Cost of Living in Winnipeg

Summary about cost of living in Winnipeg:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 C$ 12.00-21.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 45.58-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.89 C$ 7.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 C$ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 C$ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.50 C$ 3.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.04 C$ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.78 C$ 1.00-2.75
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.71 C$ 4.50-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.20 C$ 1.50-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.79 C$ 0.91-3.63
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.09 C$ 2.50-4.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.59 C$ 3.18-5.89
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.48 C$ 2.72-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.99 C$ 3.18-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.57 C$ 0.91-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.76 C$ 0.65-0.89
Oranges (1 lb) 1.00 C$ 0.54-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 1.34 C$ 0.91-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.85 C$ 0.45-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 0.68 C$ 0.45-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 2.33 C$ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.08 C$ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.50 C$ 13.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.30 C$ 1.00-3.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.81 C$ 2.50-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.00 C$ 14.00-16.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.95 C$ 2.75-2.95
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.05 C$ 100.00-100.10
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.75 C$ 3.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 C$ 2.74-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 31.10 C$ 27.60-35.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.22 C$ 3.82-4.58
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 C$ 22,800.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,824.40 C$ 19,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 135.54 C$ 70.00-250.00
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) 73.35 C$ 55.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 49.25 C$ 35.00-63.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.79 C$ 10.00-45.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.75 C$ 10.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 544.96 C$ 350.00-800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,292.86 C$ 3,000.00-28,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.80 C$ 40.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.35 C$ 30.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.17 C$ 60.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.30 C$ 79.99-160.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 965.74 C$ 750.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 917.88 C$ 750.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,477.47 C$ 1,250.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,355.00 C$ 1,100.00-1,700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 328.57 C$ 204.38-600.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 240.03 C$ 185.80-286.88
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,981.88 C$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.61 2.95-4.50

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Last update: October 2019
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25 Comments so far

#Kevin S on Aug 26, 2019 :
Winnipeg and Manitoba as whole is a great place to live and has improved tremendously over the last 10 years. The new airport,stadium,Jets New highrise apartments,hotels being built downtown. We have hot summers great beaches & cottage areas that are affordable. Southwest Manitoba is beautiful in the summer Pembina Valley area has grown rapidly. Almost 20,000 in Morden /Winkler. Lots of jobs. Available there.
#Kevin S on Aug 26, 2019 :
Some of your prices are too high. For food. There is a variety of grocery stores here,that are very competitive. 2 litres of pop is often $1.00 or 10lbs bag of potatoes $4.99
#GMC on Jul 04, 2019 :
I have lived in Winnipeg for over 50 years and have travelled extensively to the USA, South America and Europe, as well as all provinces of Canada. This city has many attractions and a very vibrant music and arts communities. You can attend a professional sport game in soccer , footbal, baseball and hockey. You can dine at some amazing restaurants and i could go on and on!!!
#Baby Whale on Jun 28, 2019 :
I'm living in Winnipeg for a couple of years now and can confirm what Hopkin said is a very realistic portrait of life here. The city does not have a lot of attractions and could be considered boring compared to other places in Canada...on the other hand if you are into lakes, peace and quiet you can find a nice spot for yourself and your family. If you are looking for a place to live here, I would advise to avoid North end and West end due to a lot of sketchy people you can meet on the street, especially during the night.
#Anonymous on May 09, 2019 :
What dose it cost in total no one got time to add here
#Rick Galbraith on Oct 22, 2018 :
Have read the comments. Mosquito problem has recently disappeared. When road construction is done to new standards, it's excellent. When they are just doing a renewal, it lasts a fee years. The big difference is seen when they close the street or back lane and dig it out. The renewal method is to strip off asphalt, repair sections of concrete, and enjoy for 15 years.
Winnipeg is a good place to live. The negative commenters just focused on the wrong things.
#Hopkin on Sep 17, 2018 :
I am born and raised in Winnipeg and I have lived here all my life. I am 50 years old. Here are my comments:

Currently gas is hovering around $1.20/L and rents in the downtown area tend to be grouped into two main categories: for around 900-1000 you can get an older character buiding. Sometimes these include parking and heat and or water. You won't get much storage or have air conditioning (unless you get a window unit). for ~ $1200+/mo you can get a nice place with modern appliances, flooring, lighting etc. You can rent many beautiful apartments if you are willing to pay. House prices are also grouped into two main categories: for around 220k you get an older character house centrally located. Many of these are really nicely renovated and you can get a great house if you like older houses (built ~1910 - 1940). Then there are the new-builds which are between 350 and 400k. These are more often in the outer areas of the city and are in the typical planned communities which are not similar to what cities like Calgary have in their planeed communities. In Winnipeg these are nothing more than collections of houses around a school and a few parks. Some have man-lade lakes.

