Cost of Living in Vancouver

Summary about cost of living in Vancouver:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.00 C$ 15.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 C$ 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 C$ 8.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 5.50-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-8.80
Cappuccino (regular) 4.35 C$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.03 C$ 1.25-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.74 C$ 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.49 C$ 5.00-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.07 C$ 1.81-4.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.89 C$ 1.00-2.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.01 C$ 2.84-5.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.58 C$ 3.63-15.88
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.97 C$ 4.99-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.29 C$ 5.24-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 1.74 C$ 0.91-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 C$ 0.50-1.54
Oranges (1 lb) 1.76 C$ 1.13-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.22 C$ 1.13-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.41 C$ 0.60-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.43 C$ 0.80-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 2.60 C$ 1.75-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.55 C$ 1.50-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 C$ 15.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.88 C$ 2.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.82 C$ 2.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.00 C$ 13.00-16.75
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.95 C$ 2.40-3.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 98.00 C$ 95.00-131.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.25-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.04 C$ 2.96-4.78
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.55 C$ 32.86-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.78 C$ 5.15-6.44
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,220.00 C$ 22,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,536.67 C$ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 86.32 C$ 45.00-170.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.37 C$ 0.20-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 73.17 C$ 50.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 54.40 C$ 30.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.17 C$ 0.00-31.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 C$ 13.00-18.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,264.40 C$ 1,000.00-1,550.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,333.33 C$ 16,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 68.04 C$ 40.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 51.15 C$ 30.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 106.40 C$ 80.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 139.05 C$ 100.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,029.03 C$ 1,700.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,601.15 C$ 1,200.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,766.95 C$ 3,000.00-4,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,693.32 C$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,152.09 C$ 999.99-1,499.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 873.36 C$ 603.86-1,246.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,734.72 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.80 3.20-4.50

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Last update: October 2019
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60 Comments so far

#Stu on Sep 25, 2019 :
Thought i Could cash out but the bubble bursted now I'm stuck, wife left because money tied in the house, doing shift work, got aging parents, became diabetic, stressed throwing up all the time. Bad timing
#Charlie on Sep 05, 2019 :
Awfully expensive city. People renting tents for 1000 a month. Check the site renters of Vancouver for all the horror stories. This is what happens when greed is allowed to take over.
#Jeff stanl on Jul 24, 2019 :
yes most bosses here are Chinese .they work very very hard and expect thst from you.
it makes no difference if you are a tin Horton worker or a optician in walmart very high chance your boss will be Chinese and will expect Chinese standard of high work.

I was in rest room my boss shouted at me he said Jeff you are 1 minute multiply thst by 6 and then 50..num of employees. he said thst is 300 .if I pay 10 dollar hour ..u will make me bankrupt.

I said yes Mr Chan
#CostPatrol on Jul 11, 2019 :
I would say you need a minimum gross income of $100,000 to live here. I depends... for a single person it would be more than enough, but won’t be enough for a family of four. Prices and taxes are very high here. $100k cad in Vancouver is about equivalent buying power of $50k usd in America in realistic terms, I travel to Washington every week so I know. Although I’ve noticed American prices have been going up a lot in the last couple of years as well... So making $100k in Vancouver will mean a low middle class lifestyle. But good luck trying to find a job that pays even $80k. It’s an impossible city for the 99%.
#CostPatrol on Jul 11, 2019 :
Due to recent Boeing Max 8 grounding, all major flights prices have been jacked up.
For Vancouver to Calgary return flights used to be around $200 and now it is around $700 for Air Canada and Westjet.
This price gouging may be temporary but may continue for another 6+ months until they fix the airplane’s safety issues.
#R L on Jul 02, 2019 :
The monthly pass just went up from $95/mo to $98/mo
#Daniel Siemaszkiewicz on May 08, 2019 :
Price per square metre needs to be seriously updated here. It was 1,345 per square foot in 2018, that would equal over $14000 per square metre not what numbeo is citing at 11,700. Please please please update this. Peoples salaries are being based on your data.
#tony sam chou on Jan 16, 2019 :
hi all

Luv Vancouver but then I luv LA and shanghai.

