Cost of Living in Toronto

Summary about cost of living in Toronto, Canada:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.02 $ 10.92-29.97
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 83.75 $ 54.62-145.65
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.47 $ 8.74-10.92
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.83 $ 3.64-8.16
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.22 $ 4.37-9.47
Cappuccino (regular) 3.64 $ 2.18-5.10
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.98 $ 1.46-2.91
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.55 $ 1.09-2.18
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.16 $ 4.37-15.16
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.26 $ 1.32-3.96
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.38 $ 0.66-2.31
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.20 $ 1.89-4.37
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.24 $ 2.31-11.56
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.35 $ 2.31-8.26
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.01 $ 2.81-8.92
Apples (1 lb) 1.63 $ 0.66-2.64
Banana (1 lb) 0.56 $ 0.33-1.09
Oranges (1 lb) 1.49 $ 0.50-2.91
Tomato (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.66-2.91
Potato (1 lb) 1.18 $ 0.33-1.98
Onion (1 lb) 1.21 $ 0.33-2.18
Lettuce (1 head) 2.39 $ 1.25-3.64
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.61 $ 0.73-2.91
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.36 $ 8.74-18.21
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.29 $ 1.46-3.59
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.72 $ 1.82-5.16
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.38 $ 10.92-14.57
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.37 $ 2.33-2.91
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 113.61 $ 94.67-125.26
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.23 $ 2.55-4.37
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.05 $ 2.04-3.52
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.21 $ 14.57-29.13
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.44 $ 3.86-5.24
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,119.51 $ 18,781.80-23,300.64
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,499.20 $ 17,478.21-21,847.77
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 137.84 $ 72.83-254.89
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.32 $ 0.07-0.44
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.60 $ 40.05-72.83
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 46.74 $ 18.93-82.29
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.31 $ 7.28-29.13
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.92 $ 9.46-18.21
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,123.96 $ 728.26-1,529.34
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,740.34 $ 13,108.66-25,489.06
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 57.44 $ 29.13-80.11
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.97 $ 21.85-58.26
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 89.97 $ 58.26-127.45
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.43 $ 58.26-145.65
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,772.56 $ 1,529.34-2,039.12
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,497.17 $ 1,310.87-1,747.82
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,849.82 $ 2,330.43-3,641.29
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,320.31 $ 1,966.30-2,913.04
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 870.98 $ 655.43-1,201.62
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 684.46 $ 490.11-873.90
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,098.86 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.99 3.50-8.75

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100 Comments so far
Mark Zilder on Mar 22, 2023:
That idiot Sean Fraser is bringing in too many immigrants, 500,000 a year while Toronto rents skyrocket.

I wouldn't be surprised if Sean Fraser is on a watchlist by far-right groups for promoting extreme mass immigration.

Even moderates are angry at Sean Fraser for his 500,000 immigrants a year and think it's too much at a time there is a housing crisis.
Jules on Mar 21, 2023:
My skill set, career aspirations, lifestyle, and self/interests/personality finally found a home in Toronto. In my Canadian hometown, I would have had to settle in every aspect (and I did for years) and never reach my potential. I do have privilege, from race to education. I also grew up on tippy toes to lower middle class and gay af in a city full of overt and covert bigots, so it wasn't all sunshine.

Yes, it's bloody expensive. Yes, the gap between the rich and poor is atrocious. And yes, opportunity in this city is limited to certain sectors, educations, work experiences, citizenships, and a strong hit of nepotism/family assistance (if you bought any property in the last five years anywhere below Eglinton you either 1) had assistance with the down payment, 2) lived with family for cheap/no rent while working at Toronto wages, 3) cashed out on some kind of industry boom).

The city has major issues and there is major cognitive dissonance with everyone who can spend $18 on a cocktail and then complain about people without housing living in tents in parks. All that said, for what it's worth, I found a home here (even though I will never be able to purchase a home here) and I know so many people who have felt the same.

Oh and yes Brad, many of us are feminists. If that is a problem, feel free to leave. We will be better for it.
Anonymous on Mar 21, 2023:
I think as a man it's a losing proposition to be working low-wage jobs and pay high rents while the feminists make your life miserable. I've seen many married men come with their wives and children, only to end up homeless after a divorce and false accusation from a coached child and encouraged by divorce lawyers and feminist social workers.

You guys don't know the feminist hell that awaits you as a man in Canada. You want to pay high rents and have little or no autonomy as a man?
Brad on Mar 15, 2023:
The average rent in Toronto is about $2500 a month, and many of the women are feminists.

The federal government is feminist.

If you're a young male, you'd be a fool to end up in Canada where feminists are like roaches and they dislike men.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2023:
Canadians friendly? No. This has been repeated ad nauseam, but until you live here, you realize "friendliness" is just hypocritical politeness.

This country lacks work labor, and many Canadians treat their immigrant workers as animals, as another piece of equipment.

