Advice for Visitors to Canada
Moving to Toronto
Welcome to Toronto, a thriving multicultural metropolis!
There’s no place like Home
The first thing you will want to do is find a place to live in a neighborhood
you like. Toronto is very diverse culturally and its neighborhoods, each
with their own distinct characteristics reflect this. If you are moving
to Toronto, The best way to get a feel for the neighborhood is to walk
or drive through it. You may also want to consider renting a place in
a neighborhood you like before buying. Rentals are available throughout
the city. It is possible to rent both furnished and unfurnished apartments.
slightly depending on the neighborhood but if you are buying a house
expect to pay approximately $300,000 Canadian for a 1,200 square foot
house (this figure is taken from a study done in 2012 by Royal Lepage
Real Estate Services Ltd.) Visit Tourism
Toronto for more information on
the different neighborhoods in Toronto. Settlement.org
can provide you with more information on accommodations. It is especially
helpful if you are looking for a place to stay before you arrive in Toronto.
Also, Citizenship and Immigration Canada also has details and information
on what to consider when moving to Toronto.
Canada has one of the best health care systems in the world; however you
must apply for a health insurance card. You should apply for an OHIP
(Ontario Health Insurance Plan) card as soon as you arrive
in Toronto. The waiting period is approximately three months from the
date you arrive until you are covered. OHIP provides all Ontario residents
with free essential hospital and medical care.
Since newcomers to Canada are not eligible for health coverage/OHIP during
their first three months in Toronto, you may wish to purchase private
health insurance or Travel Health Insurance until you are covered by OHIP.
The Ontario government created Ontario
Early Years Centers to be places where parents and caregivers
of children up to the age of six can obtain information about programs
and services for young children and have an opportunity to talk to early
years professionals. Every Ontario Early Years Center offers these services,
which are free to all parents and caregivers of young children. If you
are moving to Toronto and you would like to find a center near you, check
list of Ontario Early Years Centers in Toronto.
In Ontario, school boards manage the elementary and secondary school
You can get almost anywhere in Toronto by bus, subway or streetcar.
For more information on the transit system visit the T.T.C
Other Helpful Links:
Health Connection (416) 338 7600