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Some advice after 2 years in Canada

Old Nov 6th 2008, 3:21 pm
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I think my two pence worth on this

I came over with the TWP to a job that was better than I left and have gone and returned stepping up both times, so it can be great here and jobs can be found and found from the UK however those types of jobs are rare, and hard fought over and not just by Brits

My biggest memory here was arriving and meeting up with some fellow Brits whilst watching football in a local pub in London ON

I met a group of builders making good’ish money, but one in particular stood out he was developing I think arthritis and hated the work in the winter, it had taken him some time to get solid work when he got here, and the job he’d found wasn’t brilliant pay, he wanted to go home, but he still need to pay the bills so was saving up for the ticket home, he reckoned it was going t take a couple of years unless his medical bills went up again

It doesn’t always work out and worst still some can get stuck here

I get to call those that tell the “wow how great Canada is stories” that is isn’t that great and from my perspective on average not much better or worse than the UK, I like both places and can find fault in both places too, I have no axe to grind or reason to justify my reasons for being here, why because if a better job turns up I’m off again

Some however who are on the rough end, I’m dam sure won’t be spending their minimum wage on a internet connection !
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Hi Guys yes its me I am BACK from the cyber abyss that biiiiink so kindly sent me to (O to have the powers of a moderator) For every one out there including all you guys that have inevitably jumped to the wrong conclusion including biiiiink. I never or have not posted under any other pseudonym I have been called various affectionate names before but I can’t print most of them.

I am sorry to burst all you fish wives and gossip mongerer’s bubble (men and women alike) that I was the next cyber pariah. But some of my darling workmates decided to pay a visit to this site and help me out on my thread (don’t you just love those helpful <removed profanity>).

Now every thing is all straightened out I have learned a few things from my forced exile.

Don’t wind up the Moderators or they will ban your ass without first getting the whole storey

The forum does not recognize the fact that you could have multiple accounts from one IP address

And the moderators don’t think before they publically accuse some one of such a heinous crime. :curse:

It’s been a great first time post it kind of took on a life of its own, and I never thought it would be as successful as it has. I suppose it’s because it touched on so many peoples experiences (obviously nothing to do with that scandalous accusation of me having a split personality)

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Originally Posted by HairySnotter View Post
Hi Guys yes its me I am BACK from the cyber abyss that biiiiink so kindly sent me to (O to have the powers of a moderator) For every one out there including all you guys that have inevitably jumped to the wrong conclusion including biiiiink. I never or have not posted under any other pseudonym I have been called various affectionate names before but I can’t print most of them.

I am sorry to burst all you fish wives and gossip mongerer’s bubble (men and women alike) that I was the next cyber pariah. But some of my darling workmates decided to pay a visit to this site and help me out on my thread (don’t you just love those helpful twats).

Now every thing is all straightened out I have learned a few things from my forced exile.

Don’t wind up the Moderators or they will ban your ass without first getting the whole storey

The forum does not recognize the fact that you could have multiple accounts from one IP address

And the moderators don’t think before they publically accuse some one of such a heinous crime. :curse:

It’s been a great first time post it kind of took on a life of its own, and I never thought it would be as successful as it has. I suppose it’s because it touched on so many peoples experiences (obviously nothing to do with that scandalous accusation of me having a split personality)

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You were asked to read the site rules. Clearly you haven't or you'd have noticed rule 14. Stop your mouthing off and whining now or you'll be banned for good.





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Default Re: Some advice after 2 years in Canada

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The forum does not recognize the fact that you could have multiple accounts from one IP address

And the moderators don’t think before they publically accuse some one of such a heinous crime. :curse:
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Rule 15 covers multiple accounts

Some posters (post 89) should think before they make accusations, and when proven wrong should have the decency to apologise.
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who will get the last word in ?
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who will get the last word in ?
Dunno, it's a worry.
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who will get the last word in ?
And what username will they use?
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You were asked to read the site rules. Clearly you haven't or you'd have noticed rule 14. Stop your mouthing off and whining now or you'll be banned for good.
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And what username will they use?
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Default Re: Some advice after 2 years in Canada

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Hi all I have been one of those guys that has sat reading this forum from the day me and my family decided Canada was the place we wanted to call home ,that was over four years ago. I never posted or joined as I got most of my answers from previous posts and a few holidays we took to Canada. This forum is an absolute gold mine of information and peoples own experiences bad and good.



