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Cost of Living in Canada!

The cost of study is one thing, but how much will it actually cost your child to study for 2/3/4 years in Canada? How much does accommodation cost? What about food? Public transport?

It’s hard to budget for your child’s stay if you have no idea how much they’re likely to spend each week. Below is a guide to how much your child can expect to spend while studying in Canada.

Cost for 1 Vancouver Winnipeg
Coffee $4.00 $3.00
Basic Restaurant (1 person) $25 $20
Bus ticket $4.00 $2.15
Movie ticket $10.50 $10.50
Weekly Rent $500-$1000 $350-$600
Average tuition fees (UTPII/ semester) $21,279 $14,593
1kg bag of rice or pasta $4.00 $3.50

Did you know? In most cases, the cost of buying everyday goods and services in Canada's main cities is very similar. For students, the main difference in costs relate to rents and tuition fees. For example, a regular coffee costs $3.00 to $4.00 whether they’re in Vancouver or Winnipeg.

Canadian Money

Canadian coins are available in the following denominations:

  • $0.01 = 1 cent / a "penny" but are being phased out of circulation
  • $0.05 = 5 cents / a "nickel"
  • $0.10 = 10 cents / a "dime"
  • $0.25 = 25 cents / a "quarter"
  • $1.00 = 1 dollar / a "loonie"
  • $2.00 = 2 dollars / a "toonie"

As the penny exits circulation, cash payments will need to be rounded, either up or down, to the nearest five-cent increment. Payments by credit card or debit card will be charged to the penny. Canadian bank notes or bills are available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Not all vendors accept $100 bills, so it is best your child carries smaller notes. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted. We advise your child has $200 CDN in cash on them when arriving in Canada. Please make sure they refrain from keeping large sums of cash on their person.

Cost of Living

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Vandita Bhargava
Country Manager - India

Phone: +91-11-42029840
Mobile: +91-8130922556
Email: [email protected]

Got a question? I’m here to help!

My name is Vandita Bhargava. I’ve been working for Navitas here in India for many years. I’m here to help your child make the right choice about where to study in Canada. You can contact me at any time to discuss your child’s study options in Canada, or at one of our colleges worldwide.