Living Here

Cost of living in Halifax

Whether you are looking to buy or rent in Halifax, there are a wide variety of housing choices, ranging from urban to rural, condominiums to single family detached, offered at a full range of prices. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the average selling price of houses in Halifax in 2011 was $259,060. Due to these low home costs, the cost of living in Halifax is one of the lowest in the country.

Buy Halifax

For an extensive list of houses currently available for purchase, visit the Multiple Listing Service or ViewPoint Realty websites and select Nova Scotia. 

Rent Halifax

Finding a suitable apartment in Halifax can require time and patience. To help you find a place to meet your needs, check out the following links for more information on Halifax apartments:

 Housing  Cost
Average monthly rent: 2 bedroom, living room, kitchen & bath (heat & power included)  $1,276
Purchase, home  $273,000

 Accommodations (1 night, 2 people)                                                           Cost         
Bed & Breakfast  $125
Motel $75
Executive Suite $240
Full-service Hotel $185

 Public Transportation (Bus, Ferry)                                                               Cost
Single fare     $2 - $2.50
Monthly Pass (average) $70
Taxi (downtown to Halifax Stanfield International Airport $53

News     Cost           
Local daily newspaper $1
National daily newspaper (The Globe and Mail) $1.25
International daily newspaper (Wall Street Journal)                                  $5.10

Food   Cost           
Bread (whole wheat, 0.5kg/1.1lb)                                                                  $4.19
Rice (white) $4.18
Milk (2 litre) $4.39
Sugar (1 kg) $2.39
Eggs (12) $2.49
Butter (1 litre) $4.50
Meat (Prime cut beef, 0.5kg/1.1kg)  $11.47
Poultry (chicken breast, 0.5kg/1.1kg)  $9.44
Fruit (apples, 1kg)  $4.51
Vegetables (potatoes,1kg) $2.02
Water (1.5 litre bottle) $2.00
Bottle of wine (mid-range) $15.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle) $3.60
Imported beer (0.5 litre bottle) $4.11

Cars  Cost            
To rent: mid-size one-day (with fees and taxes) $106.67
To rent: mid-size one-week (with fees and taxes) $371.22
To purchase: 2014 Toyota Carolla CE, manual transmission               $15,995
Parking Violation $25 - $100
Parking (monthly rental space in downtown core) $75 - $150

Miscellaneous     Cost            
Telephone landline installation   $20
Telephone (basic service/month) $23.50
Cell phone service (per month, with contract) $60
Cable television (basic service per month, with contract)                       $58
Postage stamp (within Canada)  $0.54
Postage stamp (to USA) $0.98
Postage stamp (International) $1.65
Movie theatre ticket $11.99
Dance club entrance $7
Live theatre ticket $28.50
Major junior hockey ticket $15.75
Meal for 2, mid-range restaurant, 3 courses $57.50

* Prices in Canadian dollars, as of July 2013
** Metric conversions: 1 kg = 2.2 pounds, 100 grams = 3.5 ounces, 1 litre = 1.05 quarts

For more information about Canadian housing, where to go for help, or how to find, rent or buy a home in Greater Halifax, visit the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation's (CMHC) web site. The CMHC offers free copies of the Newcomer's Guide to Canadian Housing which is filled with tips on what to look for when choosing a home.

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