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Old 08-04-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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I'm thinking of coming to Canada to take additional LMT schooling and wanted to see what the cost of living in Canada was like in comparison to some areas I've lived in the US?

In advance Thanks!

Chance
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I'm a trucker and I get around all over the USA and Canada. Your question is impossible to answer because the cost of living varies so much depending on the region you are talking about both in the USA and in Canada. If you stated where you are coming from and where you are going it would be easily possible to give an accurate answer.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If I' moving from Houston To Calgary as a single person
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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Cigarettes run around $10 a pack
Beer runs around $10 a six pack
Gas around $1.25 a liter
Payroll deductions about 30%
Goods and services tax 6%
Provincial income tax (Quebec) 7%
What part of Canada are you planning on coming to and we can get more specific.
Craigslist is a good barometer of various costs in any given region..
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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If I' moving from Houston To Calgary as a single person
Housing is more expensive than Houston but you will be happy to know Calgary/Alberta has the lowest taxes in the country. As well as the lowest priced gasoline.

No PST only the standard 5% GST. And a very large portion of your income taxes will be sent to Ottawa to keep the rest of the country "equal"...lol
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Cigarettes run around $10 a pack
Beer runs around $10 a six pack
Gas around $1.25 a liter
Payroll deductions about 30%
Goods and services tax 6%
Provincial income tax (Quebec) 7%
What part of Canada are you planning on coming to and we can get more specific.
Craigslist is a good barometer of various costs in any given region..
I think you mean provincial sales tax here, right mon ami? In Quebec, it's actually 8.5% now, but this rate varies considerably across the country. In Alberta it is 0%.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Just don't come to ontario....13% HST and high gas prices
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Rough and dirty, Calgary is 30% more expensive and 10,000% colder, especially in February.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:27 PM
 
Location: North America
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Everything is more expensive in Canada than the U.S., but cheaper than Europe
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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I see this question a lot and advise you to keep something very important in mind - you can't simply compare prices in US $ and Canadian $ as if they're the same thing, because the exchange rate fluctuates and salaries for the same job are not the same in the two countries.

The current exchange rate of roughly 1:1 is not "typical" of the last 40 years, so when you say something costs more in Canada you have to consider the salaries. The more typical exchange rate has been .75-.80 Canadian dollars to every American $, and IME salaries reflect this. For example, if I worked in Toronto instead of Denver, my salary for the same job would be 25%-35% higher in "dollars", and my wife's (because she is in childhood ed) would be over 50% higher, plus she'd have health insurance and we'd both have more vacation. So when someone says a house in Toronto costs $450,000, I have to take this into consideration, that we'd be earning more "dollars."

SO NEXT TIME YOU ARE SHOCKED BY A $5 PBR AT A NICE TORONTO BAR, KEEP THIS IN MIND ...

As another example, when I lived in Japan over a 2 year period, the exchange rate varied from 95 yen to the dollar to 145 yen to the dollar - so how "expensive" were things in Japan, in US dollars? It would be more worthwhile to ask how many Yen I earned, and how much things cost in Yen.

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