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Old 09-04-2011, 04:03 PM
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Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I have been considering a relocation to Ontario for a while and I recently came across a position in downtown Toronto that could be right up my alley. My two main concerns are 1) my boyfriend is a US citizen in the field of accounting and I'm unsure how difficult it may be for him to find work on a NAFTA Visa and 2) I don't know what the cost of living would be like in Toronto and surrounding areas (I am from Montreal).

With regard to my boyfriend, the concerns I have with him finding a job are due to the fact that he does not have a professional designation (e.g. CMA), which seems to be sought in many of the ads I've seen. He does have a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. I have also noticed that many (not all) accounting jobs seem to be listed through agencies, and I don't think this is an avenue he can take as a US citizen. He has applied for jobs from his current location and has had no luck. He feels if he is in the area, he might have a better chance.

We would consider other areas, like Burlington, or Ottawa, but I'm not sure the job prospects would be as great for my boyfriend. So the one thing I do feel good about is that Toronto may be one of the better cities in terms of offering greater job possibilities, but I do worry about cost of living, most especially rent prices. Ideally, I would like to be paying around $800 or at most $1000 for a two bedroom apartment/condo, but I don't know if this is realistic for something that is not a basement apartment. I also don't know which areas would be good to live in (nice, safe neighbourhoods), more affordable, while still being fairly accessible to downtown.

Any insight/feedback on any of the above would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:58 AM
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Easiest way to get a sense is to look at links online for Toronto.
Look up rental prices for housing on Toronto papers like the Sun or the Star
Look at grocery store coupons.
Car prices etc.
You can then compare to what similar items are in your area.

I think 800-1000 for a 2 bedroom is a bit low but it depends on where in Toronto you want to live. It's a big place
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:58 AM
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$800-$1000 is a bit low for any 2 bedroom apt/condo near any type of civilization in Toronto. 2 Bedroom condos will be pricy and small. Most likely looking in the $1700-$2100/month range depending where you are looking to live. Apartments on the other hand, you can find a 2 bedroom for about $1300-$1700 in an okay area. Just don't expect to be next to a subway station or in the middle of the city for this price.

You can check out CL to get an idea of what the market is like:
toronto apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:33 PM
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Default Thank you

I'm sorry this is late. Thank you both for your replies.
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