Cost of Living in Vancouver

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 69.36
Rent Index: 45.83
Groceries Index: 72.99
Restaurants Index: 65.37
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 57.87
Local Purchasing Power: 87.95
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 C$ 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 C$ 8.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.04 C$ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.95 C$ 1.40-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.82 C$ 1.29-2.29
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.52 C$ 4.79-13.59
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.88 C$ 1.81-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.58 C$ 0.86-3.17
Eggs (12) 3.73 C$ 2.88-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.98 C$ 3.63-11.34
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.81 C$ 4.54-8.61
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.36 C$ 4.53-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 1.90 C$ 1.27-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.76 C$ 0.59-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.70 C$ 0.91-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 1.67 C$ 1.13-2.39
Potato (1 lb) 1.54 C$ 0.77-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 1.07 C$ 0.60-1.89
Lettuce (1 head) 2.26 C$ 1.50-3.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.53 C$ 1.99-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.99 C$ 15.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.11 C$ 2.00-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.16 C$ 2.10-4.80
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.50 C$ 10.00-14.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 C$ 2.75-3.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 91.00 C$ 91.00-124.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.20-4.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.98 C$ 2.96-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 C$ 32.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.72 C$ 4.43-5.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 C$ 19,990.00-23,515.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,218.12 C$ 16,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 79.34 C$ 36.60-150.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.34 C$ 0.20-0.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 56.08 C$ 40.00-78.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 45.53 C$ 25.00-65.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.40 C$ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,280.50 C$ 1,200.00-1,457.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 C$ 15,000.00-24,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 70.58 C$ 50.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.22 C$ 30.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 113.24 C$ 85.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 135.71 C$ 90.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,720.08 C$ 1,220.00-2,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,254.97 C$ 950.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,505.69 C$ 2,600.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,405.56 C$ 1,800.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 912.67 C$ 699.99-1,099.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 618.19 C$ 455.00-836.12
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,997.12 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.74 2.40-3.20

Prices in Vancouver, Canada

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Last update: April, 2017
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Cost of living in Vancouver is 30.64% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 733.47$ (1,000.66C$) and for four person family at 2,718.55$ (3,708.84C$) (without rent).
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100 Comments so far

#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
#Maryann on Sep 20, 2014 :
This info is for all who want to come to Vancouver or anywhere in Canada. Canada have pretty well stopped accepting any immigrants who are not rich millionaires, you will have to be millionaire or better. The minimum wages here are $10.00 per hour and are not enough to live on for one person, things are extremely very expensive here in Canada, houses are in the millions 2 and three millions more in some houses, condos are in the $500.00 range, not including any hydro or heating, food at least two hundred dollars a week, the cheapest car is around $20.000.00, gasoline is around $142.9 per Canadian Liter, renting a one bedroom apt. is at least 900.00 depending where you rent, there are no jobs or apt. vacancies around any more, it is difficult to find vacancies or jobs you will have to be on a waiting list for at least a year, we have too many people living on the streets and raiding the garbage bins. things might be different in Nova Scotia, Labrador, new Finland, but Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan. Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec are all the same pretty well extremely very expensive. I lived here in Vancouver for 35 years and in Ontario for 10 years also in Quebec for 5 or 6 years.
#gagandeep on Sep 19, 2014 :
i m student i ...i want accomodation in vancouver...what are the total expenses of per month...nd is there any kind of job available for students in vancouver
#Eva on Sep 19, 2014 :
HONGcouver. After the 1980s this place was no longer the real Vancouver and its real pace and cost. It's become a joke.
#JRFDeux on Sep 18, 2014 :
This is to answer those who asked about monthly costs in Vancouver

For starters - this is a broad brush that applies to the Greater Vancouver Regional District: Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, North Van, etc. Generally speaking, the closer you are to the NW corner of Vancouver, near UBC, pricier the rents. A beachfront condo in Downtown Vancouver will fetch a higher rent than a three-storey walkup in New Westminster, as much as 4X. These numbers aren't the extremes, but within what you might expect on average.

