Montreal

Quality of life in Montreal

Montreal is the largest city of Canada's French-speaking region, and a center for finance, aerospace and international organizations. With its unique culture, bilingual residents (French/English) and beautiful architecture, Montreal offers 50 of Canada's National Historic sites—more than any other Canadian city. Add Montreal's tolerant people plus a relatively low cost of living and you get a city worthy of strong consideration.

Montreal is one of the top ten city matches for 15.0% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
98/265
Details
Large apartment$1100.00
Medium apartment$920.00
Rent index [score]0.76
Small apartment$700.00

Cost of Living

6
110/245
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$2.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.60
Bread$0.92
Inflation [score]0.60
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$40.00
Monthly public transport$68.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$67.69

Startups

8
25/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups26
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.75
Coworking spaces [score]0.59
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co12
Meetups [score]0.76
Meetups groups199
Meetups members120642
Number of investors177
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1546
Number of upcoming meetup events63
Startup climate scene [score]0.73
Startup events145
Startup events [score]0.77
Startups [score]0.87
Total number of startups563

Venture Capital

6
50/223
Details
Funding accelerator namesFounderFuel
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.58

Travel Connectivity

3
118/265
Details
Airport hub93
Airport hub [score]0.44
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.25

Commute

5
126/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Canada/Montréal
Traffic handling [score]0.52

Business Freedom

9
48/263
Details
Business freedom81.80
Business freedom [score]0.80
Freedom from corruption81.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.89
Lack of labor restrictions72.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.67
Time to open a business1.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

8
100/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.71
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.85
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

8
149/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.91
Healthcare quality [score]0.64
Life expectancy (years)82.17
Life expectancy [score]0.93

Education

7
13/239
Details
Best university in rankingMcGill University
Best university ranking42
Country mean scores in PISA math test515.43
Country mean scores in PISA reading test523.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.44
PISA math ranking (high school)9
PISA ranking5
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.97
PISA reading (high school)2
PISA science (high school)6
Percent of happy students0.79
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.49

Environmental Quality

8
80/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.71
Cleanliness [score]0.74
Drinking water quality [score]0.83
Urban greenery [score]0.79

Economy

6
91/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.27
Currency for urban areaCAD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$44843.44
GDP per capita [score]0.72

Taxation

7
21/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.96
Income tax level [score]0.48
Profit tax (% of profit)0.21
Time overhead to file company taxes131
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

5
170/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)18.61
Internet access (download) [score]0.44
Internet access (upload) [score]0.53
Upload speed (Mbps)12.27

Leisure & Culture

7
77/264
Details
Art galleries107
Art galleries [score]0.68
Cinemas67
Cinemas [score]0.62
Comedy clubs83
Comedy clubs [score]0.89
Concert venues84
Concerts [score]0.74
Historical sites97
Historical sites [score]0.73
Museums54
Museums [score]0.65
Performing art venues127
Performing arts [score]0.73
Sport venues98
Sports [score]0.74
Zoos28
Zoos [score]0.82

Tolerance

8
68/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.80
LGBT Equality Index82.02
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.84
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✖ Unequal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (5-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsVaries by Region
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rightsVaries by Region
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityVaries by Region
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.79

Outdoors

5
91/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.25
Median peak in meters589.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)126.00
Water access [score]0.81
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Montréal are in the 110th place of all 245 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$740$1,100
$920
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$40
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$38
Monthly public transport$68
Lunch$13
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Montreal are above average. For this job type, Montreal ranks 94th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Montreal.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$52,127
Median salary
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Locals review Montreal

Do locals recommend living in Montreal?

What could Montreal do better?#improveMontreal

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What makes Montreal a special place?#praiseMontreal

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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

16%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

5%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

60/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

10/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.80
Guns per 100 people
1.97
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
HIGH GUN CRIMELOW GUN CRIMEFEW GUNSMANY GUNS
North America
Europe
Asia
South America
Africa
Oceania

Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Montreal in position 93 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Toronto, Canada

477 Richmond Street. West, West, Suite 901, Toronto, ON M5V , Canada

Phone: (416) 385-1033

Embassy of Canada in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street No. 15,, House No. 256, Wazir Akbar Khan

Phone: (011 93 (0) 799) 742-800

Startup Visa

Start-up visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
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People in Montreal

Population of Montreal

4,230,800
286 /km²
240/264
Density (people per unit of area)
4%
Growth in 2015-2020
Montreal

Demographics of Canada

Median age
42
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$44,843
108/262
Unemployment
7%
175/263

Languages

English proficiency score
56
165/228
Common spoken languages
English
French

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Teleport Users  X  Montreal

Teleport users who are      Montreal

Work in:

Software Engineer
9.21%
Marketing Manager
4.85%
Founder
4.56%
Administrative Assistant
3.20%
Web Developer
3.20%
Web Designer
3.01%
Graphic Designer
2.91%
Other
69.06%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.8

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Montreal

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On living in Montreal

Montreal (French: Montréal) is the largest city in the Quebec province. While Quebec City is the capital, Montreal is the cultural and economic centre, and the main entry point to the province. With 1.7 million citizens in the city proper and 4 million in the urban area, Montreal is Canada's second largest city, and the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, behind Paris. Still, a quarter of the population speak English as a mother language, and most Francophones are conversant in English. Old Montreal has a heritage of colonial times. Though a large city, Montreal gives opportunities for outdoor life, as well as watching the legendary Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team.

Neighbourhoods from west to east:

On an island in the St. Lawrence River at the historically highest navigable point, Montreal has been a strategic location since before the arrival of Europeans in Canada. A thriving Iroquoian town called Hochelaga was on the site of present-day Montreal when explorer Jacques Cartier first visited in 1535. A hundred years later, in 1642, the tiny town of Ville-Marie was founded as a Catholic mission by Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve. It soon became a centre of the fur trade. After its capture by the English in 1762, Montreal remained (until the 1970s) the most important city in Canada and was briefly capital of the province in the 1840s.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Canada
12th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

8th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

36th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

29th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

24th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

22nd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

21st

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

3rd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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