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An Expat Talks about Living in Greater Toronto Area, Canada

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

Greater Toronto Area

How long have you lived there?

all my life

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

We have great biking trails across the city, and tennis courts are abundant in many of our public parks.

There are a few newcomers clubs that can be joined for a small fee and can be selected based on the area you choose to live in. We love our pets and many people have dogs that they also like to walk with their friends and neighbours.

Continuing education in an area of interest through many of our colleges like George Brown, Sheridan, Centennial and Seneca are also a great way to meet people.

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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.

Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. We are not just a tolerant city we are an inclusive city. All religions and cultures are welcome as long as they are peaceful, do not impose their belief on others and practice in the same inclusive and welcoming manner.

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

In the Greater Toronto Area: IT, telecommunications, marketing, manufacturing, automotive industry, finance, tourism, arts and entertainment, etc.

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

Career is top priority followed by family time which can consist of outings, socializing with others and taking the kids for after school activities like swimming, playing in the parks, joining sports teams. We like to cook at home and entertain at home as well.

Everyone in Toronto loves either Hockey, Basketball, Baseball or all of the above. We are proud of our sports teams.

In the summer the waterfront has a lot to offer both residence and tourists with arts, cultures, fairs and events for the whole family. Many like to go out to the country on the weekends when the weather permits. Norther Ontario is a beautiful part of the world.

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

I have a relocation company in Toronto helping primarily corporate clients and their families from all over the world with all aspects of their move to Toronto. I also work with an affiliate who has assistants working across Canada. Together we can assist with government cards and forms, school admissions, home finding, city orientation and more.

This is a great city, full of cultural resources, picturesque, loads of opportunities and very accepting of all cultures. We are one of the most multicultural cities in the world!!! Language training is abundant, public transportation, continuing education are all available at a reasonable cost. The cost of housing and the overall cost of living is high. In order for me to assist you, you must have your employment in place as there are not many people who will rent to you without this. Once you are working here legally you can get your medical coverage (OHIP) as well. I can direct you to the appropriate immigration lawyers, international movers, etc. as part of my service.

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