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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford: 3:38pm On Mar 18
XX01:


That's Toronto price. Other areas in the GTA are between 2k and 3k for rent. Except you want basements.
And some of us in smaller cities/provinces are still complaining about how expensive houses are despite the average cost of 350k to 450k.
If one can drive in to work from outside the GTA, even if it takes 45min to 50min, that might help save some money.

Border with the US finally closed to non-essential services.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Kenn55: 5:29pm On Mar 18
salford:

And some of us in smaller cities/provinces are still complaining about how expensive houses are despite the average cost of 350k to 450k.
If one can drive in to work from outside the GTA, even if it takes 45min to 50min, that might help save some money.

I don't know why some people feel Toronto is only accessible from the GTA. You can live outside the GTA and still work in Toronto. Cities like Guelph and Cambridge offer cheaper housing options, lower crime rate and more family friendly neighborhoods and people live in these cities and still work in Toronto.
Most Toronto jobs are laptop jobs and i have not seen anyone who works in Toronto that does not work from home for 2 days in a week, it seems like the standard practice. When i worked in Toronto, i worked Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the office and Wednesdays and Fridays from home so i use those 2 days work from home to cover for the stress of the 3 days. Cambridge to Toronto is roughly an hour 10 mins or so and so, what i do is to read and develop myself all through the journey .
I leave my house by 7am drive to the Greyhound bus stop, park my car at their parking lot and take the 7.15am bus to Toronto. Hit the office by 8.30, work and leave the office by 4pm to catch Cambridge Greyhound 4.30pm bus and arrive Cambridge by 6pm, drive my car back home and arrive by 6.10pm. It is stressful compared to those living around the GTA with less commute time. However, that commute time going and coming was the time i completed some online courses that helped me get to where i am today . There is free wifi and charging ports in greyhound buses so what i do immediately i enter the bus is to bring out my laptop, connect to the internet and start reading. That commute time gives any serious person a complete 2 hours daily for self development, not many people have that opportunity.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by XX01(f): 5:34pm On Mar 18
@Kenn55, i totally agree with you. Just that you have to ensure there is a direct commute. Not like you work in Brampton and then live in London. Oyo for you. If you have kids, you want a parent to be working nearby just in case they call from the school or daycare and you need to be there in a jiffy.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 5:43pm On Mar 18
Kenn55:


I don't know why some people feel Toronto is only accessible from the GTA. You can live outside the GTA and still work in Toronto. Cities like Guelph and Cambridge offer cheaper housing options, lower crime rate and more family friendly neighborhoods and people live in these cities and still work in Toronto.
Most Toronto jobs are laptop jobs and i have not seen anyone who works in Toronto that does not work from home for 2 days in a week, it seems like the standard practice. When i worked in Toronto, i worked Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the office and Wednesdays and Fridays from home so i use those 2 days work from home to cover for the stress of the 3 days. Cambridge to Toronto is roughly an hour 10 mins or so and so, what i do is to read and develop myself all through the journey .
I leave my house by 7am drive to the Greyhound bus stop, park my car at their parking lot and take the 7.15am bus to Toronto. Hit the office by 8.30, work and leave the office by 4pm to catch Cambridge Greyhound 4.30pm bus and arrive Cambridge by 6pm, drive my car back home and arrive by 6.10pm. It is stressful compared to those living around the GTA with less commute time. However, that commute time going and coming was the time i completed some online courses that helped me get to where i am today . There is free wifi and charging ports in greyhound buses so what i do immediately i enter the bus is to bring out my laptop, connect to the internet and start reading. That commute time gives any serious person a complete 2 hours daily for self development, not many people have that opportunity.

Nice that you're focusing on the positive. But I won't be surprised if those in GTA also spend 1HR+ when one considers rush hour traffic. Just that they're driving and you're not.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 5:47pm On Mar 18
XX01:


That's Toronto price. Other areas in the GTA are between 2k and 3k for rent. Except you want basements.

I won't be surprised if 3k in Calgary will rent a 5 bedroom house with all the works (garage, stainless steel appliances etc) . But I guess you guys earn more in Toronto so it all pans out in the end.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Advantage007: 5:55pm On Mar 18
Thanks for your response.
Do you mind if i send you a pm? I'm excited to see someone in my travel timeline, would like to keep in touch. Thank you
Lexsuave:
Hi.. I only have a COPR visa and not a PR card yet. I've developed a webform inquiry to IRCC about landing next week and I'm anticipating a response from them if i can still fly in as scheduled. I'd definitely have to wait till Friday morning before I decide to postpone my flight or not. I really wish all this can be over in no time.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Kenn55: 6:00pm On Mar 18
@Bawss1,

I don't think there is any amount of travel ban that would stop this virus from coming into any country. The only way any country would have prevented this situation would have been to close her borders to all countries of the world the moment it started escalating in China. Banning some countries and leaving out some is not going to prevent the virus from coming in. For example, when the US banned China, it is possible that the virus came in through another country. It just takes somebody from say Spain who has not been to China but has unknowingly had contact with a person who had been to China before coming into the US. Bust since they person has not been to China, you let him in and he starts infecting people without anyone knowing. This is exactly how the infections started in those countries that started the ban on travelers.

