this long line:

The government is deliberately increasing immigration to cause a job market crisis and a housing crisis, because they own rental properties to profit.
Anonymous on Aug 22, 2023:
Anon, anywhere within 100 miles of Toronto is the same cost of living problem.

The condo owners in Vaughan still expect you to pay $2,500 a month Toronto rent prices while demanding that you have 1,000 years of work experience for minimum wage at $15/hr.
Rick on Aug 19, 2023:
Trudeau was elected thanks to airheads, potheads and sheeple.
If that is the Canadian electorate, we do, indeed, deserve everything we get.
Anonymous on Aug 19, 2023:
You will grind away your teeth under stress living in Toronto.

Cost for a root canal and crown replacement for a tooth is $10,000 without insurance. A tooth implant is $7,000. And they want to charge HST on top of that!

If you didn't move to Toronto, you wouldn't face any stress and despair. Who are you? Galen Weston and John Tory rich enough to enjoy Toronto?
Rick on Aug 19, 2023:
Canadians are BREAKING DOWN under Trudeau's cost of living crisis
Anonymous on Aug 18, 2023:
Radical feminism caused a decline in birth rates.
Which caused a reaction by government and corporations to increase mass immigration.
Which caused rent prices to increase.
Which caused the job market to lowball on wages.

Radical feminism funded by the ivory towers in Bay Street is partially responsible for this mess.

What we have in Toronto is an unemployed underclass of average men, radical feminists, sky high rents, low wages, and elites who get rich from the social misery and pain.
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2023:
These are the top headlines in 24 hours:

1. Canada’s rental market facing ‘perfect storm’ as prices hit new high in July: report - National

2. Canada ‘absolutely’ can’t build more houses without more immigrants, minister says

3. Record levels of international students straining Canada's housing supply further


The elites want to bring in more consumers to increase stagnant GDP at any cost while productivity is either slowing or declining. This is a socio-economic disaster in the making.
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2023:
No one can deny it, Canada is not what it used to be.

Thank you brave netizens for having the backbone to tell more people before they make the mistake of leaving everything behind for a broken promise.

I don't want to sell my property and leave my government job to pay rent for a room in Toronto and work in a factory as a wage serf.
Anonymous on Aug 06, 2023:
Rick, Canada brings in the riff raff from Indian slums, while America promotes the best from India. Many Fortune 500 CEOs, surgeons and CPAs in America are of Indian descent.

There is something about Canada which rewards mediocrity and these FAKE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS who are flooding up the housing and job market.

America wouldn't let them in if these Pajeet fake international students tried to enter America.
Rick on Aug 06, 2023:
Wherever Indians enter the job market, the standard of living declines for everybody. The reason is Indians are more likely to work for less pay. A report published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) reveals that Indians are amongst the most overworked and underpaid workers in the world. Struggling in Canada or Australia is much better than struggling in India. In the United States, educated professionals are jobless because Indian professionals take all jobs for less pay.
Rick on Aug 05, 2023:
Canadians vote for Liberal societal values and Conservative economic policies when the reverse should be the case.
Rick on Aug 05, 2023:
As no one else wishes to live in squalor, the vast majority of new arrivals hail from India. The Pajeets are accustomed to living in despair and poverty. Living in a basement with many other dudes sharing a bathroom, that's easy. Out of 10 Pajeets only 1 will be complaining about the state of Canada while the rest are dancing to bhangra music. I know this as I've lived around them. They are loud, rude and obnoxious.
Rick on Aug 05, 2023:

Frankly, I couldn't care less about the future of this country, as the vast majority of Canadians are complacent. Mass immigration is often criticized, but few people acknowledge that the Canadian voter is fully responsible for supporting liberal policies that caused the family unit to disintegrate. Instead of a dynamic mix of various industries, the Canadian economy is dominated by monopolies. Only a handful of corporations dominate the Canadian economy. There isn't enough competition, which makes it harder to find a job and makes life more expensive.
Anonymous on Aug 03, 2023:
Rick, Canada was already at its funeral once they allowed White women to parade naked in public.

White women caused the birth rates to collapse and politicians/corporations to brainwash everyone that to cater to the fall in birth rates, Canada must increase immigration.

The WHITE WOMAN caused birth rates to decline for the corporate masters. Corporations and white women benefit from one million Pajeets waiting in line for a job, or asking a narcissitic white woman for Bobs and Vagene to boost her ego.

This is why the WHITE MAN is LEAVING CANADA and let the white woman get gang raped by the Pajeets and Bobs Vagene lowlifes.
Rick on Aug 02, 2023:
Canada is importing boatloads of Pajeets and Langarjeets from India and every place these people go they destroy it. They do crimes, drugs, scams and all kinds of illegal activities you can think of. Why is Canada committing suicide by importing the worst of the worst?
Anonymous on Jul 28, 2023:
RE: Flood of immigrants and bogus "international students" from India

It seems to be out of a desire to keep housing prices high, to keep wages low, and to keep GDP growing.

Housing prices are maintained during this period of high-interest rates by ramping up demand through immigration.

This is great for our MPs, ruling class, and older generations, who are largely property owners that have become used to insane returns on their property values.

For a lot of regular people who own houses, they depend on the value of their property remaining high to retire.

Additionally, newcomers to Canada seem a lot more accepting of fitting many people into cramped living spaces (eg. 8 people sharing a 2 bedroom, like one of my former coworkers).

Wages are kept low by increasing the labour pool, especially for low-skill jobs.
Anonymous on Jul 23, 2023:
Rent for a shared bed is about C$700 or more a month. Yes, a shared bed with a stranger inside a room with several other roommates. Toronto is that bad for a quality of life.
Anonymous on Jul 20, 2023:
Oh look below.

Another Indian named Utshab Biswas who wants to drive down wages in Toronto and join his other Pajeets packed a dozen inside a basement while contributing to a lowered quality of life for Canadians.
Utshab Biswas on Jul 20, 2023:
I am interest and help for this process
How can i apply this process?
Rick on Jul 17, 2023:
Canada is so desperate for immigrants and appeasement politics that the country is now filled with Sikh terrorists, making life a living hell for all others.