Thanks for every question you send. I will continue to reply here as I'm sure others may be looking for similar answers.
1) COSTS ONCE LIVING OFF GRID Our daily living expenses are very similar to what we were paying when we lived in the city. EG: Food, Fuel, Taxes, Phone, Internet, Clothing, etc are the same whether we buy them in Bancroft, Toronto or on the internet. Medicine the same.
2) POSITIVES: Slower pace of life. Quiet, Clean Air, No rush hour traffic, Know your neighbours, Fishing, Hiking, Canoeing, Snowshoeing, Fat Bike Rides all just steps from our back door. Friendly people who have the time to chat, Viewing wildlife out our windows, Enjoying the seasons as they come and go. Connected to the world through the internet, Order on Amazon and it's delivered to our door, Safe and crime free environment, Lots of social opportunities (dances, church suppers, Clubs, Farmers' markets, Craft shows, Studio Tours, etc.) Thriving art community. Live Theater, Friendly mechanic (you can stand and chat while he repairs your car) Four season playground, 40 minutes to Algonquin Park, Car insurance is much lower because of where we live. No water, electric, or sewage bills, Grocery Store, Hardware Store, Doctor's Office, Drug Store, all just 10 minutes from home.
3) NEGATIVES: To see a medical specialist we usually have to travel 2-4 hours to their office. We do get compensation for the travel, meals, and accomodation. Some supplies we stock up on as they may not be readily available in town, eg 50 lb. bags of flour. Distance from family. Clearing snow off the solar panels on a cold winter morning. I prefer the chair beside my woodstove. That's about it.