Winnipeg is an immigration destination and as such the city is growing. I have seen in the last 25 years, incredible changes in the population. Not all good, not all bad. Time will tell if all these groups form a larger-knit community like what I remember from my younger days. Right now, not unexpectedly, the various ethic groups largely stick to themselves. If you've heard of the concept of "white-flight", I'd say it's a thing here.

At least one other poster mentioned there are no "no go" zones here in Winnipeg. There are now. The central park area of Winnipeg, right downtown, can be very dangerous. Winnipeg has the largest amount of violent crime in Canada. Largely gang driven it seems.

This story about a young man and his girlfriend who were vicuously attacked (stabbed over 20 times) in the area I mentioned is troubling. Particularly so is the mayor's lack of concern about it:

The larger downtown area, while not a 'no go' zone, is truely embarassiing for a captial city. There is no reason at all to go downtown unless there is some type of event you are interested in. After 6pm everything is closed except for bars and restaurants. Our downtown is very run-down, and not family friendly at all. I avoid it at night when alone. I would advice everyone, male or female to do the same.

Winnipeg has many festivales and events in the summer that are downtown. When these are happening, it's completely fine. Also there are some fine restaurants that are downtown that you can go to but it's kind of an in-and-out thing; There's no 'going for a walk after dinner' at these places. There's nothing really to see if you've seen it a couple times.

The roads in Winnipeg are legendary in terms of disrepair. The city is trying hard to fix them, but with urband sprawl there are more and more roads and costs to repair them go up. It's not a sustainable situation in my opinion - but they are trying.

As others have said, every city has homeless people. Winnipeg has many. Winnipeg is much smaller than Toronto or Vancouver but when you are downtown, you'd swear you were there given the numbers of homeless. Our shelters are full all the time. I have heard they are builing another one downtown and it's urgently needed.

We have a program here called Winnipeg Harvest and it's designed to fill the gap when people lose their livelyhoods until they get back on their feet. 10+ years ago it fed 5k people per month. Today the demand is over 50k people per month.

In terms of the good:

The Winter's here are not as bad as everyone says. Like others have said, people under-dress. Summers are hot and we get lots of sun all year round. We have many lakes and you can be at the beach, door-to-door, in an hour. Less if you know where to go. Manitoba has great outdoor trails and scenery if you like the outdoors. Traffic in spite of our terrible roads, is nothing like other cities. You can get anywhere in an hour during rush hour and when it's not rush hour, 30m easily. Buses are aweful and dangerous now though.

Winnipegers like their hockey, curling and football. It gives people something to do when there's nothing to do.

I would not agree that people are unfriendly here. People are cliquey. It is hard to move between social groups and hard to meet new people here. Places like meetup (an online app) look like there are many things going on but there isn't really.

We are getting more and more bike lanes during all the contructions, which is great. The road conditions do many biking hard in many areas and people drive rudely and poorly here. But, there are many parks (Assinaboine, St Vital, Birds Hill, Bunn's Creek to name just a few).

We have a lot of greenspace here which is nice.

I think of Winnipeg like a large town that wants to be a city.

The smaller towns just outside the city, and the outskirts of the city are where Winnipeg really shines in my opinion.
#K on Apr 17, 2018 :
Moved to Winnipeg from England 10 years ago. Bad mistake. The most unfriendly, suspicious, spiteful, jealous people we have ever met in North America. All that "friendly Manitoba" spiel is just fake.
#Raymond on Apr 16, 2018 :
I was born and grew up in Winnipeg and now reside in Ontario. In my my employment as well as vacations, I travelled quite extensively. I moved away for about 15 years and then transferred back to Winnipeg. Shortly after moving back, I was walking across a parking lot to get to my own car when a perfect stranger to my right said "Hi" and I replied back to him with the same greeting. It was only then that I realized what I had missed while being away. The "Friendly Manitoba" is more applicable than I had thought. Winnipeg will always be in my heart. It was a great place to grow up. Also when the city is in crisis like the major snow storm we had in the mid 60's or the flood in the 80's, everyone pitched in to help one another. During the snow storm, people were allowed to run their snow machines in the city to get medications to the needy. Eatons remained open 24/7 to those who couldn't make it home. During the flood neighbours helped one another filling and placing sand bags. Its a great place to live.
##Robert on Feb 10, 2018 :
I've lived in Winnipeg all my life and travelled lots. Winnipeg is a great city with it's problems just like any other city. It's not cold here...People just under dress. The summers are awesome, even tropical. Haven't seen to many mosquitoes in the past years. Cost of living is lower than most other cities. Easy to get around from anywhere in the city. Commute times are usually less than 1 hour at peck times. A great place to raise a family. We have no...No go zones like a lot of other cities in the world. We have great festivals, art, music, restaurants and the very best burgers on the planet. We're called friendly Manitoba for a reason. Plus... National Geographic named Winnipeg one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit. Oh yeah! We have Street Heart, The Guess Who, BTO the famous Lenny Breau and we love the blues.
#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 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 , will not like it.