Nice to know:Cost of Living
Here are some typical costs for items and services in Canada. Please note all figures are in Canadian funds.
Rent - Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, large city) $700 - $1,100
Rent - Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, small city/town) $500 - $700
Utilities (one month) $20 - $30
Phone (one month not including long distance) $20 - $40
Cell Phone Package (one month) $40
Cable Television (one month) $25 - $50
Internet Connection (high speed, one month) $40
Groceries for One Person (one month) $200 - $300
One Dozen Eggs $2 - $3
Bag of Rice (2 kg) $2 - $6
Bus Fare One Way (local) $2.25
Local Telephone Call $0.25
Fast Food Meal (hamburger, soft drink, french fries) $4 - $6 per person
Average Restaurant Meal $10 - $25 per person
Coffee from Specialty Coffee Shop $1.70
Admission to Nightclub $0 - $15
Gas/Petrol $1.15 - $1.50 per litre
Movie $11.50 - $13
Pair of Jeans $40 - $80
Pair of Running Shoes $60 - $200
Return flight from Vancouver to Toronto $300 - $1,200
Letter within Canada $0.50
International Postage (letter) $1.45 http://www.studyincanada.com/English/canada/cost.asp?Preference=canada
These information are correct. When you will land here, may be you will find that the price is higer than BD (coz you have bought the CAD from BD). Keep in mind you will have to spend around 2500 ~ 3500 CAD for initial settlement (It may vary person to person). Try to get a contract for your apt. for 6 months (normally they will ask you for 1 year contract which is a long time). Try to avoid the Basement (though it will be furnished, you will find it hard in winter). Try to rent your apt./house near Subway station (if you can't try to rent it just beside the bus stop). It will give you comfort untill you buy your own CAR.
The most important things you will have to but after you rent your house/apt is your Laptop, Cell Phone (Try to avoid contract, untill you find a job) and get the internet connection (without internet connection you are no where even if you are in Canada). For newcomers, you can try to rent your 1st apt. near Victoriapark & Danforth, Danforth & Pharmacy, Danforth & Main. The neighbor hood is not that much nice, but you will feel comfort for the first few months as you are new here. After getting a job, eventually you will shift to a new location where ever you like.
The initial settlement is very important. I will say, the 1st 3 month will be the most critical part of your life in Canada. If you can come over successfully, you will find it easy in the long run.