Moving Overseas

Moving to Toronto

Moving to Toronto

Are you moving to Toronto, Canada?

Crown are an international relocations company, specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!

Our team is available to answer any relocation questions you may have. They can be reached between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday on 0508 227 696 or email nz@crownrelo.com

About

Toronto is not the capital of Canada but with a population of over 2,600,000, Toronto is the biggest city in Canada. Located in the province of Southern Ontario on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, Toronto really is a one of the world's most diverse cities, a recent census showed some 50% of residents had been born outside of Canada, and whilst English is the main language spoken, the city is proud of its French roots.

Modern-day Toronto is a centre for the arts, finance and communications, especially television production, as the city houses the headquarters of Canada's major national broadcast networks and media outlets. The city is well known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, particularly the CN Tower, which at 553.3 metres, is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. Toronto consistently rates as one of the world's most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

One of the most famous of its many attractions, Niagara Falls is just a short drive from Toronto, a good place to find out more is the official tourist website at www.seetorontonow.com

Visas/Permits

New Zealanders need an Immigrant Visa to live in Canada, and details of how to obtain one can be found at the Canadian Government’s Visa and Immigration website at www.canadainternational.gc.ca/new_zealand-nouvelle_zelande/come-venir_canada/visiting-visiter.aspx?lang=eng

Money

The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Coins come in denominations of 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, $2, and notes in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.

Many migrants have found it helpful to set up a Canadian bank account before relocating. This makes it easy for converted money to be transferred straight to your account, as well as minimising the need to carry cash while travelling. There are many banks in Toronto who offer an on-line sign-up service.

When it comes to converting your money into Canadian Dollars, there are a number of options available. It’s recommended to use on-line currency transferral companies when converting large sums of money, as they provide much more competitive exchange rates than banks. Crown has entered into a partnership with NZForex to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by NZForex are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there's no fee. The cost structure is so good that the saving you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. Click Here for more information.

Transport

Toronto has an excellent public transport system, incorporating buses, streetcars and the subway, details of all these options can found at www.ttc.ca

If you do choose to drive in Toronto, the first point to bear in mind is that in Canada, they drive on the opposite side of the road to that in New Zealand.

You can drive in Canada on a NZ drivers licence for up to three months, but it is recommended that you apply for an International Driver Permit, and if staying in Canada, you should apply for a Canadian driving licence.

Toronto Pearson International Airport www.torontopearson.com operates flights from some 75 airlines, to over 180 destinations not just within Canada, but around the world.

Education

Toronto is home to six universities and over a 100 centres of higher education, combining to house approximately 187,000 undergraduate students across the city. In terms of the local schooling system, there are both private and public education services available for children in Toronto. The school year begins in September and ends in June.

Students generally travel to school by car with their parents, or in some cases, take the school bus, others will cycle or walk.

Crown Relocations can arrange an appointment with a specialist education consultant who can provide an in-depth explanation of local education systems, the curricula available and arranging interviews, as well as assist with enrolment requirements. Please contact us for information and rates.

Health

Canada has an extensive public health-care system, called Medicare, but most people take out private insurance as well. If the insurance company you were with in New Zealand is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds, you may be able to transfer your policy to Canada without penalty - at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details, or visit www.ifhp.com

Accommodation

When choosing where to live in Toronto, the deciding factor for expats is normally how close you need to be to your work or your children’s school. The cost of accommodation and commuting to work are also significant considerations.

Rather than purchasing a home, people moving to Toronto choose to rent, at least at first. This is because house (and apartment) prices in Toronto are expensive. Looking for a home in Toronto can quite often be a daunting task, and we can advise on rental accommodation or purchasing properties, and also arrange for temporary accommodation.

Networking

Toronto’s diverse, multi-cultural population means that you are bound to meet people from all walks of life. Expatriates commonly assimilate into the community through the sports and hobbies they are interested in. The relaxed environment that Toronto is justifiably famous for provides numerous opportunities to meet new people. Social media is also a great way to get to know like-minded people.

Next Steps

Crown Relocations has 50 years of international moving experience for individuals and families to Toronto and throughout Canada, contact us today for more information about our services.

To arrange a moving quote call our office Free on 0508 227 696, get an online Ballpark estimate, complete our Home Visit Request or get a  Full Quote or email us now at nz@crownrelo.com

 

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