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Old 05-24-2010, 10:30 PM
 
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Hi, Im Marquis
Im thinking of moving to Canada and my question is which city will be best for a disabled person living on a fixed income? Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thank You

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Old 05-25-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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If you are ok with French, I would recommend Montreal (eastern side or suburbs) - or anything in the Quebec province. Quebec has in general lower cost of living, lower house/rental prices etc, generous parental leave benefits, child daycare subsidies etc. Because it's a bit more socialist.

In Montreal's case, there is also a very good transportation network (metro and buses), the Trudeau airport in very nearby and reachable by the public bus and normal in-city fares.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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I think Toronto can be a good choice for those who are on wheelchairs, if this is the case. Buildings and infrastructure in Toronto are relatively newer than ones in Montreal/Quebec, and more handicapped accessible. Also it does not have much landscape and generally flat compared to other big cities, so that could be an advantage too.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver's well-known for being a city well-designed for wheelchair living. And it's not because the former mayor Sam Sullivan's quadriplegic or that the Paralympics were hosted here. However, the fixed income part may become a challenge. It's an expensive city.

Montreal? Not so much. It wouldn't be my first pick, considering all the stairs (and the ice/puddles/snow in the winter months). I love Montreal, but I remember navigating the city and thinking exactly that... "couldn't imagine how somebody in a wheelchair would get around here!" However, it's cheaper in terms of cost of living. French would be essential in getting the most of living there, however.

No idea about Toronto.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:38 PM
 
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I also disagree with Montreal. it's not very accessible, many of the metro stations don't even have escalators, let alone elevators.

Toronto is very accessible, but the cost of living is pretty high.
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:20 AM
 
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The OP was also mentioning about living on fixed income, that's why I was hinting towards MTL - cost of living and housing being considerably lower. And a bit communist, which might be to the OP's advantage :-)
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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While Montreal is more low-cost (and may have more generous social programs for PWD) than many cities like Toronto and Vancouver, as others have said, there are quite a few disadvantages as well. I do not have a disability but have negotiated elevator-less métro stations with baby carriages. Not fun. And it is true the large inner city of Montresal is older than most other cities, and older infra is often a barrier to accessibility. Plus there is the language issue if you do not speak French - learning another language to function in certain situations is yet another barrier, a significant one for many people.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Question: did the OP actually mention that the disability forced him/her to get around in a wheelchair? It could be any other form of disability not related to mobility...
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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While Montreal is more low-cost (and may have more generous social programs for PWD) than many cities like Toronto and Vancouver, as others have said, there are quite a few disadvantages as well. I do not have a disability but have negotiated elevator-less métro stations with baby carriages. Not fun. And it is true the large inner city of Montresal is older than most other cities, and older infra is often a barrier to accessibility. Plus there is the language issue if you do not speak French - learning another language to function in certain situations is yet another barrier, a significant one for many people.
The biggest of the barriers is the French, indeed.
As to transportation, I can say that the STM (metro + bus) network is well developed. The metro also began implementing elevators (the big stations at least).

I live on the eastern side (Anjou), which is 110% French :-). I don't speak French well and don't like it in general (although I studied a lot of it in school, perhaps the real French from France would attract me). Also, I don't have a car but with 2 kids (one is 4 and the other 7 months) we can manage with the public transportation. Not expensive and the metro network is broader than Toronto's (I heard).

Other than that, a bit off-topic, I wish to evade from Quebec and settle somewhere in Southwestern Ontario. Or maybe leave Canada and return to Europe to English-speaking countries with a better climate (Gibraltar, Malta, Ireland) and better built HOUSES (real brick&mortar not the North-American wooden barracks LOL).
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I live on the eastern side (Anjou), which is 110% French :-). I don't speak French well and don't like it in general (although I studied a lot of it in school, perhaps the real French from France would attract me)..
Note though that when in Quebec, Quebec French IS "real" French...
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