Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (2023)

Living in Montreal:

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Montreal’s Location
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Environment – Transport – Where to Live – Business – Jobs – Pros and Cons

Guide to Living in Montreal

With a metropolitan area population of just over 4 million, Montreal is Canada’s second biggest city, after Toronto.

Montreal has been overtaken by Toronto as Canada’s commercial capital, but it is still an important hub for commerce, arts, culture and architecture.

Montreal’s province, Quebec, is culturally distinct from the rest of Canada because its sole official language is French.

In fact, Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris.

Montreal’s climate varies wildly from season to season.

Quebec winters are known throughout Canada as being cold, wet and icy – similar to Ottawa’s, and harsher than Toronto’s.

Thankfully, the municipal snow clearing system is surprisingly fast and efficient for the city’s size.

Summers are warm by Canadian standards. The average daily temperature ranges between 23 – 27 degrees Celsius, but can reach lows of 13 and highs of 35 degrees.


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Montreal’s Flag

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Schulich Library of Science and Engineering on
the McGill University downtown campus:
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Montreal rates as one of the world’s most livable cities, and was named “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine and a UNESCO “City of Design”.

The Lonely Planet travel guide includes Montreal in its “10 happiest places in the World” list: in second place. “Clean, welcoming and refreshingly multicultural, Montreal is happy enough year-round,” says the guide. “Come July, though, it’s downright hilarious. Just For Laughs takes over the city in summer, packing venues with the best in both Anglo and Francophone comedy.”

Montreal is the business centre of Quebec and, taking its metropolitan area into account, is Canada’s second largest city. As a result, it is ethnically diverse; a fact reflected in the city’s various neighbourhoods.

Montreal features a China Town, a Little Italy, a Little Portugal and various other neighbourhoods adopted by immigrants as their own.

These enclaves give Montreal a taste of many world foods, cultures and music.

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The dominant language spoken in Montreal is French, with 73 percent of residents using it as their primary language. According to the most recent census (2016) only 11 percent of Greater Montreal’s population have English as their mother tongue.

There are a number of areas of the city where English is the mother tongue of the majority. All street signs and public notices are posted in French, so it is best to learn some key phrases before arriving.

Montreal highlights its arts and culture scene as a key feature. The city is known for its many art galleries; and public art installations appear in the streets throughout downtown and residential areas. Main arteries like St. Laurent Boulevard and St. Catherine Street are frequently blocked to car traffic to accommodate street festivals like Just for Laughs, the world’s largest comedy festival; the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Montreal Fireworks Festival and many other world class events.

Where to live in Montreal

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Homes in St Louis Square:
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Snowy Street Scene in Montreal:
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Montreal West, Brock Street:
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Each borough of Montreal has its own atmosphere and character.

Before choosing your neighbourhood, it’s best to balance your ability to speak French with your area.

Some areas of Montreal, like Hampstead, Notre Dame de Grace and Westmount are predominantly English, but others like Rosemont, are very French. You will find fewer English signs, newspapers in corner stores, and neighbours with whom you can converse.

Some immigrants have found that living in a predominantly French neighbourhood forces them to practice using the language daily, and actually improves their skills.

Closer to downtown, Plateau or Mount Royal, most of the residents are English, or at least highly bilingual, and can converse comfortably in either language.

Renting is the most popular option for those looking to live near downtown. Montreal has the lowest rental costs of any major Canadian city.

Neighbourhoods like the Plateau, Mount Royal and Rosemont have both low and high rise buildings, and operate like tiny self contained cities.

They all offer affordable housing and low crime. The average rental price for an apartment in these areas can range from $1,000 to $2,000 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment.

These areas features all of the necessary amenities for their residents, such as grocery stores, hardware and home wares stores, hospitals and clinics, boutiques and cafes, bars and restaurants. These areas also offer easy access to bus and metro transit lines.

Neighbourhoods like Westmount and the Outremont have rental rates of approximately $1,400 to $3,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment, and are considered Montreal’s high-end areas. Police foot patrols are frequent, and these areas tend to have more small boutique style food markets and fewer large grocery stores.

For those interested in buying a home, the average price for a single family home is approximately $386,000 (2020), which is $108,000 less than the Canadian average, but higher than the provincial average of $350,000.

