There’s a high cost to being a Canadian Jew – and not just a figurative one. Sure, there’s anti-Semitism and boycotts on Israel and the resurgence of neo-Nazis in the streets, but, oy, have you seen the cost of real estate in Toronto’s suburbs?
Between kosher groceries, Jewish day schools and High Holiday tickets, Jewish Canadians would be justified in believing their cost of living is higher than the average Canadian’s. In some cases, it is. But in others, Jewish life is surprisingly cheaper than non-Jewish alternatives – more so if you live in the right province.
Indeed, unsurprisingly, the cost of Jewish life (and death) fluctuates wildly across Canada. And since no clear summary of Jewish cost of living exists for Canadians, I wanted to make one.