Random Thoughts and Insights


#1

I had the chance to meet a couple new PR’s over the last few days. One of them was engaged with the Movnorth site. Considering the extreme cold (unusual) that hit the west cost for a couple weeks last month I was quite interested to know what their opinions of Toronto.

On the whole they seem to be enjoying life here and are quite relieved to be free of the stresses of H1B. One of them has just got a job with a tech. company downtown and was regretting not taking my advice to live in the downtown core. The other person still works remotely for his US employer and is also exploring options locally. I really enjoyed meeting them and plan to try and meet other expats moving here more often.

I also met a few Canadians who have recently moved back to Toronto after many years in the US on TN visa’s. I was surprised to know they found the site quite useful with their search for tech jobs here. Feel free to ask me anything or post your own thoughts I thought we should have some more informal random threads on here.


#2

Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing!

What are the circumstances of the person who’s working remotely for his US employer? I’m not asking about anything too specific or personal, but am curious how that works.

Thanks!


#3

Was employed with a big name Silicon Valley tech company (on the business side not engineering). He had worked there for a while. He spoke to his manager and explained how he had Canadian PR and would love to continue working for the company and it worked out for him which is amazing.


#4

Varies from employer to employer and field to field. If you work for, say, Microsoft or Amazon in Seattle, they send their visa-issue-employees to Vancouver all the time anyway, till their visa issues are solved and then they bring them back to Seattle. Easier to remote-work in software than many other engineering fields unless you have a physical office in Canada. I also read on TechCrunch (in Nov 2016 :roll_eyes:) about a Canadian company whose sole purpose was to create subsidiary of your US company in Canada (for about $6000) so that you can get paid in Canada through the “Canadian” company while working for you US company. I don’t know where that went as I cannot find it online anymore but check that out.

If your company really wants to keep you even if you’re working from Canada, there are lots of legal ways to do this.


#5

@anshul.v.joshi they are called True North


#6

Hi Vik,
Which areas near the downtown would you recommend that has decent sized homes, good schools and access to amenities for kids.

We will be moving from Texas and are used to larger than life homes and were looking to rent in the Mississauga region to have something similar. But would like to check out options near the downtown region as well.

Thanks for your insights!
Ali


#7

You’re not going to get anything as big as houses in Texas for the same prices you pay there unless you choose to live further away from the city. Even in Texas I doubt you would get affordable large homes close to downtown cores like Austin. I’m not very familiar with Mississauga but here is my list of great neighbourhoods close to downtown Toronto. These are highly walkable, safe, great schools, filled with young families, amazing restaurants, gyms and other such things.

  1. Riverdale
  2. Riverside
  3. Lesiville
  4. Beaches
  5. Midtown
  6. Roncesvalles
  7. Cabbage Town
  8. Upper Beaches / Beaches

Vancover or Toronto
#8

I visited some friends who live in Mississauga and they told me the (good) houses there (with two parking garages, 5 bedrooms) are easily over a million CAD! :money_with_wings: :money_with_wings: Some average houses with a single garage and 3 bedrooms can go over CA$600k.
No wonder people prefer buying condos there (much cheaper).
In the US in some states/cities you’ll get a mansion for that kind of money. Buying a house is definitely expensive in most good parts of GTA, similar to SF or NY. You can probably get a house in the US as an investment and then rent it out before u leave.


#9

We are looking to rent initially as well. Will check out the different areas. Thanks


#10

Technically Mississauga is pretty hot considering its proximity to core Toronto etc. Prices in the GTA have not risen or even dropped a little over the last year additionally there is news of a slowdown in housing sales. I have friends who have bought large houses (5 bedroom kinds) about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto.


#11

What price range do the said big houses go in?


#12

Sorry I forgot to mention that. They bought in the 600K CAD price range. People here use this website for all house hunting.

https://www.realtor.ca/


#13

Wow that’s way less that what I heard :open_mouth: I should’ve bought one yesterday


#14

I’ve been meeting a few PR’s recently. A couple are in the process of moving here from the US and a few who are moving here from India. They were here for the landing and a few had scheduled interviews. Do you guys have any questions you’d like to ask them. I was thinking to ask them about their interviewing experience here.