Popular moderately priced neighbourhoods to buy homes are outlining areas like Notre Dame de Grace, Laval and Kirkland. The average condominium/apartment in early 2020 costs around $275,000 in Laval, a two story home would average around $250,000.

For those looking for a more expensive home, the Westmount borough features homes costing between $1,000,000 and $5 million.

Montreal on the whole is safe, but you should use your instincts when traveling the city on foot at night.

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Some less desirable neighbourhoods are St. Michel, Park Extension and Montreal North. These areas are some of the most impoverished in the city, and have been subject to occasional gang violence.

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Business and Jobs

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Montreal Stock Exchange
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Montreal Biodome:
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Until the late 1970s, Montreal was Canada’s business hub, but it was surpassed in both population and economic strength by Toronto.

Montreal continues to be an important player in industries including aerospace, software, electronics, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and transportation.

The city is one of the largest aerospace centres in North America; over 40,000 people are employed in Quebec’s aerospace industry at companies like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and CAE.

The three largest industries in Montreal are business services, manufacturing and retail. Nearly half of all people employed in Montreal reported in the last census that their occupation was in the sales and service industry.

From the latest figures (2018), the average household income in Montreal is $81,800 yearly, which is 9.8 percent below the Canadian average.

Montreal is currently suffering the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has been introduced lasting to August 2020 to help employers retain staff. The unemployment rate, which in Canada means the number of people actively searching for work but unable to find a job, is 14.0 percent in Montreal (May 2020), higher than the Quebec and Canadian averages at 12.9 and 11.5 percent respectively.

Montreal’s language laws require employees working with the public to be able to speak French competently, but most employers look to hire people who can speak both French and English to serve a broader public.

Montreal is home to the world’s largest inland port, the Port of Montreal. More than 26 million tonnes of cargo pass through this busy port yearly. It is a hub for shipments of sugar, grain and oil products destined for world markets.

As a result, Montreal is also one of Canada’s largest railway hubs and home to the headquarters of the Canadian National Railway. The Port of Montreal’s activities generate $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs a year and over 18,000 jobs.

The majority of Canada’s French language film, television and radio production takes place in Montreal. Many streets in the neighbourhood of Old Montreal feature the original buildings and cobblestone roads of early settlement. This neighbourhood is often used in period pieces and films set in Europe.

It is not unusual to pass several film crews working on different films as you pass through the city on a summer day.

Education – Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

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McGill University Main Quad

Living in Montreal is easy if you wish French to be the language of instruction.

For schools with lessons taught in English, you may have to look harder.

In fact, depending on your background, public schooling in English may not be available at all.

More about education in Montreal

Environment and Getting Around

Getting around Montreal without a car is quick and easy. The city has a robust transit system of 185 bus lines and 4 subway lines, called the Metro, with 68 stations.


While often crowded during the morning and evening rush hours, most bus stops operate once every 15 minutes, and the metro lines once every 6 minutes. Montreal’s subway system is also visually interesting. Each station was designed by a different architect, and feature original artwork and themes.

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Lionel-Groulx metro station:
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Many vehicle owners use public transit to commute to work, and park their cars to use on the weekends.

As most residents own vehicles, and few apartments feature on-site parking, owning a vehicle in Montreal is often tedious.

Montreal is smoggy in summer, and the main entries to the city are generally congested at rush hour.

A commuter rail system serves the outlying parts of Montreal, and serves 15.7 million riders yearly.

Cycling in popular in Montreal, and the city is often held up as a Canadian example of a bike friendly city.

Main streets often feature bike-only lanes, making cycling during heavy traffic safer and less stressful.

What to do in Montreal

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Montreal Oratoire St. Joseph:
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Skating in the city

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Montreal Botanic Gardens:
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As Canada’s largest French city, Montreal has literally thousands of cultural attractions.

From museums to art galleries, historic sites to beautiful architecture, Montreal has something for everyone.

Mount Royal offers one of the best known vistas in Canada.

Located in the heart of the city, this urban park features popular hiking and cycling trails in the summer, and cross country skiing and tobogganing in the winter. The 233 metre summit offers an outstanding view of the entire city.

