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An Expat Talks about Living in Kingston, Canada

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Kingston

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

They have newcomer groups, language learning groups, employment assistance.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

pretty diverse-- big English influence, also French, Chinese and East Indian and some Caribean/African

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Prison system headquarted here for Federal system, Canadian forces has big base and school, Queens Univ and a large tech school as well as big teaching hospitaland lots of retirees.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Career based and military, University town, medical center, lots of sports, especially water, boating and cycling Very musical town -lots of muscians/venues

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Try to get a job prospect first, rental properties are scarce and pricey compared to rest of Ontario. They want a resume for the most menial jobs. They are pretty strict about a lot of stuff. Good bus system, don't need car.

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