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Hi, we are seriously considering getting out of the US and Canada is tops on our list. Dh specifically said he would want to move to the Vancouver area. I;ve never been there myself. SO could you Vancouver mamas and papas tell me what it is like?

Cost of living, crime, climate (been to Seattle but that's it), homeschooling, housing, alternative community.

Anyone immigrated that wasn't marrried to a Canadian? We should be able to come as skilled workers.

Help!
 

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Yes, I would highly, highly recommend Vancouver. Especially if you lean towards the more "crunchy" side!


First wonderful thing about Vancouver: its natural beauty. After living in the Midwest for a couple of years I gained a whole new appreciation for my home town when I returned. Everywhere you look is mountains, sea, sky, sunsets...it's gorgeous. If you like the outdoors, there are thousands of great day hikes in the city and nearby, if you like skiing you can't beat Whistler but we have three local mountains as well.

Second great thing: very great place to raise a family. There are midwives, birthing centres, and even the hospitals are very breastfeeding friendly. One year maternity leave! Nobody looks at you sideways for nursing, even a toddler (IME so far). There are places where slings are common, plenty of naturopaths, and as for eating: lots of great organic food and fresh produce. You will have no trouble finding "like minded mamas" and there are plenty of wonderful activities for kids, and a good sized homeschooling community too.

The cost of living here is somewhat high, depending of course on what part of the city you live in, and what you are used to (where you are coming from). Rent and housing prices can be a real shock to some, but after living in Boston I think the prices here are very fair considering the "world class" level of life in Vancouver. Compared to the USA, crime here is nothing. When anyone gets killed it's a big story in the news, and usually gang related.

Even if neither of you is Canadian, you can come as skilled workers under the TN Visa. One of you needs to have a degree, or equivalent qualifications in your field and you need to be hired by a company for that type of work. It's pretty easy.

I would highly recommend Vancouver. I was born and raised here, went to the US for three years. I've fallen in love with Vancouver all over again. It's a great place to raise a family!
 

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Thanks Piglet,

DH and I grew up in LA and lived in CA for over 30 years although we are living out of state in the desert sw now. ITA< cost of living is relative. I've become so acclimated to the desert (currently in the 90s still) that I'm a little worried about adjusting to the much cooler temps. Other than that it sounds awesome. I checked the government pages for the quiz on immigrating as a skilled worker and I think we should be able to get in.
 

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Originally Posted by SvadhisthanaMama
Hi, we are seriously considering getting out of the US and Canada is tops on our list. Dh specifically said he would want to move to the Vancouver area. I;ve never been there myself. SO could you Vancouver mamas and papas tell me what it is like?

Cost of living, crime, climate (been to Seattle but that's it), homeschooling, housing, alternative community.

Anyone immigrated that wasn't marrried to a Canadian? We should be able to come as skilled workers.

Help!
Helloo,

I have a few acquaintances who have become Canadians by choice, Our weather is moderate - rain in the winter, beautiful sunnt days from about April to October. Summer is hot, the other seasons can be cool. Winter is wet and cold, but whenever there is rain in the city, it is snowing in the mountains.

Cost of living is high for Canada - the second most expensive city to live in. However, there is a large alternative living-type community and thus lots of low-cost options. And the beach is always free!

We love living here (have been hear for 7 years and will stay for as long as possible!

Jacqueline
 

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What are your skills? The reason I ask is that if they are such that you would be able to find jobs in a smaller centre, I would strongly suggest the Comox Valley, (Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland). There are all of the great things that Piglet mentioned about Vancouver with the exception of the traffic, high housing costs and crime.

The negative is that you are on the island, so you are dependant on the ferries to get you over to the mainland.
 

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I think I'm going to hijack this thread. I'm Canadian and we live in VA now, but DH wants to move. I'm originally from Toronto, but DH likes the idea of B.C. Right now he is working as a computer network analyst for a small company. Don't suppose where dh could start looking for jobs? (as in links to papers or big companies in town)

Thanks
 
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