For those who enjoy a more guided approach, museums like the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal Contemporary Art Museum), the Biodome and the Olympic Park offer reasonably priced guided tours of some of Montreal’s landmarks.

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is home to works by notable Quebecois, Canadian and international contemporary artists.

The Biodome, Botanical Gardens, Insectarium and Planetarium make up the Montreal Nature Museums, the largest natural science museum in Canada.

The Biodome is a particularly popular destination.

It allows patrons to travel the four different eco-systems of the Americas, complete with plants, animals, climate and environment.

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It is one of the few places in Canada you can visit with colourful tropical butterflies and subarctic dwelling penguins in the same afternoon.

A visit to the Olympic Park will take you back in time to 1976.

Originally built for the Summer Olympics, the park is now open to the public and professional athletes alike. A guided tour explains the history of the construction of the stadium, and no visit is complete without a trip to the top of the observation tower, the largest inclined tower in the world.

A walking tour of the Old Port is a view of the evolution of Montreal. The Port features architecture from the 17th century to the 20th century, often right next to each other.

Many of the small cobbled streets are barely wide enough for one lane of traffic so driving the Old Port is difficult, but small restos and cafes dot the corners offering many places to stop for a rest, lunch or even a glass of wine for those on foot.

Montreal is also home to major sports teams including the National Hockey League team, the Canadiens; Canadian Football League team, the Alouettes; and more recently the Major League Soccer team, the Impact.


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McGill’s Molson Stadium
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Montreal is unique in Canada as it is the only French metropolitan city. While this makes it a difficult relocation point for those who speak little or no French, its wide range of cultures offers excellent opportunities to meet people from around the world and participate in a diverse range of activities.

Montreal’s transit system is far reaching, quick and one of the most affordable in Canada.

Major enterprises in the city are business services, manufacturing and retail sales. The city is also a hub for students as it has the most universities and schools per capita in the country.

While the average yearly family income is slightly lower than the national average, rental and housing prices are significantly lower than those of other major cities.

Montreal’s Negatives

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (17) There are many laws governing who can attend English schools.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (18) It is difficult for those without a good base in French to find employment.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (19) There are 1.8 cars for every resident, which makes commuting by car, and parking, difficult.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (20) Winters in the city are colder than the Canadian average.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (21) Due to a doctor shortage, only 65 percent of Montreal residents report having a family doctor.

Montreal’s Positives

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (22) The city rated in the Top 50 Most Livable cities and the Top 50 Eco-Cities according to the 2010 Mercer Quality of Living city ratings.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (23) Low rental and housing prices make Montreal an affordable major city.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (24) High public transit usage and investment in bicycle infrastructure make the city easy to navigate without a car.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (25) Quebec offers bursaries for immigrants wishing to take French immersion classes, and university tuition costs are lower for Quebec residents than for people from other provinces.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (26) Montreal is a hub of cultural and social engagement.

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Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (27) According to Statistics Canada, 94 percent of residents report being satisfied with their lives, higher than the Canadian average. More than 80 percent reported that they consider themselves to be in good health.

Living in Montreal, Quebec – Living in Canada (28) The Lonely Planet travel guide includes Montreal in its “10 happiest places in the World” list, in second place.

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Is Montreal Canada a good place to live? ›

Quality of Life

In fact, Montreal is one of the highest-ranked cities in the world. According to a yearly study by Mercer, Montreal was voted the fourth best city in North America. That's huge! This study considers essential factors such as the social, economic, socio-cultural, and political environment.

Is Quebec in Canada a good place to live? ›

Known worldwide for its rich history and European charm, Québec City is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. The city on the St. Lawrence River offers an exceptional quality of life and affordable cost of living and tops the list of Canada's safest urban centres.

Can you live in Montreal as an American? ›

The short answer? Yes, you can live in Canada if you are a U.S. citizen—and actually, unless you actually apply for citizenship in Canada, you will still be considered an American citizen, even if you are a permanent resident of Canada.

Is it expensive to live in Montreal Canada? ›

Summary about cost of living in Montreal, Canada: Family of four estimated monthly costs are 3,192.6$ (4,281.8C$) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 866.5$ (1,162.1C$) without rent. Montreal is 29.2% less expensive than Seattle (without rent).