They treat migrant workers in the factories as if they have no rights. And don't get fooled with the wages. Though the wages are high in your home country, the minimum wage can barely afford monthly rents in Toronto.
H Nguyen on Mar 06, 2023:
Toronto never needs people with knowledge/experience, scholars or talents. They need cheap labor, so their tactics is abusing international students as cows to milk their budget, then after spending a huge amount of money to boost their economy & tax, you work as general labourers to survive.

If you love the cold, gloomy weather expanding for 6 months, or coming from a country that is in chaos / war, Canada might be good enough for you.

For those who are well-educated, have experience globally, Canada is the grave for your career and life.

What a weird country. Inviting scholars/professionals into their land, then treat them with disdain, while still complaining about them coming to your country. That's Canada for you.

Pay $2,000 a month plus electricity and sometimes water to rent cockroach apartment.
Anonymous on Mar 03, 2023:
Right now, it seems that the government only wants to increase immigration to artificially boost GDP and protect the financial interests of the homeowners and stock holders for consumables.

There are not enough well-paying jobs that can afford the cost of living in Toronto.

The ironic oxymoron is that to survive in Toronto, you need dual-income couples, yet Canada's fertility rates and marriage rates are falling, while divorce rates and a new phenomenon called incels are rising in Canada.

It's dire in Canada.
Anonymous on Feb 26, 2023:
Its ironic in a way when you think about it Susan,

If they kill rent control half of the city would go homeless temporarily, and probably some sort of unrest at that point

But 18 months down the road from that rents would have to drop since nobody could afford it and units would sit empty. So in a way, rent control is another factor thats creating housing inflation for newcomers to TO beyond the normal market price
Susan on Feb 26, 2023:
As of the date this was published,

$1800 to $2400 for a 1-bed apartment sounds about right.

However, the average wage is inflated due to outliers. Nobody starts off with $26/hr net pay in Toronto.

The most you can get is about $15.50/hr to $18/hr if you are a newcomer, and those jobs are dead-end jobs which require physical labour.

Even if you earn $4,000 net a month, half of that is for current market rent alone.

So choose the life you want to live if you want to suffer with the rest of wage serfs in Toronto.

I'd wager that if rent control was eliminated tomorrow and everyone had to pay market rent, over half of the renters will be homeless.
Anonymous on Feb 22, 2023:
The government supports mass immigration, they don't actually plan for housing, jobs, schools, health care, social services, transit, transportation, food, water, parks, policing, arts & culture, the challenges of maintaining municipal infrastructure, maintaining a good standard of living, meeting carbon reduction goals, or anything else that might be useful to the people here now - including millions of immigrants and their children.
Anonymous on Feb 20, 2023:
Don't waste your money on Sunshine Spa, Seduction Spa, Dream Spa and Vivid Spa.

They are overpriced, and many of the girls are former strippers and e-thots.

The feds wants to open the floodgates of men to make the pimps richer ainnit?
Anonymous on Feb 16, 2023:
Canada discriminates against foreign education and work experience, even from the USA, Australia and the UK:

Meet the Canadian-born doctors who can't work in Canada

There's a shortage of doctors — and thousands of Canadian physicians abroad can't come home easily

"I've practised and worked and learned in a Western, English-speaking country with similar cultures and values. People coming from countries like New Zealand, Australia, the U.K., they have the capacity to integrate into the Canadian system as good workers, easily."

Her Australian husband, Dr. Chamath De Silva, was willing to move to Canada — but he also found the process daunting, time-consuming and expensive.

It's a shame, Stewart said, because the Niagara region desperately needs anesthesiologists like De Silva. Last month, a hospital in Welland, Ont. had to cancel surgeries because there wasn't one available.

With Canada experiencing such an acute shortage of doctors, Stewart said the roadblocks thrown up by provinces and regulatory bodies are puzzling.

"The country should be grateful that these Canadians are willing to come back and be completely overworked and underpaid," she said. "And you didn't even have to pay to educate them."
Rick on Feb 14, 2023:
Where is Canada going to house all the new immigrants? Where are they going to work when unemployment hits harder? All this Massive uncontrolled immigration in this reckless economic environment is only going to lead to poverty.
Rick on Jan 29, 2023:
Canada’s government hopes to welcome nearly 1.5 million immigrants by 2025 to fill critical jobs and cram them into cities. It's something business leaders have long been pushing for. In a sparsely populated country, foreign labour is allowed to compete with the local population, which keep wages down to maintain the status quo. This decision by the federal government tells you that rising expenses will continue to rise.

Most of these new immigrants will be competing for blue collar jobs, as the system does not recognize foreign credentials. The only ones content with life in Canada will the new comers escaping third world conditions to work in better conditions in Canada. That's what the government and corporations want. Grateful, obedient taxable servants.
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2023:
Terrible place.

Terrible people.

