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Old Jul 11th 2011, 8:55 pm
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I think it is good to start with and gets your foot in the door once you get PR could earn a lot more maybe $35 - $37 an hour or self employed even morr
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I think it is good to start with and gets your foot in the door once you get PR could earn a lot more maybe $35 - $37 an hour or self employed even morr
Is it worth while be a self employed electrician in Canada/Alberta. Open up your own contractors??
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Is it worth while be a self employed electrician in Canada/Alberta. Open up your own contractors??
There is certainly an opportunity. Whether it is worthwhile depends on your desire to be your own boss, and attitude to risk. In the Vancouver area you can do very well for yourself if you go about it the right way.
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There is certainly an opportunity. Whether it is worthwhile depends on your desire to be your own boss, and attitude to risk. In the Vancouver area you can do very well for yourself if you go about it the right way.
And willingness to work long hours.
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And willingness to work long hours.
The harder I worked the luckier I got.
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Old Jul 12th 2011, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by Steve_P View Post
At that rate and those hours you pull in approx $58,450 per year plus benefits and of course any overtime.

It's doable but you're not going to be living high of the hog.

Are you going to be buying or renting? How big a mortgage do you anticipate having if you do buy?
Will be renting

Not expecting to be living in luxury hopefully I will eventually be able to earn too but want to be sure that if we had to we could survive on one wage really
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I think it is good to start with and gets your foot in the door once you get PR could earn a lot more maybe $35 - $37 an hour or self employed even morr
Thats what we are thinking - if we can live on this one wage then if I can also start earning and then look around and see what else is out there then we could build up from there
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Originally Posted by Piff Poff View Post
It would depend on whether it's salaried or piece work. Many dealerships (most) not sure about independent garages will only pay you if you are physically working on a job, so if your not working your not getting paid ANYTHING. That said if your OH is a good mechanic and not afraid to do the crap work as well as the good stuff then he could earn almost 30-40% more than what the other posters are quoting

My OH WILL take the crap jobs just so he's not standing around doing nothing BUT he will also fight for the decent ones and fight to get paid for the crap jobs. If he's seeing the other techs getting service after service and he's getting electrical probs after electrical he will complain.

We live very comfortably with one house and a mortgage and bills, two adults and a teen, OH buys whatever cars he fancy's, we have weekends away and are able to save a bit too. Fancy holidays are a luxury we haven't yet mastered, maybe next year, we've been here 6 years, OH is earning far more than he used to in the UK. One thing to consider is the stuff is bigger, therefore heavier, therefore it takes more of a toll, my OH does not want to be doing this until retirement, it's too hard. He would consider going somewhere where there are not too many trucks and UPS vans though
By the look of the offer letter it appears that it is a salary for a set amount of hours, no mention of piece work.
The whole piece work thing is very interesting though my husband has never heard of that before - he reckons if the garage he worked at now worked on that system then they wouldnt be earning much at all at the moment!!
The job is for a large transportation Co so it does look like it will be a lot of buses etc.
As mentioned in another post we are looking at this as an in really, if we can live on it OK to start and I can eventually earn too and then go from there.

BTW when do kids start school over there?
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Thats what we are thinking - if we can live on this one wage then if I can also start earning
Do just check that you will be able to work - not all visas will allow you to.

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Do just check that you will be able to work - not all visas will allow you to.

Thats another reason why I want to be sure we could live just in case
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Hi there.

I have just returned from visiting my brother in-law in Okotoks. He said that $60k is ok to start on but to be comfortable $80k is the ceiling to aim for.

He Currently rents a 3 bed house in Okotoks which is $1200. They get paid every 2 weeks so one pay check goes towards the rent. The tax is 5% in Alberta.

If you have any questions about Okotoks then feel free to PM me.
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The tax is 5% in Alberta.
Sales tax on stuff you buy at the shops is 5%.
Income tax is not (just to be clear )
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Originally Posted by Kris_Rocks View Post
By the look of the offer letter it appears that it is a salary for a set amount of hours, no mention of piece work.
The whole piece work thing is very interesting though my husband has never heard of that before - he reckons if the garage he worked at now worked on that system then they wouldnt be earning much at all at the moment!!
The job is for a large transportation Co so it does look like it will be a lot of buses etc.
As mentioned in another post we are looking at this as an in really, if we can live on it OK to start and I can eventually earn too and then go from there.

BTW when do kids start school over there?
Is your OH going to be a Heavy duty mechanic then? If so I would say that hourly rate would be on the bottom end of the spectrum. As far as I understand it, regular mechanics and expect to earn $26-$32 per hour, diesel mech's $28-$36 and HD mech's should be at least diesel tech rates. I would check online job adverts to see what other companies are paying for HD mechanics. Has he done his red seal exams yet?

As for the Piece work thing, it does get stressful when the shop is quiet or OH just gets no time jobs day after day, but it usually evens out over the year.

I was issued a WP as my OH is a mechanic and it came under the right category.

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Here is an income tax calculator for Alberta. http://www.finance.alberta.ca/calc-script/tax_calc.html

Rule of thumb has it that about 50% of what we earn goes in tax one way or another.

When you get here get a tax professional to file your tax return (by the end of April each year for the year before). This way you should not miss out on any deductions. Personally, I would avoid 'tax preparers' and use an accountant.

The prices you see in the stores, for the most part, add 5% for sales tax to the price you see. Food is not taxed at POS (yet!).
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Here is an income tax calculator for Alberta. http://www.finance.alberta.ca/calc-script/tax_calc.html

Rule of thumb has it that about 50% of what we earn goes in tax one way or another.

When you get here get a tax professional to file your tax return (by the end of April each year for the year before). This way you should not miss out on any deductions. Personally, I would avoid 'tax preparers' and use an accountant.

The prices you see in the stores, for the most part, add 5% for sales tax to the price you see. Food is not taxed at POS (yet!).
You mean that restaurants are charging me GST when they shouldn't be?
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