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osulli6770 Apr 11th 2007 7:53 pm

Vancouver??
 
Thinking of moving to vancouver ,i work as a flat roofer in uk .
Anyone with advice would be greatful ,been offered employment by someone called jobs in bc anybody know about this firm? Any response would be helpful :ps wages? living costs?
Thanks

Inse Apr 11th 2007 8:41 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
Try contacting Shadi Norman on [email protected] or on www.jobsearch-in-canada.com My wife and I have used Shadi as our immigration lawyer and employment consultant. We first met her at last years emmigrate show in London and also saw her at her home in Vancouver during our research trip last May. She has guided us through the PNP and obtained a job offer for myself. The bottom line; permanent residents visas are in our passports, house on the market and hoping to arrive in BC sometime in the summer.

meanjock Apr 11th 2007 8:51 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
Hi
Ive also been offered there as a shuttering chippy but not with that firm is it a agency, ive heard they are rip offs.My starting wage is 28.00 CAN an hour

osulli6770 Apr 11th 2007 9:01 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by meanjock (Post 4628081)
Hi
Ive also been offered there as a shuttering chippy but not with that firm is it a agency, ive heard they are rip offs.My starting wage is 28.00 CAN an hour

Thanks for that looks like i'll go it alone

Souvenir Apr 11th 2007 9:06 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by meanjock (Post 4628081)
Hi
Ive also been offered there as a shuttering chippy but not with that firm is it a agency, ive heard they are rip offs.My starting wage is 28.00 CAN an hour

That's less than C$60k per year. If you're thinking of buying a house in Vancouver, I hope you have a hefty deposit.

Butch Cassidy Apr 11th 2007 9:43 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Souvenir (Post 4628166)
That's less than C$60k per year. If you're thinking of buying a house in Vancouver, I hope you have a hefty deposit.

not if he works 42hrs a week

meanjock Apr 11th 2007 10:02 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Butch Cassidy (Post 4628336)
not if he works 42hrs a week

what do you mean :huh:

Butch Cassidy Apr 11th 2007 10:26 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by meanjock (Post 4628423)
what do you mean :huh:

Souv said 28ph is less than 60k per year.

Well if you worked 42hrs you would earn more than 60k.

bazzz Apr 11th 2007 10:38 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
Haven't there been posts by other people being offered pretty much the same thing, only for the rate to drop to $20 - and then not even guaranteeing that upon arrival? I'm sure I remember seeing something similar round here somewhere.

meanjock Apr 11th 2007 10:54 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by bazzz (Post 4628698)
Haven't there been posts by other people being offered pretty much the same thing, only for the rate to drop to $20 - and then not even guaranteeing that upon arrival? I'm sure I remember seeing something similar round here somewhere.

ive got that writen in my contract

bazzz Apr 11th 2007 10:58 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
Oh right. Well so long as you're confident about Canadian Employment Law, employees' rights, etc, go for it.

meanjock Apr 11th 2007 11:01 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by bazzz (Post 4628861)
Oh right. Well so long as you're confident about Canadian Employment Law, employees' rights, etc, go for it.

I take it by what your saying that contracts are not worth the waste of paper
i hope not :unsure:

Yoong Apr 11th 2007 11:12 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by meanjock (Post 4628889)
I take it by what your saying that contracts are not worth the waste of paper
i hope not :unsure:

I read your other thread.The company you are going to work for is rated
#1 construction company to work for in Canada.
Over the years I have seen their projects all over Vancouver and I did
not hear of any negatives about that company. I do not think they will mess
around with your contract.They clearly posted the ethical conduct policy
on their website and it appeared fair . I checked the BC better business
bureau and there are no complaints recorded against them.
Hope that helps.
Yoong

meanjock Apr 11th 2007 11:14 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Yoong (Post 4628976)
I read your other thread.The company you are going to work for is rated
#1 construction company to work for in Canada.
Over the years I have seen their projects all over Vancouver and I did
not hear of any negatives about that company. I do not think they will mess
around with your contract.They clearly posted the ethical conduct policy
on their website and it appeared fair . I checked the BC better business
bureau and there are no complaints recorded against them.
Hope that helps.
Yoong

cheers:thumbsup: thank god goodnews :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Rich_007 Apr 11th 2007 11:14 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Butch Cassidy (Post 4628591)
Souv said 28ph is less than 60k per year.

Well if you worked 42hrs you would earn more than 60k.