It’s cold for 6 months of the year and you’ll meet some of the most socially awkward people.
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2023:
I don't like Toronto.

The majority of women are terrible and materialistic. If you are not wealthy, say goodbye to your dating and social life.
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2022:
This past weekend in Toronto 8 girls aged 13 to 16 stabbed to death a 59 yr old man. A complete stranger to them. They met through social media. Their identities will be protected and the maximum sentence they can get is 3 years. After that they can attend school with your kids or provide care to your elderly parents. These are the people in your neighborhood. If you move here
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2022:
It’s not worth it.
If you’re a single male budget for female companionship which starts from $400 per hour. The male-female interaction is monetized in Toronto.
Anonymous on Dec 16, 2022:
Lived in Toronto for 30 years. Would not recommend it

Huge city with plenty of people and money, but potential is always wasted. This is a city which decided to run a parkway along the lake instead of having a nice public waterfront

Concrete hellhole. If you have any travelling experience at all, there is nothing to see in Toronto in terms of sights or architecture. Everything is ugly concrete, chrome, glass

Infrastructure is not maintained properly. Internet and power frequently go out like a third world country and the local hydro and telecoms severely understaff the repair teams so things stay down forever

People are awful. The population of Toronto consists entirely of assholes, pretentious hipsters, and finance industry suits

Traffic is terrible. The most congested highway in North America is in Toronto. Everyone drives like a lunatic

Insanely expensive. Rent is expensive, food is expensive, metro is expensive ... I heard a recent study found Toronto is now more expensive than NYC
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2022:
Any person with respectable qualifications is looking to leave Canada. Most of my colleagues are leaving Canada.
Anonymous on Nov 27, 2022:
Toronto is the Mouse Utopia experiment by John Calhoun.

We are entering a stage where the local birth rates are falling, and to prevent a collapse in the pension funds, Toronto has to import more wage serfs to pay taxes and rent for the older Canadians who are retired.

Toronto is a scam and a Ponzi scheme.
Rick on Nov 23, 2022:
Warning prospective immigrants of the challenges they are bound to face in Canada doesn't change anything. Those already living in slums and conflict ridden regions of the world don't care about skyrocketing expenses and taxes. Do you think the Punjabis are concerned about these matters? These people are used to being poor, so Canada is a dramatic improvement.

Canada does not attract the best and this has long term consequences. Skilled immigrants leave after some time because they have OPTIONS while the money launderers, drug lords and refugees stay.

The federal government's plan to increase the number of immigrants entering Canada, with a goal of bringing in 500,000 people does not help anyone if the only people coming here are taxable subservient automatons. Canada is slipping in the global index of livability due to the quality of people it attracts.
Anonymous on Nov 21, 2022:
The Canadian Embassies and immigration consultants lie to foreigners that Toronto is a utopia.

Many Canadians want to leave Toronto and those who bought real estate early are cashing out and retiring abroad.
Anonymous on Nov 18, 2022:
The starting wage for newcomers is C$2,000 a month after tax working full time. Deduct C$150 a month for a TTC metropass.

Rent for a one bedroom in Toronto these days are almost C$2,000 a month.

A two bedroom will set you back at least C$2,300 a month and if you have a spouse and a few children a three bedroom goes for C$2,500 or more a month.

You have to pay for your own electricity.
John on Nov 11, 2022:

I couldn’t help but notice that the landed gentry are now encouraging people to sell their homes to pay Toronto rent aka the landlord’s mortgage.

After the government is hindering growth in resource extraction, I guess the Canadian government is turning to rent extraction and rent seeking to fill the gap.
Akash Deo on Nov 11, 2022:
I’m not poor in India so I can bear climate change which isn’t going to happen overnight.
Again, what benefit is there for me to up and leave my middle class life in India, to live in a moldy basement and pay rent that pays for someone else’s mortgage and makes them richer?
I’d be a fool to do that. Canada sounds like they need us to fulfill their budget deficit. Scam!
Yang on Nov 10, 2022:
India will be underwater in ten years and will become a bad place to live in.

You should sell your home in India and come to Canada.

The government is ensuring that we reach a million immigrants a year by 2030.

There are plenty of basement suites that you can rent from a local Canadian and you will feel safer in Canada.

We need immigrants. We need a lot of you to come here NOW.
Akash Deo on Nov 10, 2022:
The immigration consultant told me that Canada needs Investment Bankers, but I’ve been applying for jobs using my friend’s

Canadian address and there is no reply. However I am getting calls from temp agencies to work in warehouses for minimum wage.

I earn $1,600 a month equivalent salary in India and my home is paid off with the employee bank loan.