My real reason is I love sking.

I would say you need about 500 thousand dollars a year to enjoy a jet style life.

hope this helps

#davis on Jan 13, 2019 :
basically your spending 90 percent of your salary on living with not enough to go out- if you go out your in debt even if you have a good job modern slavery is vancouver. but its beautiful but quickly becoming like Hongkong in the sense of smaller and smaller apartments long commute times, very hard work and employers from abroad taking advantage of you as your boss from abroad imposing ridiculous work hours and hard conditions that have relation to Canadian law. .
#sammy singh on Dec 14, 2018 :
Diu Lay

As soon as you leave there will be 5000 willing to take your place from India. They have a population of 1.4 billion and they would sell their limbs just to live in Vancouver.
They would work 26 hours a day and eat nothing but boiled lentils and boiled rice just to live in the most beautiful city in the world.
they have no idea what you are talking about (drug addicts in vancouver.....No way !!!!( you are lying they say. vancouver is just beautiful Mountains and beautiful oceans and lots and lots of jobs !!!!
there you have it !!!!!
#Diu Lay on Nov 09, 2018 :
I immigrated here in 1975. Back then Chinatown is Chinatown. Now it run down, closes at 5pm and nest besides 10 blocks of human waste of drug addicts and homeless encouraged by city hall. Go look for yourself. Between Cambie running to Gore,10 blocks of human garbage. Only city in western world that cannot afford fireworks for New Year. I still live because i am owner of a company. But already planning to move to Asia where costs are 1/3 to 1/5 of Vancouver. Vancouver was a livable city. No more.
#SINGME A SONG CHONG on Oct 11, 2018 :
vancouver was once a beautiful city but its own beauty has been the cause of its destruction.

everyone especially asians have been attracted to its beauty that it now looks old and used.
the beauty is there but its hard to see it as its cover with scars and shows thats it really has been used.

The rich asians are loving it here , as they dine out daily and have the best money can buy.
but for most its a touh place. i mean real tough.
The asians (chinese ) make very shrewd employers and god forbid you take a day off .. you'll be fired.
I think the city has grown too fast in too short time.
the city is run by those that dont make good decisions like restricting the house prices as they realise disrupting the eaisy money they get from
#no hope on Sep 24, 2018 :
lifelong vancouver resident here.

if you are looking for short-term adventure, vancouver is probably fun and worth the price of admission for a year or less. come for the summer!

if you want to move here to start a life, i would urge you to reconsider your destination. vancouver is at its heart a desperately imbalanced city. we have the services and amenities of a major city, but we have the industries and economic opportunities of a medium sized town. it is not hard to find a job here, but most jobs are not satisfying and pay you just enough to live here, not to grow. this might be fine in the summer, when the air is warm and the sun shines, but in the winter, this can be a very lonely and depressing place, lots of rain. the smiling wealthy people (who you will see at our designer stores, nice restaurants, etc) all run away to whistler to ski or somewhere warm down south for the winter.

vancouver looks big because of the towers and concentrated infrastructure, but this is a bit deceiving. we are pressed up against the mountains and the ocean, and our strategic location as a port city inflates the importance of our industries. in reality, this is a small town. i see people on the street every day that i know, recognize, etc. the local government is run by a handful of people who all know each other. every year i have friends that leave because they see they have no future here.

i love that people from all over the world have come to make vancouver a beautiful place. but i fear that there is no longer any opportunity here. we have lots of problems already that we have to deal with (homelessness, drug problems, finding good industries, adequate housing) and these will only get worse before they get better. i would hate for someone to move to this city with a dream and have it crushed by the great dead end that is vancouver!
##LadyJess on Jul 11, 2018 :
Hi! I am looking for a room near to 1122 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B. How much it could cost? The company will pay me 3000 CAD per month. I would obviosly prefer an small apartment bynear, but it is so expensive an I counldn't save any money.

I would love that the room be located the nearest as possible to go on foot to work. I am supposed to arrive in september.

