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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 11:39pm On Mar 29
I am sorry but you are quite clueless.
Affordablerent:


It seems Oga is right on this. The opportunities in US are much more than in Canada, I'm yet to see a black person in Canada reach the same heights in politics as those in US have. Quality of life in US varies from state to state, we need to consider each of the states as a country to look at things with a clearer picture. As a US citizen, your child will have more rights and opportunities in other countries if he or she decides to explore or migrate elsewhere because Americans are well known for their cunning diplomacy. They make things somehow easy for their citizens living in other countries, not just America. The good thing about Canada is free healthcare but sincerely, will you compare the healthcare system of both countries? I'm yet to hear of anyone travelling to Canada for medicals except to give birth for passport purpose. Doctors are few compared to patients and waiting period to see doctors can be long. Some Canadians even travel to America for their medicals.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 3:23am On Mar 29
mamacajah:


@Geebaby10, in addition to this advise, which I concur with, I would suggest you pick Alberta. There is a RCCG church in Calgary , and from what I know in USA, those places are always ready to support fellow nigerians on birth and delivery. I can even give you contacts there. 7-10 days after delivery, fly to your family in US. Even some people who give birth in US, go to deliver in one location and come back to their family base becos of cost options, how much more, in your case. Also, I am not sure how true this is, but I was told if you have an american child, the child can not have canadian citizenship. that is there is canadian-americn dual nationality but no canadian-american nationality...I stand to be corrected...

Hope this helps in your decision making..wow..that child is so blessed... even while in the uterus, strangers are helping out already....it will always be a great life for your child, never lacking help when needed and favour all the days of the child's life. wink
This is not quite accurate as the newborn will not be able to obtain a passport within 7-10 days; It takes minimum of 7-14 days to get the birth certificate, which will be required for the passport.

In my opinion, it comes down to $$ and convenience. The debate around immigration is valid but not a big deal in my opinion. In terms of costs, Canada is the safer option especially when there is always a chance of complication with every delivery; a CS can run up the tab pretty quickly in the US versus $0 in Canada. So, the suggestion to give birth in Canada seems quite logical. However, I certainly cannot underestimate the support required at childbirth especially in the western world; so it probably makes more sense to land in Canada and take the next flight into the US.

Alternatively, @geebaby10 husband can stay for a couple more weeks after the delivery and all can fly back to Nigeria afterwards.

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Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 8:31pm On Mar 02
erico2k2:

ALl I wrote up there was a direct responce to this statement made by you.

UK immigration laws currently provide limited (or no) levers/options that a foreign grad can exercise
This is false.Its clearly stated.
Do not 4get the school are not the Home office.Their role here is to provide you admission which you take and add to your Visa application.(Hence U can still be refused entry VISA)
Im not saying the OP is entirely wrong, but this is a case of over exagaration and killing a fly with a sledge harmmer.The fact that I studied and got a JOB here is a litttle give away as to what Planning is needed to arrange oneself to get work here.
Now It is mind buggling how no one here has asked what planning we are talking about and how to go about securing a JOB after we spend that much.
So what planning are you talking about? Educate us!

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Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 8:29pm On Mar 02
I read your comments - all of it and I actually agree with your perspective, which is quite consistent with the OP's perspective. He/she may have over sensitized the topic but shared his/her experience, which is the essence of this forum. Maybe if he/she (and the over 90% of foreign grads) planned better, outcomes may have been different; nonetheless, several others are still making the same "mistakes" (for whatever reasons - poor planning, not paying attention, lack of info, strategic hoping, etc) after almost a decade. I am quite sure Seun does not mind the traffic.


TWoods:


Take care to read my comments in entirety before responding next time. You and I agree on the same thing. My point is simple - this thread could have been avoided if people paid attention to existing immigration laws. It’s not rocket science that the UK expects you to go home after your education, they do not owe you permanent residence or a job, so why apply there in the first place of immigration is your intent?

Calling my position, which is essentially the same as yours, simplistic, is evidence you haven’t been paying attention at all...

