New immigrants face unlimited challenges and difficult choices. One of the hard decisions is where to start a new life — which part of the country, which town, which city, which part of the city, whether to live in a condo or to go for a house. Canada’s biggest cities – Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary attract a lot of new immigrants because they are cosmopolitan and as well, since the employment rates are higher. But they are also often the most expensive cities. Your decision in choosing where to live will be dictated by where you find a new job, what you can afford, what your mortgages could be.
For example – Calgary, a city in western Canada is increasingly attracting new immigrants. If you were to try to settle in Calgary then you’d have to decide which part of the city you want to call home. The city is divided into four quadrants – the South West (SW), North East (NE), South East (SE), and the North West (NW).
There are some factors to consider before you make such decisions like which city or quadrant of the city to live in. But first, I have a few questions that will set us on the right track :
- How much cash do you have in your pocket reserve?
- Are you married?
- How large is your family?
- How many children do you have? What are their ages?
- How much space do you really need?
- Is your place of work near or around the proposed quadrant?
- Are you working downtown?
- What are your commuting options?
- Will you be looking for premium? (Yes, Schools can be public or private)
- What kind of neighborhood do you prefer?
- Do you need parking space?
These are just a few of the questions to be answered before deciding on where to live. Until you find answers to these, don’t make a decision on where you will live.
However, despite these questions, the one truth is this – there are no best and no worst places to live. Your best choice can be tailor-made just for you. Your personal preferences and realities, with the stories heard and research done, should help you make the right choice.