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Sheyna posted Please help -- need american expat in Canada on the Canada forum on April 24, 2015:
Hi I'm a reporter working on a story about retiring to Canada. Is there anyone who would like to speak with me for the story? What drew you to the country and what was the immigration process like?
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kb0528 posted Considering Canada on the Canada forum on April 24, 2015:
I'm considering relocating to Canada once I finish up college here in the states. What I wanted to know is what cities should I consider? I plan on working in IT as a Business Analyst and I was curious as to what cities were considered tech-hubs. I know Vancouver is quite a tech paradise however the high cost of living is unattractive. I currently live in the Washington DC region where the cost of living is sky high and IMO the quality of life is not great, sure salaries are higher but when your rent is super expensive and you sit in traffic for an hour plus everyday (one way) it's not worth it. What city should I consider. BTW I'm in my early 30's and married and I'm a US citizen. I'd like a place where the job market is good and will likely continue to be good, where the cost of living is decent, and a place where I can explore good restaurants, professional sports, farmers markets, and cafes. Thanks for your feedback in advance!
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standupguy replied to the thread Brighter Visas - Taking a London Taxi to Canada on the Canada forum:
BrighterVisas initially posted:
Hi, We are trying to find out how our client could bring an old London Taxi to Canada. He loves the cab and it is a classic look. We have heard "Wrong Drive" cars and none USA cars are impossible to import. The Taxi only cost £500 with 230,000 miles on the clock so not an expensive item but a sentimental thing
standupguy replied most recently with:
You can check on Google for importing cars into Canada. I did a while ago, but can't remember. I do know their concern is the vehicle' pollution control has to meet their standard. They may want to impound it briefly to inspect it. I have seen right hand drive vehicles. Victoria, BC the capital is very British, probably more UK expats there than anywhere in North America. Plus it has the best warmest winter of anywhere in Canada. It is better city than Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary... With an old British Taxi you could operate a tourist business. Certain vintage vehicles are licensed as antique or vintage automobiles and receive a large deduction on insurance. Your taxi would certainly stand out and you would get many invites from car clubs and auto shows. I live up Island an hour in Nanaimo. I wish I could afford Victoria real estate. Oak Bay is spectacular if you had the money,
BrighterVisas replied most recently with:
Thank you for your reply. We agree old London Taxi's look great and we shall certainly pass on your advice. Your comments have raised a lot of questions in the office especially among the car and bike enthusiasts who would like to know more about how a person does bring their car to Canada. As an Immigration company over the years we have had many clients ship items of little value what often cost more to ship than sell on ebay before departure. It is very often not the price tag which determines what stays or goes but the sentimental attachment to the objects. It seems strange but to those who have not emigrated but we do understand how it works like this. Once old couple we loved as our clients decided to take their grown up children's toys. Anyway, thank you again for your help and if you do know the correct route to move a car to Canada please let us know.
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CalgaryCrystal replied to the thread Moving to Calgary from abroad on the Canada forum:
Bondo2 initially posted:
Hello forum members, I have received my PR for Canada and would be moving their to Calgary with my family (5 including myself, 1 child school age, 1 child KG age and 1 little child). Would a salary of 85K CAD a year be good enough to live (nothing fancy but not struggling). We do not drink or smoke and hoping we can rent a small house. Any advise would be highly appreciated.
CalgaryCrystal replied most recently with:
I have lived in Calgary and area for about 15 years. If you have transportation, then you can also look at renting or buying a house in an outlying community, such as Chestermere, Langdon, Okotoks, etc. It can be much cheaper to buy in those areas and the commute can be quite short depending on where you are working in the city. When we lived in the city, we spent about 45 min to an hour commuting each way to work. Now that we are 20 min out of Calgary, my husbands commute is 23 minutes to work! I think $500 per month is about right for utilities in the winter, but of course dependant on the size of house you are in. The last poster mentioned Kamloops as a possible area to live. I was raised there, so I can help you out if you do look at that area, but I would most definitely not recommend it at all.
standupguy replied most recently with:
I would not choose Calgary. It's cold & expensive. I would forget the East & Vancouver. Vancouver Island is best. Victoria can't be beat, then any city on the eastern side up to Courtnay. I live in Nanaimo which I find very peaceful and fantastic fishing. Shopping is great too. It has everything and easy access. 85,000 people. There are lots of groovy islands too: Saltspring,Gabriola, Hornby, Cowichan Bay, Shaunigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Ladysmith, Duncan, the list goes on. Forget Port Alberni. Too far out, but cheap. Nanamo has an Airport & ferry to the mainland. Victoria has the same with international connection to Washington state. Saanich a suburb of Vivtoria is nice. Collwood another burb won the National award for the best municipality. The only other BC city that is worthy is. Kamloops, but it is land locked. Good Luck
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standupguy replied to the thread U.S. Forex Trader to Canada on the Canada forum:
hyperscalper initially posted:
Hi, I happen to have primary U.S. citizenship and live there now, but I also have a British Passport. Due to restrictions on U.S. residents obtaining Forex accounts at major foreign brokerages due to FATCA, I am considering emigrating as an ex-pat and living in Canada, say in Toronto. I would retain U.S. citizenship but not residency. Would that seem fairly straightforward? Thanks !
