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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 8:47am On Feb 25, 2017
OP, thanks alot for creating this thread. Very informative. I'm also awaiting my PR visa.
Looks like most of you are in Alberta. Anyone in Ottawa or Montreal? I'm looking for a city with low standard of living but with a good University where I can obtain a 2-year Nursing degree (after first degree) and has high employment rate for people in the finance sector as hubby will be ACCA certified by the time we will be moving.
Also which province has very subsidised day cares cos we have a toddler.
Which province can I get student loan without having to live there for a long time? I want to start school immediately after landing so I would have to do the processing from Naija. Is this possible?
Is it feasible for one person to work and keep the family afloat while the other goes to school (full time)? Keep in mind that we have two kids with only one being of school age.
Is anyone amongst you doing this Nursing-after-first-degree program or know someone who is? I've some very pressing questions I would love answered.
Justwise please, let's limit this thread to life in Canada for immigrants. Any questions or enquiries not in-line with the subject should be hidden.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 7:09pm On Feb 25, 2017
Small cities and town usually have cheapest accomodations and less expensive lifestyle. Exceptions are cities with mining or industrial activities. There are universities all over canada that offer after-degree programs. Just search for one in the province you would like to reside. Toronto has the highest employment rate for people in the financial sector. Usually, the biggest cities do. I am not sure ACCA is recognised in Canada though. Your husband would need to research on that and if he could be given credits for it.
Most if not all province/cities would subsidise daycare for low income earners. Subsidised daycare could reduce monthly fee to circa 300 - 450 CAD per month per child depending on province. That's great as daycare could go as high as a 1000CAD per month. You would also receive good amount of child benefit per child to help with the cost of living.
Not sure about the loan,but i think (not 100% sure) that Canada Student loan (federal) would ask you to enter the province you last lived in for 1year in your application forms. I have seen people that have succesfully applied for student loands though less than a year after landing.
It is possible but note that full time schooling can be classified as working full time too. Depending on the course (if science oriented), you would be in school monday to half-friday, 8am till 4pm and your weekends would be packed with assignments. Assignments that could take up to 10 pages or more for a single course and you could get two or three assignments to take home every weekend.
Hopefully someone would be able to answer your question about the after degree nursing program.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 9:19pm On Feb 25, 2017
^^^^ Thanks alot for taking out time to respond. I'm grateful.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 10:50pm On Feb 25, 2017
@Shinarambo. I sent you a PM you didn't respond.
Please kindly respond. I need an urgent private help!!
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Moatte: 1:18pm On Feb 26, 2017
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by gkgraphics(m): 8:09am On Feb 27, 2017
I will be leaving for school first week of April. Does any one knows anybody I can link up with in Fleming college Peterborough Ontario.I'll need help with temporary and permanent accommodation.I wait for your kind response
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 9:07am On Feb 27, 2017
Thank you! Valuable info about Fort McMurray, my first time hearing about it. I will google to get more info.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 9:11am On Feb 27, 2017
Hello, now I know you are a fellow woman.
I am in the same dilemma. One child of school age and the other a toddler. Hoping to get more advice here.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vcole: 11:53am On Feb 27, 2017
Thanks for opening this thread. Thanks to shinarambo and others for valuable info.
I got my PR this month and intend to land in April. I'm currently trying to weigh my options between Calgary and Winnipeg. Its getting quite confusing by the day and would appreciate any input as to the pros and cons of both areas.
My earlier research had shown Winnipeg to have lower cost of living......however, searching for apartments recently have shown Calgary with pretty affordable rent, about the same price and in a few instances lower than Winnipeg.
I also have a toddler. Thus far I have found Preschool in Winnipeg to be about $400-500/month. Its usually 3 hrs a day about 3 days/week but a few preschools run 8-4 Monday-Friday. Child care could be as low as $600 or as high as $1500. However, the waiting list could be quite long.
I had earlier applied for a MSc prog at university of Alberta but I may not be able to go to school this fall anymore. However, lots of schools offer funding for research progs, I don't know about Nursing degrees.
