NUMBEO

Cost of Living in Winnipeg

Summary about cost of living in Winnipeg:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 11.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 50.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.45 C$ 7.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 C$ 4.50-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.00 C$ 5.50-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.29 C$ 2.50-4.25
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.04 C$ 1.50-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.58 C$ 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.99 C$ 4.50-8.93
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.83 C$ 1.36-2.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.85 C$ 0.91-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.42 C$ 2.70-4.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.97 C$ 2.72-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.34 C$ 4.08-7.71
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.01 C$ 2.95-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 1.79 C$ 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.92 C$ 0.75-1.59
Oranges (1 lb) 1.66 C$ 1.00-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.69 C$ 0.88-2.49
Potato (1 lb) 1.31 C$ 0.85-2.06
Onion (1 lb) 1.25 C$ 0.90-1.67
Lettuce (1 head) 2.08 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.16 C$ 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.74 C$ 2.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.52 C$ 2.50-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 16.12 C$ 15.00-18.99
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.70 C$ 2.60-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.78 C$ 72.40-90.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 C$ 3.50-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.62 C$ 2.09-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.31 C$ 25.80-35.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.72 C$ 3.37-4.16
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,500.00 C$ 22,000.00-27,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,875.17 C$ 21,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 148.63 C$ 75.00-270.45
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.39 C$ 0.20-0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.71 C$ 50.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.38 C$ 40.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.57 C$ 0.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.50 C$ 12.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 556.67 C$ 420.00-800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,866.67 C$ 8,300.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 51.54 C$ 35.00-70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.12 C$ 29.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 94.50 C$ 80.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 110.42 C$ 90.00-140.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 912.47 C$ 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 821.89 C$ 600.00-960.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,416.67 C$ 1,200.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,303.62 C$ 1,100.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 222.94 C$ 150.00-250.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 195.53 C$ 150.00-222.13
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,800.00 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 2.93 2.39-4.50

Prices in Winnipeg

These data are based on 1179 entries in the past 18 months from 181 different contributors.
Last update: December 2017
Sources and References: Info
Add new source here:
URL:
Description:
Sign up for our newsletter:
Your email address:
Leave a comment:
Your name: Sign In
Your email address (optional):
Your comment (no HTML):

38 Comments so far

#ghs on Jun 20, 2017 :
Love Canada coast to coast but Winnipeg and Manitoba is as great a place as you will find to live. So many attractions in the city and province, cheap to live, great people, thousands of lakes near by and easy to get around. Amazing arts, theatre, professional sports and so many incredible festivals that will always keep you busy. Summers are fantastic but some enjoy complaining about the colder winters but you have to realize that some people are born complainers. My suggestion is to get out and do things and you'll find how great a place it is.
#Shine on Apr 02, 2017 :
HI everyone,
I have a job proposition with salary over 100K, coming from Europe in the next 6 months.
Have being once in Winnipeg for only 2 days. I did not have time to visit downtown. it's worthy to buy house in the first 2 years of settlement or just rent ? what places are better to live in ? thank you
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2017 :
looked up the top four private schools in the city:

Balmoral (girls, non-denominational) - average $12,000/yr
St Mary's (girls, Roman Catholic) - $7165/yr
St John's Ravenscourt (co-ed, non-denominational) average $average 17,000/yr)
St Paul's (boys, Roman Catholic) - $8,300/yr

St Mary's and St Pauls are high schools only.
Balmoral and St John's Ravenscourt are K-12 and are also both day and boarding schools. The listed prices are for day students. Boarding is extra.
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2017 :
1. Schooling from Kindergarten - Grade 12 is government-funded and free to all.

2. Gas went from 92.9 cents/litre yesterday to 86.9 cents/litre today. The price fluctuates a lot between 90 cents and one dollar a litre.

