How To Make The Move From The US To Toronto

August 17, 2021

Around 110,000 people move to Canada every year.  It’s an incredible country with a beautiful mix of work and fun and endless beautiful nature to enjoy. 

 One of the most popular cities to move to is Toronto!  This cultural hub has gained an identity as one of the most culturally diverse cities on earth because of how many different people have immigrated from worldwide.

If you want to become a part of this amazing city, these are some important steps to keep in mind!

Consider Your Visa and the Legalities

What type of visa are you moving to Canada under?  To move from the USA, there are just a handful of ways to get a visa. First, you could start under a visitor’s visa, which can last from three to six months and allow you to get to know the city first.  Another option is a work visa, which means a company has decided you’re its best fit and is sponsoring you.  The final would be a family visa, allowing you to move because you’re related or married to a Canadian.

Have At Least Eight Thousand Saved 

To ensure you have enough money to survive in Canada for a while, it’s a good idea to have at least eight thousand USD (ten thousand Canadian dollars) saved up.  This amount can carry you for three months if you budget carefully.  The average apartment in Toronto is around $1,400; from here, you’d spend about $200 on transit if you don’t own a car, and another $800 on things like food, electricity, and other things you need: and that’s all in Canadian dollars.  This allows you to have a little bit of extra money if there are any emergencies.

Find Good Housing Before The Move

Before you move out, it’s a good idea to look into apartments or homes for sale in Toronto.  Although you may think you know what to expect price-wise, it’s a very competitive city to live in and can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know anyone who lives there.  Try to talk to locals online and see if any you meet have any tips on when housing may open up in the area you want to move into.  If you can’t find permanent housing, try to find a month-to-month rental to tide you over. 

Try to Have a Job Lined Up

If you’re not getting in on a work visa: try to get a job as soon as possible.  Although you might want to avoid having to work in person in an area you’re unfamiliar with, getting hired even digitally by a Canadian company can do a lot for your visa status.  Your savings are great, but they’ll only last you three months.  Don’t risk running out of them simply because you think that you can afford to wait.  

Toronto is an amazing city, and it’s no surprise that people want to move out here!  If you’re curious about what this city can do for you, consider visiting and getting to know the area.

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