Why should I sell my home to pay another man’s mortgage and rent until I die in Canada?
Anonymous on Nov 10, 2022:
I don’t want to be one of the unlucky 500,000 suckers to be living like a rent peasant in Toronto.
Toronto sounds like a MLM scam to me. Are immigrants being used to pay the mortgages of the bigoted Canadians?
Yang on Nov 09, 2022:

We need immigrants to fill the Labour shortage and help us with our GDP growth. Immigrants, WE NEED YOU IN CANADA! We need more immigrants!
Amy on Nov 09, 2022:
Think paying $2,000 a month plus electricity for a cockroach-infested one bedroom apartment at a faraway borough in Toronto is bad? Just wait until these snowflake-pandering Trudeaus start flooding the country with more and more people to serve as consumers for the corporations.

You will be waiting hours in line to pay for your groceries, waiting years to see a family doctor, waiting days at the emergency, paying sky-high rents because there is no choice than to freeze, and wages being driven to the ground because there will be tens of thousands of applicants for a minimum wage job.

Thank your politicians and the elites for transforming Toronto into one giant Ponzi scheme for the rich.
Anonymous on Nov 08, 2022:
I work for a Liberal MP in Toronto. Ignore the xenophobic and anti-migrant comments.

We need immigrants. That is why the Liberal government plans to increase permanent residents to one million a year before the end of this decade.
Patel on Nov 08, 2022:

That is why a lot of Canadians are becoming landlords and lobbying the government to increase immigration numbers to bring in more rent serfs to make the Landlord class richer.

The majority of politicians are also Landlords and own rental investments do they want to bring in more rent serfs in Canada while ignoring the healthcare, housing and job market crisis.

It’s C$2,000 or more a month to rent a one bedroom in Toronto these days. Minimum wage is C$15 per hour.
Rick on Nov 08, 2022:
Earning more in Canada makes no difference. The more you earn, the more you lose in taxes.
Anonymous on Nov 06, 2022:
The majority of newcomers in Toronto work for minimum wage which is C$30,000 a year before taxes.
Those earning over C$100,000 a year are cops, teachers, and politicians who benefit from exploitation of immigrants to work for minimum wage in factories.
Anon on Nov 06, 2022:
A few in the comments quoted the average salary is <50k annually or just over 3,000 after tax in Toronto. This is blatantly false. The reported median wage includes many that are students or are simply not looking for a job. Given that there are around 1 million full time workers in the city of Toronto, the 2021 census actually showed that 240,000 in Toronto earned >100k in 2020, and the actual median full time salary is over 65k. Current estimated average monthly salary: 4,200 after tax is pretty much on point. That being said, still can't afford a 1BD apartment in downtown Toronto with this salary.
Anonymous on Nov 04, 2022:
Toronto is the land of nightmares, even for Palestinian refugees.
Anonymous on Nov 03, 2022:
I guess it's time to leave Toronto.

Justin Trudeau plans to bring in a yearly supply of half a million new Greater Fools to live in Canada to overpopulate the cities and worsen the job market and housing crisis.
Anonymous on Nov 03, 2022:
Canada's most respected newspaper is The Globe & Mail. Today the finance section has an article with this title: For the sake of their financial future young people should leave Toronto and Vancouver. Pretty much says it all.
AirBnB Landlord on Oct 25, 2022:
Quit posting negative comments about our city.

I need five international students, preferably vegetarian as tenants for my AirBnB in North York.

Close to Seneca College and 401.

$1,500 per student per month.
Anonymous on Oct 21, 2022:
Toronto is the land of shattered dreams for many newcomers.

The consultants abroad lie to prospective immigrants about the cost of living and job market.

By the time many newcomers realized that Toronto is a Ponzi scheme and a ripoff, they are too broke to return and restart their lives.
Rick on Oct 21, 2022:
Money laundering is a booming industry in Canada. Despite the exorbitant cost of living and massive taxes, who is still moving to Canada? Only money launderers and desperate people from impoverished countries come here in great numbers. Ask yourself why would a smart person move to Canada only to lose all their savings and live from hand to mouth for the rest of their life with 8 months of bone chilling winter most of the year? Moving to Canada is an upgrade only if you're living in literal slums of India or some wor-torn middle-east dictatorship.
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2022:
Toronto is a scam. It’s $2000 a month for a one bedroom in Toronto suburbs.
Anonymous on Oct 13, 2022:
Julia, Rogers and John Tory the Mayor of Toronto want a steady supply of consumers to land on the shores of Canada.

That is how the Rogers family became rich. They become richer when there is a mass movement of the middle class from Asia to Toronto.

The corporations also benefit from a larger supply of wage slaves who are afraid to demand higher wages and benefits.

The REITs also benefit from creating more demand for their cockroach infested apartments and jacking up the price for rentals.

Toronto is one giant PONZI SCHEME and modern-day plantation with horrible cold weather.
Julia on Oct 08, 2022:
Dear CBC,

There is a housing crisis in Toronto. I saw a video of Toronto Police kicking down the tents of the homeless encampments and kicking both homeless and protesters. Why fund police who appear to protect and serve the elite class?

