Comparing the cost of living in the UK and Canada


Comparing the cost of living in the UK and Canada

Canada is a nation with a lot to recommend it. If the thought of diverse landscapes, climates and wildlife, welcoming populace, and promising employment opportunities for skilled foreign workers is tempting you to move to Canada, make sure you do your research first. At the very least, take a look at how much it costs to live in Canada on a day-to-day before you up sticks!

In this article we briefly compare the cost of living in Canada and the UK by looking at the average price of a selection of every day goods and services.

Product/Service Average Price in Canada Average Price in UK
Basic restaurant meal £7.72 £10.00
Combo meal at McDonalds £5.14 £5.00
1 pint beer £3.22 £3.00
Coffee (takeaway) £2.25 £2.30
1 litre Milk £1.28 £0.98
1 loaf bread £1.61 £1.00
One-way ticket on local transport £1.77 £2.00
Monthly pass on local transport £52.38 £55.00
1 litre petrol £0.83 £1.36
Basic monthly utilities for a flat £111.89 £137.00
1 min of prepaid mobile tariff £0.19 £0.17
Internet connection for 1 month £28.94 £20.00
1 Cinema ticket £7.72 £8.00
Monthly rent for a one bed flat  in city centre £643.07 £620
Purchase Price per m2 for flat in City Centre £2,422.43 £2,309.89
 Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) £1,929.20 £1,600


Our table features figures compiled by Numbeo, the world’s largest user-contributing database. Figures are averages, shown here in GBP.

Remember, the cost of living will vary according to location. The more popular Canadian regions are likely to have a higher cost of living than the less popular locations.



In the food category Canada came out as the more expensive option. Although a basic restaurant meal is significantly less in Canada than in the UK, everyday essentials like bread and milk are notably more in Canada.


In terms of public transport the UK is only modestly more expensive, but filling up your car is a far more costly exercise in Britain, with petrol being over 50p more per litre than in Canada.

Housing Costs

According to this data, although utilities are cheaper in Canada the UK offers more affordable property options for both renting and purchasing.

Monthly Disposable Salary

While 8 of the 15 categories we looked show Canada to be more expensive it’s important to bear in mind the fact that Numbeo’s figures show average disposable monthly income to be over three hundred pounds higher in Canada than the UK.

This article only provides an indication of the cost of living in Canada. Before emigrating it’s essential to do thorough, comprehensive research and really know about the nation you’re planning on moving to. For more information about Canada and the processes involved in emigrating there check out our extensive country guide.

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