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Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 6:04pm On Mar 02
erico2k2:

How is this SO? It clearly states you are meant to go Home after your study on the FORMS, how much clearer could this be?
The bit about planning has to do with having a plan A,B and C.
If you came here with your own money I'm sure you will plan these, but if you where sponsored by parents or org then you might be a wee relaxed!
No offence but you are all over the map. On this thread, you have gone from aruging against the OP's perspective to basically validating his/her point. Now you are explaining immigration laws. I'm not sure I quite understand your perspective. Perhaps you can educate me. And yes, everybody is (or should be) familiar with what is on the visa forms. And yes, every country has similar language/concepts for non-immigrant visas.

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Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 5:55pm On Mar 02
justwise:





You seems to be one of those who read the title and jump to conclusion.

We are not saying the same thing.

I'm saying that Nigerian students can still get a job in the UK after graduation while he is saying that the opportunities are not there that they rather employ EU citizens with little qualification than Nigerians with 7yrs experience. Then he ended it by saying: 'the UK DOES NOT WANT YOU'

Nigerians are eligible for DFID scholarships contrarily to his claim that Nigerians are excluded.

My whole point in this thread is for people to be objective and not this false generalization, for the fact that it did not workout for you does not mean that others are not getting the job.

There are so many reasons why one failed to get a job in the UK after graduation..your grade, school you graduated from, the course you studied, late application and not just immigration policies.

You are not education anybody when you make this sort of false generalization.
Fair enough. I think I get your point and I am not sure it contradicts the fact that these opportunities are very limited (relative to the number of foreign students).

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Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 2:48pm On Mar 02
TWoods:


Exactly my point. We all know that the basis for granting a non immigrant visa is the acknowledgment that we intend to return to our home country after the duration of the program. As you’ve rightly said, even the OP and his/her minions heard and agreed to the condition so who is fooling who with the crocodile tears now?
Fair enough, but this is simplistic at best. However, I believe that the argument is that the UK immigration laws currently provide limited (or no) levers/options that a foreign grad can exercise; so going to the UK as a foreign student is not the best deal given other options out there.

The stats show that over 90% (I believe the number I saw was 97%) of foreign students (not just Nigerian students) leave the UK after their studies. Compare that to the retention rates in the US or Canada. Isn't this the crux of this thread, no?

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Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 2:24pm On Mar 02
justwise:


You have a good chance of getting a job in the UK if you plan well before coming here. Its competitive yes but foreign students still get a job..

Some Nigerians even get a job in the UK from Nigeria.


Dude, you are better than this. Nothing you posted contradicts the OP.

Are foreign students still getting jobs in the UK? Yes.

Are majority foreign students (with all the planning required), getting jobs in the UK after their studies? No. This has been the case for almost a decade.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 1:58pm On Mar 02
Great. All the best as you settle in.
XX01:
Thanks guys.

@Delta007, I understand your views. I signed based on recommendation. It was my husband's friend that was exiting the lease and he told us it's a very good and central location which we've seen for ourselves. Good schools around and other conveniences. It's a 6 month lease but I will be okay to renew the lease at its expiration. My landlord drops and picks my kids from school since his kids attend same school. Just a few kinks which is to be expected.

Before signing, we also saw pictures of inside the house and used Google maps. Having an address before landing really helped us. And the price is very good. Just that we are more people in my family than my husband's friend. I'm ok with the decision. There are some of our friends that have done same. Because it's difficult to find a house with no employment history or credit score.

I'm writing all of these so that people who want to get a lease before hand can know what's up.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 1:55pm On Mar 02
I try to stay away from debates about settling experiences because everyone's experience is (going to) be different; so as usual, i did not bother reading the post you quoted. We are all unique with different abilities and react to circumstances very differently. Canada will not work for everybody...that's a given. Nobody can define how successful you will be in Canada, except you!
Oyamade:


The problems with this post are, in my opinion:
1. His mindset.
2. He didn't set realistic expectations.
3. He wasn't well informed before leaving his home country.

I am yet to land, but I already have an idea of the challenges I may encounter, I already have the job outlook information regarding my profession and I know how hard it may come...