As a European, I fully well know the implications of inequality when I see it.

The City of Toronto claims that it doesn't have money to increase welfare rates and low income housing, yet they have money to increase the police budget every year.

Crime is considered low in Toronto compared to other cities. Why fund the police who are only being dispatched to enact violence on the poor and homeless?

The City of Toronto also has a privileged Man who has connections to the elites such as being a consultant for the Rogers family. These politicians don't appear to act in the interest of anyone in the bottom 80 percentile of income.
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2022:
This place is on the verge of civil unrest, when you have employed peoples that can barely afford to pay rent and buy food and the costs keep rising peoples will take to streets! You have been warned!!
Toronto reaper on Oct 07, 2022:
Low wages (lucky if you make 50 k BEFORE tax) to rent a one bed room it’s 2300$ a month, insurance is 300 a month for a car if your lucky. (You can forgot public transport it very slow and 30 years behind the times) traffic is horrible even at 11 at night, always full of cars on the highway driving slow and blocking peoples from passing In the left lanes, not much entertainment in this cities( who can afford it anyway). Peoples are very rude and self centred, it’s all about money and rushing everywhere like a chicken with there head cut off. Not many amenities for a city of 7 million peoples. It’s like paying Manhattan rent prices but having the amenities of some rust belt city like Cleveland. You also get to live in frozen shut weather for more then half the year.
Paula on Sep 29, 2022:
Toronto has a homeless crisis. More and more persons are living in tents. It’s despicable, scary and horrific.

A job doesn’t guarantee shelter in Toronto.

And when you live in a tent, the propertied class send Toronto Police to kick down the tents and kick the homeless people like garbage. The videos are on social media.

Right now it’s over $900 for a SHARED ROOM in Toronto. It’s a dystopian nightmare.

Good paying jobs are also hard to find. Don’t be fooled with the propertied class because they live a life of privilege, went to good schools and have connections to the good jobs.

Some of my Gen Z friends feel like their deaths are getting closer because they are trapped in Toronto and can’t afford to leave.

Homelessness is rising in Toronto, even for those who have jobs.

The Canadian Dream has turned into a nightmare for the working class.

There is a cost of living crisis and a homeless crisis that the politicians are refusing to act on quickly, except one Trump junior politician who is gaining popularity.
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2022:
Trudeau openly planned to increase the PR quotas to almost 500,000 this year and rent prices in Toronto are crazy!

A 2-bedroom apartment goes for over $2,000 in Scarbrough and North York!

Is this the future you want your children to inherit? To live like serfs? Canada is becoming too expensive to live in, and the wages are barely covering inflation.
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2022:
That $5,000 average salary after tax is a statistical error, or deliberately fabricated. The median wage is about $3,000 a month.

For example: If 1 CEO/Manager earns $99,000 and the 99 workers earn $1,000 a month, that is $100,000 divided by 100 which gets you the average of $10,000 a month.

In Toronto, you have the elites who earn over $1M a month, the bureaucratic class who earn between $5,000 to $10,000 a month, the declining middle class, and then you have the working poor class who earn less than $2,000 a month full time.

The majority of newcomers in Toronto WILL NOT start off with a $5,000 a month after-tax salary. That is what Vice Principals and Managers in the public sector earn in Toronto.

The job agency starts off newcomers with minimum wage which is $2,000 after taxes and deductions.

Rent for a one-bedroom is climbing at $1,800 a month or more. You certainly can't live off $200 a month in Toronto because food is expensive and there appears to be price gouging at the moment.

Unless you are fleeing war and are desperate, I wouldn't advise anyone in the emerging economies to quit their middle class jobs and relocate to Toronto to work in factories and pay rent to the elites.
Anonymous on Sep 22, 2022:
The standard of life in Toronto is eroding while the elites buy more properties that the working class pay high rents for.

Home ownership is unattainable in Toronto. International students are paying $1,000 s month to share a bunk bed with several other students.

Working full time does not guarantee that you will get to rent an apartment, hence a homeless crisis that the Toronto Police is trying to sweep under the rug using violence.
Josh Feldman on Sep 17, 2022:

That is where dreams are broken.

There's nothing you can do, except work like a dog to pay rent and food and save nothing until you die.

