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Cost of living in Canada: Canadian cities offer good value for expats

Submitted by on July 12, 2011 – 8:22 amOne Comment

Toronto's Eaton CentreIs it cheaper to live in Luanda, Angola or Toronto, Canada?

If you guessed Luanda, you’d be wrong.

According to the Mercer 2011 Cost of Living Survey, an annual rank­ing of more than 200 cities across five con­ti­nents, Luanda is the most expen­sive city in the world to live, fol­lowed by Tokyo, N’Djamena (Chad), Moscow, and Geneva.

In Canada, Toronto has the high­est cost of liv­ing, but world­wide, it ranked #59, mak­ing it far cheaper than cities like Singapore (#8), Sydney (#14), and Shanghai (#21).

Among major Canadian cities, Vancouver fol­lowed Toronto at #65, Montreal was #79, and Calgary came in at #96.

What was Canada’s least expen­sive city? Ottawa, the nation’s cap­i­tal, which ranked #114.

The Mercer sur­vey com­pared the cost of over 200 items in each city, includ­ing hous­ing, trans­port, food, cloth­ing, house­hold goods, and enter­tain­ment. You can read more about the sur­vey on the Mercer web­site.

Toronto Eaton Centre photo ©Carolyn B. Heller

One Comment »

  • Zhu says:

    The results don’t sur­prise me, Ottawa is indeed a rel­a­tively cheap place to live in, espe­cially for a national capital.