I feel the first priority of a freshly landed immigrant is to "protect the POF", that is if there is any sef, lol. Get any job you feel relatively comfy with and you can do, as long as it pays the bills. Once that is out of the way, and there is some level of income, you won't feel pressured and you will be able to make clear and good decisions abt your preferred profession... At this stage however, one needs to be careful not to get the " comfort zone syndrome "

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:49pm On Mar 01
Saintp:


I need some clarifications. My mum was issued TRV for 1 yr 6 months cos her passport validity ends in that period. Does it mean that she would have to be coming back to Nigeria every 6 months to go back again?
Not necessarily. I am assuming it is a multiple entries visa for 1.5 years.

What it means is that she is eligible to enter Canada (once - single entry; multiple - multiple entries) over this time period (1.5 years). However, at the point of entry (airport), her stay for that particular entry will be validated. The max on a TRV is usually 6 months and more often than not, the border officer just stamps the passport. However, there are some times, the officer may choose to give a shorter time period and a visitor record. If for some reason you have to extend the stay, you have two options. One option is to apply (internally) for an extension; you have to meet the requirements for extension. The other option is to leave and come back (as you suggested).
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:39pm On Mar 01
The process is quite straightforward. Basically, you purchase health insurance (from 3rd party insurance companies) for the parent and include the evidence in the application.

For context, the SuperVisa was introduced to allow Parents spend time with their children/grandchildren for an extended time without continuing to renew a TRV or 6months stay. However, the govt needs some assurance that the health of these older folks are not at risk and they will not put undue burden on the health system, hence the need to transfer the risks to 3rd party health insurance companies.

I hope this helps.
pauloverdi:

Thanks for the detailed response. Shes qualified to apply for the super visa but the part about health insurance for the parent/grandparent coming to canada isn't too clear to me. Would like anyone who has gone down that part to help explain the process

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:33pm On Mar 01
Nothing she can do other than spending $$ on a lawyer and hoping she does not lose her status. CIC does not joke with misrepresentation and ignorance is not an excuse. What I know for sure is that the "husband" will never be approved as a PR if she tried to sponsor him...that, you can take to any bank!
honeybeetom:
URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED!!!
My family friend, who is a widow with two children, she lost her husband 6 years ago, she remarried before landing in Canada (she went to registry just a week before she landed), but she didn't update her information online that she has remarried. So when she landed, they asked her if she remarried and she said yes and brought out the wedding certificate. They seized her documents from her and asked her to come back today..it was there they told her it was misrepresentation and why didn't she update her status, and so they asked her to go back to Nigeria or bring her lawyer by tommorrow...please what can she do?

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:30pm On Mar 01
Welcome and good luck with your move.

Nothing against your approach because it is quite obvious that you prepared quite abit for your move. However, I will never advise anyone to sign a lease (I am assuming you signed a 1 year lease) on the first day of arrival. Give yourself a few days to familiarize yourself with the environment, different options/neighborhoods and landlords (yes, every landlord is different). Just a suggestion.
XX01:
My Family's Landing Experience

We flew Ethiopian Airlines much to my chagrin but the flight wasn't so bad. We spent over an hr trying to check in as we were well overweight. After dropping over 10kg, we finally boarded.

Flight wasn't too bad but the food was difficult to eat. My kids didn't even bother. They just drank plenty juice and watched movies. No bassinet, so I carried my baby in my arms. Met some PR people, one from Sudan another from Guinea. They explained the process to us and we exchanged numbers. Told us that we landed at the best time as the weather was very warm.

Finally landed. We made sure we were amongst the last. When we got to the line, they moved families with children forward. Met some other COPR people, 2 other Nigerians and some other countries. Found out we knew 1 of the families. One was going to Calgary whilst the other was Halifax. We were the only ones in Toronto.

Went to another place for the landing formalities. Took our documents and told us to wait. Once done, they explained how to renew our PR and what we needed. Since we had a permanent address, everything went smoothly. From there, went for SIN. Near there was where they were doing those CBA interviews we watch on TV. Then went to Customs. Those ones were not interested in too much talk. We didn't even know exactly how much we were declaring and they said it's fine. They will just put 10k each. Went for goods to follow and they gave me a form to go home and fill as the kids were becoming hyper.