-Rent: Varies, but for a 2BR $800-$2400 per month.
-Groceries: $250-$800 per month. A family of 4 will easily hit $800.
-Hydro (which means electricity): $50-$200 per month, depends on whether you heat your home with electricity or gas or if heat is included in the apartment rental. Often apartments will include heat and hot water in the rent. In that case, your hydro bill will be around $25-$90 a month.
-Gas: If you use gas for ducted heat or cooking you'll pay anywhere from $30-$100 a month. Might be included in rent.
-Tenant Insurance: Around $25 a month for insurance of your belongings if you're renting.
-Medical: Assuming you're not on social assistance, a single person will pay about $65 a month for full medical coverage, $130 a month for a family. BC Medical does not cover dental, optical or prescriptions.
-Gasoline: About $60-$150 as of today to fill a tank, it's around $1.40 per L. Your monthly cost will vary depending on how much you drive, but for example I fill up twice every month. I drive a Subaru Crosstrek XV.
-Car Insurance: If you're a good driver and you want solid coverage you'll be looking at around $90-$150 a month depending on the vehicle. If you're a crap driver and you speed a lot and get into accidents, you can expect your car insurance to skyrocket. $300 per month isn't uncommon. You can minimize what you pay on car insurance by not getting anything by the absolute minimum coverage (which I believe is third party liability), and that'll amount to perhaps $60 a month depending on the vehicle again.
-Transit: You can get monthly transit passes called FareCards. They range from $91 to $170 a month depending on how many zones you typically travel. These are usable on all TransLink services: Buses, SkyTrain and the SeaBus.
-Internet/TV: Around $80 a month for Internet. I use NetFlix at $8 a month and don't have TV cable, which can push your bill up to $250 a month for a range of channels.
-Phone: A lot of people are unwired and use their cellphones for everything. Landlines are about $35 a month, and cellphones are ruinously expensive. Canada is one of the most expensive places in the world for mobile phone service. We get ripped off by Telus, Bell and Rogers. Around $60 a month minimum, unless you don't use a data plan, in which case you can get by on $25 a month.
-Clothing: Hard to say. I can get by with jeans from Old Navy for $30. Value Village will sell jeans for $5. Or you can go to The Bay and buy a pair of Levis for $80.

I hope these numbers are of some help.
#John on Sep 10, 2014 :
Oh, Gosh!!
People keep saying that the website is crazy, that all this data is a big lie... Well, the information is given by the people who live in Vancouver!!
Please, stop complaining and do some contribution, input your data on the website and help them to create more accurate numbers.

I've lived in Vancouver for 60 days last winter and it was perfect. You cannot put a price on living in a city like Vancouver. Is like living in London, New York, Paris, but way better!

Here in Brazil, in some cities, an apartment can cost way more. And the minimum wage over here is completely ridiculous.
#Donald on Aug 27, 2014 :
I am planning to move to Vancouver next year. I have no property of my own, and I am married with one kid. Guys, I want to know how much would I need to prepare for monthly expenses, including property, transportation, insurance, taxes, food, clothing and everything else needed for my whole family to be able to survive in Vancouver. Thanks
#Ali on Aug 12, 2014 :
I'm 22 years old Azerbaijani and i wanna move to Canada for living, I do not know, which city will be pretty for me. (in respect that i am young and don't have job there) how much i could receive salary there ? Please, offer me the best ways and enough ifnormation like that Vancouver, which you give above.
Thanks in advance!
#Gloria on Aug 09, 2014 :
To buy property in BC you have to pay Property Purchase tax on $500,000. add another $8000.00 plus Lawyer fees, utility hookups, tax on the house monthly at least $300.00. Heating, water, sewer, electricity another $300.00. Cable, internet, phone another $170.00 month, Insurance include earthquake and car another $2000-3000. year, gas to drive the car $1.50 litre or at least 100.00/week. You need $150.000.00. year to live basic no frills life. Food good luck with that, medical.
#J Gracious on Aug 08, 2014 :
Planning to move to Vancouver in next 6 months. Anyone can update me on what the salary should be for a 15 year exp with an MBA in marketing with a good track record for career in India ? Will appreciate your help. Thank You.
#Finna on Jul 17, 2014 :
Comments like "I living in Vancouver to 10 years now" are killing me. If you can't speak proper English after 10 years of living and working in Vancouver your opinions on life and living are probably invalid. Your quality of life is directly proportional to your IQ.
#Anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 :
Vancouverite - where do you normally eat? $12 is more than enough for an inexpensive meal..