Any suggestions? Thank you so much and I wish you a superb day to all of you.
#Considering Vancouver on May 29, 2018 :
Whenever I ask a Canadian resident the Toronto vs Vancouver question, the first answer is invariably "Vancouver is terribly expensive but Toronto is fast catching up". But the comments here seem to suggest that larger BC community itself is not a good place for new immigrants to start a new life in Canada, irrespective of the salary I might be offered, quite contrary to the popular perception of Canada. So, Toronto seems to be the best option.
#High Room Rent on May 06, 2018 :
Vacancy rate in Vancouver is at an all-time low of 0.6%, driving up the rental rates of 1-bedroom apartments from $1600 to $2000+ month - IF YOU CAN EVEN GET THEM. There are 100 applicants to every apartment, so some of us have taken to renting rooms in private houses.

Rooms in private residences go for top dollar, from $700 - $900 a month, and climbing every month. The terms are not permanent as many landlords are using it to pay their mortgages, or subsidize their savings by exploiting renters who can't find anything else. Landlords are so greedy and lack discernment, that they will rent to pretty much anyone, and if you have to share your house with 2 other sketchy roommates - it can put YOU and YOUR STUFF at risk. Not only that, but many of these rooms are illegal, so you can get kicked out if the city finds out.
You are also subject to the whims of the landlord, as they can be quite nosey and in your business, overstepping boundaries of privacy, and put severe limitations on cooking,noise, etc.
You are also subject to them selling their $200K home for 1.5 Million, as many scramble to destroy your peace and quiet by actively renovating the home with invading contractors - but not even caring to give you a break on your rent because of it.
It's a landlord's market right now, and them babyboomer homeowners are cashing in.. then <poof!> the house will be gone when they make their 1.5 Million, and you'll be out on the street begging for another decrepid room to rent that costs even more this time than 6 months ago.
#Akram on Apr 11, 2018 :
Hello guys☺ Can you give some information about really study and work in Vancouver in one time, because i am going to study in Vancouver but i have not information how really cost and living in this area so if anyone have this information please, write. And finding job forexample waiter for students in Vancouver
#John Anderson on Mar 20, 2018 :
The wage is not that high, normal jobs usually just $2,300 a month
$3,178 is manager wage.
#hong ding gong on Feb 26, 2018 :
Well here we go !!!

Me think with good wisdom its popped.
#Carol on Feb 24, 2018 :
I believe your estimate on rental costs in Central Vancouver of under $1900/month for a decent one bedroom apartment are more than optimistic. Even very small and unfurnished apartments (around 500sq) are typically more than that, especially if they are new and/ or renovated. Rents and / or high mortgage prices are what makes Vancouver such a pricey, and almost unaffordable place to live in.
And yes, Surrey is cheaper, but would not want to live there for more reasons than one.
#Mark Vasconi on Jan 16, 2018 :
I'm surprised that Vancouver, BC registers an index that is lower than places like Tacoma, WA or Olympia, WA. Given the cost of housing in Vancouver (even adjusted for the value of Canadian currency), plus relatively high tax costs, I would think that Vancouver would at least be on par with Seattle.
#JulieY on Jan 04, 2018 :
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) in Vancouver costs 90.00C$ (about 2 minutes ago)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) in Vancouver costs 2,682.77C$ (about 5 minutes ago)
Re: mis-entries above: Sorry a few typos when entering the data: One way ticket (implying 3 zone) 5.6$
And Imported Beer ~4$/ bottle. I believe the curator is analysing the data before it's posted.
#dinsa on Oct 20, 2017 :
Surrey is not a true reflection of Canada.
More like a 3rd world city.
Too many people !!
Really dont like it
#Ray on Sep 24, 2017 :
To Inanna about the cost in Surrey, BC. Surrey is cheaper because of the crime, shootings, gangs, and drugs.
#Inanna on Aug 30, 2017 :
As per my calculations Living in Surrey BC would cost less than Montreal, QC, plus no need for winter tires, garage rental, extremely high car plates and insurance, cheaper grocery, clothing, gas, near 5% less sales taxes (12% instead of near 17%). I found really nicely located end of New Westminster/begining Surrey for $925 1br. 750sqf. heated, pool and nice garden.

