Cost of Living in Vancouver

Summary about cost of living in Vancouver:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 C$ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 C$ 8.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.50-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.31 C$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.36 C$ 1.60-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.03 C$ 1.25-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.24 C$ 5.00-13.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.86 C$ 1.81-4.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.79 C$ 0.91-2.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.03 C$ 2.99-5.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.62 C$ 4.54-12.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 7.00 C$ 4.08-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.89 C$ 4.08-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.67 C$ 0.91-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 C$ 0.66-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.51 C$ 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.92 C$ 1.00-2.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.06 C$ 0.50-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.08 C$ 0.68-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.06 C$ 1.50-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.33 C$ 1.00-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 19.00 C$ 15.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.66 C$ 1.64-3.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.46 C$ 2.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 14.00 C$ 12.00-16.75
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 C$ 2.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 95.00 C$ 93.00-128.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.20-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.04 C$ 2.70-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.86 C$ 32.86-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.89 C$ 5.68-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,000.00 C$ 21,340.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,580.00 C$ 17,000.00-28,493.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 80.29 C$ 47.22-154.55
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.44 C$ 0.25-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 76.02 C$ 55.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.06 C$ 35.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.85 C$ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 C$ 13.00-17.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,272.50 C$ 950.00-1,700.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,300.00 C$ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 73.14 C$ 50.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.30 C$ 30.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 105.57 C$ 80.00-140.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 132.20 C$ 90.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,943.72 C$ 1,500.00-2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,488.54 C$ 1,200.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,593.57 C$ 2,900.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,615.25 C$ 2,000.00-3,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,094.89 C$ 799.99-1,399.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 842.72 C$ 550.00-1,149.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,171.43 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.58 3.00-5.00

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Last update: November 2018
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79 Comments so far

#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 30, 2016 :
I am migrating to Vancouver next year feb
And the day to day expenses here scary
#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.
#singlong dong on Sep 22, 2015 :
i have an idea