I'm 21 years old and want a medically assisted death because my future is bleak in Toronto.
Anonymous on Sep 17, 2022:
Toronto is more of an Americanized capitalist city enforced with British colonial laws and a feudal economic system. Beware!
Poc on Sep 16, 2022:
The amount of racism in the comments is astounding. As if Canada isn't an immigrant country. White zealots need something else to complain about
Anonymous on Sep 08, 2022:
The new way of life in Toronto is to pay at least $1,000 a month to rent a room inside a house or building with shared kitchen and bathrooms. This is the new Canada.
I’m not sure why individualist countries like Canada are adopting communal slum like third world conditions with first world prices.
Anonymous on Sep 05, 2022:
Tell me where you can find those 5,000 after tax jobs in Toronto.
Must be economic apartheid because most of the jobs newcomers get are working in dead end factory hobs for minimum wage
Anonymous on Aug 29, 2022:
It’s a living hell I tell you. The rents are too high. Too much competition for jobs. Poor and dismal dating life.
nothanks on Aug 13, 2022:
wow what an awful place to live. the numbers truly do not reflect how depressing toronto is. i lived there for 2 years and would never, ever go back under any circumstances. traffic, homeless people, everything costs more than any job will pay you, the people are generally rude, the food sucks, the weather sucks, there is truly nothing redeeming about this place.
Adrian Scott on Aug 04, 2022:
The after tax salary needs to be changed. The average gross salary is 52k, which leaves 38k in after tax.
Canadian on Aug 02, 2022:
Canadian cities might look pretty on the surface but severely lacking in modern infrastructure, which adds to the cost of living.
Steve on Jul 27, 2022:
And to my list I forgot to add the political, corruption, human rights factor as well. Very well known now. Thank you
Steve on Jul 27, 2022:
The economic, financial, and personal finance/cost of living factors mentioned here are so true and long known facts, but I'm going to mention the driving. My goodness, the city and region is one confused mess. The amount of driving done here is equivalent to the driving for the RURAL haha. Not for a city! A real (developed) city is one where places are accessible and there are lots of methods to get around. Toronto and many Canadian urban places have serious growing up to do!
Anonymous 12345 on Jul 21, 2022:
You guys make me laugh... 90 of these 100 comments are true and correct.
Anonymous 12345 on Jul 21, 2022:
The average after-tax salary is definitely **not** $4,677.29. To get a more **realistic** number, divide this number by a factor of 2 (two).
Anonymous 12345 on Jul 21, 2022:
I totally agree with the Sep 15, 2020 comments of Michael.
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Anonymous on Jun 20, 2022:
The average net monthly salary after tax is listed here as 5,053.27 CAD. This is not correct, although it is how much an average family would expect to earn with two full-time workers. Perhaps this number has been skewed by IT workers migrating to mid-level roles in the city.

According to the 2016 Canadian census, median after-tax income for Toronto residents was 2,435.83 CAD (29,242 CAD annually). The average annual wage increase has been below 3% during this time.

The median after-tax income in 2022 is LESS THAN 3,000.00 CAD.
Anonymous on Jun 04, 2022:
Dear Anonymous on May 16, 2022,

If you think Canada will be the country of weirdos and full of psychologically ill people after 20 years from now, then what about USA and other English-speaking nations? Situation in the US is even way worse.
Anonymous on May 16, 2022:
A country where your hard working earned money will go for prompoting life style of those who have come from broken and aaddicted families and even have problems with their own gender, in 20 yrs from now Canada will be the country of weirdos and full of psychologically ill people. Not a safe place to raise a child.
Al on Apr 25, 2022:
Toronto and the region are an equivalent of when a place is declared "Ecologically Dead". It shows even more now in the post-jabs era. Cost of living, wages not aligned with CEO prices, severely bloated housing prices, mass immigration, traffic congestion non-stop, outdated and puny infrastructure, bureaucracy, suffering from the woke disease, etc. Meanwhile, Canada as a whole is beyond emergency alert but it's a place on life support. It doesn't help that its own gov't abuses its citizens and taxes, and ignores their own Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
uh oh on Apr 24, 2022:
The Toronto Star newspaper has an article today entitled "The Great Canadian Snow Job" with sky high real estate and skyrocketing inflation is Canada trying to sell immigrants an opportunity that no longer exists?
Anonymous on Apr 20, 2022:
Numbeo is inflating the wages and lowballing the housing costs, to lure people here with false pretenses
Brad on Apr 18, 2022:
A 20-year fixed mortgage doesn't exist. Closest is 25 yr at 8.75% according to ratehub. 10 year is around 4.25%; so 20 year would be at least 7%. Numbeo currently has it at 2.85 for a 20-year fixed mortgage which is wildly inaccurate.
Lili on Apr 16, 2022:
I totally agree with Anonymous on Mar 24, 2022. I have spent yrs before could I enter Canada with 2 master degrees (one from the UK),19 yrs of job experience, my score was not high enough, so I started to learn French and it took me a lot of time and effort to get a high score in TEF Canada exam and in this process I have seen many people from my own country with absolutely no knowledge of English or French just simply entered Canada on a tourist visa and became refugees. Many of them are even rich in their homeland and here they receive monthly salary from the Canadian government. This is sad and deeply disappointing.
uh oh on Apr 09, 2022:
Anonymous how dare you be so selfish! If you don't move here you may destroy the plan to have 10 million people in the GTA by 2046 up from 7 million now. The city is counting on you to pay a large land transfer tax. Otherwise current homeowners will pay more. And how will all those developers afford a Lamborghini or Ferrari for their kids? Stop thinking of your own future and your own family and mindlessly apply to move here you brainless sheep!
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
I have read all the comments and came into conclusion that it doesn't worth immigrating to Canada, maybe just maybe for studying then finding a job in U.S.
Just in Tour o do on Mar 30, 2022:
@Ms.violent felon, I think you need to learn how to behave and comment politely, I am sure you saw something in bellow comments that totally was against your benefits that caused to show your real character to people,

