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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!

OttawaMoving 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.

Neighborhoods
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.

Healthcare
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 Insurance.