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Old 11-05-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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Hello!

So i'm finishing my master's degree in computer science next year and i'm thinking about going to Canada right after it. I will be 24 years old and there's something called the Canada Sweden youth exchange that I guess I would be eligible for. I'm used to harsh and bad weather as I am from Sweden and I'm looking for a nice city with a good amount of tech jobs. I don't know much about the canadian cities but I have been looking at Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. What's the pros and cons of these cities and how is the "tech" industry in them?
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Old 11-05-2016, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Land Of Smiles
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If harsh and bad weather is ok, you can go to Montreal or Toronto. Toronto is the best place in Canada for tech jobs, then comes Montreal. Vancouver has much less, and much higher cost of living. Winnipeg is not so good... Not so many jobs and the salaries are low... Though the cost of living there is much less than other cities...

Though USA is much better place for software engineers - much higher salaries and more jobs...
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Old 11-06-2016, 05:05 AM
 
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If harsh and bad weather is ok, you can go to Montreal or Toronto. Toronto is the best place in Canada for tech jobs, then comes Montreal. Vancouver has much less, and much higher cost of living. Winnipeg is not so good... Not so many jobs and the salaries are low... Though the cost of living there is much less than other cities...

Though USA is much better place for software engineers - much higher salaries and more jobs...
Yeah I just looked around and Toronto and it's nearby areas seems to have a lot more tech jobs than the other cities. How much is a 1 bedroom apartment in a good area in Toronto? Vancouver was much more expensive than i would have thought. How much can a fresh graduate with a master's degree in computer science expect to make in Toronto as a software engineer/developer? I would like to live "comfortably".

USA would indeed be the best place for software engineering/developer jobs but it's so much more harder to get a work visa there too. I don't think companies choose to sponsor fresh graduates with H1-B, I guess I would need at least 3 years of work experience too to have a chance? I could pretty much get to work in Canada right after my graduation.
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:40 AM
 
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I'd start by securing a job with a company willing to sponsor you then live in the city where that job is located.
seems like plenty of demand for your field of expertise=
https://www.google.ca/search?q=+jobs...k1.g2eF2tBG9N4
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:34 AM
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Location: Ontario
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General Toronto area is good.

Specifically I'm thinking Kitchener-Waterloo....it still is tech hub for Canada.

Ottawa should be considered as well.
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Canada
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General Toronto area is good.

Specifically I'm thinking Kitchener-Waterloo....it still is tech hub for Canada.

Ottawa should be considered as well.
Seconded. KW and Ottawa are Canadian tech hubs a foreigner likely wouldn't realize they should look at.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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Kitchener-Waterloo is a great place if you're in tech. Google has a campus there and there is an abundance of startups among other companies. How is your French? If you are aiming for Montreal you will have a hard time finding a job here if you don't speak it.
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Old 11-07-2016, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Kitchener-Waterloo is a great place if you're in tech. Google has a campus there and there is an abundance of startups among other companies. How is your French? If you are aiming for Montreal you will have a hard time finding a job here if you don't speak it.
In tech? Not according to the Anglos I know in Montreal start-ups, but of course it does somewhat limit your options, and moving to Montreal without speaking the local language is of course limiting in other ways.
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:23 AM
 
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I am currently in university taking Information Systems and I got my eyes on Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa for places to work after I graduate.
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Old 11-13-2016, 10:18 AM
 
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Yeah I just looked around and Toronto and it's nearby areas seems to have a lot more tech jobs than the other cities. How much is a 1 bedroom apartment in a good area in Toronto? Vancouver was much more expensive than i would have thought. How much can a fresh graduate with a master's degree in computer science expect to make in Toronto as a software engineer/developer? I would like to live "comfortably".

USA would indeed be the best place for software engineering/developer jobs but it's so much more harder to get a work visa there too. I don't think companies choose to sponsor fresh graduates with H1-B, I guess I would need at least 3 years of work experience too to have a chance? I could pretty much get to work in Canada right after my graduation.
Your best bet is to work for a US company in Canada and then if you want to transfer to the US it can be done painlessly with an L1-B. Then you can work towards a green card. If this is something attractive to you then I would choose Toronto.
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