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Old 11-25-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Canackistan
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Is Windsor a big city Vancouver or Toronto?
I would strongly advise against looking at Windsor. It is actually a pretty miserable place to live. My wife is from there, and she has sworn she will never return unless one of her parents gets sick. Housing is quite low, but the economy is in the gutter. Most of her family has left, and for good reason. I'm not trying to pick on the people there, as the people are some of the nicest i've met anywhere. But people there are so broke it's sickening.

I would look to Alberta, but not Calgary. There is a very strong economy here in this province, and housing is actually quite normal, you just have to know where to look.
Edmonton or anywhere around the metro city would be your best bet. Even a smaller city like Grande Prairie would be okay.
Depending on your experience, a job is not hard to get. Even if you don't have much experience, a lot of companies will train and pay for it.
Check out REALTOR.ca - Welcome for housing prices of a city you like.
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Is Windsor a big city Vancouver or Toronto?
Windsor has about 300,000 people and is much smaller than the top rung of Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa) and even the second rung (Winnipeg, Quebec City, Hamilton).

But Windsor is literally right next to Detroit which has several million people in its metro.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Are those safe cities?

If you want to freeze your you know what off. They are in the arctic.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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I would strongly advise against looking at Windsor. It is actually a pretty miserable place to live. My wife is from there, and she has sworn she will never return unless one of her parents gets sick. Housing is quite low, but the economy is in the gutter. Most of her family has left, and for good reason. I'm not trying to pick on the people there, as the people are some of the nicest i've met anywhere. But people there are so broke it's sickening.

I would look to Alberta, but not Calgary. There is a very strong economy here in this province, and housing is actually quite normal, you just have to know where to look.
Edmonton or anywhere around the metro city would be your best bet. Even a smaller city like Grande Prairie would be okay.
Depending on your experience, a job is not hard to get. Even if you don't have much experience, a lot of companies will train and pay for it.
Check out REALTOR.ca - Welcome for housing prices of a city you like.
No one wants to live in Edmonton. They only live there due to high incomes which are offered because no one would choose to live there otherwise. That being said, you could go live there for a year or two and save some money during the recession. Unbelievably it is still near the top of the list of overpriced housing worldwide. I would assume that it's housing market and Calgary's are due to crash at some point as noone is moving to these locales anymore since the recession.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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What about North Pole?
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Windsor has about 300,000 people and is much smaller than the top rung of Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa) and even the second rung (Winnipeg, Quebec City, Hamilton).

But Windsor is literally right next to Detroit which has several million people in its metro.
Metro Statistical Area Population for Metro Detroit shows 4.5 million... Essex County, which Windsor is a part of is about 400,000. Windsor is literally across the river and would never even exist if not for Detroit. Windsor you could say would be a suburb of Detroit if not for the border... Thousands of folks in Windsor work or go to school in Metro Detroit every day and thousands of Detroiters visit Windsor on weekends...

That said, you will not get a true "Canadian Experience" living in Windsor. It's a blend of US and Canada... Politics for instance is Canadian as are most attitudes and mores (city is a left wing union town, like Metro Detroit but more so), but lifestyles, aspirations, the asthetics of the city, the sensibility, the economy, the way people interact with the world, etc. are American... They still believe in peace, order and good government but also believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which doesn't fit into the beliefs of many Canadians who prefer strict control... The pace of life is more American but the accent is Canadian.

Most folks watch American TV and support American teams for instance. Most shop in the US and vacation in the US as well... There is a certain libertarian Americanness about the place you don't see anywhere else in Canada, not even Toronto. You can see it in how the city is planned and laid out for instance... Loose zoning and planning making property cheap but making for a mishmash layout for instance... Familiar in the US but not really fitting into the Canadian sensibility for order... Industrial zones mixed up in the city instead of being in an isolated industrial park. Houses built wherever there is room... Walmarts next to churches, etc. Think Michigan or Texas style planning....

Even when Windsor was booming 10 years ago and had the highest incomes in Canada, it was cheap. More bars, strip clubs and a huge Caesars casino in town as well, something that most Canadian cities (such as Calgary) would never allow.

I find it a great city for many things and not so great for others... It wouldn't be my first choice to live in Canada if you want the white collar suburban WASPy small town conservative "Wonder Bread" lifestyle... (I'd vote Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hate, Lethbridge for that). But if you're a blue collar "Reagan Democrat" sort who enjoys boating, fishing, BBQ, travel, warm weather, great restaurants and decent nightlife etc. Windsor is probably your best choice in Canada.

Cost of living, avg salary to cost is lowest in Canada, bar none. Especially with US shopping so close. Keeps Windsor retailer prices lower and food & housing is probably the cheapest in Canada. Trick in Windsor is getting a decent job.
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Canackistan
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No one wants to live in Edmonton. They only live there due to high incomes which are offered because no one would choose to live there otherwise. That being said, you could go live there for a year or two and save some money during the recession. Unbelievably it is still near the top of the list of overpriced housing worldwide. I would assume that it's housing market and Calgary's are due to crash at some point as noone is moving to these locales anymore since the recession.
Well, people are still moving to Calgary. They're desperately trying to be toronto jr.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Well, people are still moving to Calgary. They're desperately trying to be toronto jr.
People used to move to Calgary in droves... Not so much anymore according to the latest census. The "cost of living/economic opportunity" ratio is not as great here as it was back in 2006... Many folks moving back "home" and the real estate market is starting to reflect that. Oil is back at $90/bbl but you wouldn't know it from the labour market just yet...
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:57 PM
 
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So where are folks migrating now in Canada?
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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So where are folks migrating now in Canada?
People are still moving to BC, especially the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, if they can afford it. Not so much Okanagan Valley anymore... I hear Fort McMurrary is picking up again and that Red Deer is still growing.

Of course people are still moving to Toronto, immigrants mostly (most immigrants end up in Toronto) but also from smaller centres in the province such as London, Sarnia, Owen Sound, etc. If you're into tech, Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph is affordable and has jobs. RIM is based here. Ottawa is growing as well.

The biggest moving destination people talk about now is Saskatchewan, and I hear Manitoba is getting that halo effect too... Relatively affordable, by Canadian standards, and the provinces are a natural resources bonanza so those industries need more folks. Remember, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (and Alberta to a degree) are grossly underpopulated...
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