Cost of Living in Vancouver

Summary about cost of living in Vancouver, Canada:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 C$ 12.00-32.34
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 C$ 55.00-140.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 11.00 C$ 10.00-13.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 5.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 C$ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.50 C$ 3.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.33 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.05 C$ 1.50-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.38 C$ 4.70-13.97
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.02 C$ 1.77-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.70 C$ 0.91-3.63
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.41 C$ 2.50-6.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.14 C$ 3.62-22.68
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.10 C$ 3.60-9.98
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.53 C$ 4.54-14.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.63 C$ 0.90-2.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.78 C$ 0.45-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.59 C$ 0.45-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 1.86 C$ 0.73-2.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.18 C$ 0.45-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 1.14 C$ 0.45-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.51 C$ 1.00-3.49
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.34 C$ 1.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 C$ 12.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.77 C$ 2.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.98 C$ 2.20-7.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 16.00 C$ 15.00-20.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 C$ 2.75-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.12 C$ 97.00-175.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.75 C$ 3.25-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.03 C$ 2.96-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.55 C$ 32.86-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.52 C$ 4.54-6.44
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,500.00 C$ 24,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,714.45 C$ 23,000.00-26,600.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 92.48 C$ 60.00-150.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.32 C$ 0.05-0.39
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 87.26 C$ 65.00-120.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 57.04 C$ 30.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.27 C$ 0.00-28.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 C$ 13.00-20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,143.96 C$ 800.00-1,825.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 26,714.29 C$ 15,000.00-70,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 78.03 C$ 35.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.34 C$ 25.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 108.60 C$ 60.00-140.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 156.56 C$ 80.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,022.02 C$ 1,750.00-2,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,633.93 C$ 1,300.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,748.95 C$ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,865.62 C$ 2,200.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,074.00 C$ 899.99-1,499.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 852.04 C$ 699.99-1,199.99
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,586.17 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.41 1.89-3.25

Prices in Vancouver

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Last update: July 2021
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37 Comments so far
Jessica Thompson on Apr 13, 2021:
Just move to Toronto, salary too low in Vancouver and not many jobs here.
Vancouverite92892 on Feb 01, 2021:
I think that car insurance rates need to be added. Possibly under transportation. Decently higher in BC, particularly the greater vancouver area, than other places in Canada.
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Brenda Spenda on Sep 23, 2020:
Single person in Coquitlam
Mortgage, strata fees & house insurance = $1400
Cell phone (100), hydro (60), internet/cable (180) and gym fee (16) = $356
Groceries (250), dog food/treats (50) = $300
Credit card $300
Hair/nails/lashes $130
Pet insurance $30
Gas $60
Prescriptions $200
Liquor store/social outings w friends $100
Total amount $2,876
Earnings $3,000
KONSTANTINOS on Aug 17, 2020:
Can somebody assist me ?

Is a gross salary 10000 usd/month enough for an expatriated family of four (2 adults + 2 children less than 10 years old)?

A first calculation of cost of living, gives monthly expenses between 5200 usd (out of city center) - 5900 usd (into city center)for 3 bedroom apartment and a low profile life style.

Your opinion, please !
Baby Driver on Jun 07, 2020:
My sunny 600 sq ft West End apartment with mortgage and strata fee = $ 1,025.00
Utilities ( cell phone, land line, hydro , internet and gym fee ) = $ 110.00 Groceries = $ 250.00 Frivolous spending ( beer, pubs, diners and such ) = $ 800.00 Total amount = $ 2,185.00 On a net income of $ 2,900.00 per month I save $ 700.00 Life is a breeze
Keith on Jan 13, 2020:
3rd generation resident of Metro Vancouver here (my grandfather was born on the west coast in 1909). 30 years ago Vancouver was fabulous. Decently affordable, civilized and spectacular. Now there are too many tourists and Asian immigrants. Property prices are insane within 50km of downtown. If you take public transit from Richmond, you might as well be in Shanghai. Surrey is a province of Punjab. Drug use is rampant. Now I feel like a stranger in my own city. How did we let that happen?
john fu lee on Jan 09, 2020:
Vancouver is so expensive, its killing me.
I work hard for chinese restarant. he geed me free noodles but say money is tight. give me noodle soup for baby but tht no good. want dollars for baby diaper but he says use table cloth material.
im very sad. city too expensive for me. ok for boss and his mother father and 3 children. all have nice car. drive in drieway. i went deliver food their house. lovely very lovey just like emperor house.
i make hard to save money but nothing left. no money for cream for daughter rash.
i find too expensive here.
what to do.
help me please
Hermes on Dec 26, 2019:
$98 for one month transit pass is misleading. In truth, it depends. It's complicated like our income tax system! GVRD (greater Vancouver Regional District) is not like taking the subway/buses in some other countries where it is simple and good value.

The real price could be more, and usually is. In some cases though it could be less. For example, if you are 65+ or under 18 a monthly pass is $56. If you are disabled or on 'welfare' it is $45 *per year*.

CAD98 for an adult is only for *one zone* (unless you take the bus instead of the city train, in which case there are no zones - you can travel anywhere within the metro Vancouver area). Also, if you take the express train 'West Coast express' running to the suburbs there is a surcharge. The monthly pass price is $131 for 2-zones and $177 for 3-zones. It is normal to travel between two zones for a trip over 20 minutes. What most persons do is buy the number of zones they usually travel and pay extra per trip for each additional zone in excess.

Also, if you travel for more than 90 minutes without buying a new ticket you can be fined several hundred Canadian dollars by Transit Police.

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

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

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

Luv Vancouver but then I luv LA and shanghai.

My real reason is I love sking.

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

hope this helps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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