what is life like in canada today . looking at jobs , living cast and other ..?

i really want to know cause i am planning on moving there .

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  • Annie
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    9 years ago
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    The cost of living in Vancouver proper is relatively high because the vacancy rate is low (approx 1%) and the cost of renting or buying anything is high. The average cost of buying a bungalow that's in good shape is around $600,000, and the prices of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath in some areas are over $1,000,000. The purchase price of a newer condo is at least $300,000. Rents are also high. A one bedroom one bath apartment will run you around $1,000.

    The housing costs are lower in the suburbs. However, commuting from the suburbs isn't cheap (we have the highest gasoline prices in the country). The one and only vehicle insurance company is run by the province, called ICBC. Your car must pass a yearly or biannual "AirCare" test for carbon emissions, which can cost as little as $45 a year. However, if you fail, you must get your car fixed at an AirCare approved garage, which will run you around $600. Sometimes, if the emissions are too high, AirCare will require the vehicle owner to have the car towed off the lot to a garage (I've seen this happen). BTW, ICBC car insurance covers only the basics; if you want additional insurance on your vehicle, you don't have a whole lot of choices - I'd recommend BCAA, since if you are a member and insure your car with them, you can get a decrease on the price of your insurance.

    Transit from the suburbs isn't exactly that great. We have a transit authority called Translink, which covers both the bus lines and the rapid transit (Skytrain). In the 'burbs, getting from A to B after 7 PM on any day of the week can be frustrating to say the least - or it was the least time I used it - with buses running only once an hour, compared to once every 1/2 hour in Vancouver and Burnaby. Our infrastructure is under construction. The new Golden Ears bridge has a toll on it. As soon as the Port Mann bridge is completed, there will be a toll on it also.

    One of the good things about living here in Greater Vancouver in the fall and winter is because there isn't a lot of snow, usually, and the winter temps are usually around 0 degrees C, more or less. Our winter precipitation is mostly rain - pretty much everyone carries an umbrella of one size or another every day, and many people carry golf umbrellas to keep dry, esp if they use transit. The downside of our weather is that when the temp drops below -1C or -2C, the rain/sleet/snow freezes, turning the streets into skating rinks. When that happens, there are car accidents galore. It's not unusual for a company to declare a snow day because its employees can't make it to work. Buses have a hard time running, since there are a lot of hills and several mountains in the Greater Vancouver area, and the buses just can't make it up and down those hills (some of which are verrrry steep.) Skytrain may also stop running if the tracks get iced up.

    Living here gives you close access to recreational spots. We have 3 ski resorts on the north shore of Vancouver (you must have chains or snow tires to get up those mountains). There are parks everywhere. You can go boating or scuba diving in the morning, and then travel up the sea-to-sky highway to Squamish and Whistler in the afternoon (or vice versa). In the summertime, we have the Celebration of Light which consists of a fireworks competition over a period of several days; the turnout for this event is literally in the hundreds of thousands of people.

    This should give you just a small glimpse of what it's like to live here in Greater Vancouver.

  • 9 years ago

    Immigrating to another country during world's financial crises involves a lot of risks. There are not enough jobs for Canadians at this point, to be honest with you. Your chances of getting a job here are very slim.

  • 9 years ago

    Here's the process to apply for immigration to Canada:

  • 9 years ago

    Overall, life is good. Canada's rated as being/having:

    -The world's best advanced economy.

    -The only G7 nation fully recovered from the global financial crisis & recession.

    -The world's soundest banking system.

    -The world leader in educational attainment.

    -The world's most tolerant country.

    -The world's friendliest nation.

    -The world's most welcoming country.

    Canada's also rated as being:

    -One of the world's 10 safest countries.

    -One of the world's 10 most peaceful nations.

    -One of the world's 10 happiest countries.

    -One of the world's 10 least corrupt nations.

    -One of the world's 10 freest countries.

    The Canadian Government has an online jobs tool you might find interesting - http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/content_pieces-en...

    More info about it and a ton of other good-to-know links - http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/content_pieces-en...

    The Bank of Canada's consumer price index is handy for cost of living stuff - http://www.bankofcanada.ca/about/backgrounders/con...

    And this link is for online cost of living calculators and other info on the subject - http://www.canadaone.com/ezine/expert/expert_qa.ht...

    Hope it helps and the best of luck to your success!

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  • 9 years ago

    very low unemployment - especially in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmontin, and Winnepeg areas!

    google cost of living in the areas that you are thinking about to find more info.

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