Cost of Living in Victoria

Summary about cost of living in Victoria:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 50.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 C$ 8.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.25 C$ 6.00-7.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.25 C$ 5.50-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.94 C$ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.01 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.68 C$ 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.89 C$ 5.00-13.97
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.62 C$ 1.81-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.23 C$ 1.59-3.18
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.51 C$ 2.80-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.94 C$ 3.63-15.88
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.27 C$ 4.54-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.13 C$ 6.35-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 1.94 C$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.68 C$ 0.36-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.84 C$ 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.58 C$ 1.35-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.52 C$ 0.68-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.14 C$ 0.90-1.59
Lettuce (1 head) 2.04 C$ 1.25-3.39
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.89 C$ 1.00-2.35
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 C$ 14.00-22.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.33 C$ 1.38-3.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.62 C$ 2.00-3.15
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 C$ 10.25-14.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 C$ 2.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 85.00 C$ 80.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.30-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 C$ 2.90-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 43.50 C$ 39.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.48 C$ 5.07-5.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 C$ 19,000.00-27,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,093.91 C$ 16,390.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 113.18 C$ 50.00-180.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.34 C$ 0.15-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 78.79 C$ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.30 C$ 35.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.07 C$ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,050.00 C$ 950.00-1,250.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,000.00 C$ 12,000.00-18,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 71.17 C$ 50.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.29 C$ 30.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 104.04 C$ 80.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 136.25 C$ 90.00-250.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,396.83 C$ 1,200.00-1,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,145.13 C$ 1,000.00-1,350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,580.77 C$ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,124.14 C$ 1,800.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 571.94 C$ 350.00-899.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 359.79 C$ 250.00-500.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,153.11 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.33 2.70-5.00

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Last update: November 2018
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19 Comments so far

#chooseFI on Sep 24, 2018 :
I think the housing data (for both rent and buy) are for year 2016. Now it's year 2018. It has increased by approximately 50% since 2016.
#Retired. on May 02, 2018 :
A&W at The Bay Centre mall, in downtown Victoria, B.C. now charges $8.99 for an Uncle Burger. No fries or drinks included.

