Relocating to Toronto? This Guide Makes Your Journey Stress Free
Many outsiders dream of relocating to Toronto in search of a better job opportunity or enjoy the life of a big city. But they get scared as relocating to a bigger city involves some challenges like buying a new home, finding a new job, and many more.
If you’re like this and planning to move to the big city, I could help you minimize these challenges.
But let’s first identify the major challenges that come along:
- Learn a little about the city
- Where you’d find good jobs
- Would you prefer buying a bungalow or renting a condo?
These are some major concerns you might need to address properly before you make the next move. And now I’ll breakdown these concerns into small chunks and make relocation easier for you.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is crowded with over 2.9 million people. It’s not overcrowded. But gives some hustle and bustle you would not find in a small town.
Unlike many cities in the country, the climate is relatively moderate; you would enjoy summers and winters here.
The city is big enough to offer multiple types of residential options including, bungalows, condos, apartments, and more.
Some notable suburbs of the city include; Eglinton West, Pickering, Markham, Oakville, Vaughan, Etobicoke, and Brampton.
The city has much more to say and offer. But for now, I believe it’s enough to give you a good idea about the city.
It’s not a new thing that Canada is a multicultural country. It is one of the top multicultural cities around the globe, not just within the country. More than 50% of the people living here belong to different nations.
With this, you can easily assume that the most common language spoken here is none but English. That makes the city even charmer to outsiders.
With the diversity in culture, you’ll get to meet (or at least see) people from different ethnic backgrounds and learn about their culture. It is as exciting as traveling around the globe.
Due to this city’s multicultural effect, food also comes in abundance from different countries. You can give spicey-Indian flavors to your taste buds or enjoy the traditional American hotdog.
According to data, there are over 7,500 restaurants and bars available in the city. And you might probably find any of them operational till as late as 2 am.
Besides driving your vehicle, the city offers several modes of transportation including buses, subways, and streetcars.
If at the moment you don’t own a personal vehicle, you could use the subway to reach your destiny. If you’re going to use public transportation, it would be better to find a home near a subway or bus station.
Safety & Security
While the cases related to COVID-19 is rising, the only way to keep your self-protected from this novel coronavirus is to follow the SOPs shared by the government.
However, the city is pretty secure in terms of crime. According to research, the homicide rate of the city in 2018 was recorded to be 96 per 100,000. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Safe Cities Index rated Toronto at number 4 out of 50 cities during 2017.
Nonetheless, it is mainly a matter of using common sense when it comes to safety and security. You don’t want to hover around the streets late at night just because the city is safer than many others.
After all, a city with a zero-level crime rate is impossible to find these days.
For art lovers, this city is a kind of heaven. Toronto is a home of 80 film festivals and 200 professional performing arts organizations. These festivals are widely popular, and you’ll not get a chance to get bored around the year.
Other than these, there are over 200 art and historical monuments.
And if art and culture don’t excite you, you can also find over 1,600 parks in the city. And over 200-kilometers of trails best for bikers and hikers.
Finding a new Job
It is not a new thing to mention here. But since we’re discussing jobs, we have to!
One of the best places to find a new job is LinkedIn. People are widely using this social media site to interact with each other.
There’s a section on ‘jobs’ where you could find listed jobs, filter them according to your skills and experience, and turn on alerts to get updates.
You would also find some jobs posted by your network on your newsfeed. And if you still couldn’t find any relevant work, you could start adding new connections related to your field of interest, HR personnel, and others to directly ask for help.
People here are quite friendly and humble.
Visit a Local Library
Some professionals arrange regular sessions to help people find a new job in the area. These are not limited to local libraries, but this is the place where you start.
Meeting professionals in person increases your chances to get a new job, receive workable advice, and get free career consultation.
Finding a New Home
It is one of the most challenging things you would find in your journey. Not because the city doesn’t have much to offer. But it’s the opposite.
In recent times, the city (and the country as a whole) is doing so well in real estate that you would find a pretty good list of options to find a new home.
The government through its Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) plan, has announced to allocate $203.3 million to the city’s real estate.
According to the stats from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), Q3 of the year has proven to be very much in favor of the real estate sector for the country. The real estate of the whole country jumped from the bottoms to the top, beating even the Q3 of 2019, despite the presence of novel coronavirus.
Whatever your choice be, make sure that your new home should be optimally located – not too far from work, subways, schools, market, etc.
Move to Toronto
I believe this shortlist has helped you tackle many of your concerns. You already have the motivation to move to Toronto, and now you have a basic guideline.
Your next steps should be to start packing, updating your resume to get new jobs, and reaching out to a realtor who could help you not just find a good place to live but to tell you more about the city.