getting into canada!

Old Oct 28th 2013, 2:54 am
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My OH earns roughly $4700'a month from
Working full time with a wage of $30+ so when you break it down, the average rent is about $1500-1700 a month plus utilities and groceries and gas etc etc so it doesn't leave much especially if you are only bringing in one wage. That's after shelling out for a car, school fee's and other essentials such as washer/dryer! $20,000 does not stretch far
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Old Oct 28th 2013, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by sms1984
My OH earns roughly $4700'a month from
Working full time with a wage of $30+ so when you break it down, the average rent is about $1500-1700 a month plus utilities and groceries and gas etc etc so it doesn't leave much especially if you are only bringing in one wage. That's after shelling out for a car, school fee's and other essentials such as washer/dryer! $20,000 does not stretch far
Your right it sure doesn't , but I'm sure you agree with me that one persons experience is completely different from another's and not everybody needs the same amount of money and again it depends on where you want to live and what type of accommodation you are happy with. For example our 2 bedroom apartment was $895pcm including utilities in the downtown core of Ottawa.

My point is don't get bogged down worrying about money when you are no where near ready to immigrate , save hard, research property and cost of living for different areas and choose a career that will be in demand and pays well enough.
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Old Oct 28th 2013, 4:12 am
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There are a lot of one-off moving costs to remember as well... plane tickets, for a start. One-ways on Air Transat go for about £400 each, and if OP is a family of 5, that's £2000 just in airfare. Then there's the question of how much they want to move, if they have things to ship or if they need to pay some excess baggage to get everything across.

Then buying a car, even a used one will run a few thousand, putting gas in said car, insuring said car (!), paying rent+utilities+groceries (paying more if it's a furnished place, or otherwise factoring in costs to furnish a house, like buying 4 beds, appliances, dressers, bookcases, tables, chairs, etc... if required of course, but either shipping this stuff or buying it new is a huge cost either way), if renting then factoring in the security deposit as well (usually the last month's rent), cell phone, cable/internet/landline, etc...

No question that $20k doesn't go far at all.
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Old Nov 1st 2013, 12:53 pm
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its suprising how fast your savings go, in our area average rent for a 3 bed property $1700-$2200 for a decent area, most landlords want a months rent bond and a month's rent up front so you can say $3500 gone on your first day, flights on top of that $2500 approx (depending when and where you fly to although one adult and one child one way cost me £1700 but alot of that was interal flight cost!!!), you need to spend approx $5000-$8000 on a decent car otherwise you never know what heap of junk you will end up with, we bought 2 bed, 2 settees, set of tables and lamps, 2 tvs, dining room table and chairs, pots pans etc, bedding etc and it cost us approx $5000 (we didnt need to buy washer/dryer etc as property came rented with them in - they are very expensive here),

so on that basis alone you have spent $16000, (thats only with 2 beds)

tax on your wages, and health care throuh employer here equates to about 30%.

shopping for a family of five will probably cost in the region of $600-$700 dollars a month, gas, electric and water another $300 in the summer and about $400 -$450 a month in the winter, and on top of that is tv, internet, mobile phones, car insurance, petrol, school trips (my son has one a month!!) cost of buying winter clothing -snow boots/jackets/trousers, possible monthly banking fees, dental charges and pescription charges,
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Old Nov 1st 2013, 12:55 pm
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forgot to mention that if you come and a twp then you also need to save for your pr application, medicals etc - another $3000 + for a family of 5
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Old Nov 1st 2013, 2:29 pm
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The economy in Canada is generally flat, except for Alberta and Saskatchewan. The best occupations are in the oil/gas, construction, and skilled trades industries in western Canada. If you can drive a dump truck or operate a bull dozer or boom truck then you have a good chance of making some money- -$5000.00 and up per month. Beware, however, about the cost of housing. The rest of Canada from Manitoba through Ontario, Quebec, and into Atlantic Canada--the economy is in a slump. A lot of low wage jobs!
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