I have an apt in a not so good old building about 50min from downtown Montreal by public transit or 30min by car. and it is the cheapest I could find for a 1br. I pay $960 - Internet (no cable or TV, phone..) unlimited $80 (special rate for 1 yr, then will be $105+taxes with videotron), Hydro QC: $75 (I only have a fridge and stove, and light bulbs which I make sure all are off when not using and no a/c!) Garage $150 (they get you there! we need that in -40 winters!)

Can anyone tell me why everyone says it's so expensive in Vancouver greater area? Moving to Surrey I'd save at least $300 a month with rental related and even more with Grocery.
#Yum lin Fi on Aug 01, 2017 :
Wonderful thats very good set of qualifications you have.
You will surly need to convert these to canadian equivalent.
If you are able to have about 100 to 200 thousand Canadian, you should be able to manage quite well here whilst you study and convert your exam . This is excluding a car, which would add another 25 thoussand to you bidget.
Also try and stay in cheap areas like surrey, these are quite dangerous with gangs (check todays news). but they are very very affordable,. Can get two basement suite for about 750 dollars.

all the best
#CanadianFinanceGuy on Jul 15, 2017 :
The estimate given here of $3,720 for a family of four (not including rent) is pretty accurate. We're a family of three and pay slightly more than that. Housing in our case adds another ~$3,000 bringing the total close to $7,000 per month.
#raymonmd on Jun 23, 2017 :
Hi Bob

Despite properties being rocket high, wages aren't to bad
Microbiologist can earn 85,000 plus a year.
This goes up according to experience but you are looking at 120K per year after 5 years.
hope this helps.
#Bob on Jun 17, 2017 :
I'm migrating to vancouver this year and i wanna study my phd there so i wanna know about the salary for a microbiologist or such jobs, can i afford the prices such as rent, food etc for one person? I mean can i save any? Can i have an average life wtih this conditions that i said

Thanks for helping me
#islam on Jun 14, 2017 :
If you are able to invest 2 million on a house in Richmond area, I promise your money will double in 2 years.
I can say this without doubt as many have become multi multi milionaires playing the property game in Vancouver. Please note money must be in canadian currency and deposit in canada bank account.
any more information please email me
#islam on Jun 14, 2017 :
Dear Mohammed

you are asking very silly questions.
Do your research, you are planning to move to one of the most expensive cities in the worls with two kids
either you take about 2 to 3 million with you, or het a job paying 100-200K canadian minimum
Otherwise your kids will have no future compared to the rich children in vancouver.
#Mohammad Zaid on Apr 26, 2017 :
Hi there I have few question can you please Answer.
1. I have a family with 2 kids 1 is 7 years old and 1 is 4 years what will be complete expanse of living per month .
2. can u please divide all expanse like how much for 2 bedroom housing cost, food cost , utility bills other taxes
3. The schools are free ? or there is fee?
4. do government of CANADA support children?
5. If i migrate and i didn't get job right away will government of CANADA support me and my family?
6. how much i have to earn to support my family per month

Do reply soon please
Mohammad Zaid
#heya on Jan 23, 2017 :
These prices are not accurate, people forget to include non-sale price and taxes and other fees and tips. Probably about 30% to 50% more than posted prices depending on the location of the metro van, so use this as a loose range. Also, currently there are no rental vacancies, so people have hard time finding ANY place.
#someone on Jan 15, 2017 :
1. Live somewhere else besides downtown. Try Burnaby/New West/Coquitlam. Rent is %25 less.
2. Work hard. If you want to live in a expensive city, don't expect to make it on minimum wage
3. Budget everything. Nothing worse than students complaining about the price of food when they have brad new Ipads/Iphones.
4. Have fun! Like it or not, this is an outdoor city. If your idea of fun is endless bars and clubs then go to Toronto. If you're a motorcyclist like me, this place is Nirvana.
5. Don't have kids
#Anonymous on Dec 11, 2016 :
Solution to the housing crisis is to limit the ownership of real estate to 1 property per registered owner.
#Anonymous on Nov 28, 2016 :
We need more competition in the supermarket share here in Vancouver. We need to bring other big box stores such as Sobeys and Loblaws.
#Anonymous on Oct 14, 2016 :
Housing is the main issue in Vancouver.


