Moving to Toronto requires a lot of preparation, whether you’re here for a temporary or permanent basis, but my beloved city is welcoming and has a place for everyone! Every city has its eccentricities, but that’s what makes Toronto such a joy to live in! From the freezing winters to the scorching summers, you’ll discover the many ways in which Toronto’s colourful identity shines through.
The Newcomer Program
The mayor of Toronto in 2015 declared the first Newcomer Day on May 29th, which started a wonderful tradition. Every year on this day, different groups that represent the city provide information on their services that are available to the public and celebrate their contributions. Browse through stalls on employment opportunities and educational institutions while watching live performances. It’s a real treat!
Don’t worry if you’re moving to Toronto before or after Newcomer Day. There are many resources available throughout the year to help sort yourself out before, during, and after your move. The City of Toronto’s website is brimming with information on every aspect of daily life, from health services to education to garbage and recycling schedules. If you prefer to meet with someone, there are Newcomer Services kiosks throughout the city where you can speak with a settlement worker and take advantage of free and confidential services, such as training opportunities or translation assistance.
Getting around is easier than in other cities. If you don’t have a car or want to use a taxi, you can use the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) system. It will give you access to buses, streetcars, and the subway. The type of currency used for the TTC is tokens, which resemble small coins, or cash, or you can purchase a Presto card instead. The TTC website can answer all of your questions about fares and passes, as well as provide schedules and maps to facilitate your travels within the city.
Toronto is also bike-friendly with bike renting becoming more popular and an increasing demand for bike lanes. Woodbine Avenue, for example, is set up with cycle tracks, lanes, and sharrows, which are all part of a larger cycling network. There are dozens of bike corrals to use throughout the city from April to November. Buses are also equipped with rails so you can ride and bike without a hassle.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) offers helpful programs from kindergarten to grade 12 for international students adjusting to their new life in Toronto. They have an immersion program that lasts for four months should your children require additional assistance. The TDSB understands the amount of work and stress involved with moving to a new place, so they have created a document checklist to help you enroll your children.
For higher education and adult students, you have your pick of colleges and universities. The George Brown College has three campuses through the city, allowing students the chance to explore more neighbourhoods and resources as they decide upon their career or gain advanced expertise in their field. The University of Toronto is the top school in the city, offering academic opportunities you can’t find anywhere else. Much like the city, the U of T embraces cultural diversity and is rife with activity. Whether you’re coming from the U.K. or various parts of Asia, you can find help with housing, information about scholarships, and discover how to make the most of your university life.
Your Dwelling Space
I cover a vast area of Toronto, from the Harbourfront to North Toronto and into Thornhill Richmond Hill and Markham and each neighbourhood has a story to tell. Looking for a one-bedroom apartment near school? Need a spacious bungalow with a quiet environment? Does a luxurious estate meet your needs? I can answer all of your questions and help you narrow down your choices until you say, “This is home!”. I also provide helpful interior design advice and assistance for moving requirements. Contact me and discover what’s in store for you in this exhilarating city!