Cost of Living

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 homes, offered at a full range of prices. According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the average selling price of resale houses in Halifax in 2017 was $292,523. Due to these low home costs, the cost of living in Halifax in one of the lowest in the country. 

Buy in Halifax

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Rent in 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:


Average monthly rent: 1 bedroom (city centre) $1,093
Average monthly rent: 1 bedroom (outside city centre)  $794
Average monthly rent: 3 bedroom (city centre) $1,882
Average monthly rent: 3 bedroom (outside city centre) $1,450
Purchase: resale home (city centre; e.g. Halifax Peninsula) $345,545
Purchase: resale home (suburban; e.g. Sackville)  $201,349
Purchase: resale home (rural; e.g. outside Halifax/Dartmouth) $204,290
Purchase: resale home (upscale; e.g. Bedford - Hammonds Plains) $388,275
Source: CMHC Housing Now & Rental Market Data Tables
Public Transportation (Bus, Ferry)
Single Fare $2.50
Monthly Pass (average) $78.00
Taxi Start (normal tariff) $3.20
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) $1.70
Taxi 1 hour waiting (normal tariff) $26.80

For more information about Canadian housing, where to go for help, or how to find, rent or buy a home in Halifax, visit the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation's (CMHC) website. 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.