standupguy replied most recently with:
Oh Canadian Forex is out of TO.
standupguy replied most recently with:
I a US citizen who has lived for 46 years in Canada. I have been a Canadian citizen for 43 years. I have a Canadian Forex account. I make less than $200,000 a year so I don't file US taxes. I do receive a small monthly chech that I don't declare to the CRA. Don't move to Toronto, go to Victoria, BC the warmest place in Canada, a fantastic city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island & very Brittish.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Lethbridge, Canada
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Be open minded and learn from everyday experiences. As an immigrant you will face some discrimination no matter where you in the world, but for every one person who discriminates against you, there are hundreds that will accept you for who you are and where your from, they can learn from you as you can from them. Be prepared to give plenty of explanation and accept there will be differences from what you have known before. (Continue)
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I'm really surprised at your comment on "retard" and "handicapped". I have been living in Canada since 2004 and have never heard a Canadian use "retard". Most places I have been it would get you ostracized, certainly looked at unfavorably. But, my experience is mainly in big cities like Vancouver and Edmonton. "Handicapped" is of course used all the time especially as it says "handicapped" on the reserved parking signs, which there are far too many of. You cannot find a parking space anywhere close to the stores because there are so many spaces reserved for special people. Handicapped, parents, parents with small children, pregnant women, etc, etc. Aggravating, but understandable as the winter can kill you quick. I can only put the objection to "handicapped" down to YOUR culture. I suppose it will reach here eventually, and they will find some approved word to use for those "special people" parking spaces. Pretty soon after that, one or two people will decide they are offended by the new word and whine about it until it gets changed, and then that word will "wear out" too. Just how it works, if they are gonna have special parking spaces, you have to put something on the signs, it will offend someone for sure, and then it will get changed. Then, if you use the "old version" of whatever politically correct BS you are supposed to use now, people will act like you crapped on the dinner table. IE, Idiot, Moron, and Imbecile were at one time just medical classifications (by IQ) of "retarded" people, and these words were no more offensive than "brain tumor" or "embolism", simply a description of medical fact, then people associated with these people decided they were offensive, and now they are not used in medicine. I'm from the southern US and I have a heavy southern accent. Everyone understands me, everyone is friendly (that I have met), never any problems. Had far more trouble living in the UK. Huge, wonderful country full of really polite, friendly people (the original Canadians from Europe) and clueless immigrants. By clueless, a lot of the immigrants come from sub-saharan Africa and other non-northern places, their driving needs help even in the summer and in the winter it's unbelievably atrocious, and they don't understand (at first) that you really can freeze to death in just a few minutes when it's colder (-55C) at the Edmonton International Airport than some places on the planet MARS. I have spent 17 years total in the past living in the UK, and I'm from the US. Canada is a cross between the two, and culturally closer to the US. Huge. Vast. Cold. Coastline is over 150,000 miles. The US is a medium-sized country in comparison, only Russia is bigger and not by much. US/Canada border is more than 5500 MILES long.
vnazaire1 replied recently with:
Canada is a very large country, geographically, more than the U.S. Retard and handicapped are terms probably used in Lethbridge but not in Toronto, Ontario. Canadian English is influenced by the U.S. language .
