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Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt
so counterparts in our Toronto office think they have it really bad in that big ol city. I found out recently that they get paid more than we do for doing the same job. Now this could be based on many factors (seniority, work load etc) but the main reason i’m hearing is the cost of living is higher in Toronto. I look at the rent check i’m writing and i somewhat disagree.
According to this story on the CBC site today, housing costs in Vancouver are the highest in the country. I decided to see what i could google to get a bit more info… according to FinFacts, toronto is the most expensive city in Canada (ranked 82 in the world) and Vancouver is not far behind at 87th. There are many travel sites, relocation guides and publications available that will help you calculate what you’d best be able to afford in Canadian/North American cities. In all of them Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal top the list for Canada. The topic has been discussed at length and I’m still googling around to get more hard facts.

Regardless I think it’s maybe better that Toronto is less expensive in the long run – then more people will move there (to the big stinky city) and leave our ocean beaches, mountains trails and forest paths less crowded — for those who can afford the parking… rent… transit…. taxes… etc… of course.

EDIT: Just came across Anthony’s blog where he compares everything from the cost of living between Vancouver and other int’l cities to what orange juicewill cost you around the world :p

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  1. wynWednesday, March 29th, 2006 — 11:30am PST

    I just fixed up my Bloglines so I can totally get the scoop as it happens on CBC (that article) and your blog entry. =P
    There is something creepy about this shiny city – everything costs just a little bit more. I’m tempted to think we’re a smaller city with less pressure and overall competition on the everyday things.
    And it really gets me why it should cost so much to go out and enjoy nature and be active – kayak rentals, ski passes, climbing gear, cute active gear a la TNA or Lulu…. If people put up with those prices, why not gouge them on the daily things? Sorry ’bout the rant. =)

  2. Miss604Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 — 11:46am PST

    no worries :p i totally agree. like how eating healthy and ‘getting back to nature’ with organic foods will cost you 10 bucks for a head of lettuce :-

  3. GusWednesday, March 29th, 2006 — 2:00pm PST

    Now I’ve lived in both Toronto and Vancouver, and while yes some things cost alot more here than back east, there are still a few things that cost cheaper here. The main thing is electronics and the goods. Back in Toronto you would spend over$18 for a CD, here the same CD cost$14. DVD’s are cheaper here as well, under $25 for most titles, while back east you’d pay $29.

    And don’t forget we live in a warmer climate here in Vancouver. You have to take into account the cost of hydro and gas to heat your places up, ugh and not to mention property taxes!!! All in all, both cities overall are very expensive to live in and yes BeckBeck, we should be paid the same as back east!

  4. Antony PranataWednesday, March 29th, 2006 — 9:52pm PST

    I never lived in Toronto, so I cannot comment about that city. I have been living in Vancouver only (for about 8 months).
    And yes, I feel Vancouver is quite expensive compared to the three countries I had ever lived before. misssixohfour also has put a link to my blog that compares the price of orange juice,… 🙂
    I know orange juice is only one thing. There are many other things we can compare. But in general, I still found Vancouver is expensive (especially housing).

  5. JennyWednesday, March 29th, 2006 — 10:11pm PST

    You’d have to pay me more to live in Toronto. ’nuff said.

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