So whether Canada followed suit in restricting travels at that time or not, it would have still come in. However, the only difference is that it would have bought the country more time. Probably where we were last 2 weeks would have been where we would have been today and where we are today would have been where would be in the next 2 weeks. This is because it would have reduced the number of people bringing in the virus which would translate to fewer cases of infection as against a situation where the virus was been brought in from left, right and center of the world.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Sholaystar4me(m): 8:13pm On Mar 18
Anyone here lives in London, ON? So dead and different than Toronto, though the rent here is way affordable at least for someone coming from Toronto, but I heard a lot of residents here complaining about how alarming the rent rate is going up, they wholly blamed it on people moving in from Toronto lol and other cities and provinces. One of the residents and my colleague at work even told me he still pays 855 cad for 2 bedroom apartment, and I was like bruh! My 1bdr apartment goes for 1200 cad and I couldn't help but thank God for such a cheap apartment lol, the dude was looking at me like I was crazy. One thing I could even be more grateful for is that the apartment is so massive you can literally make it a three bedroom, or even set up a photography studio. Such size you will never find in Toronto.

#MayGodhealtheworld
#victoryisfromGodalone

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Sholaystar4me(m): 8:16pm On Mar 18
Saw the news when I was setting out this morning that there were 189 new cases as at yesterday or today (can't recall what day exactly) in ontario, 100 of which were in Toronto, also 3 new deaths were recorded in BC in addition to the 1st one shocked

May God help us

Kenn55:
@Bawss1,

I don't think there is any amount of travel ban that would stop this virus from coming into any country. The only way any country would have prevented this situation would have been to close her borders to all countries of the world the moment it started escalating in China. Banning some countries and leaving out some is not going to prevent the virus from coming in. For example, when the US banned China, it is possible that the virus came in through another country. It just takes somebody from say Spain who has not been to China but has unknowingly had contact with a person who had been to China before coming into the US. Bust since they person has not been to China, you let him in and he starts infecting people without anyone knowing. This is exactly how the infections started in those countries that started the ban on travelers.

So whether Canada followed suit in restricting travels at that time or not, it would have still come in. However, the only difference is that it would have bought the country more time. Probably where we were last 2 weeks would have been where we would have been today and where we are today would have been where would be in the next 2 weeks. This is because it would have reduced the number of people bringing in the virus which would translate to fewer cases of infection as against a situation where the virus was been brought in from left, right and center of the world.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by mamatea: 9:32pm On Mar 18
Thank you very much for all your help.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Lexsuave(m): 10:20pm On Mar 18
Oh, that'd be great!! Would be expecting your buzz��
Advantage007:
Thanks for your response.
Do you mind if i send you a pm? I'm excited to see someone in my travel timeline, would like to keep in touch. Thank you
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford: 10:48pm On Mar 18
Sholaystar4me:
Saw the news when I was setting out this morning that there were 189 new cases as at yesterday or today (can't recall what day exactly) in ontario, 100 of which were in Toronto, also 3 new deaths were recorded in BC in addition to the 1st one shocked

May God help us

Just wait till the snowbirds start returning to the country from the states.
Then some people are not abiding to the self isolating rule. They are complacent about the whole covid issue. One of my wife colleagues just saw one of their patients out and about shopping . The man just arrived from mexico on Monday.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 12:19am On Mar 19
salford:

Just wait till the snowbirds start returning to the country from the states.
Then some people are not abiding to the self isolating rule. They are complacent about the whole covid issue. One of my wife colleagues just saw one of their patients out and about shopping . The man just arrived from mexico on Monday.

shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Naijaforeigner: 1:24am On Mar 19
Sholaystar4me:
Anyone here lives in London, ON? So dead and different than Toronto, though the rent here is way affordable at least for someone coming from Toronto, but I heard a lot of residents here complaining about how alarming the rent rate is going up, they wholly blamed it on people moving in from Toronto lol and other cities and provinces. One of the residents and my colleague at work even told me he still pays 855 cad for 2 bedroom apartment, and I was like bruh! My 1bdr apartment goes for 1200 cad and I couldn't help but thank God for such a cheap apartment lol, the dude was looking at me like I was crazy. One thing I could even be more grateful for is that the apartment is so massive you can literally make it a three bedroom, or even set up a photography studio. Such size you will never find in Toronto.

#MayGodhealtheworld
#victoryisfromGodalone

I and a friend live in a 2 bedroom apartment in London and we pay $1,275 monthly. This excludes monthly charge for WiFi ($30 - unlimited for virgin mobile), hydro ($27), washing and drying of cloths ($2.5 for washing and $2.5 for drying).

And yes, most people from Toronto are now moving to london which has made price of buying and renting of houses so expensive.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by ifegy: 3:26am On Mar 19
Lexsuave:
Thanks for the info. I'm scheduled to land next week in Calgary. Is it something I can apply for now?


Check their website. If it’s not possible now, do it when you arrive. It’s worth casting your net wide: Amazon, grocery stores and the like (such as food / grocery delivery services like Instacart; etc.) are all facing high temp labour needs, and will be for at least the next few weeks. Check company websites, temp agencies, go to stores, etc.