I buy house in vancouver for 2 million
It increases in value by 20% in one year (as like last year)
I make 400,000 dollars
I pay 4 percent interest to bank which is 160 thousand dollars
I have 240,00 dollars
for one years work.
So everyone lets get together and make lots of money
I luv vancouver.. so mucgh money still to be made
Trust me
#mohammed ismail on Sep 08, 2015 :
hi i have doning segree in biology. how many jobs will i be getting if i am in vancouver. i can do manual work nd all other work i support myself and children (4). young is 4 old is 11. i am work hard all time and need to cum to vancouver. not other place as very cold. I have 800 dollars in saving. help me for 3 months is ok or need more. I barrow more if i need. Friend will send me sponsor paper for job
#ola on Sep 03, 2015 :
hello . i want to come from albania to live in vancouver with my husband. I think as a way to come to do a intership at stepwest university with my husband , than to start a part time job since first day that i will come , after i finish the intership the school will find me a full time job(thats what i have heard from others) . My question is : If i come to vancouver is easy to find a part time job as a student . can i cover my expenses? to rent a apartament and other expenses ? how is the minimun payment for hours for a part time job ? i have heard that is 16$/hour.and is allowed to work 25 hours a week. thank you and i am waiting for opinions from students who live in vancouver and have been in the same situate as me .
#jacob on Sep 03, 2015 :
Faisal, is that a week or a month. iF A WEEK YOU ARE OK , IF per month than you will find it very very hard.
good luck
#Faisal on Sep 02, 2015 :
I got a job offer as a waiter for a salary of 3000 CAD along with meal, accommodation and transport. Can anyone suggest if its a good offer. And kindly tell me how much can I save a month with this salary considering i have to eat outside once or twice a day, Internet and other miscellaneous expenditure. Thanks
#Taku on Aug 05, 2015 :
The number of salary is totally bullshit
Most of my friends get lower than 2000 CAD per month.
Especially they have full-time job.
Please don't fake the number.
#Yin on Jul 28, 2015 :
nope, you miss the point.
It's not the Moutains and Rivers, even Nepal has that. It's the C%%%%%%nese over a billion of them Sir, A billion of them want to mover to Vancouver where then can have mnore than the overcome the estricted One child policy and bring their family up in Peace
#nope on Jul 27, 2015 :
Vancouver's overrated. Other than the mountain and ocean view there's nothing special about the city. It might feel like a northern version of Seattle, or Portland. I don't really see what the big deal with this city is.
#jacob on Jul 25, 2015 :
too expensive to live and enjoy.. i'm moving back to cold and freezing inuit
#saied on Jul 23, 2015 :
I have been able to rent a 2 bedroom aprtment for my family of 6 for 5200 per month. It is very expensive but it is near the university and I have free parking. So happy ,was lucky as I was contacted by friend in China who said apartment was empty since he bought it 3 years ago. on Jul 14, 2015 :
I'm not sure the exact date this article was published, but the numbers seem to be a bit off. I can't comment on the price of wine, cheese, etc, but if you check out Vancouver rental ads on ( you'll see they range from $550/m to $2695/m, with an average of $1322/m. That said, a nice (and well-located) 2 bedroom apartment will definitely cost in the neighborhood of $2000/m. Tuck that inside your time capsule! A 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of Vancouver will cost double before long.
#lohry on May 22, 2015 :
Vancouver is more like the North American Stock Market. So many people are investing ther in real estate and commercial property just to make good returns. They have their primary residenc in places mainly like Bejing or shanghai or even India, but buy properties in vancouver.
Net result is more money in the short term for the City but long term in disaster.
Decreases professional services like doctors and dentists as they are unable to afford to live there
#Veronica on May 07, 2015 :
Just reflecting on my comment below. I unkindly generalized and said that the people were not that nice. I should have said that there was a strong individualistic attitude that prevailed, maybe people are driven to it in order to survive. As I said below it saddens me to see my native land destroyed. I have been reading some of B.C.'s history and it is too bad the present leaders of the province have not been like the first governor James Douglas who made it prosper, kept law and order while also looking out for the interests of the native Indians. We critisize the leaders of the past indiscriminately but he seems like a good example of what some of the present leaders should try to imitate. If we had had some foresight Vancouver would not be in the financial predicament that it is now.
#Veronica on May 07, 2015 :
I have been reading these comments and totally agree with the negative ones. My parents immigrated from England to Vancouver in the sixties. My father was a professor at U.B.C.. They bought a nice house in the early 70's on the outskirts of North Van. which was four times its original price by the early 90's. One of my sisters and her children live with my mother because she could never have anything nice otherwise. I have left and live in Quebec which is cold but the people are a lot nicer and the housing is much cheaper, even though that is rising. My parents survived because they had lots of friends from England who had also immigrated at the same time and my dad had a professional job. I know that I would have to live in a dump or die of stress trying to pay mortgage bills! It is to bad that Vancouver has been destroyed. I miss the beautiful mountains and the sea but the people are not that nice and the drug culture is horrific.
#Anonymous on Apr 15, 2015 :
Here is a good article about the cost of living in Vancouver:
#Jasey on Mar 20, 2015 :
just add 15% in every price list and you will get accurate price.
And it is fact that Vancouver is one of the most expensive city of live. and it all happened in last 3-5 years. Biggest expense is accommodations. A
Average 2 bed room appartment in a reasonable place (10-15 min drive to downtown) will cost you approx. $1,400 (Range $1200-1600) +150 utilities (Hydro, heat, internet).
Monthly Vancouver pass is $91 as at 19 March 2015.
Monthly grocery for small family is approx. $350
Mobile tariff is approx. $50
Family insurance is approx. $140 (i guess)
Monthly clothing and furniture and utensils (Garments, shoes) for family is approx.$350
Mis Expenditures $250 ( Bank charges ( yes Canadian bank charge you approx. $10 every month to maintain bank account, Condoms, restaurant, recreation, entertainment, drinking +HIDDEN EXPENSES) .

So my friends above expenses are for people who have cost saving approach, it doesn't include some elvish expenses, like car insurance or gym membership etc.

In short earning $3,600/month (3000 after Tax) will allow you to live hand to mouth in Vancouver. And it is not easy to get a job in such a pay for new immigrants. Even they have 10 years + Management experience, i have seen many of them are still working in restaurants or as a cashier.

This city has transformed into Elite dwelling place. If you have money then Vancouver is for you. If you want money then its Lolzzz for you
#Jasey on Mar 20, 2015 :
just add 15% in every price list and you will get accurate price.
And it is fact that Vancouver is one of the most expensive city of live. and it all happened in last 3-5 years. Biggest expense is accommodations. A
Average 2 bed room appartment in a reasonable place (10-15 min drive to downtown) will cost you approx. $1,400 (Range $1200-1600) +150 utilities (Hydro, heat, internet).
Monthly Vancouver pass is $91 as at 19 March 2015.
Monthly grocery for small family is approx. $350
Mobile tariff is approx. $50
Family insurance is approx. $140 (i guess)
Monthly clothing and furniture and utensils (Garments, shoes) for family is approx.$350
Mis Expenditures $250 ( Bank charges ( yes Canadian bank charge you approx. $10 every month to maintain bank account, Condoms, restaurant, recreation, entertainment, drinking +HIDDEN EXPENSES) .