La tacqueria, japadog, any Vietnamese restaurant, HK style cafe, holes in the wall like the awesome Hawkers Deligght, those 4.95 places, happy hour places, etc. Stop limiting yourself to downtown (but even downtown I can find meals under $12)!
#Vancouverite on Jun 28, 2014 :
Vancouver is much more expensive than this index shows. 12 dollars won't get you an inexpensive meal, unless it's McDonald's. A Latte costs about 5 dollars.
#Abhishek on Jun 08, 2014 :

I'm an indian and moving to canada for my pilot training. Can anyone please advise what should be the minimum money I'm looking to spend given:

1. At least one room-fully furnished is required in a decent and safe neighbourhood
2. I'm not buying a car for now, so monthly passes is what I will need
3. Monthly groceries for two
4. Sundry expenses like water, elec., telephone bill, internet, etc.
5. LUXURIES like 2 times/month dinner in a decent restaurant
6. And smoke since I smoke ;)

Your comments will help me a lot.

Thanks in advance
#Epeherem on Jun 06, 2014 :
I am Ethiopian young men single refugee in Kenya and i have Scholarship at Pull focus film School please i need your living coast for Rent House and i and can do any work i beg you
#ED on Apr 23, 2014 :
Seeking opinion about our intent. Migrated to Canada in 2012 with wife & two kids age 12 & 14. landed in Hamilton Ontario. presently renting a 3 level town home for $1400/mo. Thinking of moving to Vancouver to be closer to California where I have family ties w/ intent of visiting them about 4 times per/yr. Both in the medical field with a combine income of $60K (35K for me & 25K wife) Granting I can bring my work with me, how hard will it be for us to live there. Is it even possible to establish a foothold there and survive for couple of yrs. If we can borrow a housing loan of $300K here, can this amount even buy us a home there and I fear what kind? We would appreciate any comment Thanks!
#Wayne on Apr 14, 2014 :
You Can't put a price on living in the best city in the world.
#Abhisarika Taeharun on Mar 30, 2014 :
I am from India, I am going to live in BC with my whole family. Can someone tell me where can I find a job? I am chef and master in yoga.
#sonia dhawan on Mar 28, 2014 :
Hi,my name is sonia dhawan from punjab,India.Im an lecturar in govt.shool.I want someone who can sponsor me and my son studying in grade 10.Please!sponsor us by taking on payment bases.If someone is interested please send email me on ( you.
#Em on Mar 23, 2014 :
Some prices reflected are a little low. Here's a run-down of my monthly expenses to act as a guide for people who are considering moving here: A mid-range meal for two people at a low-mid-priced restaurant - boyfriend and I usually share an appetizer, each get an entree, share a dessert, and each have one drink and the bill is $95 or more depending on how much we tip. A "cheap" meal, like having a soup, half a sandwich, and a glass of lemonade comes to $15. We scored a great deal of a basement suite - 2 bedrooms for $1400, not including utilities, which cost us $200 a month with the internet. We don't have cable. The place is a 15-30 minute drive to downtown, depending on traffic, or a 45 minute commute via public transit. I've been driving for 6 years, no accidents, drive a 2007 car and my insurance is $200 a month. Gas runs me $120 a month ($60 to fill the tank). I used to spend $200/month on groceries every month when I was single and never ate out. With a man in the house, the bill has doubled to $400/month. We still hardly go out. Once every two months and spend $100. We do entertain at home once or twice a month, and that is reflected in our grocery bill. A decent bottle of wine costs me $20-$25 and boyfriend spends $12 on beer a week. We are both university-educated. I have two degrees and he has one. Been here 3 years and are still not working in our preferred fields of education or journalism. My gym membership is $40/month and his is $10. Up until last month, I was working 65 hours/week and only making $2250/month. I switched jobs though and now work 40 hours/week and make $2400/month. Boyfriend works 30 hours/week and makes $1500. So combined income of $3900 minus $1600 to put a roof over our heads, $400 to eat, $700 for transportation leaves us $1200 to pay for extras. It sounds like a lot, but $800 of that has to go towards paying off student loans, $100 for going out to eat, $50 for our gym memberships leaves us $250 to play with every month that stretches to long- and short-term savings, vacation fund, retirement fund... We love living here but don't feel as if we have the money to enjoy it to its fullest potential.
