I appreciate suggestions from people in Toronto and Vancouver
Or those who have researched on this topic
That has been the question in my mind to. I have not done much research on it, but just asked about three or four people residing in Vancouver and my deduction was a normal initial living is possible with 2000-2500 CAD. It's surprising that the amount is almost the same as TO, or maybe you have considered a higher quality of life in your calculations!
(rent 800 - 1200 / phone 50 / internet 100 / electricity 100 / food 600 or more)
I live in Toronto, what I can tell you about Toronto is:
Rent: for a 1 bedroom condominium=1200-1400 $ (depends on area)
for a 1 bedroom Rental apartment=800-1100 $ (depends on area)
Phone: you can get a pre-paid phone for about 35$/month (depends on what feature you want it goes higher)
Internet: starts from 35$/month (depends on what speed you want it goes higher)
Grocery: starts from 600$/person (depends what quality you want. If you buy organic it goes higher, and of course you know that for 2 person it's less than double price)
Transportation: If you don't have a car you will spend at least around 100$/month for public transportation (subway, bus, ...). Taxi is expensive. Try to rent somewhere near subway station. It helps a lot.
Utility: Usually it is included in your rental. But you can consider 100$/month.
These are the basic expenses you may have. If you need any specific information please let me know.