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Old 05-17-2007, 02:25 AM
 
Location: Coming soon to a town near YOU!
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I know that the bulk of conversation is about Canadians moving to the US, but how about Americans who move up north?

I would be interested in hearing how the transition has gone for you, and if it is something that you would do again.
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:59 PM
 
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canada is pretty much the same as usa. when u rent an apt, its the same. they do a credit check on you. alot of the restraunts are the same. they have similar supermarkes. the thing that is differnt is that you have to put money into the shoping cart. the roads are similar. opening a bank account is easy. you just show up with 2 forms of id, the same as usa. things are more expensive though, and you get used to that. the food is not as good but you can always cook your own food. people are not as friendly but once you get to know them, theyre cool.
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I have been in Ontario Canada for a little over 3 years. I can not apply for Citizenship until October of 2007, but I am a legal resident.

There are may different things I notice from U.S. to Canada.

1. In Canada there is no Sierra Mist.
2. In Canada there are no Bush's Baked Beans.
3. In Canada you can't find good Mexican food.

OK now on the more serious side.

Things are a little more expensive. But we have to pay 15% tax on top of everything. The exchange rate is like almost the same now. So you can't really use that as an excuse.

I dont think people are rude here. You run into a bad apple from time to time, but it wont matter where you are there will alway be rude people around.

I live in the "sticks" and for the most part you have rednecks no matter where you go in the world. Its all good.

I don't think living in Canada is that different. People do not live in igloos, drive to work on their sled. They are nomral people with cars with normal jobs just like people down in the U.S.

I don't understand why people think you cross the Canadian boarder and the temp drops 32 degrees.

I am very happy here and will become a citizen in October.
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Montréal, Canada
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There is excellent Mexican food in Montréal:

Montréal Plus.ca - Bars et restaurants - La Guadalupe Mexicain inc
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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I visit Toronto about every 2 months to visit friends. I love the city and would very much love to know how you've gone about immigrating with respect to employment. Do you have any advice? Thanks so much!
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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I visit Toronto about every 2 months to visit friends. I love the city and would very much love to know how you've gone about immigrating with respect to employment. Do you have any advice? Thanks so much!

I guess you're asking about immigrating as a skilled worker?

Generally you need to find an employer willing to hire you and to get clearance through Human Resources and Development Canada.

All the information is available at Citizenship and Immigration Canada's web site:

Welcome Page | Page d'accueil





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Old 06-13-2009, 12:00 AM
 
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Well at least in the Maritime Provinces it is extremely expensive.. Groceries prices are terrible.. a turkey.. a 15 pound turkey for over 45.00! Hard liquor is nonsense... 56 .00 for a bottle of low grade vodka.. and 30 odd bucks for a 16 pack of beer.... I can go on and on....I love it there I just don't know really how the people living there can even afford their groceries... I lived there for 4 years.....there are no jobs there.... especially in Nova Scotia.....maybe in the Halifax area.... but not in Annapolis Valley where I lived....Couldn't even get a decent size baking potato.. but oh well///// we were helping the Canadians with their health care system.. Tax even on postage stamps!.. But even then my friend had surgery in Halifax and the water was contaminated in the hospital...couldn't bathe or drink the water!!!!. so I guess all in all it is better living in the good old U.s.a....
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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I have been in Ontario Canada for a little over 3 years. I can not apply for Citizenship until October of 2007, but I am a legal resident.

There are may different things I notice from U.S. to Canada.

1. In Canada there is no Sierra Mist.
2. In Canada there are no Bush's Baked Beans.
3. In Canada you can't find good Mexican food.

OK now on the more serious side.

Things are a little more expensive. But we have to pay 15% tax on top of everything. The exchange rate is like almost the same now. So you can't really use that as an excuse.

I dont think people are rude here. You run into a bad apple from time to time, but it wont matter where you are there will alway be rude people around.

I live in the "sticks" and for the most part you have rednecks no matter where you go in the world. Its all good.

I don't think living in Canada is that different. People do not live in igloos, drive to work on their sled. They are nomral people with cars with normal jobs just like people down in the U.S.

I don't understand why people think you cross the Canadian boarder and the temp drops 32 degrees.
I am very happy here and will become a citizen in October.
That is kind of funny because my wife is Canadian and we live in Georgia but because my wife loves her "Breakfast TV" we have her ExpressVu satellite TV here and when they show the weather, they show the temperature in METRIC and we love to fool visitors to the house by turning it on and saying "see, you don't want to live there because it is 35 degrees in JULY so imagine how cold it is in January there" and you would be shocked at the number of people- like my kid's friends - that actually buy it!
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Well at least in the Maritime Provinces it is extremely expensive.. Groceries prices are terrible.. a turkey.. a 15 pound turkey for over 45.00! Hard liquor is nonsense... 56 .00 for a bottle of low grade vodka.. and 30 odd bucks for a 16 pack of beer.... I can go on and on....I love it there I just don't know really how the people living there can even afford their groceries... I lived there for 4 years.....there are no jobs there.... especially in Nova Scotia.....maybe in the Halifax area.... but not in Annapolis Valley where I lived....Couldn't even get a decent size baking potato.. but oh well///// we were helping the Canadians with their health care system.. Tax even on postage stamps!.. But even then my friend had surgery in Halifax and the water was contaminated in the hospital...couldn't bathe or drink the water!!!!. so I guess all in all it is better living in the good old U.s.a....
ha ha ha, I am from Nova Scotia. But I now live in Alberta. In Nova Scotia the economy is really bad, there are not many jobs, but there are lots of taxes there. Here in Alberta there are way more jobs, but food and housing gets wayyy more expensive, and there are less taxes.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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That is kind of funny because my wife is Canadian and we live in Georgia but because my wife loves her "Breakfast TV" we have her ExpressVu satellite TV here and when they show the weather, they show the temperature in METRIC and we love to fool visitors to the house by turning it on and saying "see, you don't want to live there because it is 35 degrees in JULY so imagine how cold it is in January there" and you would be shocked at the number of people- like my kid's friends - that actually buy it!
Celsius, KevK, the weather is in Celsius.
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