#IMHO on Mar 22, 2014 :
I just moved here from Calgary where I had lived for 7 years. I sold my Calgary house $700k in a posh, crime free, kids friendly, good school neighborhood in South West. I am still looking at these 55 years old plus ugly shoes box design in North Van for around 1.3 millions dollars in a decent area with good public schools.. Anything cheaper, the roof can fall on your head anytime, and your little kids at school get harashed by kids from rough background people. Here are my thoughts of living In Calgary vs Vancouver:
Better and higher standard elementary and high schools in Calgary
Higher salary for doing the same job, less tax. No provincial sale tax, cheaper gas, about 20 cents/ litter. You will be shocked to see most high school kids drive to school in better cars than teachers.
House is half of what you pay in Vancouver for a similar standard and location.
Lots of ski hills and parks.
We pay 10% less ion tax in our paycheck, and pay $0 pst tax.
The average people dress cleaner, probably b/c they don't worry too much about money.
#Gary on Mar 15, 2014 :
Not sure why people are exaggerating the day in day out cost of living here and the average temp in the winter is not 0 to -5 Celsius. Around the world the cost of living is getting more expensive and Vancouver is a very desirable city to be in, there for things are not cheap but not outrageously priced like other world class cities such as New York, Sydney, London, Paris, Hong Kong etc... As for owning a single detached home goes it is expensive however I just returned from Calgary and real estate there is pretty much on par with Vancouver now. Unless you are bad with money and live beyond your means " as many vancouverites do" you should be able to live comfortably and enjoy everything the city and surrounding area has to offer with out having to make many sacrifices. Hope this helps
#jack on Mar 11, 2014 :
This city has high hidden fees and keeps increasing our cost of living.
#StillLoveVancity on Mar 07, 2014 :
To Resident of Vancouver
$10 to dine out in downtown in a good restaurant? Have you been eating out lately?
#samuel on Mar 03, 2014 :
is rent done per month or week
#sonia dhawan on Mar 02, 2014 :
Hi i am sonia from india and im going to move vancouver in an teacher and i have a son studying in grade, please help me how will be i earn as a school teacher and how much school fees is for grade 10 student.
#Vancity on Jan 24, 2014 :
Everyone I know lives at home until they are in their late-20s, then they move out with a roommate or SO, either renting or buying a small apartment. This is essentially the best way to survive in Vancouver - live with your parents until you can't stand it anymore. By doing that, my SO and I will be able to save enough money to invest in a run-down, 80 year old house on a small lot in East Van for just $800K+. Totally looking forward to it.

To give some context, my circle of friends are all business professionals, earning an average of $80K annual salary (which is less than $60K after taxes).

And oh just went to dine out Vancouver yesterday - $38 per person. Without drinks and an extra order of sushi (due to the tiny sizes of the set meal), we left the door $112 poorer including taxes and tips. What a "deal"!
#Morris on Jan 22, 2014 :
To Resident of Vancouver:

You bought a studio in downtown Vancouver with 10% down payment. That means you have a significant mortgage to pay off now ($250K?) with a $35K salary. I'd imagine that it's tough to make ends meet every month, especially with income taxes and GST/PST, and increasing transit costs.

I think our situation is very different here. My partner and I do not want to be highly leveraged, so we are trying to save up for 40% down payment. We also want a detached house rather than a downtown studio (400-500sq ft), which cost upwards of $800K for an old and small starter home with a tiny lot in East Vancouver (around 1500 sq ft?). We would like to get married and start a family soon, not living the lifestyle of a bachelor. Very different situations here.

