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 2015 was $283,729. Due to these low home costs, the cost of living in Halifax in one of the lowest in the country. 

Buy in Halifax

For an extensive list of houses currently available for purchase, check out the following websites:

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) $1,000
Average monthly rent: 1 bedroom (outside city centre)  $758
Average monthly rent: 3 bedroom (city centre) $1,803
Average monthly rent: 3 bedroom (outside city centre) $1,279
Purchase: resale home (city centre; e.g. Halifax Peninsula) $360,586
Purchase: resale home (suburban; e.g. Sackville)  $208,164
Purchase: resale home (rural; e.g. outside Halifax/Dartmouth) $190,220
Purchase: resale home (upscale; e.g. Bedford - Hammonds Plains) 363,310

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

Bread (white, 0.5kg/1.1lb) $3.11
Rice (white, 1kg) $4.35
Milk (1 litre) $2.35
Eggs (12) $3.25
Meet (beef round, 1kg/2.2lb) $15.13
Poultry (chicken breast, 1kg/2.2lb) $14.82
Fruit (apples, 1kg) $4.75
Vegetables (potatoes, 1kg) $2.04
Water (1.5 litres) $1.97
Bottle of wine (mid-range) $16.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle) $3.14
Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle) $3.94

To rent: mid-sized one-day (Friday rental with fees and taxes) $54.15
To rent: mid-sized one-week (with fees and taxes) $349.44
To purchase: Toyota Corolla  $21,000
Parking violation (based on number of offences) $25 - $137
Parking (monthly rental in downtown core) $80 - $175

Telephone landline installation $60
Home phone service (basic monthly service) $37
Cell phone service (1GB data per month, with contract) $60
Cable television (basic service per month, with contract) $65
Internet (10Mbps service per month, unlimited data, cable/ADSL) $74.53
Postage stamp (within Canada) $0.85
Postage stamp (to USA)  $1.20
Postage stamp (international) $2.50
Movie theatre ticket $12
Dance club entrance $5-$10
Major junior hockey game ticket (Adult) $19
Meal for two, mid-range restaurant, 3 courses $80
* Prices in Canadian dollars, as of August 2016

** Metric conversions: 1kg = 2.2 pounds, 100 grams = 3.5 ounces, 1 litre = 1.05 quarts

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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.