Got someone to carry our plenty loads. Used the ATM there so that we don't change at airport rate. The guy took us to limo service. I kept saying there was some other service but my husband was already tired of the kids tantrums and booked 2 SUVs for $60 each that took us home. At home, met with the landlord, signed the lease and then went to a hotel. Next day, bought furniture, enrolled kids in school and then went home to set up the furniture. That was a serious task. Next day, went shopping and spent a good part of our POF. Leased a car for 3 weeks with the help of a friend and now looking to buy a car.

So far, it's been warm but now getting chilly. No matter how it goes, I know I didn't make a mistake leaving my cushy job for the unknown. I'm more than capable. Next is to register for those post settlement agencies Abi na mentoring schemes so that I can look for a job. Still looking for a daycare.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:18pm On Mar 01
pauloverdi:
Good day folks. I can see the ministry has grown greatly while I've been away. God bless us all and prosper us in this new land we have decided to call our own.

Please I would like advice on the right steps to take in applying for a visa for my mother in law to come over. I specifically need to know if I should apply for the super visa or for a regular visitors visa I.e which is faster to process. She shouldn't b staying more than 6 months for this visit. Also need to know if she needs to have purchased a ticket before applying I.e as evidence that she will b returning back to naija. I just need someone who has done it before to guide me through abeg. You guys are the best source of relevant correct info since the invention of Google. Biko help a brother out. May God bless our hustle
TRV is probably an easier/faster option.
With Supervisa, your MIL will need to do medicals and you will also need to get medical insurance, which will cost you a few hundred dollars.

One advantage of the Supervisa over the TRV is that your MIL can stay for up to 2 years without having to renew her stay, unlike 6 months with the TRV. The Supervisa is typically valid for up to 10 years or until the passport expires; most Nigerian passports have a validity of 5 years...so the max validity of the Supervisa will be 5 years. With TRV, it is really up to the Visa Officer. She could be giver a 2 weeks Visa or a 2 years Visa....so you might end up renewing it a couple of times. However, one thing is for sure...as far as you/she meets the requirements and there is no misrepresentation, she will be issued the visa (TRV or Supervisa)

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:11pm On Mar 01
Solomon27:
Can I get a straight flight from Nigeria to Canada, Quebec to be specific?
No direct flights from Nigeria.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 4:54am On Feb 27
vcole:
Nigerians are not eligible for the au pair working holiday visa program.
I am not sure the context is about a holiday visa.

Info on the caregiver program (LCP) is here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/caregiver-program.html
Travel / Re: Nigerians - Leave The UK (United Kingdom) ALONE!!! by Delta007(m): 4:45am On Feb 27
justwise:


Dude you are completely uninformed, i refused to be as gullible as you are. You believed the dribbles they fed you with.. fine! then move on and stop trying to convince me about nothing. I have my own option and i'm within my right to express it and stick to it, if you don;t like it then tough!
So what exactly is incorrect about what the OP and others have posted?

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by Delta007(m): 5:42am On Feb 20
thekingskiddy:
Hello everyone in the house. I have been following this thread for a while now and benefitted a lot from the discussions here. Due to the inspiration i received from here, I have joined the pool. However, I have a dilemma of sorts. I might likely get a PhD offer from a Canadian University and that will mean that I need to plan to be in Canada by late August for study start. So here is the problem:
If I apply for PR already now (I am confident I will get ITA cos my score is 456), will I be able to also apply for a student visa for my possible PhD offer in case the PR process is not fast enough and I need to resume in September. That is, will it be possible to make a study visa application with the PR application being yet undecided? Also, I am worried that applying for PR already might have a negative effect on any study visa application.

Second, does anyone know how to get Police certificate from Nigeria without being in the country? I read sometime ago that it was possible through some company/agency, but I am not entirely sure.

Sorry my questions are a long read. Please help.
Thank you in anticipation.
Yes to both of your questions.

You can apply for both concurrently; however, the onus is on you to prove that you intend to return after the completion of your studies.