We already have a 500-600 sq ft apartment in downtown Vancouver, purchased with a 40% downpayment. The cost after taxes was around $375K, but we've already seen the prices jump up to low $400Ks for similar units.

As a couple amongst the top 5% income-earners in Vancouver, it is depressing how difficult it is to buy a nice starter family home in a decent neighbourhood. Anywhere else it would cost $300-600K, but here we're looking at $800K-$1M. How is that affordable?

Just the past November, I was sitting in a cab in Miami listening to the cab driver complain about how he purchased his 4-bedroom home for $300K 10 years ago, and it's $180K now... what a slap in the face for us Vancouverites.

I shudder to think of the daycare costs for our future kids, which is upwards of $1K a month per child.. and you have to start lining up for them the moment you realize you are pregnant. Ridiculous. I have coworkers who moved back to Kelowna so that they can get their parents to take care of the kids because they can't afford the daycare costs. May as well have one parent stay home instead of going to work when you're paying $2K daycare costs to take care of two kids.

We can afford to buy a new car, but would rather put the money towards a down payment for a future home instead. The fact of the matter is if property weren't so expensive in Vancouver, we would totally be driving a nice luxury car right now - but with the cost of living so high, that is a luxury we would rather not spend on.

By the way, I would love to know where I can dine out for $10 in a good restaurant in downtown Vancouver, please let me know. I hope you don't mean La Taqueria or Carls' Jr...
#Peter on Jan 18, 2014 :
Hi, I'm an international worker, going to move to Vancouver. Would anyone please suggest some options of cheap 1-bedroom rents within 3 km radius from VCC SkyTrain? Thanks for any help.
##South African on Jan 16, 2014 :
So many mixed reviews everywhere all over the internet.
Some people say - "NO, very expensive, can't live"
Other's say - "Cost of living is fine"

Its impposible for so many contradications. So how do I make a decision whether to come to Vancouver with so many contradictions?

I suppose it really depends where you are immigrating from, how it compares to your current situation, what education you have, how much you can earn with your qualifications, how you spend your budget, etc.

So to anybody thinking of immigrating to Canada or any other country - use these websites and comments as guidelines, but remember all these people have different backgrounds, different qualifications, different experiences, different lifestyles, different needs, different attitudes, different everything.
Research more on what you will be able to earn with your qualification and how you will be spending it and then decide if it is feasible.
And to be safe, first get a working visa and work and live there for a while before deciding to make it permanent.
#Resident of Vancouver on Jan 15, 2014 :
OMG! What are people talking about?? Maybe they wanna scary people away? So they have the city for their own?? Really?? You are earning 200.000 a year and can not afford to buy a house?? Ridiculous!!! I earn 35000 a year and bought a condo Downtown Vancouver. It is a studio but it's my own and I could afford it! I had savings for 10% downpayment and got mortgage for the rate of 2.99 in 2012.
Don't believe that people are earning so much money here and cannot afford to buy a new car or a house here.
Maybe people don't know how to save and go to expensive restaurants, buy coffe at Starbucks every day and so on?
By the way, the cheapest wine at a BC Liqour Store is 10$ per bottle and you can dine out for 10$ in a good restaurant Downtown.
#Morris on Dec 23, 2013 :
Tough to live here if you aren't making a good salary. Even if you make a good salary, tough to justify the quality of living you have here compared to elsewhere, where your money can go a lot further. My partner and I currently make a combined household income of $200,000 before taxes, (around $140,000 after taxes, ish), and we will be saving up for another 4-5 years before we can afford a house in the suburbs. Because even in places like Richmond, Burnaby, etc., houses (30 year old houses) are now in the ballpark of $1M.

So because of that, we drive a 20 year-old car that fails a few times a year when someone with our income should probably be driving a new luxury car. But, we have to save up for down payment and we are not looking to have a highly leveraged home.