Ban foreign real estate ownership in Vancouver + higher tax for Canadians who own a non-primary real estate in Vancouver.
#Nick And Imake$22nHr on Sep 23, 2016 :
I'll try and break it down a lil.

1 single min wage $11 an hour = $1600 a month. Rent a room in a house or apt from 500-800 a month. Phone $50, food $350, transportation $100 for public transit, random expenses, $150
= $1600 - $1300 = savings of $300 a month

1 Single $22 an hour = $2800 after tax. Rent for a studio = 800-1100 a month + 200 utilities. Phone = $60, food $400, owning an old car $450 a month cause insurance $250 + 150 gas + 50 maintenance. Random expenses $200.
= $2800 - $2260 = Savings of $540 a month

1 single $30 hr = $3600 after tax. Mortage for a $300,000 shoe box apt cost breakdown = 1300 monthly mort + 300 strata + 170 housing tax + 150 utilities. Car payments Insurance 250 + 120 gas + 30 maintenance + 350 finance (toyota corolla). + $70 phone + $400 food + 200 random expenses
= $3600 - $3340 = $260 monthly savings

Note: these are the expenses prior to any enjoyments like watching movies, eating out, ect. Of course if you make more you could save more however people tend to spend more as they make more like getting a car instead of taking transit. Like buying an apt instead of renting.

Hope this helps. If you're just moving hear and is expecting to live off minimum wage see above what your life style may be like.
#Noella on Sep 22, 2016 :
It's an amazement how most people get caught in a bubble. We have to wake up and protect our land as the farmer does from the wolves at bay. We as a city have become a stopping ground resort city for The influential.Even the prices of property taxes are so hight if a home was paid off. It becomes a problem. Why should we allow foreign one percent.. to come here to invade our daily life. It's criminal to watch daily.Everyone 99% of The population becomes hurt due to the actions so others can buy properties to hide their wealth. It a story of hard Working-class providing a safe cushion for those who don't need a helping hand they already have wealth. So they buy here and we are the backs they live off of too. Everyone is affect because most do not earn that kind of wealth. This people do not help our economy by raising property taxes to a country they come to on occasion. Sure it might look good for The banks..and a few who sold left our city to live else where.Wake up, people our life stock will be eatan and Vancouver will be known as resort city for The rich one percent.......wages, places to eat and shop. It touches many aspects of daily living for The Hard Working-class. Only change can happen when the people wake up to see we have been invade by super wealth, once again wealth takes over into the Spirit of The Age....Adam Smith, talked about in 1776, Noam Chomsky, and many others. We do nothing people have become accepting it will take the action of The people to make change happen....many people.
#Dave on Sep 05, 2016 :
Interesting, but would be of more value if it provided much more detail on housing (rent/buy).. everything else comes second.
#pOpUlar on Aug 08, 2016 :
I think the solution for those without tons of cash and a high paying job is to adopt undercover "stealth" car/van living..

If you can avoid rent and keep yourself nice, fresh, organized and presentable then maybe this is something to consider.

I don't know if it's particularly practicable in Vancouver .. I'll have to look on YouTube..
#pOpUlaR on Aug 08, 2016 :
This is happening in other places too like Sydney and Melbourne..

Our friends from overseas are buying up everything and housing is Number One !!

Houses in these cities have gone up 300 per cent in the last 3-5 years and still rising every month..
My mothers house, a 3 bedroom bungalow was sold for $68K when she moved to the coast a number of years ago... last year it sold for $1.315 Million..

It's prosperity through price inflation.. but it's not a real economy.. there's no manufacturing, no employment, just inflation through property gambling.