Re: police report, you will need to send your passport details, passport photo and fingerprints to someone in Nigeria to help you process the police report.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 4:29am On Feb 15
Madir:
How often in life you move from one house to another, from one city in another? We will move for the first time. 
Any Canadians here We are preparing to move to this country

How it is correct to make everything, a minimum of efforts and quickly?
If to use similar Atlantic Coast Movers services in moving, as far as it is favorable?
I am not quite sure I understand your question. Where are you moving from? Destination? What exactly do you need info on?

Just like anything, moving requires planning. Spending time to box up your personal effect and label the boxes will go a long way.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by Delta007(m): 4:33pm On Feb 11
Adesire1:

As a speech therapist, u need to give her more time, she will improve very well...i really don't think this should be an issue with the Canadian embassy...its not contagious naw.
Canadian PR Applicants may be denied entry to Canada if their health or any of their dependents' health (whether accompanying or not) is a danger to public health or safety; or will cause excessive demand on the Canadian health care system or on social services in Canada.

School aged children diagnosed with Autism, legal blindness, deafness, etc are flagged because these conditions require special care. If the applicant's family is admitted to Canada, the system is such that the child will get the best care and social support and he (the applicant) will not pay a cent other than his taxes. The healthcare system does not have a cost recovery component where an applicant can choose to reimburse the government, however there have been cases where applicants have put forward a mitigation plan, with success.


hifyty:


Thank you guys for your input. My wife and I are already adjusting to the realities of a possible denial. we are trusting in GOD and just wanted to give it our best shot. She started Speech therapy and Behavioural Therapy and She has improved a lot. As for trying other Countries, we are weighing all our options too
@hifyty, I will not resign yet. It may be a longer journey but it is not insurmountable. There is a spectrum of autism, the higher end being extreme and requiring all hands on deck. You will likely not get an outright rejection, unless you choose not to respond. You may be required to go for additional tests and depending on the results, you may want to start thinking of some mitigation measures you can put forward. Again, the context is to minimize the burden on the Canadian healthcare system. Please spend some time reading through this, if you have not already done so: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/standard-requirements/medical-requirements/refusals-inadmissibility/excessive-demand-on-health-social-services.html

All the best!

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 4:46am On Feb 11
I thought I'd add to the tax discussions - For newcomers (or even older residents) filing taxes, I recommend studiotax. It is a free software for personal use and if you are like the average employed resident (or self employed consultant, contractor, etc), you may want to learn how to file your own taxes. It is very easy (to file taxes) and helps you understand some key principles behind the tax laws and financial planning. You may want to validate your first filing with a tax accountant or someone that has a clue.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 6:09am On Feb 09
Ehrnie:


Personal tax.
Send me a PM; I might be able to help.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by Delta007(m): 12:02am On Feb 08
Abbylee:
Out of curiosity,
Can one apply to school as an international student and on getting PPR, landing and getting PR card now inform the University or College so as to be able to pay domestic fees? Has this worked for anyone? Will one need to apply from scratch again to the school?

Just wondering...
Yes you can. You will need to show proof.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 11:58pm On Feb 07
Canadianfly:


All my Canadian employment letters have the term bi-weekly on them. Could do you a snapshot, but I risk disclosing the organization coz of the paper used. I have never come across an employment agreement with "bi-monthly" written on the contract. Not that it doesn't exist, but to the best of my knowledge, you'll be usually told bi-weekly. Because payroll is processed EVERY TWO WEEKS, every other Friday not twice in a month.
I think the more appropriate term is Semi-Monthly = two times a month.

Organizations typically pay employees weekly (52 times a year), bi-weekly (26 times a year), semi-monthly (24 times a year) or monthly (12 times a year). These are common practices.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 11:56pm On Feb 07
salford1:

It's not compulsory, but it's kind of a norm/courtsey and popular. I have do not tip for an hairdo, except a particular time when my kid gave the barber a tough time, but I have always tipped at a restaurant and in cabs. This is what keeps alot if waiters/waitress on the job. They usually make more on tips than their hourly wage. Infact an engineer I worked with still does table waiting on weekends cos of tips! Waiting at tables helped her with cost of schooling, and she is still waiting at tables for extra income

At restaurants, pos terminals have programmed tip options usually starting at 15%. I have also been to other restaurants where tips were not optional but compulsory e.g. fine dining ones.
Most restaurants will charge a "compulsory tip" if your party is greater than a certain number (usually 8-10).
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 11:51pm On Feb 07
Beeea:


Personally, I would consider transit time to work in choosing where to live. The LRT runs north to south from Clareview to Century Park so if you work downtown or along that route, I would consider somewhere close to LRT stations. I am kind of hesitant to mention any particular area as there is this debate about the north end of the city versus the south being the best, but my advice is find what works for you and your family. There is the North East, north west, Southeast, southwest and downtown.

