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Overview of Cost of Living in Canada

The following article provides a brief overview of the cost of living in Canada. What are the monthly routine expenses, school fees, and the price of foodstuffs for daily living costs. Actually, the amount of living costs depends on the person’s own lifestyle. So, if we mention a number of numbers it is very subjective. Therefore, the following article is a pattern of routine expenses that we should consider if we want to live in Canada, in general, every month.

Cost of Living In Canada Each Month:

  1. If you are single and have recently migrated, of course accommodation is the number one thought. For singles, we can rent a room/boarding house in a house that is occupied by several people or an apartment with 1 room or studio type. For big cities, it depends on the area where you rent the room. The more it is to the city center, the more expensive it is. price range of $ 600- $ 750 for a single room. Apartment or studio types are usually on the top of $ 800 to $ 1,200. Whether this amount includes water and electricity, will usually be discussed further with the home owner.
  2. If you bring your family and children (more than one person), renting a house or apartment will be more economical. It ranges from $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 per month, depending on the location and size of the apartment. The term home in Canada varies. There are terms townhouses (adjoining and terraced), semi-detach (one wall of a house attached to a neighbor and sharing a carport), single house (right and left not attached and there is a yard), apartment, and condominium. In addition, different locations also differ in price. The location in the city center is of course expensive while the suburbs can be cheaper. We recommend that you first determine the workplace and then decide which area you want to live in so that it saves more on transportation.
  3. Cars in Canada are not much different from car prices in Indonesia (slightly cheaper but not as cheap as in America). America, maybe much cheaper than in Indonesia. If you buy a car, you will be charged insurance fees (which are expensive), change your name, and arrange for other documents. If you want to buy a used car, you should buy it at an authorized dealer (not a trade-in dealer). For example, if you want to buy a used Toyota, buy it at a Toyota dealer not a trade-in car dealer that provides various brands of cars. This is if you are not machine savvy. However, if you are a machine savvy person, low prices can be found at regular car dealerships. For cars, it can be paid in weekly installments, up to monthly, and up to 4 years. After 4 years, people usually swap new cars and start repaying again. But you can also buy cash to pay in full and keep the car for more than 4 years (years). The cost of the car, of course, you have to take into account the gasoline, change the oil, to buy special Winter car tires which are quite expensive. If in Indonesia there is no problem with one or two cars in one family, this means that the costs will be greater because of winter tires, etc.
  4. Children’s school fees. School from kindergarten to high school if in the country/government is free. But we still have to pay money for books etc. For the University, parents have to pay. However, students can borrow money from the government if they do not have the cost of going to college/university and can return the loan later. In addition, after college, students can work part-time, and for certain shops, it even provides facilities for students who want to work part-time because they know, not all parents in Canada want to pay for their child’s college.
  5. Electricity. Electricity in Canada is not as expensive as in Indonesia. Each month for normal use without air conditioning ranges from $ 40- $ 60. There are certain hours of electricity usage when electricity is lower, such as at night or early in the morning. People usually use this time for laundry (using a washing machine), cooking, etc. because it is cheaper. The average cooking equipment in Canada uses electricity. As for gas, it is usually used a lot during winter for heating and is usually cheaper than electricity. 
  6. Water in Canada is much more expensive than in Indonesia. However, the water here can be drunk from the tap. You can buy a drinking bowl with a filter and drink water straight from the tap. Save on gallon drinking water expenditure. For bathing, because of the cold air, people rarely soak in the bathtub so that it saves more water. Typically bi-monthly water bills range from $ 100- $ 150 for two months (per family). However, depending on life habits. If there are many children and often bathe/wash, it will be more expensive.
  7. Food costs. If you are single, it will be more economical to buy a finished meal/restaurant than to cook a meal. Because by buying, you will save electricity and water (for cooking food). In addition, food ingredients in Canada are large in size. For example, to buy cabbage, it is large and can last for weeks. So that if you want to cook a type of dish that requires few ingredients, you will waste vegetables. So be smart in arranging the menu so that vegetables are not wasted (if you want to cook yourself). If you buy, restaurant food prices tend to be affordable and there are many promotions. Chinese dishes, for example, can be eaten for 2-3 days and one menu ranges from $ 10- $ 12 per menu. Pizza or burgers are of course cheaper than in Indonesia. What’s more, we are often sent coupons/discount discounts for franchise restaurants.
  8. For vegetables in supermarkets, the prices tend to be higher than prices in Jakarta. But for Meat, Chicken and Fish, Canada is much cheaper. I was quite surprised when I last visited Jakarta, the price of meat was very expensive. In Canada, there are frequent sales / low prices for meat and other food items. Every Thursday, all Supermarkets distribute their price flyers or brochures and we can see their discounted prices for the week. For example, this week the Chicken is on sale for up to $ 2 per pound, so we can eat the Chicken menu that week. We must be smart in determining the menu. Monthly shopping range for one family of 4 people $ 500- $ 650.
  9. Be diligent in observing the news and social communities. In Canada, there are many social activities helping others. Often the surrounding community/community holds a bazaar. At the Bazaar, we can find goods at low prices (public donations). If we just moved, don’t be embarrassed to go to the bazaar or shop. Don’t be surprised if you can get good lamps, free dining tables, or other equipment cheaply and even for free. 
  10. Clothes. Clothes in Canada are mostly made of a thicker fabric. So if you decide to move from Indonesia to Canada, don’t bring lots of clothes because you will wear them more during Summer / Summer. The rest, more sweaters or thicker clothes. However, it all depends on which region you will live in. For the province of British Columbia where it rarely snows and is not so cold, of course, these clothes can be worn. My advice, if you want to buy a jacket for Winter, you should buy in Canada because it suits the season and the air in Canada. So that it is more efficient and used later. As for the price of clothing, there are lots of sales in Canada (brand shops) but of course, there is no wholesale market in Canada where prices are negotiable.

Again, the cost of living in Canada or elsewhere depends on the lifestyle of the person himself. As long as we live an ordinary life with no more stake than a stake, then we can live a decent life in Canada. Not luxurious, but decent.

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