canadian-flag-1229484_1920Canada is a massive country with ten provinces and many livable cities to choose from.

Many people are drawn to the natural beauty of the west coast, but are put off by the extreme cost of housing and the highest overall cost of living in Canada.

So what other cities are a good choice in terms of affordability and lifestyle?

Based on the average price of homes, the average salary, and the strong job market, a recent study has found that the cheapest cities in Canada are located in the Prairies – that’s the western provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Home prices here range from $270,000 to $350,000, which is way below the national average and only a few other areas in the country are this affordable to live in. Plus, the job markets are among the least competitive in the country.The Prairies is a place where farming and mining still generate a livelihood for many.

I’m going to briefly mention the weather (because as a Brit, I’m pretty obsessed with it…) Weather-wise, the prairies alternate between warm, dry, sunny days and cold nights and some of the harshest winter weather in Canada (just putting it out there….).

Eastern Ontario and Quebec also have affordable homes and plenty of job opportunities. You will definitely stand a better chance of finding work in Quebec if you are bi-lingual, as approximately 80% of Quebec’s population are francophones, and 95% of the population speak French as their first or second language. Quebec wasn’t a viable option for us for this reason.

And onto our favourite city……Halifax is a great choice if you are looking to relocate: houses have an average price of $260,000 and there are plenty of available jobs. Plus we have 4 defined seasons (it’s the weather again…) and best of all, the QUALITY of life here can be amazing (but don’t tell everyone).

Saint John, New Brunswick on the other hand, has the lowest average house price in Canada at $170,000, but the labor market is not at its best and as beautiful as the province is, finding work is a top priority for many people moving here to start a new life in Canada.

Hope this helps narrow down your search for where to live. It’s a tricky one and it pays to do your research.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Life is good in Nova Scotia!

Richard and Jane