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Cost of Living and Information on Life in Canada ....from GaramChai Canada

GaramChai Canada >> Cost of Living in Canada

Each Canadian province and territory has itís own individual policies, customs and lifestyle.

We hope that the general information provided in the following section of will give you a good indication of what you should be aware of when moving to your adopted homeland.

Cost of Living | Typical Costs

The Big Mac Index is an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies and provides a test of the extent to which market exchange rates result in goods costing the same in different countries. As stated in The Economist (Magazine), it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible". You may also be interested in:

Mercer Consulting carried out an extensive cost of living survey for overseas workers in 2008. The survey revealed that Toronto has the highest cost of living in Canada, followed by Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa. The survey found that Canadian cities have lower living costs than many other locations in the developed world.

Cost of Living in Selected Cities

2008 Rank City
1 Moscow, Russia
2 Tokyo, Japan
3 London, UK
4 Oslo, Norway
5 Seoul, South Korea
6 Hong Kong, China
7 Copenhagen, Denmark
8 Geneva, Switzerland
9 Zurich, Switzerland
10 Milan, Italy
11 Osaka, Japan
12 Paris, France
13 Singapore
14 Tel Aviv, Israel
15 Sydney, Australia
16 Dublin, Ireland
16 Rome, Italy
18 St. Petersburg, Russia
19 Vienna, Austria
20 Beijing, China
21 Helsinki, Finland
22 New York City, US
23 Istanbul, Turkey
24 Shanghai, China
25 Amsterdam, Netherlands
25 Athens, Greece
25 Sao Paulo, Brazil
28 Madrid, Spain
29 Prague, Czech Rep.
30 Lagos, Nigeria
31 Barcelona, Spain
31 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
31 Stockholm, Sweden
34 Douala, Cameroon
35 Warsaw, Poland
36 Melbourne, Australia
37 Munich, Germany
38 Berlin, Germany
39 Brussels, Belgium
40 Frankfurt, Germany
41 Dakar, Senegal
42 Kiev, Ukraine
43 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
44 Almaty, Kazakhstan
45 Bratislava, Slovakia
46 Dusseldorf, Germany
46 Riga, Latvia
48 Mumbai, India
49 Zagreb, Croatia
50 Hamburg, Germany
51 Abidjan, Ivory Coast
52 Dubai, UAE
53 Perth, Australia
54 Toronto, Canada
55 Los Angeles, US
55 New Delhi, India
57 Algiers, Algeria
57 Lyon, France
57 Lisbon, Portugal
57 Brisbane, Australia
61 Shenzhen, China
61 Budapest, Hungary
63 Taipei, Taiwan
64 Vancouver, Canada
65 Abu Dhabi, UAE
66 Birmingham, UK
66 Calgary, Canada
68 Limassol, Cyprus
69 Glasgow, UK
70 Guangzhou, China
71 Bucharest, Romania
72 Montreal, Canada
73 Adelaide, Australia
74 Tehran, Iran
75 Miami, US
76 Tallinn, Estonia
77 Honolulu, US
78 San Francisco, US
78 Auckland, New Zealand
80 Beirut, Lebanon
81 Casablanca, Morocco
82 Jakarta, Indonesia
82 Ljubljana, Slovenia
84 Chicago, US
85 Vilnius, Lithuania
85 Ottawa, Canada
87 Bogota, Colombia
88 Amman, Jordan
89 White Plains, NY, US
89 Caracas, Venezuela
91 Hanoi, Vietnam
92 Santiago, Chile
93 Wellington, New Zealand
94 Kuwait City, Kuwait
95 Leipzig, Germany
96 Accra, Ghana
97 Sofia, Bulgaria
98 Houston, TX, US
99 Boston, MA, US
100 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Typical Cost of Living in Canada

Here are some typical costs for items and services in Canada. Please note all figures are in Canadian currency as of Mid-2008

Rent - Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, large city)    $700 - $1,100
Rent - Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, small city/town)    $500 - $700
Utilities (per month)    $20 - $30
Phone (one month not including long distance)    $20 - $40
Cell Phone Package (per month)    $40
Cable Television (per month)    $25 - $50
Internet Connection (high speed, one month)    $40
Groceries for One Person (one month)    $150 - $300
Local bus fare in major cities (One Way)    $2.5 - $3
Fast Food Meal (hamburger, soft drink, french fries)    $4 - $6 per person
Gas/Petrol    $1.15 - $1.50 per litre
Movie    $11.50 - $13
Desi Movies screened at local Theaters    $5 - $13
Pair of Jeans    $40 - $80
Letter within Canada    $0.50
International Postage (letter)    $1.45


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