I came from Vancouver, now living in Ottawa. The rent expenses in Ottawa are much higher than that in Vancouver. For example, you can rent 2 good bedroom with 650-700 in Vancouver. In Vancouver, there are quite a lot of fun even there are not so many jobs compared with here. But from this year, things change a lot. One of my friends have moved back.
The food and living expenses are also lower in Vancouver. The only expenses which is higher than other place is buying a house.
I even regrets coming here to bear high laid off presure in ice and snow world. If you take some time to find a job in Vancouver. Life is much colorful than here.