Advantages

 

Life on the Edge

St. John’s is a vibrant and colourful city, built by the ocean that surrounds it. Known for its old-world charm, distinct neighborhoods with breathtaking vistas, St. John’s offers its residents, businesses and industries alike a one-of-a-kind life on the edge.

An advantage all its own, in St. John’s, you can work on cutting edge innovations during the day and spend your evenings on the edge of the best coastal trails the world has on offer, all within 10 minutes. Whatever your passion and interests, St. John’s is an edgy, innovative and modern City, ripe with opportunity for future generations. Check out our Neighbourhoods to see what suits you.

Outdoor Adventure

Nestled in a region that boasts some of the world’s most impressive coastal and inner-city park and trail systems, St. John’s metro is Canada’s outdoor adventure hidden gem!

Ranked by National Geographic as the No. 1 coastal destination in the world, with its East Coast Trail as one of the 10 best adventure destinations in the world – there’s no question, this place is a sanctuary for superior seaside hiking, mountain biking, trail running, exploring and more.

With approximately 33 km of the East Coast Trail wilderness trail located within city boundaries and 125 kms of Grand Concourse walking trails- for outdoor enthusiasts, life in St. John’s is a life on the edge!

Stay connected and grow your community – join organizations in support of the region’s outdoor adventure growth and development.

 
 

Community

Community is life in St. John’s. It’s what makes this place tick – by supporting one another during the bad times and uniting to celebrate the good. Over 80% of residents report a positive view of the ‘people, hospitality, safety, and quality of life’ in St. John’s.

We’re proud of this strong sense of community. The city is committed to building upon this advantage by fostering new and innovative ways to instill pride of place and engagement into everything we do – by focusing on a suite of programs and initiatives aimed at healthier communities and facilitating connection.  Check out opportunities to volunteer.

Cost of Living 

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 2019 stated that St. John’s had the second most affordable housing market in Canada. The average house price in St. John’s was 6.7 times the average income. Far lower in cost than both major and comparably sized Canadian cities.

 

Housing

Average resale price of a single-family home (CREA)

$310,000

Average new housing price of a single-family home (CMHC)

$378,185


Rental Costs

Average monthly rent: 1 bedroom (city centre)

$864

Average monthly rent: 1 bedroom (outside St. John’s metro)

$823

Average monthly rent: 3 bedroom (city centre)

$1,017

Average monthly rent: 3 bedroom (outside city centre)

$937

Source: CMHC Housing Now & Rental Market Data Tables 
Visit the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) website to get a free copy of the Newcomer’s Guide to Canadian Housing.  Unless otherwise noted in $CDN


Transportation Costs

Public Transportation (Metrobus)

Single Fare

$2.50

Monthly Pass (average)

$78.00

Taxi

Taxi Start (normal tariff)

$3.75

Taxi 1 km (normal tariff)

$1.62

Taxi 1 hour waiting (normal tariff)

$30.00

 

Utilities

Telephone, Internet and Television

The main Internet and television providers in St. John’s Bell Aliant and Rogers both provide landline/mobile telephone and internet services that can be purchased for residential or business purposes. Xplrnet is the other Internet provider in St. John’s. Depending on the company you choose and package purchased, speeds of up to 1 Gig symmetrical (1 Gig upload, 1 Gig download) are available.

Other cell phone providers include: 

Eastlink, Telus. Fido, Virgin mobile, koodo

Electricity –  Newfoundland Power

$12.203 cents per kilowatt hour

(as of March 2021)

Basic television, basic landline telephone, Internet, and mobile (unlimited voice & SMS and 5GB of data) CRTC 2018

$198.13 a month

Other Costs

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Childcare

Newfoundland and Labrador has a new $25 per day childcare program

Taxes

A value added sales tax of 15% is automatically added to the price of items at the checkout.

Property Taxes

City of St. John’s uses a mil rate method to determine the taxes that are to be paid on a property.

Current Tax Rates

  • Click here to search St. John’s assessment information by specific address.

Food and Shopping

Click here for average retail prices for selected products in Newfoundland and Labrador from Statistics Canada.

Click here for the 2021 edition of  Canada’s Food Price Report.

Restaurants

St. John’s has a diverse selection of restaurants and cafes. From traditional Newfoundland food to Korean, Japanese, Indian and Afghan, St. John’s has it all.  For information about St. John’s as a dining destination visit. destinationstjohns.com.