Moving to Canada can be expensive. Here is an example of a budget of an individual (roughly) outlining costs to immigrate to Canada as independent immigrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (example is in Canadian Dollars - CAD) - Please note that the airline ticket price will depend on which airline you fly with.
A typical federal skilled worker case:
This total excludes the immigration legal fees.
The above-mentioned total does not include other costs in Canada, such as the replacement of furniture and appliances, getting a drivers license, buying car, etc. It also does not include opportunity costs (the cost for being unemployed for two or three weeks/months; an immigrant could have earned a large some of money in his/her country of origin during the time the immigrant was unemployed here in Canada).
Other Scenarios where these costs will be less:
The cost for a single person without dependents are obviously much less. Similarly the cost for a person who will be sponsored by family already in Canada; or a family coming to Canada where the principle applicant has an permanent job offer in Canada - is also less.
The high cost of migrating might look rather dark, but look at “Immigration A-Z" to see why it is worth the effort and expense.