This is how much it would cost to relocate to Montreal from outside Canada: report

Jul 24 2019, 12:17 am

If you’ve been thinking about relocating, whether for work or for personal reasons, it’s often difficult to factor in the unforeseen costs that can quickly add up, making your move even more costly.

And it turns out, if you’re thinking about moving to Montreal, it would cost you roughly an additional USD $5,300 if you’re moving on your own or USD $10,000 if you’re moving as a family, according to a new study from relocation experts, Movinga.

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The study, which is called the International Moving Index, was conducted by determining how much it would cost both individuals and families to relocate, by calculating the landing costs associated with moving to some of the most in-demand cities around the world.

The study first selected 85 cities around the world that are “known for attracting expats due to their work opportunities and outstanding education, as well as those attracting new talent for their bustling start-up culture and alluring lifestyle.”

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The study then looked at essential costs for an individual to move versus a family, these costs included things like the day-to-day living expenses to rental prices, including transportation, food and drink, as well as a new phone plan.

Movinga also factored in the average cost of rent for temporary accommodation in a city and storage fees to keep belongings safe while you hunt for more permanent accommodation.

Finally, Movinga included one month’s deposit for permanent accommodation, in addition to the monthly rent and the cost of setting up an internet connection.

According to the study, San Francisco is the most expensive city to move to, at a cost of USD $13,531 for an individual and USD $24,004 for a family, followed by New York City, USA and Geneva, Switzerland.

Results for Montreal, Canada, ranking #51 out of 85 cities

Individual  Family
Food & Drink/Month Rent/Month



TOTAL Food & Drink/Month Rent/Month



$418 $994 $127 $851 $5,371 $990 $1,475 $165 $1,526  



Out of the 85 ranked cities, Montreal placed 41, costing a total of USD $5,371 for an individual and USD $10,069 for a family to relocate to.

Toronto was the most expensive Canadian city to relocate to, costing a total of USD $7,939 for an individual and USD $16,037 for a family.

Vancouver trailed behind in 22, costing USD $7,874 for an individual and USD $16,565 for a family.

For comparison, the cheapest city to relocate to, according to the 85-city study, is New Delhi, India with respective costs of USD $1,735 and USD $4,232.

“The costs in this price index are designed to be an indicator of the kind of expenses a person may incur by moving to a new city. In many cases, an individual moving abroad may be sponsored by a new employer to do so and will receive financial help or pre-paid temporary accommodation,” comments Finn Age Hänsel, managing director of Movinga.

“However, for those trying to calculate how much money they would need to save to move abroad both for themselves and potentially their family, this price index offers a great benchmark estimate.”

The full 2019 International Moving Index can be found here.

With files from Ainsley Smith

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