For shopping, you should be able to find stores or strip malls within 15 minutes from anywhere if you live in the north. I'm not sure about the south.

For hospitals, when sick, people generally visit family doctors who have offices all over the place, sometimes only about 5 minutes drive from each other and only go to the emergency room for emergencies. Hospitals are usually for 'serious cases'.
@Winter
For folks that are single with a job downtown, it makes sense to live downtown Edmonton. However, I will not recommend downtown Edmonton for families.

Just as Beeea said, there are typically grocery stores and parks close to most subdivisions. For someone coming into Edmonton (less mobile), it might make sense to live a few blocks from the Clairview (North) - Century Park (South) LRT. Homes in the North are generally cheaper than the South; although, the South is preferred to the North, there are good neighborhoods all around. In my opinion, it really comes down to preference and lifestyle.

I hope this helps.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 10:56pm On Feb 07
Ehrnie:
Hi! Please does anyone have contact details of a tax expert I can speak to Re: Income tax enquiries/filing? Preferably someone who has been tried & trusted.

Eagerly await your responses. Many thanks....
Corporate tax or Personal tax?
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 5:31am On Jan 08
@freeradical, congratulations. Always glad to hear success stories. Keep up the good work and continue to work hard. You can never stop learning and developing yourself.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 4:35am On Jan 07
maternal:


Entitlement is not exclusive to race, but white use more social services than minorities, despite usually being better sound economically. That says something. No ?
I do not debate conjectures. Provide the studies/facts (per capita usage) and we can have a reasonable discussion.

Regardless, the unemployment rate calculation does not consider folks that are not in the job market. So, I'm not sure where this is going.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 6:21pm On Jan 06
maternal:


I hope you're not in naija saying 6 percent is high ? I don't think any country has a 0 percent unemployment rate. Any way a lot of the white Canadians feel entitled and would only take certain jobs. Furthermore, the native Canadian are not always motivated to work as well. Then you have people who are disabled and not able to work, etc. When you take many things into consideration, that 6 percent may be skewed. Lastly, not all 36 million people are of working age.
This is wrong on so many levels.

Two Points:
- Entitlement is not exclusive to Caucasians. Furthermore, the calculation for the unemployment rate typically excludes people that are not looking for jobs.
- There are several reasons that contribute to unemployment in Canada including (but not limited to) government policies, job seasonality (which affects thousands of Canadians) and obviously the recent oil price crash (which has slowed down the economy especially in the West).

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Delta007(m): 4:06am On Jan 06
Negotiate:
Another vital question please.

Landed peeps, is there really anything wrong with basement appartments?

I see that they are sometimes cheaper, however, a number of persons pass on them.

What could be wrong?
Every basement apartment is different; however, here are some concerns:
- They are usually colder (hot air rises); so for someone coming from Nigeria, ensure the heating system works well.
- Natural Light: A few of them do not have adequate windows. Some people do not mind that, others appreciate that. Some of these suites are typically dark so you need the light on most of the time.
- Layout: Sometimes, the layout is weird simply because some of these suites were not properly planned out. So, some suites are less desirable.
- Illegal: Some of these suites are illegal; landlords renovate them without getting the required permits/meeting code. For example, to meet code, rooms must have windows; some do not. On the flip side, some landlords renovate these suites (and meet every building code) without going through the "redtape" to evade taxes. They collect rent (cash) and they do not declare the additional revenue to the government. Again, this does not apply to all suites. There are several legal suites as well.
- Demand: Obviously, demand for basement suites are lower; so the rental costs are relatively lower. This may not be true in a town with students.

I hope this helps.

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