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Canada, Vancouver

Canada, VancouverCity Description: Vancouver is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada.

Economy: With its location on the Pacific Rim and at the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes, Vancouver is one of the nation's largest industrial centres. The Port of Vancouver, Canada's largest and most diversified, does trade with over 130 different economies annually. Vancouver is also the headquarters of forest product and mining companies. In recent years, Vancouver has become an increasingly important centre for software development, biotechnology and a vibrant film industry.

Major Languages: English, French (both official).

Major Religions: Christianity.

Population: 2.1 Mil (2014 est.).

Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Inflation: 2.4% (2014 est.).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates in Vancouveras at 1 July 2014 is very high in comparison to other places in the world.

In Vancouver, the cost of each basket, based on each baskets cost of living index (only available to registered subscribers), is categorized follows:
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High
2) Clothing: Very High
3) Communication: Very High
4) Education: Very Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: High
6) Groceries: Very High
7) Healthcare: High
8) Household Accommodation: High
9) Miscellaneous: Very High
10) Personal Care: Very High
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High
13) Transport: Very High

Vancouver is ranked as a minimal hardship location.

Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered.

Xpatulator.com provides cost of living information primarily for expatriate pay calculations. From the prices of over 200 products and services in 780 global locations, together with hardship information and the exchange rate we provide the following information to registered subscribers:
-cost of living comparison between any of our 780 world locations
-customised cost of living index for any combination of baskets groups
-cost of living allowance calculation to compensate for cost of living and hardship differences
-expat salary calculation to calculate how much you need to earn to have a similar standard of living when relocating
-international assignment package calculation using the well known build-up approach

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