Expatriate Community in Canada

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There are 6 186 950 expatriates.
Blogs For Expats
Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA)
Immigrants Quebec
Integration net
The neo-Quebec blog
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
For Further Information
A Newcomer's introduction to Canada
Welcome to Canada
Immigration Authority
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Government of Canada
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Mister Demenagement
Canada movers

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
The cost of living in Canada is relatively low, whereas the standard of living is high. During the last ten years, the annual rate of inflation was, on average, less than 3%. Canadian cities are among the most sought-after places to live in the world.
Quality of Life
Canada ranks fourth in the world for quality of life behind Norway, Sweden and Australia. The Canadians' quality of life is among the best in the world. The media, entertainment and arts sectors are well developed in Canada.
Sanitary Conditions
All the large Canadian cities are ranked in the 25 best cities from the point of view of health and sanitary conditions (Calgary 1st, Ottawa 4th, Vancouver and Montreal 10th and Toronto 21st). Sanitary conditions are generally very good.
For Further Information
2007 World-Wide quality of living survey by Mercer

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
LOFT: A large open plan room often located in converted industrial buildings.
Apartments go from the 1 1/2 (apartment with one room and a bathroom) to the 4 1/2 (2 bedrooms, a sitting room, a kitchen + bathroom) and so on.
All these types of apartment can be offered unfurnished, half-furnished (stove and refrigerator), furnished (just all necessary furniture), heated (heating included in the monthly rate), lit (electricity included), hot water (water tank heated).
Normal Lease Term
1 year lease, 3 months' written notice for any suspension of the lease.
An apartment can be sub-let with the agreement of the landlord; unless there is an understanding with the landlord, the main tenant stays responsible for the lease until the end.
Rental Costs
The rent is payable on the 1st of each month. Most landlords ask for 12 post dated cheques, but they do not have the right to demand this. The landord can require a cosignatory or a guarantor. A deposit is rarely required.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Most apartment rentals are agreed directly with the landlord or the manager of the building. Estate agencies can propose a tenant finding service; it is the owner of the apartment for rent who is generally liable for the fees.
Rental Agency Websites
Du Proprio
Directory of estate agencies in Quebec
Remax Real Estate Group
Century 21
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Canada Annonces
Immobilier Canada
Just Landed
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Rooms to rent in private houses may be available. There is not necessarily a lease to sign, and they are often rented monthly. Proroommate is a website for finding rooms and roommates.
For Further Information
The guide to lodging in Canada

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School System

School Level
The school system is under provincial and territorial jurisdiction; the Canadian government plays an indirect role. School is compulsory from age 6 or 7 to age 15-16. Education is free in public schools. Some provinces offer schooling from age 4 (nursery school) to age 6 when primary school begins (for 6 years), and then secondary school (for 5 years) in preparation for post-secondary education. In Quebec, post-secondary college studies for 2 or 3 years (CEGEP : College of General and Vocational Education) are also free. Canadian universities are private institutions with a worldwide reputation.
International Schools
International school of French
Catalog of universities, colleges and schools in Canada
International school of Montreal
For Further Information
Provincial and Territorial Departments and Ministries Responsible for Education in Canada

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The public healthcare system (health insurance) in Canada is a group of ten provincial regimes and three territorial regimes financed by public money. It is a universal system which covers all medical and hospital services. These services are free. The governments of the provinces and territories finance health services with the help of the federal (national) government.
International Hospitals
The staff in Canadian hospitals speak English and French.
Health Insurance
According to the province or the territory, hospital or medical services are free or you may have to pay.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Canadian hospitals give medical care to all visitors, but a good insurance is necessary to cover the costs.
Health System Insurance Body
Links to provincial and territorial websites concerning healthcare.
Health Ministry
Health Canada

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