Note that their supply chains (the guys who actually make the high demand items, or package them, or transport them to the stores and warehouses) are also facing the same increased labor demand. That could be another option as well.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Bugzymallone: 12:04pm On Mar 19
Hello everyone, please I have a question...Please was anyone’s application cancelled as incomplete and was eventually reopened?if yes, what was the process you went through please I need answers.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by bankylan: 12:14pm On Mar 19
Please who lives in Burnaby or Vancouver BC here?

I need information on jobs, safety, and living expense and rent in Burnaby especially.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by JenKendall: 12:21pm On Mar 19
Post this on the Express Entry thread. Hope this is not your case sha.

bankylan:
Please who lives in Burnaby or Vancouver BC here?

I need information on jobs, safety, and living expense and rent in Burnaby especially.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by bekayy: 12:25pm On Mar 19
Pls go to CIC job bank. It helps. Manoeuvre the website. Use planning services like SOPA and planningforcanada.

ambo1:
Good day elders in the house,
I recently received PPR and I've submitted my passport for visa stamp. I am faced with the following issues.

1. I have over 8 years experience in administration and human resources, which province would be better better in my field considering jobs and cost of living.

2. Which programs or bridging programs do I have to enrol in to fast track my job search.

3. In need of mentors in these areas who have faced or are facing these issues to guide me.

4. Real life tips on how to survive.

Am open to ideas and suggestions. Thanks.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by adanac13: 2:31pm On Mar 19
My family friend was turned back at the airport in Ireland even with her COPR. COPR is not PR
Lexsuave:
Hi.. I only have a COPR visa and not a PR card yet. I've developed a webform inquiry to IRCC about landing next week and I'm anticipating a response from them if i can still fly in as scheduled. I'd definitely have to wait till Friday morning before I decide to postpone my flight or not. I really wish all this can be over in no time.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by PLSHELEP: 3:07pm On Mar 19
kinglee007:

Please you can call 09013515050. We can help to make the delivery of your shipment. Thanks


Is it fine to call via whatsapp?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by dynamitee: 3:23pm On Mar 19
adanac13:
My family friend was turned back at the airport in Ireland even with her COPR. COPR is not PR


Pls was your friend on a direct flight or connecting through Ireland? I guess the question is if you have a direct flight to Canada... in my case from the UK. Will i be allowed to land with my CoPR? I assume with CoPR air canada may allow me to board anyway... but just not sure.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by dynamitee: 3:25pm On Mar 19
Advantage007:
Thanks for your response.
Do you mind if i send you a pm? I'm excited to see someone in my travel timeline, would like to keep in touch. Thank you

@lexsuave

Pls can we all keep in touch... as soon as anyone hears anything? I've submitted an IRCC form too, though just this morning. I have direct flights booked from the UK for early april and no idea if i will be allowed to land.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by snoop4dem: 3:43pm On Mar 19
I live in Burnaby! Living in Burnaby or anywhere in the lower mainland or metro Vancouver (Which also includes Burnaby ) is generally expensive compared to what you will get in another similar province. I dont know with respect to other provinces in Canada as per jobs but the average person has sthg that they get their hands on and are doing.
bankylan:
Please who lives in Burnaby or Vancouver BC here?

I need information on jobs, safety, and living expense and rent in Burnaby especially.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by kinglee007(m): 4:02pm On Mar 19
PLSHELEP:


Is it fine to call via whatsapp?
you can make a voice call. I will prefer it if you don't mind.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by bamangar: 4:16pm On Mar 19
I and a friend was discussing about moving to smaller towns with 3000 population. But some friends are discouraging it. I read in a journal that there are jobs in those smaller towns and cities, great urban life, cheaper accommodation for immigrants. But some of us love the bigger cities where we watch skyscrappers beautify our eyes. I'm still in Nigeria, but considering moving to smaller towns with population less than 10k when i get to canada. I hope i'm not making any mistake

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by wizean(m): 5:41pm On Mar 19
The streets are getting deserted, buses are running empty, car parks are empty, store shelves are cleared up.......

We can only remain optimistic. This too shall pass. COVID-19 smiley smiley smiley

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 5:50pm On Mar 19
wizean:
The streets are getting deserted, buses are running empty, car parks are empty, store shelves are cleared up.......

We can only remain optimistic. This too shall pass. COVID-19 smiley smiley smiley

city?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by wizean(m): 6:19pm On Mar 19
My sister, na City of Calgary ooooo

19CannyMum:


city?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 7:13pm On Mar 19
wizean:
My sister, na City of Calgary ooooo


Okay, Stephen's avenue I guess. Me I'm indoors so I have no idea how the streets look grin
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by snoop4dem: 7:19pm On Mar 19
There's still snow on the floor in Calgary now ? Wow
wizean:
My sister, na City of Calgary ooooo

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by wizean(m): 7:39pm On Mar 19
Lol, I dey do one day in, one day out grin

19CannyMum:


Okay, Stephen's avenue I guess. Me I'm indoors so I have no idea how the streets look grin

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