Sometimes I lift my head up and wonder what we are doing in this city. But, this is where we grew up and where our families and friends are...
Sadly enough, even though I know our combined income will be going nowhere but up in the next 10 years (since we are in our mid to late 20s right now)... I feel like we are barely keeping up.
#amina on Dec 22, 2013 :
i m moving to vancouver in few months can u guide me what is a minimum average part time wages rate in vancouver and what is the salary of a teacher part time
#nisarg shah on Dec 11, 2013 :
Heyy guys! Im planning to move to vancouver in couple of months, can you advise how are the job opportunities in banking/financial sectors and what are the probabilities of finding a job after a MBA?
#vancouverite on Nov 19, 2013 :
I live and work in vancouver. i spend about 500 dollars in transportation costs alone- i need to keep a car for weekend trips, i buy bus pass for work and bus tickets for my children. add cost of gas , car maintenance, car insurance, bridge toll because i had to use the new bridge to get to church. 500 dollars is 25% (1/4th of my take home pay), I pay $1000 for apartment (2 bedroom), you do the math, it is impossible to live properly in vancouver. apartment and transportation and utilities takes my entire wage for the month. food and other necessities, all the other family members have to work - can't survive on a one-earner alone. prices of basic staples have doubled and tripled . Come to Vancouver as a tourist with lots of money to spend, it is beautiful in July and August and in Dec-Feb if you need to see snow in the mountains. I am stuck here, but I learned to be content and enjoy the nice view.:)
#frank on Nov 11, 2013 :
I do not know why anyone would want to live there----how does anyone have 600thousnad to put down for a 600 sq ft condo that is if you can get a mortage---sure the chinese but they never paid for any pensions or social services back in china---that is why the chinese parents live with the kids they have to---the city is over priced am glad my kids went to university of western ontario instead of ubc--and they will never have the big students loans that so many canadians have thanks to me having the funds to pay----vancouver is a city where you find credit cards maxed out---people live over their heads and so what if you pay free tennis and it is a beautiful city but i would rather have cash to go to london and money in my pocket--frank
#Anonymous on Oct 28, 2013 :
The above price seems a bit below the actual prices.
Some of them are sales or bulk price.
In general add several dollars or more to get a more realistic price.
For example, cheese is about $6/pound in bulk but more likely be $10/pound or more ($22/kg) in regular grocery store.
A meal cost usually $15 - $30 a plate on average. So a meal for two, 3 course is actually more like $100+.
Fast food combos are closer to $10
Basic internet is more like $60 - $100.

So add about 10 to 50% of what is advertised here, because prices seem to go up weekly or monthly in different aspects of the cost of living in this town and hard to keep up.
#CostPatrol on Oct 28, 2013 :
To answer some of you who are thinking of visiting/moving to Vancouver.

The summer is lovely here. Winter is milder than the rest of the "arctic" like Canada, but it gets depressing with month after month of rain and dark clouds with temp of 0 to -5 celsius.

The weather factor and tourism draws many people. So cost of living and housing is probably the highest in the country while unemployment is high and salary is low.

Some of you mentioned small, danky, unsafe basement suites living with 3 other roomates, scraping by. Yes I have done that as a student and it's reality for many people in the city proper.

People are quite different from the rest of the world. If you like opposites values, you fit in. But you won't notice this for the first couple of years. It's hard to explain...

One newspaper survey I saw a few months ago said housing in Vancouver average ranges $700,000 - 1.5 million. That's all housing options including condos, townhomes, houses in city and subburb. And from personal experience, the quality of these homes are rather plain or not done right. Do you remember the leaky condo fiasco 10 years ago?

So to sum it up. Price gouging is an everyday norm. Most people cannot shop until sales and coupons arrive. People are severely fearful and sick and tired of not being able to afford even the basic and average things. People will literally line up for hours to the USA border just to save a few dollars in gasoline and groceries and clothing.

I know what the tourism brochures say about our city. "Come to the greatest city in the world with trees and squirrels in the city and mountains and oceans and modern living westcoast style." And it is true for short-term visitors or if you have ridiculous amounts of money. But the reality for 90% of the people is constant money struggle and dealing with rude people and drivers. Sure it's nice to look at a snow-caped mountain in a distance. But if you can't do any of these things, what's the point?