Can they speak English in Montreal? ›

It is a French province, despite being in Canada. Although many people in Montreal speak English, in any other part of the province you will find that English is rarely used.

How can an American move to Montreal? ›

This means, some of the easiest ways for a US citizen to immigrate to Canada are:
  1. Getting a permanent job.
  2. Family sponsorship.
  3. Startup Visa.
  4. Provincial Nominee Programs.
  5. Express Entry.

Is Quebec friendly to immigrants? ›

Quebec is the third most popular province for newcomers coming to Canada. Quebec is the best province in Canada for immigrants that enjoy cultural activities and appreciate the French language. The largest province in Canada, Quebec, is famous for its wealth of culture, maple syrup production, and the French language.

Can you speak English and live in Quebec? ›

English is not banned in Quebec!

Just as in any other province of Canada, its official language may be French, but the English population is accounted for. This means you can speak and be served in Shakespeare's tongue in pretty much any urban setting.

What problems is Quebec facing? ›

Some 1.2 million Quebeckers are expected to retire over a nine-year period to 2026, a wave of departures that threatens the existence of many businesses and could leave a big hole in the province's economic tax base and growth potential. As of the end of June, 248,000 jobs sat unfilled in the province.

Is it worth moving to Canada from USA? ›

Migrating to Canada is a great opportunity to start anew. There are many reasons why it may be worth it for you and your family. Canada's multicultural society and high quality of life make the country a perfect place for immigrants. However, deciding to move from one country to another can be challenging.

How long can a US citizen live in Canada? ›

Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada. At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months.

Can I retire in Canada as a US citizen? ›

Moving to Canada doesn't mean you need to give up your U.S. citizenship. You can receive Social Security benefits while living in another country, but you will also likely still be subject to U.S. taxes if you earn supplemental income.

What is a livable salary in Montreal? ›

The average salary in Montreal is $50,120, which is 8% lower than the Canadian average salary of $54,450. A person making $98,000 a year in Montreal makes 95.5% more than the average working person in Montreal and will take home about $66,704.

What salary do you need to live in Montreal? ›

A single person needs to make an annual income ranging between $24,000 and $32,000 to live comfortably in Montreal. According to a new study by the Institut de Recherche et d'Informations Socioéconomiques (IRIS), the $24,433 to $32,607 range (specifically) is what Montrealers need to make to “live viably.”

Is it OK to live in Montreal without knowing French? ›

Yes, you can live in Montreal without speaking French, but it's not enough to emigrate. As we have established before, you must prove that you can speak, read, write and understand it to become a Canadian citizen. For newcomers, learning the mother tongue is a fundamental step of immigration.

Can I go to Montreal if I don't speak French? ›

Montreal being as multicultural as it is, you may even come across people who speak your native language which is always an amazing experience. Whatever the case may be, the answer is YES, you can absolutely visit Montreal without knowing any French.

Is French mandatory in Montreal? ›

If you live in Montreal, you'd call the 311 information number. But if you want to speak English with the operator, things become more complicated. Under the new law almost all government services (with the exception of health care) must be provided in French.

Can a US citizen buy a house in Montreal? ›

U.S. residents can own property in Canada without becoming a resident of Canada, but must report income or proceeds from a sale to both country's taxing authorities. Canadian banks offer mortgages and home equity loans with similar financing terms to those extended in the U.S.

How hard is it to move to Canada from the US? ›

Generally speaking, moving to Canada is not too difficult. Because Canada is open to welcoming new immigrants and offers several immigration programs, it's easier for you to qualify for one immigration stream. Still, you have to meet the requirements for the pathway you want to apply for.

Is it easy for US citizens to move to Canada? ›

One of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada from the US is through Canada's Express Entry system. Express Entry is used to process the majority of Canadian immigration applications for three of the country's economic immigration programs.

Why are people moving out of Quebec? ›

Jedwab said people “generally tend to move not for political reasons, but for economic reasons — a combination of job opportunities and cost of living.” And in recent years, the attraction of places like Ontario, normally a top choice for people leaving Quebec, has not been strong due in part to high housing prices.

