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Old 07-17-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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Hi , I am a landed immigrant moving to Toonto, the thing is I don't know much about the place and can't choose where to stay, my main choices are Toronto, Mississauga & oakville , Can I get some pointers about living in these locations- I have 3 kids , one is going to university of toronto and the other two are in high school
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Hi! This is a general list of questions which might help people answer you a bit better:
Where are you coming from?
Why are you moving?
Where will you be working ?

Will you buy or rent?
What is your budget ?
What kind of place are you looking for ?

Briefly describe the kind of neighborhood you'd like to live in
(examples: families with young children, young, mature, artsy, diverse, safe, close-knit, block parties, etc)

List three things that are important to you in order of importance.(examples: nightlife, outdoor activities, rural/urban, safety, downtown area, charming, new construction, proximity to XYZ, family oriented, easy parking, short commute, etc)

Also, are you wanting to be in an area where there is a large population of immigrants from your home country?
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:20 AM
 
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Sorry for the brief initial message, moving the family to a new place is a big step, and thanks about the pointers to clarify my message, My situation is as follows;

We are a family of five, My wife and I and 3 kids ( 17-14-12), we are origonaly from Sudan, but we are moving to canada from the Middle east where we have been living for some time now. I believe living in canada will provide us with a better quality of life, I am in the construction industry and My wife is in the banking sector, we still have no arranged employment .

We are looking to rent for about 6 months to get to know the place then probably purchase after we get jobs, important factors to us are safety, family oriented , good school and commute, as long as those are available it is not important if it is in an high immigrant area.

I hear that the toronto area is a good place, I was looking for some insight about The toronto neighbourhoods, Mississauga and oakville. I first have to zero in onone of these towns before choosing a neighbourhood
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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When you say your wife is in the banking sector, is that in trading or finance (or even technology) and other jobs that typically require a university education and where you work in a big office building? If so, most of those jobs are in downtown Toronto. The teller type jobs in bank branches could be anywhere.

Do you know what kind of construction you might be involved in? Highrise or lowrise?
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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TD bank has a lot of people in Markham, not sure about other banks.
TD Bank Financial Group - Careers - Job Opportunities at TD Bank Financial Group (http://www.td.com/hr/opportunities.jsp - broken link)
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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Oakville is fantastic. High quality of life, top rated schools, waterfront lifestyle.

However, if possible I would try to arrange work before arriving here. Oakville's biggest drawback is that commute times can be very long from some of the GTA's largest employment areas including North York, Markham and even Downtown Toronto. Those are commutes I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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I agree that commutes from Oakville to Markham or North York are bad, but to downtown Toronto they're quite good if you take the GO train. Since the OP is in construction, he might be able to find employment within Oakville, or another nearby suburb, and his wife might find employment in downtown Toronto's financial district. Owning a house in much of Oakville is expensive ($500,000-$1,500,000), but there are a few places you can rent like the Kerr-Spears area. The apartment buildings there aren't the prettiest, but the neighbourhood is alright and I don't know what the OP's price range is.
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