3. Heat, Water and Garbage are normally included in the price of the rent of an apartment. If you heat a free-standing house then you will normally pay for those utilities. A normal apartment dweller only pays for electricity which comes to about $25-40/month. Heat is normally natural gas or sometimes steam heat in older buildings. Very few apartments use electricity for heat.
#lm on Mar 26, 2017 :
I am from BC, I am being recruited by a large company in the exchange district. I haven't made a decision yet as to whether or not I will move. I do want to make the following points after reading some of the previous posts:

There are tons of people on welfare in bc as well and its the people that have to get up and go to work everyday that pay for them to sit on their butts. This won't change in our country.

the western provinces are overpopulated and jobs are extremely scarce. If you educate yourself and believe that you will find a good paying job in bc you are sadly mistaken, since they are few and far between. I myself am a red seal certified hairstylist, and certified adult educator. My dream was to work in industry and then shift to instructing at the post secondary level. I can say without a doubt I will not secure a full time job anytime in the next 5-10 years at an accredited public institution. I would have to start as an auxiliary if I were lucky enough to get that and would have to work doing something else in the meantime. I think that you need to look at where the work is and when an opportunity presents itself you move on it!

The climate here is great for the most part, aside from the 7 months of rain and if you struggle with depression, the months of endless rain can really put some in a funk, so for me having it be cold but a beautiful sunny day sounds awesome .

Every Canadian city deals with homelessness, and it is just something that we have all become accustomed to and desensitized to, it is part of society and always will.

If you were looking at trying to rent an apartment of the same value in Vancouver rather than winnipeg, you are looking at a minimum of 2000$/month and upward. We are talking small, noisy, and a huge amount of crime, homelessness, drug related crimes and disputes.

The grass always seems greener on the other side, but after reading some of the posts, lots of people are moving west, hence the job shortages, and we also have a government that loves to allow as many immigrants as possible to come in and take these jobs away from resident canadians, and will work cheaper. This is our lives folks.

From what I can see Winnipeg seems like the unpretentious sister of Vancouver or Toronto, it sounds like the people are friendlier, the cost of living is cheaper, and is more affordable as a city than any of the others I have seen recently. So for those looking to get a head, perhaps this is the ticket?
#Jeremiah Coffey on Feb 26, 2017 :
Best value anywhere; believe me, I am a trucker who sees all of North America. PS it is warming up big time too. Not too big, not too small, just right. Definitely, the best place in Canada to get ahead.
#Anonymous on Nov 09, 2016 :
Hi everyone, me , my husband and kids are willing to move to manitoba from india through PR program...please let us know the minimum cost of living per month. job availability for unskilled, housing rent and schooling for children...PLEASE HELP !!
#Anonymous on Sep 28, 2016 :
Our daughter & boyfriend moved from Manitoba to Calgary 2 years ago and we moved to Alberta (not Calgary) a year later. No way in hell would we ever move back to Manitoba for the many reasons listed below. Also, the price of housing in MB has increased dramatically the past couple years and we find food prices fairly comparable.
Interesting to note that one poster claims to know what MB is like because he/she lived there. When, 20 years ago? And for how long, 6 months? Easy to say ‘suck it up’ when YOU DON’T LIVE THERE. You seem to have a lot of negatives about Calgary, so by all means move to Manitoba. And, this is an open board where people are allowed to comment. DON’T be telling people how to live their lives and how to act. Wow, talk about a control freak!
#Molson on Aug 03, 2016 :
I came to Winnipeg 30 years ago and for the first few years I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay here. After all with no education and no job prospect it wasn't too promeasing. Yes the weather is harsh and can drive you crazy but the people here are different. Winnipers are friendly and they welcome you as you are one of them.I have learn to enjoy the city with its all shortcomings.it is my home and I love it. After few years of hard work and going back to school I found good job and doing really great. I compar myself with some of my friends that came to Canada the same time. They endup in other city,some have done very well and some haven't been so lucky. I guess you have to ask yourself this question that what is it that make you happy and where you can find it.well if it is not Winnipeg so you have to go and look for it some where that might bring the sun shine to you life. We are very happy here and love to call ourselves Winnipegers. Thanks
##notsobad on Jul 03, 2016 :
I've lived in Calgary nearly all my life and can tell you that rent for one bedroom in this city is $700, apartments rent for 1300+, houses 1700+. To buy an attached home, townhoyse condo, etc., you're looking well over 300,000 and this is all in a depressed market! The cost of food is outrageous, the unemployment rate is sky rocketing, the taxes are increasing, the public transportation is terrible and expensive, parking downtown is $40/day.

There are a lot of positives of being in Calgary, but don't think that it's all sunshine and rainbows. We have our problems too. As citizens you should work to promote your city so that people will want to come there. Bashing it won't help the situation. There is much worse out there, so instead of counting all the bad things, count your blessings.