What is the black population of Quebec? ›

In Quebec, the largest racialized groups are Black and Arab people. In 2021, the Black population represented 5.1 per cent of Quebec's population, while the Arab population accounted for 3.4 per cent.

Why do many people in Quebec want to separate from Canada? ›

Quebec sovereigntists believe that such a sovereign state, the Quebec nation, will be better equipped to promote its own economic, social, ecological and cultural development. Quebec's sovereignist movement is based on Quebec nationalism.

Are Americans welcome in Quebec? ›

I'd say so, generally. Québec is a very touristic town, and we enjoy tourists. But some residents have no love for Americans. Your millage may vary.

What is Quebec Rule 96? ›

Bill 96 strengthens the requirements for using French in trademarks and the workplace. The province created the language office, called OQLF, to “fight Anglicisms” in 1961 and made French the province's sole official language in 1974.

Can you survive in Quebec without French? ›

Perhaps in spite of Bill 101, it's certainly possible to get through daily life like going to the doctor or finding an apartment in Quebec with minimal French (at least in Montreal — it's harder in most places outside the city). You can opt to live in neighborhoods that are predominantly English-speaking.

What makes Quebec different from the rest of Canada? ›

Quebec is the only province whose official language is French. The capital city is Quebec City, with a population of nearly 800,000. Quebec is also home to Canada's second largest city, and the second largest French speaking city in the world, Montreal (more than four million people).

Is English declining in Quebec? ›

The rate of English-French bilingualism has risen steadily in Quebec for decades. It was at 25.5 per cent in 1961. In Quebec, nearly one in two individuals with a non-official mother tongue (47.9 per cent) spoke French at home at least on a regular basis in 2021, while 37.5 per cent spoke English.

Is Quebec rich or poor? ›

Economy of Quebec
GDPCAD$ 532.2 billion (2022)
GDP per capitaCAD$ 52,384 (2018)
Population below poverty line6.2%
Unemployment4.7 % (2018)
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Is it cheaper to live in Canada or the US? ›

Overall, both Canada and the US are fairly expensive to live in. Canada has much higher housing costs but healthcare costs are much more expensive in the US. While US salaries are slightly higher, Canadians have a much easier time making a higher salary with less education.

Will I lose Social Security if I move to Canada? ›

Normally, people who are not U.S. citizens may receive U.S. Social Security benefits while outside the U.S. only if they meet certain requirements. Under the agreement, however, you may receive benefits as long as you reside in Canada, regardless of your nationality.

Where do most Americans live in Canada? ›

As Canada's largest city, and the fourth-biggest in North America in terms of population, Toronto has something for everyone. More Americans in Canada call Toronto home than any other Canadian city. Toronto is Canada's financial hub and it's financial district is located downtown, close to the CN Tower.

What happens to my 401k if I move to Canada? ›

If contributions were made by your employer while you were a resident of US, you will be allowed to make a transfer of a lump-sum payment from your 401k. Specifically, you will be able to transfer a 401k to a rollover IRA (employer permitting) and then transfer the IRA to a Canadian RRSP.

Can I collect US Social Security if I live in Canada? ›

If you are a U.S. citizen, you may receive your Social Security payments outside the U.S. as long as you are eligible for them.

Does Canada tax US Social Security benefits? ›

Under the treaty social security payments are only taxable in the country of residence. Therefore, for US citizens living in Canada that are currently receiving US social security payments these payments will be taxable only in Canada.

Can an American citizen buy a house in Canada? ›

Can Americans buy a house in Canada? Absolutely. There are many benefits of buying in Canada, but you probably have some questions about the process, especially if you are property hunting from afar. It's good to have a basic understanding about the process for buying a home in Canada.

Is Montreal immigrant friendly? ›

Montreal is an Ideal Destination for Immigrants

With many employment opportunities, universal health care, affordable housing and cost of living, a first class education system, and a rich culture, Montreal is a popular destination for many new Canadians to settle in.

How much does a house cost in Montreal? ›

The average home sold price reached $549,057 in December 2022 for a 3.1% annual decrease. While Montreal home sales are down 39% year-over-year, active listings are up by a staggering 84% year-over-year. Single-family detached median price decreased by 2.9% year-over-year to $510k.

