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Quebec City, Canada

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Quebec City, Canada is 531,902. People describe Quebec City as a vibrant, historic, and picturesque city. Expats love the city's unique culture, its beautiful architecture, and its friendly people. The weather in Quebec City is generally cold in the winter and mild in the summer. The average temperature in the winter is around 20°F (-7°C) and in the summer it is around 70°F (21°C). The average cost of living in Quebec City for an expat is around $1,500 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $800 USD per month and a two bedroom apartment is around $1,200 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Quebec City?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Quebec City, they said:

"Before retiring in Quebec City, expats should be aware of the language requirements. French is the official language of Quebec, and most services are provided in French. Expats should also be aware of the cost of living in Quebec City, which is generally lower than in other major Canadian cities. Additionally, expats should research the healthcare system in Quebec City, as it is different from other provinces in Canada. Finally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the climate, which can be quite cold in the winter months," wrote one member in Quebec City.

"Before retiring in Quebec City, it is important to understand the local culture and customs. Although French is the predominant language spoken in this area of Quebec, knowledge of French is not a prerequisite for enjoying retirement in the city. Although it may be helpful to participate in the local culture, English is spoken by much of the population. Tax implications should also be taken into consideration prior to retiring in Quebec City. Residents of Quebec generally pay lower income taxes than residents of other parts of Canada, and certain benefits such as rent rebates and other provincial tax credits are available to retirees. Additionally, Quebec participates in the Canada Pension Plan, so retirees may benefit from the extra income stream provided by this program. Paperwork should also be reviewed to ensure you are properly registered with the local health care system. All Canadian provinces provide health care coverage and long-term care benefits to their residents, and Quebec is no exception. Private and public insurance plans, as well as government programs, can provide invaluable assistance to retirees who need additional support with medical and long-term care expenses. Finally, consider your housing options. Living in a condominium or apartment in the centre of Quebec City can provide easy access to shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, while living in the suburbs may be more affordable and provide better access to green spaces. Retirement living communities also offer a variety of housing options and social activities geared towards seniors. Whatever you choose, make sure to understand your housing needs prior to making a commitment," remarked one expat who made the move to Quebec City.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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