Even if you have a really good job or a big bank account, it's hard to find value here. 1.2 million dollar home in city proper will be a small, old house that you might be able to put up with for a few years. The alternative is to buy a large nice house in the suburbs for that price, but the commute will drive you insane in one of the worst traffic cities in North America. You can't win here.
#vish on Sep 06, 2013 :
hey everyone,am planning to come to canada to live for 1 year,but i don't know how life is over there,and whats the cost of living and everything if someone has any good advice for me would be nice..
#jenna on Sep 03, 2013 :
i m thinking of relocating from the london uk to canada - is that a good idea, am a bit concerned now rearding the cost of living
#Anonymous on Aug 23, 2013 :
And to have $3K disposable (after tax) income in Canada, you'd have to make over $50K a year, and that's a SMALL amount of Vancouverites who make that. This is why most students and youth work 2 or 3 jobs and some go to school in addition to that, and they live 4 to a flat and never eat out/do most of the stuff that's so "wonderful" about Vancouver. Ski? How much does the chair lift at Grouse cost - $30? To get there? Whistler on the bus - more than the bus to San Francisco. Whistler on the train - more than the train to L.A. from Seattle. Selling off BC Rail hurt badly, but these folks keep getting voted in. And the HST was 14% added to goods, that was repealed, and we are back to 5% and 7% for sales tax and 'vat' (but it's not called that). On some fresh food products, there is no tax, but the recently re-elected political party wants to get rid of those, so all goods will be charged 12% taxes on top of any price. So 20% tip and 12% taxes means adding 33% approx. TO all the figures of restaurants, shopping, gym memberships, utilities, food, etc. - not to rent. No tax on that.
#Anonymous on Aug 23, 2013 :
Real estate prices seem accurate(ish) on low side for smaller properties - i.e. 600 sq. feet for $401K, but for larger properties on the very low side, i.e. 5000 sq. feet for $3.4M - nah! More like $7M if any view or property attached to it at all. Look at West Vancouver and the postage stamp size lots with 2500 sq. foot homes selling like hotcakes for $3M, with no view and not Craftsman or anything aesthetically that redeeming. Rents also seem VERY low in better areas. Right now in the West End a "heritage"=plumbing from 1920s, but 20 feet ceilings and hardwood floors, no washer/dryer ensuite and no dishwasher - kitchens from the 1950s maybe if you're lucky - are $1400 (a bargain) to $1600 (norm) for ONE BEDROOM. Eight years ago, this got you TWO BEDROOMS in large, congierged, w/d ensuite, dishwasher, balconies, stainless steel appliances, blah de blah right downtown ($1650). Today, probably $2,500/month w/ no updates/improvements. Wages have been stagnant in BC for a decade, so these ridiculous price hikes, that are weekly, as one commenter above said, are mere price gouging done because they CAN because Canada's biggest problem is we just 'take it'and our apathy is legend worldwide, so it appears we don't care if we're shafted, as long as some people can wear yoga pants, have a dog, and spend their time running around in $200 shoes with their makeup on. Because that's a TRUE British Columbian, they think, not the fisherman, the farmer, the worker. Just Lululemon's clientele and the Point Grey Road faction. Who ARE not the norm, but they think they are, because they run things, and we all go along with it like little bleating lambs. Canadian companies need to get an earful on a daily basis about their cheating and rooking us out of any reasonable ability to live here. Vancouver is a shadow of the once great small city it is; nothing at ALL "world class" about it. All cockomamie codswallop. Just IMHO, but hey! I'm right, so what?
#Anonymous on Aug 23, 2013 :
Monthly transit passes are NOT all $91.00. That is a ONE ZONE PASS. Most of travel throughout the City of Vancouver requires a TWO ZONE PASS ($124). To the suburbs, and it's THREE ZONES ($170). SO CHANGE YOUR RANGE FROM $91.00 - $170.00 and be advised, these fares are going up in a month or so, beyond the range of reasonableness into the area of absurd obscenity pushed onto consumers. HIDEOUS TRANSIT SYSTEM anyway. Bus drivers are sometimes friendly, only plus. All young people SIT and pregnant/old people stand up and are derided/shoved/ignored. A HIDEOUS CITY