Your budget will be spent on:
- bus fare
- car (payments and gas)
- car insurance
Child careOccasional expenses:
- Manitoba Health Care coverage does not start right away.
- It starts on the first day of the third month after your arrival in Manitoba.
- A temporary health plan can cover you in the period before it starts.
- prescription drugs/medicine
- school supplies
- alcohol and cigarettes
- long distance calls
Cost of living in Manitoba compared to other cities in Canada
- Living in Manitoba is cheaper compared to other cities in Canada.
- Affordable living is due to:
- lower housing costs
- lower cost of utilities
- affordable university or college tuition
- free quality health care
Rent or mortgage
- Many newcomers stay with family or friends.
- Some newcomers stay at a hotel.
- They move out to rent or buy a home after a few weeks or months.
- Rent or mortgage and utilities will be your biggest expense.
- Rental rates
- It can be as low as $527 a month (for a room).
- A three-bedroom apartment can be as high as $1,999.
- Individuals and families may avail of Rent Assist.
- Rent assist helps low-income private renters.
- House costs are comparatively low in Manitoba.
- Median house cost in 2015:
- $418,000 in Winnipeg
- $462,000 in Montreal
- more than $1.2M in Vancouver (the highest)
Taxes and supports
- There are taxes on goods and services in Manitoba:
People with low or modest incomes can get GST/Harmonized Sales Tax Credit (HST).
- Goods and Services Tax (GST) is 5%
- Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is 8%
Employees pay income taxes. It can be:See tax brackets and rates on this page: Manitoba Individual Income Taxes. File an income tax return even if you are not working yet.You must file to receive government benefits such as:
- This pays back part or all of the GST/PST paid by residents.
- GST/HST credit
- Canada Child Benefit Program
- Monthly payment for eligible families.
- It helps with the cost of raising children under 18 years old
- Other benefits you may be eligible for.
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