We (myself wife and two kids) have now lived just outside of Oshawa for a year now (we rented near Ajax for the first year) and Canada has become every thing and more that we all wanted it to be. I now feel that I can pass on some information to all you guys wanting to move from the UK to start a new life. Because it is a new life you are leaving that street you walk down every day, the neighbors you speak to every day, the family that is always there, the city village or town you lived most of your life all the familiar things that you take for granted every day . So do you still want to move to a new Country? If the answer is yes read on and I hope you do.


We are earning less than we earned in the UK but our quality of life is far superior to that in Glasgow. We could not afford to buy the house we wanted in a good area of Glasgow, we now have a detached house in a very quite subdivision. Our two kids are doing extremely well at school our oldest even has a well paid part time job. We did not bring a substantial amount of money with us (enough to rent for a couple of years if it was necessary) as we where the average lower middle class UK family. We both got full time jobs within the first week of posting our CVs, so that meant our savings could now go to a down payment for a house. So we decided to keep renting for the first year then buy a house the second year.


We used Abrams & Krochak yes I know you can do it yourself but we felt it would be better to let them have any headaches than us and the price was incredible (I had approached an English based specialist and she wanted three times the money and she gave us bad advice).You must come out on Holiday a few times as the place is so vast and you can get a feel for it. You have no credit history when you land in Canada no matter what any one tells you, I guess there will be some on this site that will beg to differ. That also goes for car insurance some insurance companies will ask for a letter from your old insurance company in the UK bring it anyway but it will make virtually no difference to your premium (you are effectively a new driver in the eyes of the insurance companies) .So get yourself store cards and even a preloaded credit card as soon as you open your bank account as this starts to work in your favor providing you pay it of monthly.

There is plenty of work out here as long as you are willing and able to take any thing on at first. Our telephone, internet and TV bill is the same amount we paid to telewest, electricity and gas are slightly cheaper and we have a much bigger house than in the UK. Our weekly grocery bill is cheaper as is our petrol bill. We pay for water in Canada and that works out around sixty five quid a quarter (and we have a swimming pool and three bathrooms) our property tax is the same as we paid in the UK for a two bedroom semi in Glasgow. So when every thing adds up we are not much better of financially but we never moved here to be better of financially we moved mainly for the kids, better weather, more opportunities, cleaner environment, spectacular county side, incredible wild life and a country that seems to know how to treat its tax paying workforce right (you get every opportunity to claim your tax back at the end of each year).Me and the wife still get what we call that Canada moment when you’re sitting in the car, store, work or watching the kids play street hockey and you suddenly think god I am in Canada its a great feeling. It was worth all the hassle and sleepless nights to get here and that’s after being here two years.


So quick recap decide you want to do it, do your home work and read this forum
It mite be for you it mite not, but you are the only one that can make that decision.
There is a huge expat community stretching from Ajax, whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville and I better not forget Port Hope and the ones that are reading this (you guys know who you are) will help you out especially if you move to this area they all have there own stories to tell and have valuable advice for the new family on the block
We all get together now and again for a drink or a BBQ and new faces are always welcome. One thing I will say if you are coming to Canada and expect to get a huge house and a great job with a wallet busting salary and retire at 50 Canada is probably not the place for you .In our experience the ones that don’t make it are the ones who come over without doing adequate homework, or will not just take any job it has to be that very special $180,000 a year job that gives them 6 weeks paid vacation and the company Ferrari. There are loads of them just ask the next flying pig you see to point you in the direction of the $150,000+ job centre. (Canadian employers love this phrase you will here it a lot Canadian experience) So take that job it will get you the Canadian experience and you can move on from there. Canada does have its bad points but the good ones far out way them.


This is our experience and I don’t wish to get into any he said you said garbage that inevitably follows some ones opinion in forums. So be four you decide well I gave my letter to the insurance company and it made a huge impact to my premium, my grocery bill has tripled, my kids hate school, the weather was garbage this summer (ok I will give you that), Canadians cant drive, I never get my tax money back, they don’t recognize my qualifications, I cant get bisto, the washing powder is crap, I am getting withdrawals from eastenders. Like I said this is our experience not yours and yes like I also said we all have different stories to tell. Hope this helps some one, and if you want to know anything and I can help just ask. And for the argumentative ones out there think be four you start to rip people to shreds or shoot there post down in flames ok
Hi,

Great post, and as you said in your last paragraph: "It's your personal experience, and offers no advice or warranties"

As regards the car insurance support, I've heard some real conflicting reports on BE - some say it matters, so say forget it! I suppose it depends on all the other aspects to like:

Age, Car, Value, Experience, location, & last but not least - the Insurance company!

Well done, sounds like real adventure, there's a lot to be said for quality of life. After all, money is not everything!

Nice one

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