Does anyone know of short stay apartments I could get for about a week or two to stay on arrival? Most places on kijiji are either a years' lease or month to month.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vcole: 12:00pm On Feb 27, 2017
Hello. We may have got off on the wrong foot on the other thread as there was some info you didn't quite provide and I read you wrong. I would suggest you consider sask and nova scotia as recommended by shinarambo, i also know of some imgs who were able to get residency spots in alberta. I am not so clear on how the alberta system works but for saska and NS they have special progs for imgs. However, I think you need clinical experience as one of the pre-requisites and mccee and mccqe1. I would advise you do a short landing and get your documentation and PR card then go back to Guyana and get at least one year clinicals in. i'm pretty sure that would be a requirement for a full license there right?
Most if not all graduate progs have closed apps for admission this fall. So, whatever school you are looking at, would be for progs with a summer or fall 2018 start date.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 2:10pm On Feb 27, 2017
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 2:11pm On Feb 27, 2017
vcole:for short stay. Try airbnb.
Winnipeg and calgary are both good cities. It all depends on where you think jobs in your career field are easily available.
Alot of people move between the two cities. A church member just left with his family to resume for a goverment job at winnipeg after living in calgary for over 10 years working in a private firm. He lost his in calgary after the economic downturn and could get another one for more than a year.
My wife's friend and his family also moved to edmonton from winnipeg last month. You would also find people moving to calgary for employment especially when the economy becomes strong again. House rental cost in calgary became lower since the economy wahala. i heard some landlords even give incentives like one month free if one signs a year contract. Winnipeg usually has lower rental cost if Calgary wasnt affected by the oil glut.
Since you have a family too. You would also want to take your wife's career path into consideration. Your kid(s) have no problem. They will fit in anywhere.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 2:16pm On Feb 27, 2017
Vcole; good to have you here.
Will you be doing a shortlanding?
How much for the preschools that run 8-4 mondays-Fridays?
I've also noticed Calgary seems to affordable.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Afam4eva(m): 3:11pm On Feb 27, 2017
shinarambo1:How is a place like Saskatoon compared to Ontario and Alberta. I'm asking because i've noticed that a lot of immigrants prefer to go to the Totonto or Vancouver area for some reason. I understand that these are some of the biggest cities but is the life that different economically and weather wise. Whenever i think of Saskatchewan, i think of incomparable cold.
Btw, i'm considering a masters at Uni Sask.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vcole: 3:17pm On Feb 27, 2017
Thanks for replying. I am female though lol!
Well, I am not exactly taking my career field into consideration at this particular time because i'm a doctor and licensing would take me a while seeing as I haven't written any of the exams and don't intend to do so this year. So, we are pretty much looking for a place where our cost of living will be "affordable" as my husband would most likely shuttle between Nigeria and Canada in the initial phase.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vcole: 3:22pm On Feb 27, 2017
No. I'll most likely be staying for the better part of this year. I'll come back after about 4-6 months if I am unable to get a good support system (expecting my mom to come help out by late summer/fall while my husband comes back to Nigeria for a bit). However, if I do get a job, I will stay. I am just not sure of what kinda jobs are open to me.
I found a preschool for 8-4 at $420/month.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 3:28pm On Feb 27, 2017
@Bolded; I'm wondering too.
$420/month is good. I'm sure it's subsidized by government abi? With long queue.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vcole: 4:25pm On Feb 27, 2017
Well, I hear the waiting list isn't quite as long for preschoolers as it is for daycare. The province sets the daily fee and currently its at $20.80/day. I guess for some other centres, dependent on the additional services available, it may go higher.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 6:28pm On Feb 27, 2017
Yea. Heard it's income dependent too.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 12:16am On Feb 28, 2017
Glad to have you here @vcole! Wow! You have found schools already! I love your drive o!
I honestly do not like the sound of the 3-hours for 3-days in a week preschool. My toddler is already used to 7:30am-4pm schedule. Plus, I won't be able to achieve much in the short time: can't go to work & I have not researched schools yet to know what it will be like.
