As Canada is the second-largest country in the world, there’s plenty of great cities to live in. There may even be too much choice! Big cities like Vancouver and Toronto are great places to live, but it can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are tons of affordable options that we’re going to explore in this article. Let’s take a look at ten of the most affordable cities in Canada!
Most Affordable Cities In Canada
Number one on our list is Kingston, Ontario. Kingston is often referred to as the best city in Canada to retire in. This is thanks to its great location between Ottawa and Toronto and its low cost of living. The average house price is $463,993, so buying a house for your family is a plausible option.
The climate is cool in the winter because Kingston is located on Lake Ontario, but Kingston comes alive during the summer. The city also has excellent restaurants and entertainment. You will never be bored and can easily drive down to Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal for a day trip or extended vacation.
Quesnel, British Columbia
In addition to being one of the most affordable cities in Canada, Quesnel is also one of the smallest cities in Canada.
Aside from the low cost of living, Quesnel is a great place to live due to its proximity to nature. No matter where you live in Quesnel, you should only be a 10 to 20-minute walk from any outdoor space. There are also great schools and job prospects in the city so you’ll be covered on both fronts.
Although capital cities tend to be more expensive to live in, this is not the case for Edmonton. The average price of a house in Edmonton is $362,447, and the job market is extremely competitive, so you will be able to save plenty of money. Many people are hesitant to move to Edmonton because of how cold it is, so the job market and cost of living have to be lucrative. If you don’t mind the cold, Edmonton is a great, affordable place to live in Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
If you have always wanted to live in the Maritimes, Halifax is a great option. House prices average about $291,224 (in Nova Scotia), which is excellent for another capital city. Although Halifax is smaller than most capital cities, job prospects are still great.
Halifax is also a great city for nature lovers as there are plenty of parks and great views of the water. If you want the benefits of living in a city but the feel of a smaller town, Halifax is a great option.
Saskatchewan is known to be one of the most affordable provinces to live in Canada because weather conditions put a lot of people off. If you don’t mind the cold, Regina is a great city to live in. House prices are an average of $271,000, and jobs are constantly being created to draw in more residents.
Even though Regina is a major capital city, there are only around 190,000 residents, so you won’t be overwhelmed by people.
Trois-Rivières is one of the only affordable cities in Quebec. This is because Quebec has some of the highest sales taxes in the country. Thankfully, housing is super affordable in Trois-Rivières. The low cost of living is due to Trois-Rivières’ location, as it is an hour and a half outside of Quebec City.
There are over 135,000 residents, which makes finding a job harder, so trying to secure one prior to moving is important. If you are able to find a job, the low house prices and cost of living are huge benefits.
If you’ve always wanted to live in the Canadian Prairies, Winnipeg is a great option. Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital city, but housing is still affordable as the average house price is $341,175. Winnipeg’s employment rate is also very high at 94%, so new residents are very likely to find a job.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Back to the Maritimes, Saint John is a great place to live. New Brunswick is the second-largest Maritime province, but the population in Saint John is only 130,000. Despite the low population, job prospects are not high in Saint John, so it may be hard for some to move to this province.
If you live in Ontario, you have likely heard of or even visited the Thousand Islands region. The Thousand Islands are aptly named as the area is full of beautiful islands visitors can go to by boat. Brockville is located in this region on the Saint Lawrence River. Despite how popular and beautiful the area is, the cost of living in Brockville is still affordable.
Most jobs center around tourism, so they are seasonal, but Brockville has industrial manufacturers, so job prospects are good.
Saint Catherines, Ontario
Ending our list is another great city in Ontario, Saint Catherines. Saint Catherines is in a great location as it is close to Toronto and the stunning world wonder Niagara Falls. There is also plenty to do in Saint Catherines itself as there are plenty of museums, wineries, breweries, festivals, galleries, and more. It’s one of the more expensive cities on our list as house prices average $511,500 (in Niagara), but it’s well worth it.
Housing is basically half the price of Toronto, and Saint Catherines is only an hour away, so you can visit the city whenever you want.