Only on new constructions is there any employment and supply chain consumption.

Wages are stagnated, unemployment and non-registered self funded unemployed and under-employed people are in the millions..

So it's prosperity through betting on house price inflation... and many people are getting rich.. you see them everywhere .. quite often they don't even to need to work anymore as they've made plenty of money through this .. driving their Range Rovers around town... sipping lattes and cappuccinos in fancy cafes at $4 a pop and a slice of moist orange cake $8 a slice, a fancy burger $12 without fries..

#ck on Aug 06, 2016 :
I was born and raid in Vancouver until I was 24 but havent been back to Van in 16 years! It's sad what happened to Vancouver. As Kevin would say, Vancouver is dead to me! I totally agree with what young vancouver said.
#young vancouver on Jun 21, 2016 :
Son Hin

Are you serious? The reason everything is as expensive as in Hong Kong is because of people doing exactly what you are planning to do. Am I supposed to feel bad that you couldnt buy your spoiled son a home for under 3 million? NO shit!

how do you think the people who have lived here their whole lives and now have to move away to afford to raise a family or even sustain their own life feel?

Total bull shit. This city has become a pathetic excuse for a community filed with rich snobs with no interest in participating in the city and only spend their money at high end designer stores instead of actually supporting the community. If things do not change, we are going to loose the entire working class in vancouver. and then you can sit in your multi million dollar home with your fancy car and expensive clothes while the entire city dies.

rant over.
#dontmove on Jun 21, 2016 :
@Jomar. Don't do it. The city is not worth it. You'll have a better life in Japan, trust me on this.
#G on Jun 13, 2016 :
Hey Son Hin,