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standupguy replied to the thread BRIGHTER VISAS - Finds the safest cities on the Canada forum:
BrighterVisas initially posted:
Tokyo is ranked as the safest city on the planet, according to the Safe Cities Index of 2015. Published by the Economist magazine, the annual report looks into a number of local criteria, including the personal safety of people who live and work in urban environments around the globe. According to their findings, North America is the continent which has the greatest proportion of its population living in cities, but Asian cities dominate the first few places, when these places are ranked by public safety. However, there are Canadian and Australian cities which make the top ten, too. Brighter Visas says despite having to deal with regular earthquakes and being home to the globe’s largest urban population – some 38 million, according to UN data – Tokyo tops the list of safest places to live. All would-be migrants need to consider the work and educational possibilities of a city, but safety is another important factor, too. According to the Economist's study, petty crime affects relatively few residents in the Japanese capital. Although violent crime does occur, it to impacts on a small minority of the city's inhabitants. When the Tokyo authorities announced its eight goals for transforming the city prior to the 2020 Olympic Games, it surprised few people that safety was set at number one on their list of priorities. The next city on the list is Singapore, but Tokyo leads it by three clear points on the index, the widest gap for any two urban centres in the report which also rates cities on things like digital security and liveability. Singapore rates highly because violent crime is a rare occurrence in the city. However, the city does have something of a problem with so-called low-level street crime, like bag snatching. Another Japanese city, Osaka, takes the third spot. The city is the second largest in Japan and is one of the most populous in the world. It is one of the major economic hubs in east Asia and a popular place for migrants, due to the availability of work opportunities for qualified and technical professionals. The Intelligence Unit of the Economist rank two European cities in positions four and five. These are Stockholm and Amsterdam, respectively. Although reported crime has been on the increase in Stockholm in the last few years, problems of corruption and bribery are extremely low in Sweden generally. Due to its good road infrastructure and well-organised crossing points, Amsterdam rates highly in the reports. However, the city does less well in terms of personal safety, although it still remains in the world's top ten, positioned at number nine. Sydney is rated in sixth place. The business hub of Australia, Sydney is considered to be a safe city to live and work in. The city's authorities have a pro-active approach to many public safety and health issues, which includes measures to lessen the impact of smoking in public places, for instance. Likewise, road safety is a major focus for the municipal authorities. In terms of crime, Sydney is able to boast relatively low levels on a global scale, but the city also has a great deal of attention paid to crime prevention measures, something that helps it to rank so highly. The city of Zurich is rated by the Economist's report in seventh place, with the Canadian city of Toronto in eighth. The highest ranked of all Canadian cities, Toronto has an enviable reputation for low crime rates, as do many other urban centres in the country. Both the homicide and robbery rates are very low. However, the city faced a growing problem of youth gangs about ten years ago and successfully dealt with it through a public programme of community-based education and more active policing. The next Canadian city to appear on the index is Montreal, which is ranked in fourteenth place. Ninth in the list of ten safest cities is another Australian urban centre. Melbourne is rated with one of the safest infrastructures of any city in the world, rated only behind Zurich, but just ahead of Sydney. Like Sydney, Melbourne has a number of community services in place which are specifically designed to make it a safe place to settle. The authorities have installed an number of 'Safe City' cameras in particular areas and has been running a four year strategy since 2014 to improve the safety of all the city's communities. Potential immigrants to the United States will be interested to note that the city of New York is placed in tenth position. This means that it outranks other safe American cities, such as San Francisco (twelfth), Chicago (sixteenth), Los Angeles (seventeenth) and Washington DC (nineteenth).
standupguy replied most recently with:
I would worry more about environmental hazards, natural disasters, tsunami, quakes, and typhoons, landslides or other natural disasters. Tokyo is in the top 10.
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standupguy replied to the thread BEST areas in Canada? on the Canada forum:
CanadaDreaming initially posted:
Hi guys, Where would suit my lifestyle in Canada? I am a single woman in my mid 30's with a dog looking to move to Canada next year. I have looked at tons of places but how do you decide when you are judging on crime rates and house prices..?! So, what I'd love is just some ideas on where would be good to look at. I might even do an 8 week recon before I make the 'big' move. I love good scenery, great outdoor activities and obviously dog friendly open spaces would be great. I like great coffee and a good meal and cocktail but don't want a manic city centre. Lots of boxes to tick but I don't expect to tick them all. I work for myself so employment isn't an issue but would like to be around similar age people rather than 20 year olds. Any advice about how to go about deciding where to look would be amazing!! Thanks all!
standupguy replied most recently with:
I recommend Nanaimo (85,000). Lots of beautiful nature & seascape. Close to the mainland ferry and lots of recreation facilities. It's a Lillie difficult to meet people who can be shy. So it is sometimes necessary to join a group of some kind. Cost of living still affordable. If you're well heeled, Victoria is the best city in Canada. Think warm, long summer and early Spring. Anything east of Vancouver and you will count your freezing winters.
standupguy replied most recently with:
Don't you feel a little 'out there' in the middle of nowhere? Small town culture.
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standupguy posted Pension Splitting on the Canada forum:
My wife had no pension income; so I split mine with her. She only gets a little over 1/3. She gets a nice tax refund. I went from paying over $4000 to getting a refund of over $4000. Such a good deal!
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Expats from all over Canada have shared great tips about living in Canada - Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Beyond. Find out what makes it easy, what makes it hard, cost of living and more! (Continue)
wafa replied most recently with:
Just a reminder that Canada is as geographically diverse as it is culturally diverse. The lifestyle of living in a city or town on Vancouver Island is not the same as living in Edmonton or Montreal. Do your research first to ensure you are climactically getting what you are looking for. Most Canadians are friendly and accommodating so wherever you touch down you are sure to be welcomed.
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