So my friends above expenses are for people who have cost saving approach, it doesn't include some elvish expenses, like car insurance or gym membership etc.

In short earning $3,600/month (3000 after Tax) will allow you to live hand to mouth in Vancouver. And it is not easy to get a job in such a pay for new immigrants. Even they have 10 years + Management experience, i have seen many of them are still working in restaurants or as a cashier.

This city has transformed into Elite dwelling place. If you have money then Vancouver is for you. If you want money then its Lolzzz for you
#lalibains on Feb 26, 2015 :
Hi Jagmohan,
Yes we have also moved from London UK and am looking at property in Vancouver,
You'll be surprised how expensive it is here . Went to see a few properties in west Vancouver ,must say they were beautiful but with price tags on 6.5 million and 7.4 million they were way out of our reach. west Vancouver is more affordable at 2 to 3 million. Hope this helps
#jagmohan on Feb 11, 2015 :
with the exchange rate at recent highs I'm considering moving to Vancouver from London Uk.
Just sold my house for 1.9 million in Chiswick and after my calculations that's about 4 million Canadian.
Can i get a nice place for that.
i'm 45 years with two kids.
#bob on Feb 03, 2015 :
It is for sure one of the most expensive spots in all Canada, like many other cities across the globe there was a "bubble" or "property price boom". The first generation of locals who sold their houses overpriced got a nice amount of money... now many of then are living in nice houses usually far from the city DT. The young couples (locals and immigrants) who are not rich and try to start their lives complain that they can't afford the current prices.... the local jobs are not in sync with the current prices.

There are several houses/apartments on sale, however it seems that some of these units will be there waiting for a buyer until the prices get aligned with the reality.

Two points to highlight:
- Very expensive car insurance. 2.2k for 2002 model
- baby care 8 hours a day (1k)... yep 12k a year.... if you get late.. daily fine of 70 bucks.
- Gas price just jumped to 1.1 cads this week.

This is just another city which suffered a bubble and now the effect is blowing up the new generations... it is like this everywhere... and at the moment... it is the way it is now in Vancouver. If you can live with that... go forward!
#Sheila on Jan 22, 2015 :
As a real estate agent here in Vancouver I am happy to help. Renters: in looking with a friend for a rental apt, we found decent places in older buildings with shared laundry facilities for $1250-1450/month. $1250 was closer to UBC. $1450 is closer to the bridge to downtown, walking distance 30mins. Gas is down to $1.00/litre but this is temporary. With about $10,000 for a downpayment you can have a new condo near a skytrain station which is about 30mins into town, then change to an express bus B-Line to UBC if you're a student. There are affordable options you just need to ask. Freehold in town yes is pricey but great investment but there are co-ops and leasehold ownership opportunities for under $300,000 downtown still. Jobs are there but be qualified - identify the job call them and ask what they require then go get that education. Indian nursing may be junior to Cdn nursing requirements, check before you move. To the complainers - so go elsewhere or better your education so you can earn enough to stay. We ski cheap on local mountains $20/kid, hike and bike for free, joined the science centre for all you can visit entertainment all year, its doable.we need immigration to keep our country great so come on up to Vancouver!
#bill wild on Jan 09, 2015 :
What a fabulous site , a few negative nellies slamming other peoples comments ,,not needed ,, great effort , we considered vancouver twenty years ago and are considering it again , nearly all the posts have been useful to us as we have so many questions and to see genuine attempts at answering by the natives is more helpful than you could imagine , great effort and about the only other place in the world we've considered over Sydney au,,
#Robin on Jan 07, 2015 :
I need an update on the cost of living in Vancouver as of January 2015
Basic cost such as food, shelter, utilities and transportation for a single guy
I currently work in Toronto with a pay of 45K, and I got an opportunity to work in my office branch in Vancouver DT with a pay about 60K.
Could I survive and have a saving about 20K an year?
#K on Dec 13, 2014 :
when I lived in Vancouver I was considered EXTREMELY LUCKY to find a one bedroom (barely - may as well have been a studio) above ground basement apartment for 680$ a month, about a 45+ minute commute by transit from the city centre. that same apartment in a closer area with a less nice landlord would probably have run about 750$-900$ a month + utilities. it's possible to live in Vancouver for cheap, but you have to be a craigslist/kijiji master and be willing to live in less popular areas. groceries are more expensive than Ontario by on average I'd say 1$-2$ per item, though some things are comparable. the lifestyle in Vancouver is what really gets you - expect to do lots of casual drinking, because everyone who lives there seems to be invested in a strange faux urbane lifestyle that consists mostly of drinking a lot of beer every night of the week and ignoring all the people around you while sticking obsessively to your group of friends (if you can make any). if you want to engage in any kind of outdoor hobby be prepared to shell out for the transit (most of the hiking, mountain biking, skiing is in North Van) and the lift ticket/admission. I didn't have a bad financial life in Vancouver, but for the record I've been much happier and much less messed up by pretentious people and borderline alcoholism since I left.
#Tom on Dec 03, 2014 :
I'm in Vancouver BC Canada, area fro about 20 years. Maybe my comments will help:

