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Old 05-09-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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Over the years I've had the good fortune to be able to travel through most of Canada. Always, I've enjoyed it. Most cities, communities, cultural events, transportation and other activities just seemed to resonate with my old soul. Yes, of course, I get on well with Canadians. Thus, I'm considering relocating to the Calgary area. Is it possible for some of my fellow posters to respond to the following inquiries?

1. Never do I want anything big in housing. Could I find a small house or apartment to rent between 500 to 550CND, I think the US dollar is now trading at a discount to your currency - impacting affordability.

2. Is Calagary walkable and; correspondingly, is there effective public transit? Want to sell my car and be a humble pedesterian.

3. If I got some kind of a card or residential visa, could I do some type of work? For example, shovel snow off of someone's driveway or escort someone to their favorite fish'in hole?

4. Do any of the women enjoy ballroom dancing, bridge, an evening at the symphony or brisk afternoon tea?

5. Was Gordie Howe a greater hockey player than Wayne Gretzsky?

6. If I had a hang nail that was painfully distressing for more than three months could I get it treated at an ER?

7. Is there at least one church that still remains open?

8. Is less than 66% of your population profoundly obese? Where I live many of my fellow denizens are significantly overweight. Sad, indeed! Often though, they'll mall walk with a liter jug of coke in their hand. A tad-bit counterproductive? Then, on the way to their "largeess"(sp) Detroit-Japan or German SUV they'll toss the cup onto the ground. Perhaps, in 2008, environmental consciousness is not yet well refined? Sorry, for the side bar. The problem is essentially this, I suffer from oxygen depletion. You see heavier souls, require more O2 to carry forth with common cardio-respiratory functions. That leaves a lot less oxygen for myself and fellow trim souls. So, I have to hold my breath for long periods in order to survive. Thus, the inquiry.

Yes, of course, you are probably wondering where I live in the States. Is anyone familiar with Knoxville, Tennessee? It is a rapidly growing community with four seasons. It has a balmy-sunny summer with plenty of humidity. The other seasons are rather mild with very little, if any snow. If interested, no, we don't have any state income taxes (similar to GST), but a sales tax of 9.25% on everything and graduated-federal taxes.

In advance, thanking anyone for their rejoinders - love to read'em. Shalom.

Last edited by Doc. T.; 05-09-2008 at 04:23 PM.. Reason: Tired fingers.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Good luck with your move to Calgary. I am an American that has lived in Calgary for a little over a year now. Here are some of my perceptions realated to a couple of your questions...

1) Housing is expensive. Not as expensive as the coastal areas of the US but much more expensive than most of the southern US. I bought a house here so I'm not too in-tune with the rental market. However, I'm certain $500 per month will not land you much more than a studio apartment is a no-so-great part of town.

2) Downtown Calgary is somewhat walkable and public transit it OK. Not as good as Manhattan but better than Atlanta. Of course, living downtown generally costs much more in rent than living outside the downtown core. A decent 750 sq ft, 1 bedroom apartment downtown could cost around $1,500 per month.

3) You can only work if you have a work permit or a permanent resident visa. Work permits can be obtained in as little as 3 months and most permanent resident application can take several years to get approved.

Read up on the available ways to immigrate to Canada. Without a permit or permanent residency, most people can enter as a visitor for up to 6 months at a time.

Welcome to Citizenship and Immigration Canada

6) Visitors will not be covered under provincial health care. As a visitor, you would have to either pay for services or get private health insurance. I personally find the health care system in Calgary to be substandard compared to US style health care. Just my opinion based on direct experiences. I am a relatively healthy person so it really doesn't matter to me.

8) Yes, less than 66% of the people in Calgary are not obese. However, this is true of any major US city as well. Just like anywhere else in the world, there are people of all body types here in Calgary. If you really are in need of more oxygen, someplace with a less dense population would be the ticket. Montana might be a great alternative. You won't find any oxygen advantages in any major city

GST has nothing to do with income taxes. GST is our version of a sales tax. We have GST on goods and services (G & S), provincial income taxes, and graduated federal income taxes. As far as income taxes go, I end up paying a little more here than I did in several US states. As a note, car insurance, gasoline, food, and entertainment are all MUCH more expensive up here.

In the end, if you wish to come and visit, you can do so for a limited period of time. You won't be able to work, attend school, or get provincial healthcare but you can certainly enjoy the city.

Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask questions if you think of any more.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:00 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Doc. T. View Post
Thus, I'm considering relocating to the Calgary area. Is it possible for some of my fellow posters to respond to the following inquiries?
My first post here (I joined to participate in the Arizona forum - we are looking to exploit a distressed American mortgage holder and get a property in Sedona on the cheap), I live in Calgary and will do my best for you...

1. Never do I want anything big in housing. Could I find a small house or apartment to rent between 500 to 550CND, I think the US dollar is now trading at a discount to your currency - impacting affordability. Unlikely, especially given your criterion #2 below. If that is your price range, your home will likely be a cardboard box on a downtown sidewalk. Just make sure you move your cardboard box regularly or it may be destroyed in a controlled explosion.

2. Is Calagary walkable and; correspondingly, is there effective public transit? Want to sell my car and be a humble pedesterian. Calgary has huge sprawl and is a car-centric city but it does have a pretty good light rail system. If you managed to rent a room in shared accomodation in the far outskirts at $500/month you will need at least one car, probably two. If you live downtown it is walkable, but incompatible with your criterion #1 above. But if you keep your cardboard box downtown...problem solved; walkable.

3. If I got some kind of a card or residential visa, could I do some type of work? For example, shovel snow off of someone's driveway or escort someone to their favorite fish'in hole? If you got a work permit, or a TN visa, yes. Otherwise no. But Calgarians that live in cardboard boxes regularly turn up their noses at the "Help Wanted" signs posted everywhere (unemployment rate is 3%) and choose to beg instead, I guess a pretty good living can be made this way and I am unsure if you need a work permit for begging. Just remember point 1 above about moving your cardboard box regularly....

4. Do any of the women enjoy ballroom dancing, bridge, an evening at the symphony or brisk afternoon tea? No, Calgarian women don't like any of this stuff. Can you line dance?

5. Was Gordie Howe a greater hockey player than Wayne Gretzsky? No

6. If I had a hang nail that was painfully distressing for more than three months could I get it treated at an ER? Yes. But if you need a bypass you will have to stay in line for 18 months or raise $300,000 (that's a lot of begging) to travel to Washington state and have the procedure there. Take your box with you or it will be destroyed by the time you return.

7. Is there at least one church that still remains open? Yes, Alberta is Texas North and there is a church on every street. Synagogues not so much.

8. Is less than 66% of your population profoundly obese? Only outside the Walmart and it's parking lot.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:05 AM
 
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Question Hi, all!

I and my wife are dreaming for years already to leave Russia.
Somehow i meet in the net a young Canadian girl, and we both chatted and emailed a lot. This showed to us that Canada is a very good country with kind people...
We are colecting different info, like how we can get permanent visas, how i will be a freelancer there (i'm a web developer), how a foregn guy can buy a studio apartment there, is this possible to do it remotely (before any visits to Canada), how much we can trust to advocates who never seen...
As you can see, there are a sea of questions
But currently, our search concentratend on two points:
1) Is possible for foreign visitors, who had a bank account in Canada, buy a studio apartment,
2) if yes, how it will cost, for example, in Calgary, ar any other wesern city.
We think by all info that we have already, that levl of life is not so different here between very big and realtively small cities, and if we buy a studio ap. in a small city, we will have all what we need for life and work (ER, food, fast internet for me, and threads for my wife - she is a professional knitter).
We are planning to spent 5-6 years to get about 30,000 dollars on our bank account and we understand that all this is not very easy, but life in Russia is much harder than elsewhere...
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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It is very possible for non-Canadians to buy property, but just owning property does not give the foreign owner the right to live in Canada as a resident.

Property prices vary greatly from one city to the next.

Check REALTOR.ca - Welcome for real estate prices.


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Old 02-25-2010, 02:00 AM
 
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It is very possible for non-Canadians to buy property, but just owning property does not give the foreign owner the right to live in Canada as a resident.

Property prices vary greatly from one city to the next.

Check REALTOR.ca - Welcome for real estate prices.


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Thanks for info!
There are a lot of myths about all countries in Russia, like @if you buy any real estate in a country, this will make much easier for you to get permanent visa and ever work permit....
I dream to freelance in Canada, and my wife have good knitting skills, and dream to start a knitting business at new place...
it seems, like reality try to broke any dreams into a lot od small useless pieces, as usual...
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