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Moving to Canada: A Guide to Toronto

Jan 08. 2015

If you are considering moving to Canada, why not think about making the move to Toronto. But before you set off for your new lifestyle, it is important to know some things that are likely to be different to what you’re used to at home. By knowing what to expect when moving to Canada from the UK you will be more likely to increase your chances of success!

Toronto is located in southern Ontario and on the north western shore of Lake Ontario. The city has a population of over 2,615,060 residents according to the 2011 Census. Toronto is an extremely cosmopolitan city and is now considered the most multi-cultural city in the world with over 46% of its residents being born outside of Canada. This means you will also be meeting with people from Canada and all other parts of the world in one city when moving to Toronto. Of course this means you will be able to keep more of your own cultural identity but it is still important to try and adapt to a more Canadian lifestyle.

If you are keen to emigrate but can’t choose between sun and snow? Canada is the country for you! Temperatures in the summer can reach up to 35°C in July, this is in stark contrast to the bitterly cold winters, where temperatures can drop below -10°C in Toronto! However, with the correct clothing and preparation winters are bearable in Canada and the snow is even fun for some outdoor activities!

Looking for a job can be a long process in Canada, perhaps a lot longer than you are used to. With researching, looking for and applying for jobs in Canada months may pass before you land a professional position so it is important to plan appropriately. Make sure you have enough funds to live on through the first months, you may be required to take a non-career job in the short term and it is important to amend you C.V., networking and being more proactive in your job hunt as is normal in Canada! As with other develop countries, the Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry which employs about three quarters of all Canadians. However, the primary sector with the logging and oil industry and also prominent and manufacturing in automobile and aircraft industry also play a large role.

As with any large city, in Toronto you will never be bored as there is a range of activities for you to get involved with when you move here! Hockey is more than a sport in Canada, it’s a national obsession, and the Toronto Maple Leafs draw a huge crowd during the NHL, and you could even join your own hockey team if you are interested in taking up a new sport! It may be a 90 minute drive from Toronto but Niagara Falls is worth a trip, watching 750,000 gallons of water per second hurtle over the cliff is sure to impress. Toronto is full of museums such as the Royal Ontario Museum or the Bata Shoe Museum which has over 13,000 footwear items in their collection.

If you are thinking about moving to Toronto, and require some expert advice on packing, storing and removals of any of your personal effects give us a call! Burke Bros are an international moving company and we are here to make you move a stress free experience. Contact us today on 0800 413 256.

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