Where are the cheapest cities in Canada? Using the cost-of-living data from Salary Expert, we compared the cost of living in all Canadian cities with a population of over 100,000, as well as the capital and largest city in each province and territory. The most expensive cities are the larger cities as well as those in the Prairie Provinces and the North. If you want to find a cheaper Canadian city to live in, look towards smaller cities, especially in Quebec and Ontario.
10. Sainte-Marie, Quebec
Nearly 13,000 people, most of whom are French speaking, live in Sainte-Marie. The city is located on the Chaudière River in southern Quebec, some 59 km southeast of Quebec City, one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Primary real estate in Sainte-Marie will set you back $243,980 on average.
9. Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Located on the shores of Osisko Lake near the border with Ontario, Rouyn-Noranda is home to over 42,000 people, more than 95% of whom speak French as their first language. The local economy revolves around copper and the city is nicknamed the National Copper Capital. Primary real estate in Rouyn-Noranda costs an average of $240,191.
8. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The seat of the Algoma District, Sault Ste. Marie is the starting point for one of the best train trips in Canada: the trip to the Agawa Canyon. With a population of over 73,000 people, it’s the third largest city in Northern Ontario. Steel, renewable energy and tourism are some of the industries that provide jobs to the city’s inhabitants. In Sault Ste. Marie, you can expect to pay an average of $238,013 for primary real estate.
7. Rimouski, Quebec
With several marine research centres and the St. Lawrence Global Observatory located here, Rimouski is home to some of the best jobs for women in science and engineering. The city on the southern bank of the Saint Lawrence River is home to nearly 47,000 people and the average price of primary real estate here is $227,673.
6. Saint-Georges, Quebec
About 31,000 people live in Saint-Georges, the largest city in southern Quebec. It’s an important centre for manufacturing and semi-trailer manufacturer Manac has its headquarters here. On average, primary real estate in Saint-Georges costs $219,124.
5. Timmins, Ontario
The economy of Timmins is based on mining and lumber. Nearly 42,000 people live in Timmins and one the city’s claims to fame is that Shania Twain, one of the world’s richest singers, grew up here. The average price of primary real estate in Timmins is $212,922.
4. Cornwall, Ontario
Located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River just where it starts forming the border with the United States, Cornwall is the easternmost city in Ontario. The nearly 47,000 people who live here work in a diversified economy, including lots of call centres. In Cornwall, the average price of primary real estate is $211,715.
3. Quesnel, British Columbia
An overnight stop for the Rocky Mountaineer and located in the North Cariboo region, Quesnel is home to some 12,000 people, many of whom work in tourism. The average price for primary real estate here is $209,133 and Quesnel is also one of the places with the lowest taxes in Canada.
2. Bécancour, Quebec
Like Trois-Rivières on the opposite bank of the Saint Lawrence River, Bécancour is very much an industrial city where producers of petroleum products, refractory metals and industrial parts have their plants. About 12,500 people call Bécancour home and many commute to Trois-Rivières for work in industries like aeronautics too. Considering that petroleum and aerospace engineers have some of the highest paying jobs in the world, salaries can go far in Bécancour, where the average price for primary real estate is $206,748.
1. Sept-Îles, Quebec
Located in Quebec’s Côte-Nord region on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Sept-Îles is a sprawling city with a population of around 28,500. The economy is largely based on iron and aluminium but as a major cruise port, Sept-Îles also has many jobs in the services sector. The vast majority of the city’s inhabitants are French speaking. The average price for primary real estate is $204,042.
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