Oh, just so you don't think I know what I'm talking about. I have lived in Winnipeg and Edmonton. I found beauty in both and know that it's there. You all just need to change your thoughts to be more positive. Thoughts become things!! Try to stay positive even in -45!
#Anonymous on Jun 29, 2016 :
We moved out of Manitoba last year; these are SOME of the reasons: -45 temps in winter, unbearable hot & humid summers, mosquitoes so bad we could not go out of the house, taxes highest of all provinces, high crime, too many people on welfare (which we were paying for). We couldn't wait to get out and we would never move back!
#Paul on Apr 15, 2016 :
Grew up in Winterpeg and when I was 21 moved out west and never returned. Winnipeg was a nasty place: excessive poverty, extreme cold and few good jobs. If you can escape -- run out west where life is much better.
#new2wpg on Mar 10, 2016 :
Moved here almost a year ago. The city is crumbling. The water is not clean. I have not purchased a house as I don't know if I want to invest. Property taxes are set to greatly increase, but they don't seem to know how to properly delegate the $. Constant reports or raw sewage flowing into water source. Lights turn red and green at same time. Road repair doesn't make it through one season (done in summer, crumbling by fall). They blame it on winter, but it wasn't winter before road work needed to be done again. This has destroyed my once new car. City just seems very dirty compared to other provinces. No garbage cans at parks. Poorly designed city for flow of traffic. I see great potential for this place, the weather is fantastic. But clean water, garbage collection, snow removal, road repair, ect is greatly lacking. The city is crumbling and the people that are from here don't seem to know any better. They think it is great and have an endless list of excuses. It is a waste of time and money not to grow and learn from looking at other successful cities. I don't know if I will stay.
#kadmawy on Feb 23, 2016 :
Winnipeg is one of the best places in the world no one can say contrary to that, it is a city of lakes, cheap living cost, friendly community, and lovely people. All that must be enough for anyone would like to live and work in this beautiful place.
#Craig on Dec 29, 2015 :
Right now , unemployment in Winnipeg is pretty low,...96% of workforce is employed. Unskilled ,low skilled employment is ALL minimum wage..11.50 / hour (except in construction),any employment is very hard to find. It is an employers market here.
Cost of living is far less than Toronto , Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria...housing costs way lower, here.
Significant doctor shortage.
In summer , spring and fall , this is a great city to live in , lots of parks and green space, fabulous weather. surprisingly humid . Winnipeg is the second sunniest place in Canada. Winter time ,....normally dangerously cold with average daytime highs of -15 C in winter (November, December, January, February ). On a bad day wind chills can hit -40 C. This winter is very mild, though.
More restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada.
Multi -ethnic populous . Don't like a variety of religions ,or skin colours ,...don't move here ,...you will not like it.
#Edbert on Jun 23, 2015 :
Hello, i'm edbert. I am an international student and attending my college at ICM this fall. I'd like to know further info about living there such as the cost of rents, and other daily necessities. Any international student too?? Is it easy to transfer to another uni or college??
Thank you ..
#jason on Jun 04, 2015 :
I grew up in winnipeg, been loving in vancouver. I find it funny how some people on this thread are saying winnipeg has horrible traffic ? Lol . Winnipeg is a laid back easy city to love in plain and simple. The weather is horrible but the cost of living is peanuts. I guess it's like the old saying "you get what you pay for"
#Nilesh Soni on May 29, 2015 :
Dear Sir,

