The cost of living in Durham Region is less than the city of Toronto but on par with other locations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

 The Living Wage in Durham Region report covers the cost of living for food, shelter, transportation, and other necessities. Some details of the report have been broken out below. Read the full report for more information.

Cost of food 

Access to healthy food is necessary to support the mental and physical development of a growing family. Every year, the Region of Durham's Health department publishes a report on the cost of feeding a family of four. This is called the Nutritious Food Basket.

In 2022, the annual cost was $12,804 to feed a family of four. 

Cost of buying a home

The average price of a home in Durham has been increasing in recent years. In 2021, the average price of a home was $1,024,570 (data source: Durham Region Housing Reports — Durham Region Association of REALTORS - Durham Region Real Estate (

Prices vary by:

  • Neighbourhood.
  • Age of the home.
  • Condition of the home.
  • Additional items that come with the home (such as parking or garage space).

As a homeowner, you will also need to pay property taxes.

Get more information on buying a home.
Cost of renting a home

As of March 2023, the average rent in Durham is:

  • 1-bedroom apartment: $1731.00/month.
  • 2-bedroom apartment: $2123.00/month.

(data source: March 2023 Rent Report)

Prices vary depending on the neighbourhood, the size and condition of the home, and any extras included in the monthly rental cost.

As a renter, property taxes and maintenance fees (sometimes called common element fees) are usually covered by your landlord or form part of your monthly rental fee. It's important to ask exactly what is and isn't included in your rent. Be sure to agree to these terms with your landlord in writing.

Get more information on renting a home, including your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Utilities and additional costs

Beyond the cost of your mortgage or rent, you can expect to pay for utilities and vital services. These include heat, water, electricity, and even cable and phone charges. When thinking about how much to spend on your home, remember these costs might not be included in your rent or mortgage.

How much should you spend on your home?

It is recommended that you spend no more than 33 per cent of your monthly income on your monthly home costs. This is true for buying or renting.

Income help and subsidized housing

Find out who to contact if you need income help or help finding affordable housing.

Durham Region profile

For more information about the cost of living, see the Durham Region Profile.

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