replied to the thread Arriving in Edmonton from England to work
on the Canada forum on May 21, 2015:
Hi all, myself and Fiancee are moving to Edmonton im the next few weeks as I have got a job with CN rail!
Can you please give advice on Edmonton, how to get started up and generally any sort of issues we may encounter!
I am 25 and my fiancée is 23, so we would appreciate any words of wisdom and also any sort of friendship you can offer.
Is this due to there not being much to do or due to the big winters they have? I've seen it hosts alot of festivals etc, Vancouver looks a brilliant place to live also.
Down on Southern Vancouver Island we call it Deadmonton. Prepare there for winter. You can pick up some pretty good winter gear and housewares at Value Village. The West Edmonton Mall is pretty amazing.
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on the Canada forum on May 19, 2015:
posted Career in Canada
on the Canada forum on May 16, 2015:
replied to the thread Considering Canada
on the Canada forum:
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!
You might want to consider Montreal as the quality of living is very high whereas the cost of living is relatively low compared to other large Canadian cities. I worked in the IT sector and we were always looking for qualified, good BAs. The one caveat would be language. Although many jobs require English (in my case, all of our documents and client communication were in English), it is preferable to have some French skills as well. I know BAs in Montreal who only speak English, but you will definitely broaden your potential job base if you have some French.
Message me if you have any specific questions.
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
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,
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.
replied to the thread Moving to Calgary from abroad
on the Canada forum:
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.
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.
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
replied to the thread U.S. Forex Trader to Canada
on the Canada forum:
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 !
Oh Canadian Forex is out of TO.
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 soc.security 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.
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Lethbridge, Canada
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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.
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 .