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Old 04-20-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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I have considered looking for work and moving to Toronto now that I have Canadian citizenship. Initially, it looks like Ontario has an unemployment rate of about 7.6% does that sound right. I would be looking for a high tech sales job.

COL seems high. I believe I read on this forum housing costs are comparable to DC metro or NYC?

TIA
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Housing costs in Toronto are very high, but not quite NYC high. Typical rents for a one bedroom can start as low as $800 / month for a dumpy, out-of-the-way apartment in a low-income neighbourhood all the way up to $2500+ for a high-end spot in a nice neighbourhood.
Average prices for a decent 1 bdrm in a good area start at about $1200 and up.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Housing costs in Toronto are very high, but not quite NYC high. Typical rents for a one bedroom can start as low as $800 / month for a dumpy, out-of-the-way apartment in a low-income neighbourhood all the way up to $2500+ for a high-end spot in a nice neighbourhood.
Average prices for a decent 1 bdrm in a good area start at about $1200 and up.
Thanks all of my Canadian relatives live in Ontario, mainly Mississauga but they have been working at the same jobs forever and own a house many years so I reached out to CD.

When I read up and asked before on another forum it seemed that unemployment rate was about 7.5% and the mfg sector seemed to suffering from the rise in the loonie.

I would be looking for a job in high tech sales such as Canada Bell since I have a lot of telecom exp.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Thanks all of my Canadian relatives live in Ontario, mainly Mississauga but they have been working at the same jobs forever and own a house many years so I reached out to CD.

When I read up and asked before on another forum it seemed that unemployment rate was about 7.5% and the mfg sector seemed to suffering from the rise in the loonie.

I would be looking for a job in high tech sales such as Canada Bell since I have a lot of telecom exp.
I really don't know too much about employment prospects in your field in the GTA, but if you have experience you should be able to find something as that particular sector seems to be pretty strong, and there are quite a few telecom firms either based in TO, or with offices here. As always, try and secure a position before you make the move.

Perhaps someone employed in your field or a related one will read your post and be able to give better advice.

If I were you, I would avoid living in the suburbs near your relatives, simply because of the traffic gridlock and the stress that commuting into the city creates. This is assuming that your job is in Toronto. If not, then it's best to live near where your work, even if Toronto does provide the best access to amenities, transport, and entertainment. Until we get our public transportation system updated (which could take two decades), travelling from the suburbs to the city for work, or vice-versa, is just too much wasted time IMO, and we all waste enough time working as it is. For me, it makes more sense to pay the higher cost of living that goes with being in Toronto, but be able to take public transit into work and have all the amenities and entertainment I enjoy nearby.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I really don't know too much about employment prospects in your field in the GTA, but if you have experience you should be able to find something as that particular sector seems to be pretty strong, and there are quite a few telecom firms either based in TO, or with offices here. As always, try and secure a position before you make the move.

Perhaps someone employed in your field or a related one will read your post and be able to give better advice.

If I were you, I would avoid living in the suburbs near your relatives, simply because of the traffic gridlock and the stress that commuting into the city creates. This is assuming that your job is in Toronto. If not, then it's best to live near where your work, even if Toronto does provide the best access to amenities, transport, and entertainment. Until we get our public transportation system updated (which could take two decades), travelling from the suburbs to the city for work, or vice-versa, is just too much wasted time IMO, and we all waste enough time working as it is. For me, it makes more sense to pay the higher cost of living that goes with being in Toronto, but be able to take public transit into work and have all the amenities and entertainment I enjoy nearby.
Thanks for the helpful info.
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