What do I need to know before moving to Montreal? ›

10 Essential Things to Know Before Moving to Montreal
  • Montreal Has the Highest Student Population in North America. ...
  • Bilingual or Not, It's Okay If You Only Speak English or French. ...
  • Summers in Montreal Bring the Heat. ...
  • Montreal is a Very Affordable City. ...
  • July 1st Marks More Than One Occasion.
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How much is $70,000 a year in Quebec ? ›

The average salary in Québec City is $52,400, which is 3.8% lower than the Canadian average salary of $54,450. A person making $70,000 a year in Québec City makes 33.6% more than the average working person in Québec City and will take home about $49,190.

Is $50,000 a good salary in Montreal ? ›

The average salary in Montreal is $50,120, which is 8% lower than the Canadian average salary of $54,450. A person making $50,000 a year in Montreal makes 0.2% less than the average working person in Montreal and will take home about $37,657.

What is the highest paying job in Montreal? ›

The 10 best paid jobs in Montréal
  • Optometrist. $300,000 / year - 1 job posting(s) ...
  • Communications Director. $187,200 / year - 2 job posting(s) ...
  • Sales/Marketing Director. $187,200 / year - 1 job posting(s) ...
  • Chartered Accountant (CA) ...
  • Vice-President, Sales/Marketing. ...
  • Internal Auditor - Finance. ...
  • Coach, Instructor. ...
  • Teacher/Professor.

Is Montreal too cold to live? ›

Montreal has a semi-continental climate with warm, humid summers and blistering cold winters. The harsh Canadian winters will likely be the biggest adjustment for expats moving to Montreal. Temperatures can drop to -4°F (-20°C), and it can feel even colder with the wind chill.

Is it easy to get a job in Montreal? ›

Canada is a country known for its low unemployment rate and for having a high labor supply. However, finding a job can be challenging in Montreal and may not be the same as looking for a job in your country.

How much is monthly grocery in Montreal? ›

The average monthly cost of food for one person is estimated to be about$350. To find products at unbeatable prices, don't hesitate to explore areas less touristy than the city center. Markets and small grocery stores offer products at very interesting prices.

How much do you need to live comfortably in Montreal? ›

The average cost of living in Montreal is $2,883/month for a single person who rents. This average is based on many factors including the cost of housing, transportation, groceries, and entertainment.

Does Montreal have a homeless problem? ›

Homelessness is year-round issue, boosting emergency relief services isn't solution, advocates say. In March 2020, the city of Montreal declared a state of emergency specifically to contain the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population.

Can you live in Montreal without speaking French? ›

Yes, you can live in Montreal without speaking French, but it's not enough to emigrate. As we have established before, you must prove that you can speak, read, write and understand it to become a Canadian citizen. For newcomers, learning the mother tongue is a fundamental step of immigration.

Is Montreal cheaper than USA? ›

All things considered, it's cheaper, on average, to live in Canada than it is to live in the US.

Is Montreal very humid? ›

Montreal is classified as a humid continental climate. Although never long enough, summers are usually warm and humid with an average temperature of 26 to 27 °C (79 to 81 °F) in July. In recent years, more heat waves have been experienced. On the other hand, winters are usually long, sometimes too long.

Does Montreal get a lot of sun? ›

Montreal enjoys a sunny climate. Summers usually have a generous number of warm or hot sunny days. Winters are rather less sunny than in the prairie cities of Calgary and Winnipeg. Like most places in Canada, Montreal's day-to-day weather can be changeable throughout the year.

What is the safest place to live in Montreal? ›

Best neighborhoods in Montreal
  • Ville-Marie.
  • Outremont.
  • westmont.
  • Plateau Mont-Royal.
  • The Mile-end.
  • Old Montreal.
  • Little Italy.
  • Griffintown.
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Which US city has the highest homeless rate? ›

Among major cities, Los Angeles (54,469 individuals) and New York City (32,308) have the largest unhoused populations, collectively accounting for nearly one-fifth of the country's total afflicted.

Why is rent low in Montreal? ›

Rent control - Montreal traditionally had strong rent control. Once a tenant moves into a place, the landlord cannot increase the rent more than the inflation rate. (i think its 3% not sure). Tenants can take it to the Régie.


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