I am I the process of PR in Manitoba, I want to know about job availability, housing and schooling for children. If any body explain on this it will be grate help for me. Please also inform about minimum cost of living per month.
#jack on May 01, 2015 :
St. John's Newfoundland is no different than the rest of Canada when it comes to high cost burden to single individuals. I made less than net 20'000 this tax year and I had to rely on foodbanks and the income support system Wouldn't help me. This year I plan to get on welfare and then work and not Tell them. willing to take the chance this year to see if I get caught. It just to hard financially for singles so I guess We will do what we each have to do in order to get by!
#Desmond on Apr 14, 2015 :
I wish to study and later relocate in Winnipeg. So all what has been listed above about wpg is not real, which means they are persuading people to come and be living inside frying pan? Tax is too much, cost of living is getting higher. Pls the government of canada has to do something.
#Anonymous on Jan 21, 2015 :
I have been considering leaving Saskatchewan and relocating to Winnipeg for a job, and have been reading the reviews. I just wanted to make the comment - Saskatoon is not nearly the size of Winnipeg and it's rent is more than the average rent listed in the comments here, with not near as many ammenendities. Further, I am currently living in a town of 3500 people that has rental units with one bedrooms that are listed for $1000/month. We have no gym, no street lights, no fancy restaurants or grocery stores.
#RACZ on Jan 09, 2015 :
Is 3200 CAD per month salary enough for shifting to Winnipeg?
#anonymous on Jan 02, 2015 :
I hate everything about wpg. We rarely have a perfect day where it is comfortable Wpg is definitely laid back with everything.And who said cost of living was not bad here was definitely not in their right mind. We the people who have low incomes or barely any income have to suffer greatly and nothing I mean nothing is done about it but everything continues to climb higher in price homes rent food transportation health etc etc..
#Anonymous on Dec 29, 2014 :
Wpg is shity that's final answer lol you should live outside of Wpg if your looking for a house hope that helps compared to you paying 1200$ a month pay 800/900$ outside the city
#Bob on Dec 17, 2014 :
Wonderful idea. But really do need a prominent DATE at the top.
ie: Information as of ...
For example: gas prices listed as Avg of $1.23 , but today they are about $0.90
#winnipeger!! on Dec 14, 2014 :
Born & raised in Manitoba Canada!!!Wouldn't trade our 4 seasons for any ware else!!So many things to do during the winters and our summer temperatures are the best in the world!!!! Our lakes are clear, fishing, as well as ice fishing in the winter & hunting is unbelievable to say the least! Many do not appreciate our seasonal weather including spring and fall has to offer, our forests, lakes and rivers! I can understand why immigrants coming from wherever may complain as they mostly come from countries with warmer temperatures! My advise to all immigrants is check into where you are immigrating before you immigrate especially the weather! You come to Canada for a better life & opportunity! PLEASE AS A CANADIAN DON'T COMPLAIN! CANADIANS ACCEPT YOU AS WE FELT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CANADA! YOU HAVE A CHOICE IF YOU DON'T APPRECIATE CANADA!!! AS A CANADIAN I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE AMERICANS AND COMMONWEALTH NATION IMMIGRANTS!!
#Adam on Nov 24, 2014 :
@Justin - UK, Australia or Canada are common wealth countries, your country fought to not be a part of the common wealth which makes it harder for you. Also FYI: there are only 2 "Western Countries" and you live in one of them.
#Justin on Oct 19, 2014 :
How come all of these immigrants who can't speak English manage to easily get into Canada, but as an American, it would be nigh impossible for me?

Why is it like this in all Western countries -- it's just unbelievable to me how EASY it seems to be for people from third world countries to immigrate and get work in first world countries (good for them).

Yet, as an American, it would be a huge hurdle for me to move to the UK, Australia or Canada. I don't get it.
#Anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 :
I have spoken to many immigrants who come to Winnipeg because hoping to have better lives here,but truth be told, Winnipeg is not an ideal place to live because it is too cold and it looks very laid back. Everything cost too much, specifically the rent. I am a nurse and I make about 33 dollars an hour and make about 5300 dollars a month, but my tax is too high and I only get about 3500. I do not drive a car because I believe it cost too much even though I could afford it. I am just saving up money here so I can start up a small business in the future.

My advice is if you live in Canada, don't move to Winnipeg, however if you are an immigrant, move here because they give better wages compared to 3rd world countries like India and Philippines.I just hope they increase the English requirements for all immigrants because I can barely understand the English of most Immigrants be it Indians, Filipinos, Chinese or other Asians.
#Anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 :
Most people who choose to live in Winnipeg are Immigrants.
#Wants2Move on Aug 26, 2014 :
Here, this article is helpful:

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/policyfix/2014/01/housing-crunch-continues-manitoba

Small part of the article reads:
"Winnipeg was once known for its housing affordability. Compared to super hot markets like Toronto and Vancouver, it still is. But for too many citizens, the cost of shelter is prohibitively high. Rental rates have increased 60 to 65 per cent since 2000. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 37 per cent of rental households in Winnipeg paid more than 30 per cent of their income for rent. More than half of all renters lived in housing that was unaffordable, overcrowded or in need of major repairs, meeting at least one the criteria of what is called core housing need. The outcome of these high rent costs is a housing crisis that leaves far too many in need of shelter, hundreds of whom end up in absolute homelessness.

