Where Should I Live in Canada?
Whether you’re emigrating to Canada alone or with your family, choosing a municipality to settle in can be difficult. This article will encourage you to think about your settlement needs and suggest some resources to help you make an informed decision.
Career and Finance
A practical and important factor for everyone to consider is the cost of living. These expenses include housing, food, utilities, insurance, transportation, and taxes. You can compare the cost of living in a municipality with your savings and expected income to see if living in the area is a good financial decision.
If you plan to work in Canada, you probably want to research the employment opportunities in different municipalities. Which municipalities in Canada offer the most positions in your profession? Which regions have the lowest unemployment rate?/p>
For entrepreneurs hoping to start a business or make investments, doing research on the local economy and industries would be valuable. Which municipalities have high demand and low supply for your product or service? Which regions are looking for investors?
Social Services and Infrastructure
Choosing a municipality with excellent social services will help you ensure you live a comfortable life in Canada.
For families with children, it’s important to take into account the local education systems. Similarly, students entering post-secondary institutions and adults wishing to further their education need to explore their municipality’s higher and adult education options. On the other hand, families with seniors should consider the availability of a retirement community or seniors’ home. If you or one of your family members has any special medical needs, you might want to pick an area with easy access to hospitals and specialists.
Another point to consider is access to public transit. You would likely rely heavily on transit at the beginning if you’re unfamiliar with the area, don’t have a Canadian driver’s license, or don’t own a car. Most urban areas have good transportation systems, but options in rural areas may be limited.
Environment and Lifestyle
Canada is a vast country with diverse regions. Many newcomers are unused to the Canadian winter that ranges from mild to extreme. What kind of climate and environment do you prefer? Do you want to live in a rural or urban area? How much pollution can you tolerate? Do you plan to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and skiing?
Last but not least, you should consider municipalities based on the quality of life and your unique interests. Which municipalities have high living standards and low crime rates? Do you prefer a large or small municipality? Are you more comfortable living in a traditional or cosmopolitan community? Which areas provide easy access to the arts, entertainment, or athletic activities that you enjoy? Would you like to settle in a quiet place or socialize and meet new people?
Statistics Canada (http://www.statcan.gc.ca) - The Consumer Price Index section that lists average living costs by province.
Health Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/) - This site gives a nice overall of health care plans and policies.
Industry Canada (http://www.ic.gc.ca/) - This site gives you important information on the overall economy and specific industries.
Education institutions - Fraser Institute (http://www.compareschoolrankings.org/) provides subjective rankings of Canadian elementary and secondary schools, while School Finder (http://www.schoolfinder.com/) lists post-secondary programs.
Provincial and municipal government websites - These provide regional details on the climate, labour market, industries, and social services.
Finally, if possible, try to obtain information directly by visiting potential municipalities, contacting residents, or talking to settlement experts.