Advice for Visitors to Canada
Moving to Ottawa
The Corporate Resources Group, a Swiss-based management firm recently
ranked Ottawa as the sixth best place in the world to live for its quality
of life. Not only that but in a survey done by Chatelaine, one of Canada’s
largest circulation magazines, Ottawa was voted the best place to live
and work in Canada. Not too shabby!
to Ottawa definitely has its perks, for instance, Ottawa has a very low
crime rate, is environmentally clean and has extremely good public services.
It has over 350 elementary and high schools as well as eight colleges
and universities. There are also tons of parks. It is the ideal place
to raise a family.
Choosing where to live is one of the most important decisions you
will have to make. There are many different neighborhoods in Ottawa, for
example: The Riverside South Community which is located in the southern
part of the city nestled along the Rideau River. It is fifteen minutes
from downtown and boasts over 750 acres of parks and nature trails. The
Downtown area is a mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods. Within
this area you will fine The Glebe, one of the oldest areas in Ottawa,
Centertown which is mostly high-rises and Preston Street which is the
heart of the Italian community. If you are moving to Ottawa, you may consider
living downtown where you will have access to so much: theatres, museums,
stores and restaurants. The two universities are also close by. For more
information on the different neighborhoods in Ottawa please visit: ottawa.ca.
All residents of Ontario are covered for essential medical services
under OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) but you must have resided in
the province for at least three months to be eligible. It is best to apply
for OHIP as soon as you arrive as it takes about three months before you
are covered. Until then you should arrange to be covered by the health
insurance plan of your former province or consider buying Travel Health