Infographic: 2015, Household spending in Canada

Release date: January 27, 2017
Infographic: Language Projections for Canada – 2011 to 2036
Description for Infographic: 2015, Household spending in Canada

How Canadians spent their money in 2015

$60,516. Average annual expenditure on goods and services per household.

The following table shows the shares of total household spending on goods and services represented by some common spending categories.

Shares of total household spending on goods and services
Categories Share of total spending on goods and services
Household operations, furnishings and equipment 10.9%
Clothing and accessories 5.6%
Miscellaneous 2.8%
Education and reading materials 3.0%
Alcohol, tobacco and games of chance 2.5%
Recreation 6.6%
Health and personal care 6.0%

The top three household expenditures were:

  • Shelter (28.9%)
  • Transportation (19.4%)
  • Food (14.3%)

Water, fuel and electricity for principal accommodation

Households in Québec spent an average of $1,568 on water, fuel and electricity for their main residence, compared with $5,478 in Yellowknife.

The following table shows the expenditures on water, fuel and electricity in some Canadian cities.

Expenditures on water, fuel and electricity in some Canadian cities
Province City Expenditure
Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's $3,005
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown-Summerside $3,351
Nova Scotia Halifax $3,037
New Brunswick Saint John $3,011
Quebec Québec $1,568
Quebec Montréal $1,851
Ontario Ottawa $2,510
Ontario Toronto $2,439
Manitoba Winnipeg $2,331
Saskatchewan Regina $3,227
Saskatchewan Saskatoon $3,065
Alberta Calgary $2,762
Alberta Edmonton $3,072
British Columbia Vancouver $1,871
British Columbia Victoria $1,851
Yukon Whitehorse $3,810
Northwest Territories Yellowknife $5,478
Nunavut Iqaluit $3,582

71.9% of Canadian households had landline telephone service in 2015.

The following table shows the percentage of households with at least one cell phone and households with landline services by province in 2015.

The percentage of households with at least one cell phone and households with landline services by province in 2015
Province % of households with at least one cell phone % of households with landline services
Canada 86.1% 71.9%
Newfoundland and Labrador 86.4% 83.6%
Prince Edward Island 83.8% 77.3%
Nova Scotia 83.2% 75.0%
New Brunswick 82.8% 84.1%
Quebec 79.0% 77.0%
Ontario 88.1% 69.2%
Manitoba 85.1% 76.1%
Saskatchewan 91.1% 68.7%
Alberta 93.4% 65.2%
British Columbia 88.5% 70.7%

Did you know?

  • Canadian households spent an average of $590 on pets in 2015.
  • Canadian households spent an average of $3,374 on clothing and accessories in 2015.
  • On average, Canadian households donated $652 to charity in 2015.

Footnote: Canada-level statistics include the 10 provinces only.

Source: Survey of Household Spending, 2015

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