I want to appreciate all guys who tried to show the real picture of Canada, especially the guy who spent his time on Mar 24 2022 to inform any potential immigrant about real picture of Canada or North America..
uh oh on Mar 28, 2022:
today work began on the controversial new Ontario subway line. If people return to the downtown core to work we need another huge construction project other to get them in and out. if they don't go back property values downtown will decline. And construction (traditionally a cyclical industry) may suffer a slowdown which it hasn't seen since the early 1990's. Toronto's economy is looking more like a house of cards. Look at how IT jobs are leaving California for Texas and Arizona. Or maybe I'm wrong and the average detached house will be $5 million in 5 years. Can you afford to move here?
Torontistan on Feb 21, 2022:
Canadistan has bad food, terrible weather and lot of BS
Rick on Feb 08, 2022:
Massive influx of Pajeets, Patels and Muhammads has ruined this country. We are dealing not only with Islamic extremism but also with Sikh Khalistani terrorism.

Canada is now a very mediocre country that mostly appeals to third world villagers who can't wait to get out of their shanty towns and bring their aunties and uncles with them to Canada.

Canada - Expensive, cold and in decline.
Bleak on Jan 08, 2022:
Canadians are emigrating too. Hundred of thousands Canadians live in Gulf countries, Singapore, Lebanon, …
Sean on Dec 31, 2021:
Hey Mr./Ms. Anonymous (who are afraid of introducing yourself even with a fake name!), your comment is so racist.

If you’re so dumb and self righteous that you don’t know and understand that at least Canadian economy is rolling because of immigrants, then you’re probably Ford 2.0!

To enlighten you a little, immigrants have to show prove of income and savings and bring at least a year worth of all expenses for each family member upon arrival. They are merely selected amongst the best in terms of knowledge and profession yet have to start (and more often than not stay) with entry level jobs. “Canadian experience”, rings a bell?

Job market, as well documented, is arranged in a way that wouldn’t allow newcomers in unless exploited in lowest possible positions so guys like you (maybe) climb the ladder faster.

And, no matter what, they have to pay taxes on what they make and once again on what they buy! No wonder why government is so fond of immigration!

As for residents though, housing quadrupled meaning money directly in your pocket! Rental housing is ridiculously and inhumanly unaffordable which pushes newcomers to so called basements with no proper lighting and so… to make you some passive income! Yahyyy

It wasn’t even 15 years ago that no luxury cars were ramping on Toronto streets. Look now. Whose are these? If immigrants, so they brought wealth to your country. If Canadians, where from? Right, exploiting immigrants.

Take care buddy and think!
Alex on Nov 19, 2021:
Hey Mr.Boot leaker, from government agency,

What else could you write in here? Whats your skills and degree that caused you think you got rich from your smartness and hardworking? Not from boot licking.

All the complaints here, is not related to laziness, Mr. Know it all. Is related to your system. All the the recent immigrants in Canada and US are very smart and hardworking, they know different languages and have lots of skills, but you and your boss here in the system are corrupt and stupid enough that they could not understand this fact, or may be better for their pockets to say selfish statements like yours.
6iX GOD (THE REAPER) on Nov 14, 2021:
Toronto has the highest concentration of CFAs in the WORLD, EXTREME competition for low and mid- level jobs, cost of living is very high, and unlimited global international students who are legally allowed to work while studying here.

IF YOU ARE MILITANT IN YOUR DISCIPLINE AND WILLING TO WORK YOURSELF TO DEATH, YOU WILL SURVIVE (MAYBE EVEN THRIVE). If you are weak and want it easy, well scroll down and join the crowd of losers who picked the wrong city, Toronto is a cold, competitive, ruthless place, and it made me rich
Booba on Nov 06, 2021:
With a 9-5 job you don’t save nothing in Canada, no matter what’s your gross salary. That’s why all middle easterners leave immediately after getting the citizenship
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Jiz on Jul 20, 2021:
Canada & North America are like kingdom of ladies, legally its supposed to have equality of men n women, but practically men would be treated like slaves. Why??? Cause they want to take advantage of men to force them to prosper the economy, the capitalists pockets, to make more products or services, or to help economy,

Why they encourage directly or indirectly, to encourage people come here to live in one bedroom or shared room , while they have billions of lands to make more apartments for coming immigrants? Why most knowledgeable and supper educated entrepreneurs should work as construction worker ,plumbers, painters, roofers , Uber drivers, bus drivers, cashiers, Or in wallmart, etc,
Corporations making billions, and staff’s earning around minimum wage?

