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, 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 in Halifax

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


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: 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom (heat & power included) $1,276
Purchase, home $273,000

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

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

Local daily newspaper
National daily newspaper (The Globe and Mail)
International daily newspaper (Wall Street Journal)

Bread (whole wheat, 0.5kg/1.1lb)
Rice (white)
Milk (2 litre)
Sugar (1kg)
Eggs (12)
Butter (1 litre)


Meat (Prime cut beef, 0.5kg/1.1lb)
Poultry (chicken breast, 0.5kg/1.1lb)
Fruit (apples, 1kg)
Vegetables (potatoes, 1kg)
Water (1.5 litre bottle)
Bottle of wine
Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle)
Imported beer (0.5 litre bottle)

To rent: mid-sized one-day (with fees and taxes)
To rent: mid-sized one-week (with fees and taxes)
To purchase: 2014 Toyota Carolla CE, manual transmission
Parking violation
$25 - $100
Parking (monthly rental in downtown core)
$75 - $150

Telephone landline installation
Telephone (basic service/month)
Cell phone service (per month, with contract)
Cable television (basic service per month, with contract)
Postage stamp (within Canada)
Postage stamp (to USA)
Postage stamp (international)
Movie theatre ticket
Dance club entrance
Live theatre ticket
Major junior hockey ticket
Meal for 2, mid-range restaurant, 3 courses
* Prices in Canadian dollars, as of July 2014
** 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) 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.