Canada vs Japan - Cost of Living Comparison

Canada Japan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1832
$1171
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4256
$2988
🏠 One person rent
$1065
$531
🏘️ Family rent
$1824
$1043
🍽️ Food expenses
$513
$394
🚐 Transport expenses
$128
$143
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3381
$2440
💸 GDP per capita
$43258
$40193
😃 Human freedom index
8.85
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
81.7
84.6
👮 Corruption perceptions index
74
73
🌐 English speaking %
82.1%
15%
🎓 Higher education
99
99
😀 Quality of life
82
79
🏙️ Population
37M
126M

The average cost of living in Canada ($1832) is 56% more expensive than in Japan ($1171). Canada ranked 14th vs 43rd for Japan in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Canada compared to 2.1 months in Japan. Ranked 7th and 18th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Canada vs Japan

We calculate prices for Canada and Japan as a population-weighted mean of 153 and 907 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Canada Japan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$14
$6.34
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$62.2
$31.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$5.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.11
$3.39
 Cappuccino
$3.56
$3.03
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.83
$1.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1053
$558
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$885
$359
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1892
$1157
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1564
$783
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$88.2
$98.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$136
$152
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$58
$34.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.09%
1.48%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5829
$4765
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4449
$2789
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.59
$1.84
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$82.9
$67
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$26
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.5
$1.18
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.02
$1.4
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.22
$1.6
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.73
$3.3
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.04
$1.84
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.6
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$6.87
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$18.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.42
$4.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$2.5
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.31
$4.16
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.55
$4.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.21
$2.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.17
$2.28
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
$0.6
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.14
$1.59
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$8.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.69
$2.01
🚬 Cigarette pack
$12
$3.97
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.1
$10.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.36
$3.65
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.44
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.15
$1.82
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39.8
$56
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11
$12.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$76
$34.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$16
$17
👖 Brand Jeans
$53.1
$47.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.7
$59.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$864
$331
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13499
$11700

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Cities Comparison in Canada vs Japan

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Canada

City Cost of living Population
Toronto
$2286
2.73M
Calgary
$1881
1.24M
Montreal
$1727
1.76M
Edmonton
$1692
933K
Ottawa
$1867
934K
Brampton
$1957
594K
Vancouver
$2298
631K
Mississauga
$2225
722K
Quebec City
$1249
549K
Surrey
$1950
518K
Winnipeg
$1582
705K
Hamilton
$1926
537K
Halifax
$1926
403K
Laval
$1389
438K
London
$1712
384K
Longueuil
$1411
254K
Markham
$2466
329K
Vaughan
$2378
306K
Oshawa
$1649
159K
Saskatoon
$1513
246K
Burnaby
$2209
233K
Greater Sudbury
$1446
162K
Richmond
$1869
198K
Kitchener
$1693
233K
Richmond Hill
$2166
195K
Regina
$1502
215K
Burlington
$2146
183K
Gatineau
$1490
291K
Oakville
$2191
194K
Windsor
$1812
217K

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1698
14M
Yokohama
$1653
3.76M
Osaka
$1295
2.75M
Nagoya
$1337
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1133
1.54M
Kobe
$1305
1.51M
Sapporo
$1140
1.96M
Kyoto
$1163
1.46M
Hiroshima
$1227
1.2M
Fukuoka
$1234
1.6M
Sendai
$1128
1.06M
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Kitakyushu
$1049
935K
Sakai
$1220
824K
Chiba
$1395
982K
Saitama
$1179
1.32M
Kumamoto
$1200
738K
Okayama
$1155
720K
Sagamihara
$1153
726K
Shizuoka
$1057
686K
Kagoshima
$1170
594K
Funabashi
$1170
641K
Kashiwa
$999
434K
Kawaguchi
$1085
593K
Hachioji
$1234
576K
Utsunomiya
$1136
518K
Niigata
$1034
791K
Hamamatsu
$1232
788K
Himeji
$1164
528K
Kanazawa
$924
462K