I am an IT professional. I am either going to continue my business online or get some degree/diploma. I have an IT Masters degree from the UK and I wonder if that would fetch me employment in Canada.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by ApexTitan(m): 12:16am On Feb 28, 2017
Many people tend to settle for Toronto and Vancouver because these cities have a large number of businesses and opportunities for employment compared to other Canadian cities. This is the main reason why you'll hear more about them than other places like say Saskatoon. What naturally follows from this is that the cost of living is relatively cheaper in Saskatoon than in Toronto or Vancouver (the country's highest)
The climate in Saskatchewan where Saskatoon is located can be described as one of the extremes. Winter there is very cold with temperatures dropping to the -40s C and lower - and this is not even considering wind chill. Summer is warmer there when compared to many other Canadian cities too.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 1:10am On Feb 28, 2017
Afam4eva:Saskatoon is the city largest i believe in Sask..just like toronto is largest in ontario and vancouver is largest in BC. In my opinion; overall there are more jobs in toronto and vancouver than somewhere like saskatoon, but jobs are more competitive in huge cities and pay can be lower most of the time than in small cities too. Competition drives down wages. Ones man meat is another man's poison.
Yes sask and manitoba are cold+windy in winter just as apextitan mentioned, but really..is there anywhere not cold in canada apart from vancouver? ..if one can survive -30 in edmonton, that same person would survive -40 in saskatoon or winnipeg. I never imagined that i could live in saskatchewan, but i was forced out of calgary due to reasons i have no control over. Maybe when buhari stabilizes the world price of crude oil like he promised in his election, then i would return to the oil city.lol
USask is an excellent uni.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 1:55am On Feb 28, 2017
oohunt:My son attends a 3hrs pre school for 5 days a week. its not convenient, but that is all my wife could find in our area in calgary. We wanted morning, but we were even lucky to get an afternoon slot.
If you have experience in your field of IT, your UK masters would be a plus as experience+certifications matters more than the academic certificates in a non-regulated profession.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 2:12am On Feb 28, 2017
vcole:Apologies for the mix-up in gender...lol
Your plan sounds good. Hope your mum comes around in summer, so you can start preparing for your exams....There are lots of Nigerian doctors practicing all over canada. Hardly would you find an health care centre in sask and not find atleast 1 or 2 Nigerian doctor out of about 10docs in a centre.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Pinkygrace(f): 4:38am On Feb 28, 2017
I don't have PR yet , but I am on study permit. My friend husband is doing nursing after first degree ( med lab). He is doing the 2 years RN program at York university Toronto ( will be done by August) and he got OSAP(Ontario student Assistant program) for the program. I know he did some psychology periquisite at Trent or online.
What information do you need exactly I can help ask.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 1:03pm On Feb 28, 2017
Yes, I have experience. Glad to hear this.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by GboyegaD(m): 4:29pm On Feb 28, 2017
The cold isn't something to dread since you can dress appropriately for each day based of weather forecast. Winter in the last 2 years in Calgary were mild however, we have harsh cold this year but there are breaks in between which makes it nice. Some part of Calgary has so many Nigerians and I want to presume they are nice people.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by GboyegaD(m): 4:30pm On Feb 28, 2017
Do it yourself. Refer to the student thread cos it helps. Just try to apply as early as possible.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by GboyegaD(m): 4:32pm On Feb 28, 2017
I guess I am the only one who doesn't like Calgary. Perhaps, my mindset is the issue cos I never liked the city immediately I stepped out of its airport and till date I still feel that way.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by GboyegaD(m): 4:43pm On Feb 28, 2017
When he offered you the option of providing a letter, you should have known that was fraud but you chose to keep mute. If only you have done it yourself I am sure this wouldn't have arised. Please own up so that such fruadulent agencies can be banned.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Ekpekus(m): 5:21pm On Feb 28, 2017
GboyegaD:Calgary is not bad though expensive.. Which area you dey dia?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by GboyegaD(m): 5:56pm On Feb 28, 2017
I live around Centre Street so between NE and NW.
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