Before you go

Before you go

When people think about planning an extended trip, they imagine they’ll need to book flights and accommodation. There’s a little more to it than that. There is always something that will go wrong, every time. Here are some simple things you can do before you go to...
My first year in Canada

My first year in Canada

Today’s my Torontoversary! A year ago today I became a permanent resident of Canada. When we left Brooklyn for Toronto, there were certain things I knew I’d miss. Since we’d spent a good amount of time in Toronto before making it official (in fact, we had apartments...
2016 year in review

2016 year in review

Most of this year was taken up with immigrating to Canada and then writing a book about the process. With both of us working full time, it’s been a busy year! It doesn’t feel like we’ve traveled much this year, but we still made it to 28 cities in 6 countries. Unless...
How to find a job in Canada

How to find a job in Canada

How to find a job in Canada You don’t need a job to move to Canada, but it helps. The idea of moving to another country without a job lined up is, well, terrifying. Canadian immigration programs require that you either have a job offer, money to support...
Setting up your apartment in Canada

Setting up your apartment in Canada

Once you’ve signed a lease or bought a condo, it’s time to turn your empty place into a home. Before you move in, you’ll need light, heat, water, internet, and furniture. How to move to Canada Utilities Insurance Furnishings Utilities Unless you’re okay with living in...
Buying a condo in Canada

Buying a condo in Canada

You hear it all the time: Toronto is way too expensive to buy anything! In fact, houses downtown are over a million dollars! What’s wrong with this statement? The idea that you need to live in a house right downtown. No one talks about buying houses in Manhattan or...
Renting an apartment in Toronto

Renting an apartment in Toronto

    You’re finally moving up! Here’s how to find your new home in Toronto, from where to look for listings to what to expect in your lease. If you’re coming from a small town, renting in Toronto is probably going to seem really unpleasant. If you’re coming...
International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada See what it’s like to live and work in Canada. Many countries encourage young people to live and work abroad before settling in back at home through a work exchange or working holidays. Canada is no exception. International...
Banking in Canada, for Americans

Banking in Canada, for Americans

Handing your credit card over to pay is the biggest giveaway that you’re not Canadian. Even if you have a chip card, you’ll still leave them scrambling for a pen to sign. Canadians live in a sad world without cash back rewards, or a less dangerous world without easy...
Moving to Quebec

Moving to Quebec

Quebec has different immigration requirements than the rest of the provinces. You could certainly use one of the general programs for immigration to Canada to move to Quebec. However, Quebec offers specific programs for their province and that’s what we’re talking...
A primer for would-be expats

A primer for would-be expats

A primer for potential expats Is moving to Canada the right choice for you? A lot of people like to daydream about moving somewhere new, living a better life. There are some other things to think about that many of us overlook. What does it take to immigrate? What...
How we moved to Canada

How we moved to Canada

Americans love to talk about moving to Canada, but there’s surprisingly little helpful information on how to actually do it. That’s what we learned when we decided to leave our home in Brooklyn and make the move up to Toronto. While our experience is from...

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