For Manitobans at the low end of the pay scale, it is a struggle to keep up with rent increases. Even though the minimum wage has increased annually over the past several years, rents have gone up just as fast. In 2013, a minimum wage earner needed to work 54.2 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Winnipeg based on Canadian affordability criteria. This is up slightly from 2007 when a minimum wage worker would need only 52.9 hours per week. No wonder so many people need second jobs to make ends meet!

For households on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), or welfare as it is commonly known, the affordability gap is even greater. An average bachelor suite in Winnipeg costs $554 dollars per month. This amounts to 91 per cent of the total income for an individual on general assistance, leaving only pennies per day left over for food and other expenses. Doubtless, many on EIA live in rooming houses or Single Room Occupancy hotels that are sometimes cheaper than an average bachelor suite, but too often these accommodations lack basic safety and security requirements.

The housing affordability gap means people with low incomes have to make tough decisions between paying the rent and food and other necessities of life, which leads to higher health-care costs. Lack of housing stability results in reduced educational attainment for children of parents in core housing need. Homelessness costs Canadians $1.4 billion annually. Poor quality, crowded and unaffordable housing imposes costs that are harder to calculate but just as real."

Please go to the link to read the full article. The truth hurts. Thanks politicians. Enjoy your mansions.
#Wants2Move on Aug 26, 2014 :
Unless your lucky enough to have some great paying job (rare) cost of living is WAY too high!!!
I WISH I made over $2,000 a month. I know very few people who do. Been with my company for over 10 years and I'm horribly under paid, which is why I'm job hunting and fed up. Good paying work is hard to find even with a college degree. Everyone is super cheap and want to hire you at the lowest possible rate. A single person can barely afford to live on their own here, rent is only affordable in the scary parts of town. A one bedroom in any decent area is $900 or more per month. Most are over $1,000. Not including utilities. Homes are over priced for what you get. Property tax keeps going up. As does tax on absolutely everything. Oh, and they tax insurance now. All kinds of insurance: Health, Home, etc. All of it.

Priority is given to people who are too lazy to work and sit on assistance and welfare.

Traffic is awful 100% of the time. Transportation is too expensive. Bus system is expensive, inconvenient and unreliable. Getting around takes forever (bus or drive), entire road system is poorly planned and is getting worse with the very high population increase. Winnipeg is not set up for the amount of people now living here. Yet they keep building expensive new development areas and ignore all existing areas that are all falling apart.

They figured just because they raised minimum wage this means it is ok to raise the cost of everything. I find it hard to buy groceries because food has gone up so much. my food budget gets more and more creative every month.

MPI rates go up because of all the awful drivers. They truly give a license to anyone here.

Weather is awful most of the year. Summer is short to non existent.

Cost of living goes WAY up in the winter!! Almost makes no sense to live here. I have NO clue why anyone would move here on purpose. If I can find an affordable way to move my retired parents then I am leaving Winnipeg. It is truly awful here, people who are moving here, you can have it, good luck!

Ps, as for the traffic lights, I swear that the Welcome to Winnipeg sign should say: "Welcome to Winnipeg, prepare to stop!!"
#Hardy on Jul 29, 2014 :
hiiii please tell me what is average monthly cost of living in winnipeg city
#Anonymous on May 26, 2014 :
I'am arfin and um planning to study my undergraduate in Winnipeg.can you please let me know what would be the average living cost for a student living out side the campus(annually) including-rent(1bed),transportation,meal cost and other necessary cost.
will be highly appreciated
#Bob on Mar 31, 2014 :
Winnipeg can be a great city, but the climate isn't great, the cost of living is higher than it should be, then there's the traffic lights....
#Denis on Mar 02, 2014 :
and also I think that for such a cold climate,as there is very surprising that people eager to move there to live

salaries should be much higher,at least 50% or more,and reduce taxes up to 10-15% of your salary so that is stronger stimulate the flow of people and give people breathing freely not only strong frosts and huge mosquitoes!
#Denis on Mar 02, 2014 :
i think it is very expensive all about wages of median salary
#Ananymonus on Jan 15, 2014 :
Winnipeg is very cold sometimes reaching -51 below temperatures I wouldn't move there jobs are low even people with university degrees have a hard time finding work