BC = unions = no overtime = no $$$ bunce :(

I know guys on contract crews, they can't work more than 40 hours per week - 37.5 in some cases - they're not happy Alberta-bunnies this time of year - were hoping to rake it in here Construction ProjMan couldn't get more than $50k p.a so heading back to AB after just 4 months.

All is not wine roses and the sweet lotus leaf.

Rich.

bazzz Apr 11th 2007 11:16 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
Ah, this was the thread I was looking for:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ighlight=%2428

Yoong Apr 11th 2007 11:18 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by osulli6770 (Post 4627790)
Thinking of moving to vancouver ,i work as a flat roofer in uk .
Anyone with advice would be greatful ,been offered employment by someone called jobs in bc anybody know about this firm? Any response would be helpful :ps wages? living costs?
Thanks

Hi,
Here are the top BC construction companies in BC
http://www.bctop100.com/construction.htm
Hope that helps.
Yoong

Rich_007 Apr 11th 2007 11:19 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by osulli6770 (Post 4627790)
Thinking of moving to vancouver ,i work as a flat roofer in uk.

Hmmm....can you mend leaky condo roofs ?

:unsure: :sneaky: :D

Rich.

Hudman Apr 12th 2007 12:23 am

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by osulli6770 (Post 4627790)
Thinking of moving to vancouver ,i work as a flat roofer in uk .
Anyone with advice would be greatful ,been offered employment by someone called jobs in bc anybody know about this firm? Any response would be helpful :ps wages? living costs?
Thanks

Lots of flat roof's. My advice is to get your foot in, do your time etc. Then get to speed with steep roofing practices (more common on residential), and aim for setting yourself up as a contractor.
Roofers are in very high demand in Vancouver. Its a license to print money if you get qualified.

Londonuck Apr 12th 2007 9:17 am

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by osulli6770 (Post 4627790)
Thinking of moving to vancouver ,i work as a flat roofer in uk .
Anyone with advice would be greatful ,been offered employment by someone called jobs in bc anybody know about this firm? Any response would be helpful :ps wages? living costs?
Thanks

Mate, check the house prices. They are mental in Vancouver.

bazzz Apr 12th 2007 3:00 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Londonuck (Post 4630758)
Mate, check the house prices. They are mental in Vancouver.

But renting isn't so bad.

Hudman Apr 12th 2007 3:16 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Londonuck (Post 4630758)
Mate, check the house prices. They are mental in Vancouver.

Sweeping statement, for the average Brit who comes here with greedy aspirations of big homes in exclusive areas.
What the F%&K is wrong starting off in a condo in the Valley??
For some they may not land with a single family home in N.Van, but rather than be put off consider starting modest, depending on your needs. But most condos could accommodate a couple plus one.
House prices are a factor but there are other ways to start.

Londonuck Apr 12th 2007 5:13 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Hudman (Post 4632110)
Sweeping statement, for the average Brit who comes here with greedy aspirations of big homes in exclusive areas.

You dont know me so fk off with your greedy average brit bollocks.

Oakvillian Apr 12th 2007 5:33 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Londonuck (Post 4632578)
You dont know me so fk off with your greedy average brit bollocks.

Now that's just rude and uncalled for. "Mate, check the house prices. They are mental in Vancouver" is a sweeping statement.

Do you know the OP? If so, how can you know what he would consider "mental"? Perhaps he's moving from SW London (where I note you are based) and is selling up a sizeable pad on the river in Barnes or Richmond - you'd get a few square feet in Vancouver for the price of that. Or perhaps he may, indeed, be a "greedy average brit" (whatever that is). If you don't know, take your own advice and don't generalise.

If you can't reply with anything more constructive than "fk off" then I would humbly suggest you don't reply at all.

meanjock Apr 12th 2007 5:39 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by bazzz (Post 4632018)
But renting isn't so bad.

Can you tell me how much a apartment or house with two bed rooms would cost anywhere but downtown Vancouver an average price would good

Yoong Apr 12th 2007 10:19 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by meanjock (Post 4632725)
Can you tell me how much a apartment or house with two bed rooms would cost anywhere but downtown Vancouver an average price would good

Here is the thread on Renting in Vancouver.

http://vancouver.renting.canada.com/...SearchTab=rent

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ight=vancouver
Good luck:thumbsup:
Yoong

meanjock Apr 12th 2007 10:56 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Yoong (Post 4633931)
Here is the thread on Renting in Vancouver.

http://vancouver.renting.canada.com/...SearchTab=rent

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ight=vancouver
Good luck:thumbsup:
Yoong

