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Old 09-11-2009, 05:54 PM
 
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Hi mates, I am newcomer from eastern Europe and would like to determinate which town to chose. I cant decide between Calgary and Halifax. In both cities I have friends who can help me at the beginning. But do you mind to tell me about low payed jobs. Is the crisis affect them? I have other questions but at first I really need to settle somewhere and then I will start to equal my education. Thanks.
Well, I've lived in both cities. Calgary is significantly bigger (about three times the size), so naturally there are more opportunities.

Calgary experienced a huge growth boom over the last 5 years (due to the shocking growth in oil commodity markets), and thus has experienced a bit of a shock when the markets dropped this year.

Nobody can predict the markets, but I personally feel that the oilsands will continue to be profitable in the future, and Alberta/Calgary will continue to grow.

I can't say that Halifax has been hit as hard as Calgary has during this recession, but that's likely due to the fact that it didn't experience as much growth beforehand either.

Personally, as a larger city that is close to the mountains, I prefer Calgary. However, if you're looking for a smaller city experience, and love the ocean, then go for Halifax.

You should do some reading. Check out citystats and wikipedia for starters:

Calgary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Calgary, Alberta - Detailed City Profile

Metropolitan Halifax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Detailed City Profile
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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.....if you're looking for a smaller city experience, and love the ocean, then go for Halifax.
Thanks for the response!
Actually I am residing in the same town as Halifax. Round 300 000 population and it is situated on the Black sea coast. So may be I will decide Halifax.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Halifax would be a lot cheaper than Calgary, too. I went there recently and loved it.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: NW MT
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Alberta didn't have a sales tax last I check
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Yes! They have not taxes on salaries but the living charges are little bit more. For example I saw that the bachelor flat in Calgary is near to 800 CAD and that kind of flat could be found in Halifax for 500 CAD.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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Hi there, family with teenagers thinking of moving to Halifax. Is it a good place to live? Also, does anyone know about Mt. Sait Vincent University.....any details or recommends would be cherished.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Hi all.
I came in Canada and especially in Halifax at 07 November last year.

My opinion about this city:
It is good for living if you are student in the some of the Universities here. Lots of fun if you are young and lots of bars and night life. People are friendly but in the night clubs sometimes happens fights and incidents. Also do not go to the North End - this area is strictly criminal and you may find yourself in bad company. Good places for live are South End - very rich part and very expensive for rent and Clayton park-not so rich and expensive.

So if you are single and looking for a education here in Halifax it is a perfect place for you.

Actually I am married and I am experienced engineer. My experience is in Environmental engineering and unfortunately there is not work for me. As I said before I am here since November 2009 and still have not interview for a job. Currently I am working as a cleaner and of course I am not happy.
So for the professionals who planing to became here I just recommend to watch very good what opportunities they have here in Halifax and NS and then to decide. Nova Scotia is not too developed and there is a small amount of qualified jobs.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: halifax
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Hi all.
I came in Canada and especially in Halifax at 07 November last year.

My opinion about this city:
It is good for living if you are student in the some of the Universities here. Lots of fun if you are young and lots of bars and night life. People are friendly but in the night clubs sometimes happens fights and incidents. Also do not go to the North End - this area is strictly criminal and you may find yourself in bad company. Good places for live are South End - very rich part and very expensive for rent and Clayton park-not so rich and expensive.

So if you are single and looking for a education here in Halifax it is a perfect place for you.

Actually I am married and I am experienced engineer. My experience is in Environmental engineering and unfortunately there is not work for me. As I said before I am here since November 2009 and still have not interview for a job. Currently I am working as a cleaner and of course I am not happy.
So for the professionals who planing to became here I just recommend to watch very good what opportunities they have here in Halifax and NS and then to decide. Nova Scotia is not too developed and there is a small amount of qualified jobs.
have you considered Toronto ? I knew an immigrant who came from Albania. He was a trained electrician but because he wasn't educated in Canada a lot of companies in Nova Scotia took advatage of that and paid him a fraction of what he should have gotten. He ended up working as a cleaner. He went to Toronto and worked as an electrician getting paid very well. There are many more immigrants in Canada's largest cities meaning more people in your situation.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Actually I'll apply for a master degree here in Dal. It they said is a 1 year according to my previous experience and education. So at the end I will try to find something at Alberta and especially Calgary.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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We live on the South Shore. I used to live in metropolitan cities and worked in software engineering. Moved to NS 8 years ago. (came to Canada 15 years ago).

Well, I view living in NS as a trade-off. No high-paying jobs on one hand. On the other, you don't have to scrape and save for heavy rents, mortgages, for vacations (the ocean is by your door, generally speaking). No saving for "retirement in a nice quiet place", since you are already living in such a place. By contrast, with a similar nature, the West Coast is prohibitively expensive.

Without these huge expenses, living on a smaller wage is OK. Especially outside Halifax.
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