I have news for you: it's people like you, millionaires, coming from overseas and overinflating our housing market, who are screwing it all up for everyone else.
#musu on May 15, 2016 :
Lived in Australia too, then you think it's cheap here in Vancouver, then you see the ridicolous wages, then you want to go back to oz.
#son hin on Mar 02, 2016 :
terrible, can't buy my son even a condo now. came last year for buying proprtie. was abt 3 million so did not buy.
this year camed again price 4 million .
terrible, higher than hong knog.
#Dave on Feb 05, 2016 :
I have the solution to the high cost of housing in Vancouver. It is simple. No taxes or stupid ideas to make it more expensive for everyone(Gregor...) You just limit who can buy Canadian real estate. You have to me a Canadian Citizen or landed migrant. Oh ya baby watch the prices correct... Like over night you are back to what the local economy can afford. You have a realistic market not some artificial bubble created by off shore investment. Boy wouldn't that put a dose of reality back into heads and pocketbooks of all those landlords out there. No.. your 200,000 dollar house is not worth 1.5 million... really .... think about it.
#Sin Yo on Feb 02, 2016 :
Yes Jony
Problem is the real source of revenue for the BC gobervment is Property tax and Property permits.
If you take that away the B.C economy would collapase.
There would be no money for School, Hospitals, Social services, etc.
B.C Govt need tos restrict land usage in order to maintain the house price which the chineese are happy to bid for.
I think there is no solution to the problem.
REesult is talent and essential servives like drs , consultants good teahers, will be driven away from Greatewr mainland.
#alan on Jan 27, 2016 :
retired-67 years old-told pension per month $2,296 per month(union pension-CPP-OAP) rent is $1,130.00-live on good bus routes, live 20 minutes by bus to city centre-phone-cable -internet about 175.00 per month (my form of entertainment-go to no show-no theater, do not drink or smoke, have NO SOCIAL LIFE-no longer ski, have not had holiday since 1992-no gym -loss car to city of vancouver could not pay parking ticket or arrange a loan-car was sold at auction by the city received $1,000.00 bid for a $9,000.00 value golf (with chrome wheels and expensive roof ski rack) 1,000.00 not applied against parking tickets(tickets still o/standing-will never drive again owe ICBC interest on outstanding amount about 18 percent i think condo was sold 3 days before rcb was going to repose, loss was incured by RBC-morgtate was less than my rent of $1,100.00- left work 3 years early loss 18% percent of my cpp and union pension-have not paid medical fees for years , owe federal gover/ bc gover for taxes $17,000.00 outstanding debt $35,000.00 no rrsp all withdrawn now-need glass broke last pr 14 months ago, need dental work about $3,000.00-cannot afford to go to ubc dental schoolhave to deal with problems in the first couple of days have no money by the 10th of the month,never leave my apartment-have no social life, celebrate no births-xmas-new years-see mother (96 years old) about ever 3 months lives 10/15 miles away-do not vote to far to walk,so depressed like all bc residents have a POT CARD(only good thing happening for me-got to love the government support all citizen on POT
#Jomar on Jan 25, 2016 :
I'm currently working here in japan and I am planning to move in Cancouver by enrolling into nursing college to prepare me for CRNE. I just want to know if it's a good idea to do it. It will cost me27,800 canadian dollar. Is it worth to take the risk? And if ever i will pursue it do you think it is better to avail homestay which will cost 750-950CAD per month?
#Jony on Jan 16, 2016 :
Metro Vancouver's (and the rest of BC as well) living expenses like rent are way, way too high. I minimum wage worker will live in a dump just to get by while rich immigrants created this problem. It stems from investing in real estate which drives up the price of houses and rents. But here is the real kicker: The Canadian government loves it. Why? Because the government makes millions of dollars from property taxes and building permits, etc.
I certainly hope that the correction to this very real problem comes soon and hits hard. And in the meanwhile I would love to see more people demonstrate on the streets about issues like this. But if nobody speaks up (like is usually the case with average BC resident), the only solution I see is a series of major earthquakes that will put a healthy fear back into any real estate investors.
#20 yr resident on Jan 16, 2016 :
When you take a closer look at the stats that have been compiled in this review you will have to agree with most of the numbers stated; however, average salaries here in BC are approx. 50 - 60% of what you would normally earn if you were in the same field in either Ontario or Alberta. I'm in the healthcare field and I recently did a comparison of the salaries for my particularly job only to discover that I would have to earn an additional 70 - 80% MORE than my current wage just to stay on the same pay grid as my colleagues in ONT. or AB. I earn 49K/yr. working in the public sector - my colleagues in ONT. & AB earn anywhere between 84K - 94K/yr. for doing the exact same work. The other unfortunate discovery I made was that BC was the only province that DID NOT require credentials (certification/registration) with a professional body; hence, the employer can pay you substantially less (and they do) and that goes for the private sector as well. If you are looking to move to Vancouver (and enjoy most of everything it has to offer) then you had better earn AT LEAST 75K/yr. - only then will you truly be able to live here and enjoy life.
#G K on Dec 31, 2015 :
We are a family of 3 (couple with a 2 years old child) and will move to Vancouver on May 2016.
Do you think 3000 Canadian dollars per month would be sufficient for our living expenses before we get a job?
#Anonymous on Dec 01, 2015 :
@Tosar. looks like scam to me. ask BCSC to check your 'friend'
#lok on Nov 12, 2015 :
@Adi but why would you want that kind of life though? That's barely getting by.
#Adi on Nov 09, 2015 :
Actually the average numbers are more or less accurate for 2015, in my opinion.. If you are an healthy adult & single, probably 1800- 2000 can $ a month would get you by ..but you have to make some compromises.. no car, possible sharing an apartment otherwise longer commutes.. modest living. Sometimes you can do more with less... but most important be happy with who you are and not with what you have..
#Tosar on Oct 23, 2015 :
Hi, I have a friend in west vancouver who if i INVEST 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN vANCOUVER PROPERTY i WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORK AGAIN. iS THIS TRUE . He said my money will double every year . he will buy real estate for me and then sell to china. is this reur Tosaru- I live in Greece and will came to Vancouver after few years
#Rath on Oct 15, 2015 :
Hey friends, I am planning to move richmond, bc by this december. I got job in a company over there with salary of 4500 CAD. Will it be enough for me to sustain there???. However the employer providing accomodation for me.