Hi, I am planning to immigrate to Canada with my family and now we are looking for a city somewhere in Toronto region. We began to like a lot of Vaughan and Missisauga as we are searching information about different cities from internet.
I would like to hear some opinions,experiences or stories anything you might know about Toronto area. For example if there is some bad/good areas to live,where apartment rents are high/low,is it easy to find an apartment for rent as a newcomer?
Or if you want to tell story about your life in Canada.
I am looking forward to hear something:)
If you feel to contact me by email:firstname.lastname@example.org
And plans are changing... (we are still in that stage that we are looking for a right place in Canada) . And we began to consider Manitoba, Winnipeg. So if anybody is familiar with that area, please contact...
Hamilton (Population: ~600,000) is a great city to consider. It is a very well-rounded city and is permeated by university students (near McMaster University; one of the top medical faculties in North America). Hamilton is a center for the steel industry and, like all major Canadian cities, is a great place to immigrate to. There are some new apartments being built and some are just being open in a couple of months! Apartments are generally harder to find in this area because of the large amount of people coming in and out of the city.
There are some bad areas of the Greater Toronto Area that you want to avoid. Areas near Jane, Finch, Lawrence Heights (AKA the Jungle), North York, parts of Scarborough, and Brampton are areas that you should consider last on your list. These areas are either in the midst of development or overrun with crime and decay.
Mississauga is an expensive city to live in but is a prime center for business and industry; there are also many commercial zones. Burlington (Population: ~250,000) is yet another great city to consider. It is a smaller city with great living standards, low crime, and is at the center of many industrial zones (it is 15 minutes away from Hamilton).
Generally you want to look for a city that offers the greatest opportunity for financial and social stability. Your top candidates should be Mississauga, Burlington, or Hamilton (based off my biased knowledge only). In order to secure an apartment, it would take at least 1 - 2 months of preparation.
I am currently living in Burlington and making a transition to Hamilton in order to better accommodate my school life. I used to live in Brampton (which had many terrible areas) where I was the victim of two gunpoint robberies and burglary. Brampton's crime isn't THAT bad, but I guess I was at the wrong places at the wrong times. Apparently people from housing projects in the Peel Region are being given subsidies to move into Brampton housing.
I hope my limited information has helped you a little bit and I wish you, and your family, the best of luck in your transition.