Hey thanks that will help alot just talk to my hopefully new boss and he said that the job offer wont change after i arrive and that PCL a not known for that type of thing :thumbsup:

startwin Apr 13th 2007 1:17 am

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by meanjock (Post 4634164)
Hey thanks that will help alot just talk to my hopefully new boss and he said that the job offer wont change after i arrive and that PCL a not known for that type of thing :thumbsup:

PCL is a good company, they probably have enough work on their books to last years and years. There are a number of us who live and work in the Vancouver or lower mainland areas, and we do manage to live quite well, so don't be put off by those who are dissing the area, or telling you it's way too expensive - note that they are mainly living elsewhere! Leaky condos is a thing of the past, but condos do sell like hotcakes when a new project comes on the market. PCL builds lots of them. And as Hudman said, roofers are in high demand, along with most other construction workers.

Renting in downtown Vancouver is quite affordable. Buying a house is probably affordable for you coming from the UK if you had a house to sell over there. If not, check out the burbs. The Fraser Valley part of the lower mainland has lots of cheaper housing as well as the more expensive. Good luck.

Hudman Apr 13th 2007 3:09 am

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Londonuck (Post 4632578)
You dont know me so fk off with your greedy average brit bollocks.

Early morning clumsy post. apologies. However there is a vein of spoilt whingers with piles of negativity.
Personally I would rather live in a trailer here (very affordable) than have to stay in huge areas of UK. I am sure price of Housing is major factor for some, but maybe we ought to be more like our (East) Indian cousins and be prepared to suffer a little for a better long term future. Anyways Once you get established here lenders are itching to give you money.
By the way with language like that if I ever pop back to London................ Off Putney Bridge you will go my friend.

Londonuck Apr 13th 2007 9:30 am

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Hudman (Post 4635295)
Early morning clumsy post. apologies. However there is a vein of spoilt whingers with piles of negativity.
Personally I would rather live in a trailer here (very affordable) than have to stay in huge areas of UK. I am sure price of Housing is major factor for some, but maybe we ought to be more like our (East) Indian cousins and be prepared to suffer a little for a better long term future. Anyways Once you get established here lenders are itching to give you money.
By the way with language like that if I ever pop back to London................ Off Putney Bridge you will go my friend.


I get moody mails about my language and now you're threatening me from 4,000 miles away. Well believe me keyboard warrior... anytime you want try the Putney Bridge bungee jump you just give me a mail.

Regarding the original post, I lived in Vancouver for nearly 7 years and stated that the bloke should check the house prices, not an outrageous statement? We came out thinking we'd get ourselves a nice affordable place, not a mansion like you accused me of wanting, a simple 2 up 2 down. Unfortunately we left it too long and couldn't afford anything. My annoyance was you accusing me of being Mr Big man with my bags of cash after selling my 1 bed flat in Clapham for half a million dollars, which couldn't be further from the truth. Ive never even owned a property in England. What pisses me off is smart arses like yourself who cant be civil in their reply and cant disagree without being insulting.

fuschiagirl Apr 13th 2007 12:40 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by Londonuck (Post 4635995)
I get moody mails about my language and now you're threatening me from 4,000 miles away. Well believe me keyboard warrior... anytime you want try the Putney Bridge bungee jump you just give me a mail.

Regarding the original post, I lived in Vancouver for nearly 7 years and stated that the bloke should check the house prices, not an outrageous statement? We came out thinking we'd get ourselves a nice affordable place, not a mansion like you accused me of wanting, a simple 2 up 2 down. Unfortunately we left it too long and couldn't afford anything. My annoyance was you accusing me of being Mr Big man with my bags of cash after selling my 1 bed flat in Clapham for half a million dollars, which couldn't be further from the truth. Ive never even owned a property in England. What pisses me off is smart arses like yourself who cant be civil in their reply and cant disagree without being insulting.

Your language does leave a bit to be desired - both in this post and the previous one! It really isn't necessary! I bet Hudman is glad he doesn't know you.

Eden Apr 13th 2007 1:50 pm

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Londonucks's language is very poor and I agree he shouldn't swear here but I couldn't help notice the unwarranted snidey comment which included swearing ("What the F%&K is wrong starting off in a condo in the Valley??) that provoked it and the later threat (By the way with language like that if I ever pop back to London................ Off Putney Bridge you will go my friend). I think bad language is preferable to threats of violence, don't you? I also think house prices are highly relevant to someone considering immigrating. And no, I wouldn't prefer to move my family from a house into a flat and I think that is what most house dwellers would say and I am not a greedy brit either.

jerry brewer Apr 14th 2007 12:29 am

Re: Vancouver??
 
