How monthly expenses in Montreal have changed since the coronavirus outbreak
Traditionally, Montreal is an inexpensive city to call home when it comes to the cost of living.
According to Numbeo, a website that compares the cost of living in cities around the world, the average monthly expenses for a single person’s costs in Montreal is just over $2,350 a month (rent included).
But those numbers include a budget for entertainment and dining out, gym memberships, and miscellaneous socializing.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much frozen everything in citizen’s day-to-day routines, we’ve readjusted the numbers to include only rent, cell phone bills/internet, and groceries.
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Especially during a time of the uncertain economy and idle workplaces, here’s an average of how much Montrealers should be spending on the three big essentials during the coronavirus pandemic.
Housing = $1,365.27 per month
Numbeo averages the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Montreal at $1.302.07.
We’ll keep the utilities bill out of this one since Hydro-Québec announced financial measures for its customers.
Numbeo concluded a medium average of $63.20 a month for internet services bringing Montrealer’s average monthly housing bill to $1,365.27.
Phone = $65 per month
With major cell phone companies announcing a freeze of overage charges during the quarantine, an average monthly billing of $65 a month seems reasonable and is in line with PlanHub’s Quebec averages.
Groceries and household items = $299.92 per month
Taking in Numbeo’s average Montreal prices for the basic market items, being purchased once a week, comes to a total monthly average of $299.92 for a single, early 30-year-old on a basic diet.
That includes all the basics: milk, bread, eggs, chicken, beef, apples, bananas, lettuce, and rice.
We’ll hold off on panic-buying too much toilet paper — for now.
The Grand Total
On average, Montrealers’ monthly bills are as follows:
Housing & Internet: $1,365.27
Groceries/Household Items: $299.92
Total: $1,730.19 per month
According to Numbeo’s numbers (which were posted pre-pandemic), a single Montreal should expect to pay $1,730.19 a month towards essential bills while in quarantine.
Transportation, entertainment, socializing, and extras*
According to Numbeo, transportation, entertainment, socializing, and extra costs add up to $624.90 a month, which haven’t been added to the quarantine budget.*
Those usual costs include monthly STM passes at $86.50 per month, $215 for entertainment and dining out, $120 for partying/socializing, a $40 monthly coffee budget, $38.40 for health and fitness, and $125 for miscellaneous costs.
For reference, the average Montrealer was spending $2,355.09 (rent included) a month pre-quarantine, according to Numbeo.
Montrealers who are out of work as a result of the coronavirus can visit Quebec’s Temporary Aid for Workers Program website for information on how to apply for financial aid.