Cost of Living in Victoria

Summary about cost of living in Victoria, Canada:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.50 C$ 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 77.50 C$ 60.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 C$ 10.00-13.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 C$ 6.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 C$ 6.00-9.50
Cappuccino (regular) 4.42 C$ 2.75-10.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.42 C$ 2.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.07 C$ 1.50-3.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.55 C$ 5.00-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.17 C$ 1.81-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.66 C$ 0.98-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.24 C$ 3.00-6.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.18 C$ 3.63-13.05
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.00 C$ 4.08-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.12 C$ 3.63-10.89
Apples (1 lb) 1.78 C$ 0.99-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.87 C$ 0.67-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.74 C$ 1.12-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 2.51 C$ 1.36-3.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.17 C$ 0.49-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.08 C$ 0.45-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.86 C$ 2.00-3.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.47 C$ 1.39-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 19.50 C$ 12.78-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.32 C$ 2.00-5.71
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.45 C$ 1.75-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 C$ 9.99-16.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 C$ 2.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 85.00 C$ 80.00-93.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.30-5.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.16 C$ 1.93-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 41.66 C$ 30.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.00 C$ 3.96-5.64
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,000.00 C$ 25,888.00-32,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,441.67 C$ 22,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 93.39 C$ 50.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.30 C$ 0.10-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 81.02 C$ 65.00-125.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.47 C$ 35.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.97 C$ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 C$ 12.00-18.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,083.33 C$ 800.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,333.33 C$ 14,400.00-22,440.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 79.91 C$ 60.00-105.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 46.84 C$ 25.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 113.36 C$ 75.00-155.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 144.87 C$ 95.00-235.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,630.48 C$ 1,300.00-2,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,347.33 C$ 1,100.00-1,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,901.30 C$ 2,400.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,339.58 C$ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 681.55 C$ 500.00-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 419.58 C$ 278.71-600.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,910.78 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.24 2.13-4.00

Prices in Victoria

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Last update: March 2021
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6 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
Sounds like you need to live in your pull trailer. Besides living in a small area will keep you both happy just as long as you're together.
Connie Ratchford on Sep 04, 2020:
The price off every thing is so high. How do people think we are to live. Not everyone has a very high paying job. It hard when you see every thing keep going up and up but the wages are not any way close to helping. My hubby and I manage a apt bluilding when we go to retired we have to leave the bluilding and the wages to live where. We can't afford any thing on old age penchant. We are puying a trailer and keep working to pay it off so we have something to live in. The next thing is where do we go with it. There something so wrong here. And it fall at the feet of big money.
Amazing disappointment on Jan 11, 2020:
now it is 2020, housing price is is just as retarded.. many friends in there early 30's late 20's moved away
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.