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Moving to Toronto

The bustling cosmopolitan city of Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. 

It has more to offer than just the spectacular skyline, from its vibrant economy to top-notch public transportation, delicious food, countless art centres and thrilling nightlife. 

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Toronto.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Toronto

In this culturally diverse city, you will always find yourself surrounded by many expats who have settled in the city for professional and career purposes.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Toronto.

Finding a place to live 
Finding a place to live in Toronto may seem a daunting process. There are over 140 neighbourhoods, each with its character. Apartments close to the subway station tend to be more expensive. You can find cheaper property options in the outer neighbourhoods, but you should expect to drive as public transport may not be readily available.

Seasonal weather extremes
Canada is well known for its long and cold snowy winters. Even though Toronto isn’t Canda’s coldest city, it has a prominent winter season. Make sure to take advantage of the cold weather by getting involved in winter sports like skiing, ice skating or even snowshoeing.

Getting around Toronto
The best way of commuting in Toronto is by public transportation. The transportation system is quite advanced and expansive across the town. You have 3 options: subway, streetcar and bus. A token or day/week pass will give you unlimited passes on all three variants of transportation.

Access to healthcare
Toronto has an advanced healthcare system with highly qualified professionals. If you have a residence permit, you will get the advantage of receiving tax-funded healthcare insurance. On the other hand, if you are in Toronto on a short-term basis, you have to invest in private healthcare insurance.

It’s all about the weather
Canadians love to talk and complain about the weather! Don’t get surprised if you find yourself having an intense conversation with a total stranger about the beautiful sunny weather outside, or mourning about the warmer day that never seems to come.

Meet your Toronto Team Leader

Spence Walker

Born and raised in Toronto, Spence has over 15 years of experience under his belt. His wealth of local knowledge enables him to best serve the needs of newly arriving expats to Toronto.

As a Chartered Professional Accountant, he regularly advises expats on key tax, assurance and accounting matters. He makes sure that the relocation process is as smooth as possible by guiding expats through the best possible paths.

Spence leads our Toronto E-Team and will be happy to provide you with practical advice and connect you with other E-Team members.

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