It costs, easily $12 a person to buy lunch, at an inexpensive eatery downtown.
##dmc on May 17, 2017 :
We moved to Victoria 8 months ago and will suggest that the only thing hindering this beautiful little city is the cost of housing. If you are young adults (or even retirees) looking to get into the housing market here, this isn't the place to do so (not yet). Although they stated today that sales have dropped 24% in the past year, the lack of inventory (lowest in 20 years) is still influencing an overvalued market. A mid-size 60-70 year old home, with a basement that doesn't meet code BUT a nicely landscaped, good sized yard will go on the market for $850K and sell for $1.1K. Be well informed and prepared for a bidding war. A local realtor actually suggested to me that "that's they way the game is played. Under list to create a bidding frenzy and sell for $1-$200K over asking. Not a game we are participating in.
As for rentals, be prepared to pay more than you hoped for a decent place to live. With a 0.5% vacancy rate, bidding on rentals is not out of the norm either.
Other than that, life here is great. It's laid back, weather is fabulous, people are friendly and cost of living isn't anymore expensive as far as I'm concerned. You get what you pay for and Victoria is worth the little extra to feel like you're living in paradise. My advice, do your homework. Suss out expenses based on your lifestyle - not anyone else's.
#Anonymous on Feb 05, 2017 :
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#Cathey Fatemi on Jan 29, 2017 :
My husband and I are looking to move to Victoria. We currently live in Leesburg Virginia about 38 miles from Washington DC.
We would wish to buy a home but are not aware of the difference in the cost of living and how the real estate market is. Any information or sites which would help answer initial questions would be greatly appreciated.
#Anonymous on Sep 23, 2016 :
How can average monthly expenses for a single person be $1022.03 in Victoria when average rent for an apartment is $1143.70? If average monthly disposable income is $2897.33, then the cost of housing alone is actually 39% of disposable income not 28.8% shown in your graphic. There is something wrong with your model. It certainly gives a false impression of the actual cost of living in Victoria. Many many skilled and professional singles have moved out of the area or are seeking employment elsewhere because the cost of living in Victoria is leaving them poor and barely able to pay their living expenses. If this trend continues, we will all be poorer as a society.
#22 on Sep 22, 2016 :
I have lived here for a long time. Me and my roommate left fostercare and moved into the cheapest place we could find. For a 1 bedroom apartment that has several infestations is pretty small and has regular break ins and leaks (i dont know what from the ceiling) we pay in rent-900$.
Neither of us make more than minimum wage even though we have been working and have work experience. We dont have enough money for food. We spend about 500$ for 2 of us a month. Its not enough to live off of here.
Not to mention bothnof our jobs make us start early and stay late without extra pay and we dont receive a break.
Living here is a joke. I expect that we could both be homeless while working in no time.
##Victoria on Jul 02, 2016 :
My wife and I (no kids) spend about $1900 a month to live in Victoria but we don't have a car.
$1900 includes rent/hydro, food, transportation (buses), internet/cable, phone, going out, and every other small thing.
##resident on May 29, 2016 :
I have lived in Victoria my entire life. The cost of living here has EXPLODED. The numbers on this site are totally skewed and inaccurate. A one bedroom apartment now rents for AT LEAST $1000 a month, PLUS utilities. Adults without high salaries and students must SHARE houses or apartments with strangers to afford their rent. But I am stuck as a single parent, and the reality is terrifying. Even as a professional with a good income, my salary is NOT even close to keeping up with skyrocketing rental prices due to the number of condominiums being built here and sold mostly to foreign investors who have NO PROBLEM scalping locals for the highest rate they can get.Nor can I keep up with the ridiculous cost of products and services. THIS IS A CRISIS.
#Prairie on May 05, 2016 :
We moved here from the prairies 3 years ago and we love the weather and the incredible variety of new things to see and do. Living costs are the same once you take various trade-offs into account. House prices were about the same as Calgary when we got here - but they've increased substantially since then. The observation that most people made money and came here is bang on. It's not just service jobs that are low paid, lots of professionals work for significantly less here - BC civil servants for example, make a third less than they would elsewhere. The absolute lack of common sense here is astounding. Armchair critics and NIMBYists who hate the new _______ idea so they weigh in on everything from highway overpasses to sewer plants. Animal rights kooks hold the ecosystem hostage. But the weed is fantastic!
#dede on Mar 29, 2016 :
To #may or anyone else I'm planning to live in canada hopefully
I only have a high school diploma
And i chose this part of canada manley because of the
I would appreciate any advice About jopes their I never had to work before sense both my dad and late husband were providing for me
So i imagen i would have to work in cleaning or cocking
Is it possible to sporte my children working in those jops? Thank u
#may on Mar 26, 2016 :
Speaking as a mid 30s person who has lived all over the world in major cities and rural places, and now living in Victoria for 3 yrs, Id say Victoria is a great place if you made your $ elsewhere and are looking to retire. People who do well here are mostly from old $ or wealthy people who made their $ elsewhere and moved to Victoria to live out the rest of their days. It has a very isolated feeling and people here are predominantly older wealthy white people with a fairly narrow outlook on life. Its best feature is that its a beautiful place for the outdoors, and has several colleges and universities. However, there is a reason most young people move elsewhere. Compared to Vancouver it is not ethnically diverse at all and decent jobs are scarce for educated people. There are endless jobs for people in the service industry as all the elderly people need service workers to do everything for them. If you are a contractor or developer you can clean up in places like Oak Bay where the majority of people are old and rich. Places like Oak Bay just outside the city core have bylaws that prohibit rental suites thereby making it law that only wealthy people may inhabit the area (personally I cant believe thats legal in 2016). Driving in Victoria is scary, I have never seen so many geriatrics on the road who should no longer be driving, you will see multiple near accidents daily at very slow speeds of 30km per hr or less. If you are a cyclist be aware that many drivers here cant see very well and have never driven anywhere other than the island. If you are from a small town you might find Victoria fun but if you are at all worldly you will likely find Victoria to be pretty but expensive for the lack of vibrancy. Victoria is nearing big city prices for the vibrancy of an old folks home. That being said if you are looking to invest in real estate and you already have $ its a good investment. Wealthy retirees will always flock to Vic for the climate and the easy living.
#Dimitrios on Mar 14, 2016 :
Victoria is beautiful. It is expensive, but not outrageously so (real estate is starting to skyrocket, but rents are not outrageous yet). People are friendly, calm, and relaxed. It is not very culturally diverse, with a mostly white Canadian population. It is a wonderful town for food lovers, with probably over a hundred worthwhile locally-owned restaurants. The weather is very nice, especially for Canada; outdoor activities, especially water-sports are great. It is not great for skiers (nearest ski hill is 3.5 hour drive away) and is a tad isolated, with water surrounding it on 3 sides. But it is easy to fly elsewhere, and the ferries are ok the rest of the time.
Prices are very hard to compare. Take a look at something like fresh apples. You can sometimes find cheap apples for $1.49 a kg in bulk, or they might cost 3 x that for fancier varieties. Similarly, the city centre is a very small place - you can probably find an apartment for $1250 a month right downtown (studio or older 1-bedroom), but you can probably find a similar apartment for $900 a month that is a 15-minute bicycle ride or 20-minute bus ride away from downtown quite reasonably. A lot of things vary. It is not a really cheap place, but is much more reasonable than Vancouver, and has a much more relaxed 'medium town' vibe than larger places. It's a very nice place to live.
Note - in the past 3-6 months, housing prices have started to skyrocket, so cost of living may be changing rapidly, as of spring 2016.
#philc on Aug 25, 2015 :
the stats for living in victoia are all off by 15- 30% it is much more expensive to live here than this stats machine is showing. the groceries alone are off by 30%. the guy who says he pays $800 for a 1 bed apt in a nice part of town must live in an illegal 180 sqft basement apt. youll never find a nice place for that much.
the day you can find anything on the list here for the price it show is the 1990's
#James on Aug 15, 2015 :
# Not Fatcat is 100% correct in what he says about employment. Check used Victoria job postings. "Entry level job, minimum 4 years experiance required" Everyone I know who has finished their degrees from either Camosun or Uvic currently work in a totally unrelated job for much much less pay than they are worth. My brother has a bachelors in computer sciences, even Future shop laid him off after his first year.
#bhuvnesh on Jul 19, 2015 :
Hey any one suggest me how I can apply for a job in BC online which kind of job available there
#Darlene Lim on Apr 15, 2015 :
I was born in Victoria and was unfortunate enough to move to Edmonton. I go back quite regularly and can honestly say that it is no more expensive than Edmonton, where prices have skyrocketed (family pack of Hamburger, for god's sake is $22 minimum!) We are soon retiring and moving back. Seniors in B.C. are better off living there than here. Alberta is not a 'senior friendly' province. Plus they have had the same government here for 44 years and they are milking the people dry. With the low price of oil the province is hurting. Higher taxes on everything. This will soon be a have not province, lots of people losing their jobs. One great thing about Victoria? No $300 heating bills for 7 months of the year. Say what you will, Victoria is the greatest place in Canada to live.
#Mike on Feb 17, 2015 :
I've lived here for most of my life, and I would say that Victoria is pretty friendly. It has much more of an approachable feel than a larger city like Vancouver. People will generally say "hi" if you say "hi" to them (at least in a safe neighborhood, which is 90 percent of the town) and often will let you merge into their lane when in traffic (and at least 60% of the time the driver who you just let merge will give you a friendly "thank you" wave- and I have the same experience with the bus drivers here).The local 7-eleven clerks, as another example, are about as friendly as they come, and a couple of them I've spoken to for over half an hour on a quiet night with few customers. In elevators most times people are open to a quick chat, if only about the weather.
I guess its all relative- it doesn't compare to the Maritime provinces, where I've heard you can easily join a house party and go from house to house socializing and drinking.

