We’re starting to get a sense of the costs for common services and items around town. While the cost of living is certainly lower than in Vancouver, the difference is not as significant as one might expect. I’d put our monthly living expenses at about 60-70% of what they were in Vancouver. (Disclaimer: this is based on a lifestyle we’re comfortable with. You can live much cheaper or much more extravagantly here.) Contributing to this not-so-significant difference is the cost of non-perishables and toiletries at the grocery store which are the same, if not more expensive. Additionally, there are no healthcare/life insurance benefits included with a job here so we’re paying out of pocket for expat health insurance.
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