Cost of Living in Vancouver

Summary of cost of living in Vancouver, Canada:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 C$ 18.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 C$ 80.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 14.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 C$ 7.00-10.32
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 C$ 6.50-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.41 C$ 3.50-7.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.05 C$ 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.64 C$ 2.00-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11.67 C$ 5.99-18.93
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.84 C$ 2.27-6.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.81 C$ 1.13-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.04 C$ 3.80-8.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.55 C$ 4.54-24.90
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 9.49 C$ 4.54-14.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.93 C$ 5.44-15.88
Apples (1 lb) 2.93 C$ 0.91-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 C$ 0.51-1.82
Oranges (1 lb) 2.46 C$ 1.13-5.00
Tomato (1 lb) 3.01 C$ 1.36-4.08
Potato (1 lb) 2.07 C$ 0.86-3.63
Onion (1 lb) 1.75 C$ 0.95-2.99
Lettuce (1 head) 3.66 C$ 2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.54 C$ 0.99-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 C$ 15.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.79 C$ 2.86-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.71 C$ 2.50-8.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 20.57 C$ 18.00-24.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.15 C$ 2.55-4.55
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 140.00 C$ 104.90-187.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 C$ 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.45 C$ 3.11-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 38.45 C$ 34.46-65.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.38 C$ 6.44-7.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,978.00 C$ 31,000.00-40,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,263.00 C$ 27,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 176.01 C$ 91.89-304.98
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 68.00 C$ 40.00-115.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 85.52 C$ 55.00-117.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 62.03 C$ 25.00-140.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.80 C$ 0.00-34.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 C$ 15.00-22.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,478.95 C$ 700.00-2,350.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,100.00 C$ 11,500.00-40,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 89.85 C$ 45.00-143.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 64.43 C$ 30.00-110.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 141.07 C$ 90.00-185.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 186.64 C$ 80.00-300.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,758.90 C$ 2,300.00-3,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,287.28 C$ 1,800.00-2,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,085.89 C$ 3,900.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,863.29 C$ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,543.61 C$ 1,199.99-2,043.85
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 994.63 C$ 799.99-1,300.63
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,054.85 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.63 5.14-8.95

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13 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 05, 2023:
BEWARE! This is no longer accurate. The actual cost of a one-bedroom is $2800.
Bruce Lee on Apr 18, 2023:
Someone commented below the Chinese have high standards of work. I lived in China and this is 100% false. They have significantly lower quality of work, it’s second world for a reason. They might work slightly more time (fewer days off because holidays are expected to be made up) but the productivity is almost zero that’s part of the culture. It’s normal to sleep at work in China. Most employees just message each other all day long there is no actual work being done by anyone except the laborers (peasant class)
melody on Oct 10, 2022:
you need to update your price or due better research to back your price of living estimates cause your way off
Brad on Apr 18, 2022:
Regarding mortgage rates: 20-year fixed mortgage rates don't exist here. The numbers listed above are going to be way off accordingly. There is currently only one option for a 25-yr fixed at 8.75% (RBC). 10-year fixed is around 4%-4.5% as of Apr 2022.
Yashar on Jan 30, 2022:
In the utilities section, there is 1 min. prepaid mobile cost, which appears the same in calculations. But getting a SIM-card costs around 80 CAD monthly. So I think this should be added to the monthly costs separately.
Tom Hollands on Oct 27, 2021:
In Kitsilano, Vancouver we pay ~100 CAD /mo for BC hydro (electricity), another ~100 CAD /mo for heating, then you have to add on the municipal taxes for garbage collection etc which takes us up to ~300 CAD /mo for all "basic" utilities. Another ~100 CAD for internet.

Vancouver is expensive!

Another thing to note: draft "pints" are rarely pint-sized in Vancouver. They're usually 16oz or even 14oz instead of 20oz.
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.
Makram on Dec 13, 2020:
Plz I want to know who is the biggest company on painting contractors?
Commercial job and residential
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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