But for a rather laid-back city, with decent, and in most cases, friendly people, you could do worse.

Outside of the 5-block square downtown area,crime is also pretty low,and violent crimes even more rare. And even downtown is not that bad.

Overall, I like it here.

#not fatcat on Feb 05, 2015 :
Yes low unemployment here in Victoria happens when people are desperate. Nice climate: yes but heat must be paid for. Rental price second only to Vancouver most are equal. Low occupancy : people on low income ( $10.25 lowest in Canada ) have no choice but to take the cheapest available and grab it fast before it's gone. Don't forget criminals like nice weather as well lots of crack, plantations, smuggling a ferry ride to the US plus an international port in Van some here as well all the perks. A fellow got busted cooking crack with his kid in the place. Home invasions. Old folks assaulted. Bullying is epidemic(bring your kids every neighborhood has a dojo ) Cost of living : minimum
wage 2 adults equals 1 living
wage if you don't go anywhere
or do anything, everything here
is geered towards MONEY fine
if you got it. Low unemployment
You bet. Take that job or go
hungry, expect a raise forget it, companies can't afford to pay you what your worth ( you'll here this when you ask to see
your supervisor ) and don't
forget the permanent resident
scam, these poor suckers pay a
kickback to there employer thenm share a basement ( mostcommon ) even sleeping in
shifts. So much better than Luzon, Quito, Nairobi, Shanghai
or Goa. Someday. You can't
blame them. So many over qualified people looking for work. Retiring not an option. Same problem cost of living. One person I know was a regional supervisor is now a greeter at Wal-Mart. Another was a highly paid investigator, retired, now works as a cashier. Another works (at 75 years old) as a commissionair. Many about to be retirees need to work to make ends meet. My point is Victoria ain't all roses.