* I am not an expert, just live in area
* I have been researching why prices have increased and what is price trend
* the square meter purchase price for apartments, in highrise, seems pretty close
* rents seem a little low, $1200 to $1400/mth is more like a basement apartment (no windows, often damp) in a house in the Kits area that is just outside the city centre, more like $2000/mth+ in the city centre in highrise,
* condo rentals, highrises, are likley more like $2000/mth+
* many people live in houses, detatched dwellings, so these are prices that I was suggesting you include - because apartments are not something the locals like to buy - young people grew up in detached houses, they aspire to detached houses, highrise condos are growing in choice, and are all that is available in city centre,
* detached houses have been preferred housing type for most locals, condos are a more recent housing stock, only because prices are lower, or people want t be in city centre, but also for asians who are use to this kind of living
* there are no houses in city centre, per se, except a few historic homes that have been converted to apartments, mini condos - these would be in the $1M+ range (have to research, on
* detached homes are south and east of the city centre in Vancouver west, and east, and they would start at around $1.6M, ($1M+ in east)and be a near tear down situation, a townhouse in a home conversion would be about $1M+ south of city centre
* average house in Vancouver west is $2.5M - but heading much higher as homes are rebuilt by uber rich asians
* up the valley, east along Fraser River, houses could be bought for $500 to $600k, maybe 1 hour drive away from city centre, jobs are spread out too as there are actually 17 cities in what is called lower mainland, where Vancouver is but the central, financial, increasingly asian, and tourist part
* South Surrey & White Rock in south, and North and West Vancouver in the north, are expensive areas, detached houses here are $1M to $5M+, anything smaller and cheaper are disappearing fast and being converted, rebuilt to large luxury houses
* there are some highrises in these outer areas, and growing in numbers as cost of detached houses goes up

* where the asians have settled, especilly chinese, house prices are near double, in last few years
* uber rich asians say, anecdotally, that we are cheap to buy,
* locals are totally priced out

* And many houses, apartments are sitting empty as asians work in say in china, leave house unrented, so finding accommodation for locals has been increasingly difficult, but our government refuses to publish stats on this

* there are two markets here - asians think our houses are cheap, and buy more than one, for cash at a time, and then there are the locals especially young who have to rent basement apartments and can't afford even $500k houses, and local seniors especially in near city centre areas, are getting pushed out, as they can't afford the city property taxes, even thought they bought long time ago when it was cheaper/affordable

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#Michelle on Nov 23, 2014 :
@ Finna

You are so unbelievably ignorant!

I wonder how many languages you can speak? People who immigrate to Canada without knowing English have tremendous courage. Not to mention that there are many different grammar patterns that are valid. To believe that the grammar used in the English language is the only valid kind is extremely ethnocentric.

The fact that you believe someone's struggle with learning a new language is indicative of their intelligence speaks volumes of YOUR quality of mind rather than theirs! You need to do some major soul searching and purge yourself of your downright racist beliefs! Shame on you!
#Thee Oo on Nov 22, 2014 :
Hi! I am planning to attend a school in Vancouver for 6 months. I can't work part time. So I need to bring all the money I need. I can share my apartment, I won't be driving and I will use public transportation especially bus. Please let me know what would be the monthly expense for someone like me. Thank you very very much.
#nagesh reddy on Nov 20, 2014 :

i am from india want to setel down in Vancouver please suggest be how it will be and is there any chance to get jobs for me have almost 15 years experience in retail business and my wife is a Nurse i have 1 year son i got PR Recently