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Old 01-27-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Hi All,

I'm a senior IT Architect working for a major bank in Toronto. I also teach at one of the colleges. In total, I make around 170k and life is good in Toronto but I have one major problem!! IT'S COLD!!

I've been thinking about moving to Vancouver as I've heard it's warmer. I need to know how the IT job market is and how are the salary levels compared to Toronto.

Also, I'm considering moving to California. I understand it is a wide range. but my motive is very simple. I don't want to spend the rest of my life 4-5 month of boring COLD weather each year. - No offence! I love everything else about Toronto!

P.S, I'm married, no children and renting [for the time-being]

Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I hear that IT is pretty good in Vancouver, one of the most in demand fields in this city. Not working in this field, however, I will leave others to fill in the details.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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To Goodauthorone:
So what did you decide?
I am in same boat, but from Sydney Aus...wanted to pick among Toronto and van
I am working at technical Analyst UC with over 5 years experience at Sydney and now received Canadian PR
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:00 PM
 
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Hi All,

I'm a senior IT Architect working for a major bank in Toronto. I also teach at one of the colleges. In total, I make around 170k and life is good in Toronto but I have one major problem!! IT'S COLD!!

I've been thinking about moving to Vancouver as I've heard it's warmer. I need to know how the IT job market is and how are the salary levels compared to Toronto.

Also, I'm considering moving to California. I understand it is a wide range. but my motive is very simple. I don't want to spend the rest of my life 4-5 month of boring COLD weather each year. - No offence! I love everything else about Toronto!

P.S, I'm married, no children and renting [for the time-being]

Thanks for your help!
Moving to Vancouver "because it is warmer" - let me be blunt, is stupid. You will most likely face lower income and high cost in everything. And in return you get marginally better weather? Vancouver is not warmer. It is only warmer in the winter compared with Toronto and you get all the rain and grey sky. Not sure if it is worth it when you already have a pretty great life in Toronto.

I understand you don't want to spend 4-5 months in cold weather every year, but in moving, you are getting 4-5 month soggy days between 0 and 10C, not 360 days of warm sunshine. Plus a much smaller city (1/3) with correspondingly few amenities.

Moving to California is a different matter, and if you could, by all means. Even if your income remains the same (most likely higher), you will have a good life even in the most expensive San Francisco.
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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To Goodauthorone:
So what did you decide?
I am in same boat, but from Sydney Aus...wanted to pick among Toronto and van
I am working at technical Analyst UC with over 5 years experience at Sydney and now received Canadian PR
Move to Vancouver is

1) you simply want to avoid cold winter and snow at all cost. any minus degree makes you cringe.
2) being near the ocean and mountain vastly increases your perceived quality of life

Otherwise, I don't see the point.
I actually don't know why you want to leave Sydney. Can we trade places?
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:57 PM
 
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Thanks Botticelli for your time and suggestions
I still haven't decided fully if move or not, only key reason of this is my mother and brother in Toronto, and we are feeling sometimes lonely being living here since 2000

But otherwise I am enjoying every day Australia's magnificent weather and high wages.
Now got Canadian PRs in hand that is another reason it is ticking in mind
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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I just made the move to Vancouver for IT Professional ( I am servers/network )

Salary is less in Vancouver than in Toronto for entry level, but at your level it should be very similar.
Cost is similar. Both Toronto and Vancouver are expensive.
Both cities are good, but Vancouver is lacking in the middle layer of IT Professionals they all go elsewhere.

I have been here for a few months and so far it has been a very positive experience.

Have you looked at Seattle? Very similar but better pay and less cost
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:41 PM
 
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Hi guys what is scope in Vancouver for technical analysts (unified communication) with about 3 years experience.what you think would be the salary or hourly rates. Is this worth asking permanent roles or there is no such roles anymore. Can this be hunted while overseas or one has to be present onshore.

So far have not received positive experience while job hunting while overseas
Please advise
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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Hi All,

I'm a senior IT Architect working for a major bank in Toronto. I also teach at one of the colleges. In total, I make around 170k and life is good in Toronto but I have one major problem!! IT'S COLD!!

I've been thinking about moving to Vancouver as I've heard it's warmer. I need to know how the IT job market is and how are the salary levels compared to Toronto.

Also, I'm considering moving to California. I understand it is a wide range. but my motive is very simple. I don't want to spend the rest of my life 4-5 month of boring COLD weather each year. - No offence! I love everything else about Toronto!

P.S, I'm married, no children and renting [for the time-being]

Thanks for your help!
California hands down. Higher pay, lower cost of living ( except for Silicon Valley ) great weather and outdoor activities. Silicon Valley is expensive but IT salaries are very high. I was a software design consultant ( real-time, embedded ) for several years, mainly in Silicon Valley.

Local Purchasing Power in Toronto is 22.58% lower than in San Jose, CA

That is the important thing as it shows that a person in San Jose can purchase 22.58% more goods than somebody in Toronto based on cost of living vs income.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:10 PM
 
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Thanks Botticelli for your time and suggestions
I still haven't decided fully if move or not, only key reason of this is my mother and brother in Toronto, and we are feeling sometimes lonely being living here since 2000

But otherwise I am enjoying every day Australia's magnificent weather and high wages.
Now got Canadian PRs in hand that is another reason it is ticking in mind

Sidhuinoslo

Nobody forces you to use your brand new PR card...you can always return it...

Trading Sydney for Vancouver?? A folly in my book....and yes I'm an IT professional and lived both in Syd and Van....make sure you spend a month or more in van and get the real pulse of the place and ask a lot of questions, do not fall for the pretty tourist facade.
The city itself is very pretty even if a bit bland and the surrounding scenery is beautiful but weather is mediocre at best and the social environment is much more provincial than Sydney, arts and culture is a joke....career opportunities are also generally more limited.

Now if you can get a green card for the US that is a different story...

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