Hi
I never really understand the house price posts here, but maybe we were lucky ?
Try a search on MLS, we found our north van one there at 490K,
The cheapest at the moment, a rancher for 519K,( about Gbp 250K ) average UK non city price I seem to recall for anything semi decent.
We have an older house needs a bit of work, but there are deer that visit the back garden and eagles sometimes soar overhead, not to mention woodpeckers, the woods, etc, etc.
It just takes a bit of searching & maybe luck ?
Same as the UK I recall.
cheers
Jerry

meanjock Apr 14th 2007 12:44 am

Re: Vancouver??
 
was this thread not started about home and jobs not about someone swearing come on guy just good advice needed:thumbsup:

SarahBC Apr 14th 2007 5:13 pm

For those who didn't have property to sell in the UK...
 
Hi,

In response to the post regarding North Van house prices, I had a look on MLS to see what property prices are like in North Van. When looking at single family homes only (excluding condos etc) the first house available is $439,000. The realtor is honest on this one "house is probably not liveable"!

The next one after that is $539,000. The fact that this equates to an average house price in the UK of about 250,000 UK pounds is not relevant - I earn in dollars. (Actually, I couldn't afford a quarter of million pound house when I was working in the UK!).

The point I wanted to make is: not all of us came here with a property sold in the UK. The deposit I scraped together was $17,000 to purchase my home - this hasn't been a feasible deposit for decades in the lower mainland.

I am too young to have benefitted from surfing the soaring property market in the UK. If I had been able to get a foothold in the property ladder in the UK, I would probably feel very different about all this.

The lower mainland prices are astronomical. Luckily, the fortunate ones who can sell property in the UK are somewhat insulated from this. However, for the rest of us earning and saving in dollars, the lower mainland is not a feasible market to enter.

All the best,

Sarah

jerry brewer Apr 14th 2007 6:02 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
Hi
yep starting on the housing ladder first time is hard anywhere in the world, I remember the 95% mortgage in the UK, the six/seven day weeks and 3/4 of my monthly pay going in mortgage payment, but the hard slog works out eventually.:)
Then the kids arrive...:)
cheers
Jerry

Yoong Apr 14th 2007 8:27 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
I have seen my friend's husband ,who has a small window installation
business,is able to find good value properties in the lower mainland
from his connection with other trades people.

They built their new home,bought good quality materials at cost price
and they knew who to select to build their home.
Like any business ,it has pros and cons but if you caught the real estate
bug,:rofl: it can be fun,risky and yet rewarding.
Yoong

osulli6770 Apr 16th 2007 6:57 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 
been offered employment through jobs in bc with Flynn canada ltd $25 per hour
any good ? any info would be useful thanks:confused:

jerry brewer Apr 17th 2007 2:00 am

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by osulli6770 (Post 4650799)
been offered employment through jobs in bc with Flynn canada ltd $25 per hour
any good ? any info would be useful thanks:confused:

Hi
For trades in Vancouver rates tend to vary between $25 to $35/hr.
Check the benefits package , (MSP, medical, dental etc) and what date they kick in.
Check the statuatory holdidays ( some don't recognise easter monday etc )
And check how much annual holiday,( usually two weeks until after five years then three weeks )
Also most employers don't seem to pay sick pay, of any kind.
If you move purely for a job, I understand you can claim moving expenses as an allowance against canadian tax.
Bear in mind, one day's notice in some contracts are common, usually after three months this seems to go up to one weeks notice.
One thing I have noticed/heard so far is the really high hourly rate jobs don't seem to last, the reaslistic hourly rate jobs do.
Hope my ramblings help.
Good Luck.
cheers
Jerry

Yoong Apr 17th 2007 6:08 pm

Re: Vancouver??
 

Originally Posted by osulli6770 (Post 4650799)
been offered employment through jobs in bc with Flynn canada ltd $25 per hour
any good ? any info would be useful thanks:confused:

Flynn won Canada's 50 Best managed companies 6 straight years.
The big construction companies are their customers that contracted
them do their major projects.
I would think the workers are treated fairly by Flynn .

http://www.flynn.ca/projects.asp
By looking at the projects from the above link ,you can also
find the names of the major construction companies in Canada.
Hope that helps.
Yoong


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