Moving question

Old Jul 4th 2003, 7:37 pm
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Hi, I tried to post this last night from my work account but I don't think it
went through. Anyway, I am at the point of thinking about possibly moving to
Canada from the US. I have not done anything about it yet but try to gather
some info.

I currently live in Maine in the USA and I would be interested in the Vancouver
area. I heard from a friend that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities
in the world. She told me she wouldn't live anywhere else in the world by
choice.

My question is what is the job market like in that area and what is the cost of
living compared to the USA. Maine has a high cost of living with rents
averaging over $1000 a month for a decent 2 bedroom apt. Houses are out of
sight too. To give an idea my parents just sold their house which was a small
ranch for $160,000 and that is fairly cheap for the area.

My job experience is I am currently a security officer for a major
semiconductor manufacterer. I also have experience as a volunteer firefighter
and I am a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. I also have experience in
the manufactering of semiconductors in a cleanroom environment.

I was also wondering how hard it is for someone from the US to live in Canada
and get Canadian citizenship. I have some ansenstors of mine that lived in
Canada and one of my great great uncles way back served in Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infanrty in one of the wars. I would have to ask my dad some
specifics about that. I am sure this probably won't have any bearing on
anything with getting my citizenship but just some info.

Any info anyone can give would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Darryl
 
Old Jul 4th 2003, 10:52 pm
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Here are some web pages that may help:


Job Bank:
http://jb-ge.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/Intro_en.asp

Housing:
http://www.mls.ca

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Old Jul 6th 2003, 3:45 am
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Darryl Smith ([email protected]) said:

    > I heard from a friend that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities
    > in the world. She told me she wouldn't live anywhere else in the world by
    > choice.
I like it. The climate is *just right*...a little too much rain at
times, but at least you don't have to shovel it.

    > My question is what is the job market like in that area and what is the cost
    > of living compared to the USA.
Job market is reasonable. Cost of living is about the same. Some
things are more expensive, some are less.

    > Maine has a high cost of living with rents
    > averaging over $1000 a month for a decent 2 bedroom apt. Houses are out of
    > sight too. To give an idea my parents just sold their house which was a small
    > ranch for $160,000 and that is fairly cheap for the area.
Vancouver has quite expensive real estate. In Downtown Vancouver, you'd
be looking at about $1000/mo to rent an apartment...though that's in
Canadian dollars. Houses in the suburbs don't get you a lot for less than
$200k.

    > My job experience is I am currently a security officer for a major
    > semiconductor manufacterer. I also have experience as a volunteer firefighter
    > and I am a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. I also have experience in
    > the manufactering of semiconductors in a cleanroom environment.
You'll get a job. Maybe not what you're doing, but you'll get a job. I
did.

    > I was also wondering how hard it is for someone from the US to live in Canada
    > and get Canadian citizenship.
Basicially, you'll need either someone to sponsor you, or to have a good
case for individual immigration. Depending on your experience and
education, this is relatively simple. As for getting Citizenship, as long
as you're a good person and here for the required number of days, it's a
breeze.

Hope that helps to some extent. Good luck.

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