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Old 03-14-2011, 12:57 PM
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Hi there,

I'm planning to move to Canada (Vancouver) and I wounder about how much the living there will cost me.

For example: here in Europe (Slovenia) I work as a student and I am paid 4Euros per hour. In Vancouver I'll work as a live out carer and will be paid 8-12$ per hour.

What am I missing here?, because I was said:

"Finding work as a live out caregiver is you don’t have certification is difficult and the pay is often quite poor here. The competition for these jobs is very high and the pay rate is often between $8 - $12.00 an hour. This is not enough to live on very well at all in Vancouver even if you do find work. Employers are often looking for someone who can give more than a year in service also."

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Old 03-14-2011, 02:36 PM
Location: Lotusland
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Rent is going to be your biggest expense. Do you have a place to live already? You can budget from there. Transit is quite good, but I don't find it cheap at all, the lower mainland is broken up into zones. If you live and work in Vancouver this is one zone and transit will cost you about $5.00 per day, if you move further away from your work then transit ads another $2.50 - $5.00 per day depending on the zone.

Here is a link for the employment standards for domestic workers
Government of B.C., Ministry of Labour, Employment Standards Branch, Factsheet Index, Employment Standards in B.C.

The rules for live-in is governed by the Federal government, live-out you would be guided by regular BC provincial standards. Including overtime and holiday pay. There may be people that will offer you cash under the table but you have no protection and no wage guidelines.

I don't think it is that competitive, if it was the "live-in" program wouldn't be around, nobody locally want to do it.
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