Cost of living

Prices for day-to-day amenities are very competitive, while tuition fees are affordable and healthcare is free of charge. In short, Quebec City is a great place to live!

Although living costs in Quebec City are relatively low in comparison with other major North American urban centres, you should be sure to set aside enough money to cover your moving expenses, which could be significant.

Budgeting

The following table shows the typical budget for a family in Quebec City.

Breakdown of average household expenditures (CA$ per year) for Quebec October 2015.

Quebec City
Total expenditures $69,215
Total current consumption $50,664
Food $7,761
Shelter $13,187
Household operation $3,624
Household furnishings and equipment $1,776
Clothing $2,994
Transportation $10,443
Health Care $2,557
Personnal care $1,047
Recreation $3,262
Reading material and other printed matter $134
Education $909
Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages $1,432
Games of chance (net amount) $150
Miscellaneous $1,359
Personal incomes taxes $13,005
Personal insurance payments and pension contributions $4,458
Gifts of moneu and contribution $1,090

Housing

Real estate prices in Quebec City are very affordable. They are among the lowest in Canada!

Median selling price for a home (CA$), 2016

Quebec City $263,947
Montréal $346,272
Washington, DC $641,800
Boston $624,471
Toronto $690,900
London $1,421829
Vancouver $1,327,500

* Note: Taux de change utilisé : 0,753753 ($ CA / $ US) et 0,491466 (CA / £)
* Source : Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement
* Source : Zillow
* Souce :Greater london Authority


Average monthly rent for a private apartment (CA$) in selected census metropolitan areas (CMA), Avril 2015

  Studio 1 bedroom 2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms
Québec $ 546 $ 666 $ 788 $ 930
Montréal $ 573 $ 668  $ 760 $ 952
Calgary $ 900 $ 1 122 $ 1 332 $ 1 286
Edmonton $ 871 $ 1 029 $ 1 259 $ 1 388
Ottawa $ 801 $ 972 $ 1 174 $ 1 390
Toronto $ 937 $ 1 103 $ 1 288 $ 1 510
Vancouver $ 937 $ 1 079 $ 1 368 $ 1 615

* Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), rental market statistics