Why insurance is so expensive? Why these expensive corporations do not pay when customer get some damage?

Why the government doesn’t subsidize anything here to help their residents ??

Why one MRI takes around one year for a person with any sort of disease?

Why they are killing native people in USA, Canada, Australia for years and years and years? And in the media you guys try to show yourself as a human?? You need to go inside any jungle in the world to see that lion eats when S/he is hungry. You are not hungry but killing people around the world for the sake of your pocket,

Why your companies or organizations have lots of unreasonable process?

Why your systems, the whole society a system, are failing over n over??

North American systems has failed for, decades, that s why China, Russia and other powerful countries are here, in North America,
Jiz on Jul 20, 2021:
services, or to help economy,

Why they encourage directly or indirectly, to encourage people come here to live in one bedroom or shared room , while they have billions of lands to make more apartments for coming immigrants? Why most knowledgeable and supper educated entrepreneurs should work as construction worker ,plumbers, painters, roofers , Uber drivers, bus drivers, cashiers, Or in wallmart, etc,
Corporations making billions, and staff’s earning around minimum wage?

Why insurance is so expensive? Why these expensive corporations do not pay when customer get some damage?

Why the government doesn’t subsidize anything here to help their residents ??

Why one MRI takes around one year for a person with any sort of disease?

Why they are killing native people in USA, Canada, Australia for years and years and years? And in the media you guys try to show yourself as a human?? You need to go inside any jungle in the world to see that lion eats when S/he is hungry. You are not hungry but killing people around the world for the sake of your pocket,

Why your companies or organizations have lots of unreasonable process?

Why your systems, the whole society a system, are failing over n over??

North American systems has failed for, decades, that s why China, Russia and other powerful countries are here, in North America,
Pat on Jul 08, 2021:
A toxic, broken and confused place. Even the country. A big part of this is the govt they currently have - all levels. They are a towns kind of place, but cannot handle more or the bigger levels. This place couldn't get their priorities straight before pandemic, during this pandemic, and for sure won't get their priorities straightened out in the future either. They proved it and did it to themselves to confirm this reputation. No thank you!
Anonymous on Jun 24, 2021:
That average salary of 4600 CAD is not true. The average income after taxes is around 3600 CAD, that is a gross annual income of 56000 CAD
Anonymous on May 17, 2021:
Do not come here unless you have two incomes of 3 figures or more because your wasting your time and money otherwise.
You will wage slave otherwise and your rent will be 2000 k for a 1 bedroom or you will have to spend million of dollars to own your own place. Never mind the fact the weather here is garbage 8 months out of the year. These is great place for a money laundering that’s about it!
manav on May 12, 2021:

your website does not include option to add car insurance price, which is very different from country to country and city to city.
and in some places it could take upto 10% of your income
Ian Lucas on Apr 13, 2021:
Toronto is much better than Vancouver.
Higher salary at least and better public transit.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
Canadian government depends heavily upon cheap labor to fatten their own private financial portfolios. The doors remain open to any and all foreigners from 3rd world countries or below that.Five billion usd went missing mysteriously several months ago but Trudeau won't comment.He along with other high ranking members in government has sunk Canada's economy.Canada enjoys bashing the U S every chance they get.But the consequences of that are grim especially since the Ford plant is the largest employer in Canada and congress is talking about putting heavy tarrifs on anything made at the Ford plant in Canada. Basically putting Ford out of business in Canada is the motivation and Ford in the U S is worried about it.
Pat on Mar 24, 2021:
A quote in the National Post:

"Canada is a third world country whose paper-thin facade of modernity was built mainly by selling out future generations into tax and debt slavery, perhaps forever."
Uh oh on Mar 01, 2021:
Sorry guys. The four students I mentioned below are no longer employed. Student loan debt is climbing.
Anonymous on Feb 27, 2021:
Plant all of the cherrie blossoms you want it won't matter covid19 is a population killer.Besides nobody will miss Canada or its dysfunctional society. Go to HEL EN wait.

Helen Tolias on Feb 15, 2021:
Looking forward to spring ! The Cherrie Blossoms at Trinity Bell Woods Park and High Park could be the cure to the Covid 19 situation - get some as soon as possible. Maybe re-plant some of the flower, or get seeds to plant the flowers in your apartment, condo or house.

Help a neighbour = helps you too.

Wish I was still living in Toronto.

Till we meet again.

Helen Tolias
February, 15, 2021.
ss on Feb 10, 2021:
im here for school... who else? (im like not here for a job im too young fo that lol)
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
As Canadians we must provide jobs and training for our incoming refugees and ignore other non Canadians who already have educations