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1. Posted by bahpna (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello Everybody,

I am new on this forum. I'm looking for relocating to Toronto. I'm currently live in Paris (France). Life is not that great here.
I would like some help as far as the job situation in Toronto - I have a master in international trade and marketing, bilingual with over 5 year experience.
I also have a 2 year-old daughter and I would like to know the best place to live, the average price for kindergarden, etc...

I plan a 'reperage' trip on April for 10 days, let me know if u can help.


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Many companies have their headquarters in the Toronto area, and so it's probably as good a place as any in Canada to look for a job. You might want to look at MONSTER.CA or WORKOPOLIS.COM for a listing of jobs. Those are two of the bigger job sites in Canada.

There isn't much call for French in Toronto itself, but you might want to look for companies that deal a lot with Quebec or internationally.

As for places to live, there are many places that are good. Did you want a house and live in the suburbs, or live in a more urban environment? Public transit in Toronto is not great, so many people either drive to work or live close to where they work.

I think you will find prices lower than in France. I don't know about the prices of childcare for young children (called pre-school here). At the age of 5, your child will enter the public school system, which is free (unless you want to send your daughter to a private school). The public schools here are decent.


3. Posted by Bogman (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y

Personally, seeing as you are a francophone, I would go to Montreal or perhaps Ottawa...both cities place a big emphasis on being bilingual for employment. French culture basically doesn't exist in toronto. Montreal probably has fewer job opportunities, but much cheaper cost of living. But, in terms of marketing jobs I'd bet Toronto has way more.

4. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hello. I am new to this forum as well.

I read that you said public transportation is not that good in Toronto and that worries me as I do not want to have to get a car if I do not have to and that was one of the main things I was concerned about.

By the way, I am an actor originally from the United States, but currently living and working in Madrid, Spain.

I am a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild / AFTRA in the USA.

I have both US and EU citizenship and am bilingual in English and Spanish.

I am interested in moving to Toronto within the next year or so and am beginning my research now.

I was hoping that you might be able to point me in the right direction as to where I might be able to find a few things as I have never been there before and would really respect the input from people who are already there and know more about Toronto than me.

I would need to find a reputable talent agent or talent manager.

I would need to find a fairly reasonable place to live and some other stuff.

Can you help me or tell me where to post these type of questions for a first timer moving to Toronto?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

5. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Public transportation in toronto is very good and rated among the best in North America. Although if your comparing it to European standards, then obviously its not as good. But if you want to get anywhere in the city it is very easy. Take a look here
You can get a monthly pass for about $100 for unlimited travel, cash fare is $2.75.

If you plan on living downtown, there is absolutely no need for a car, bus , streetcar, subway can get you anywhere you want. Trust me, if public transportation is one of your concerns, don't worry you won't have any problems.

There is a glut of rental vacancies in the city, its a renters market right now, buildings are offering free appliances, 1 month free rent etc to entice people. Mainly cause of all the condos going up in the city so more people are buying. But if you look around, you can get a nice condo right downtown for under $1000 a month.

Don't know much about the film industry, but Toronto is a hotbed for filming in NA. After all it is called Hollywood North, no matter what those frappacino sipping Vancouverites think.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Yeah, to clarify my statement - public transit is good in Toronto if you either live downtown or are heading downtown from the suburbs. It's not great to get around in the suburbs. For an actor, though, you would most likely live in the downtown area as that where the studios and theatres are.

As for the acting thing, I'm not an actor but I play one on TV...

Seriously, though, my sister was an actress (she now teaches music and tends to her little ones). The best place to start would probably be with ACTRA - Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.

7. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Thanks for the replies.

That is good news about the transportation. I would most likely look for something downtown in the center, so this is what I was hoping for.

First I will need to concentrate on seeing if I will need a work permit or not or if I can get some sort of sponsorship or something.

If I actually need to immigrate or apply for a work visa it might take longer than I originally thought.

I was just hoping to find a Talent agency to sponsor me or to work on US or EU productions after the local hire quotas have all been met.

I will contact ACTRA and see what information they have.

Thanks again.

8. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I contacted ACTRA and they said that you can not join unless you are Canadian or a landed immigrant.

They also mentioned something about being able to purchase a work permit for every acting part that I was picked for. This sounds promising, but I am still waiting for more clarification on this.

I would really like to know all of my options for getting permission to do acting work in Canada.

Can anyone tell me about temporary work permits or other special cases that I could try before spending more than 1500 dollars just to apply for Canadian citizenship?

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I am not certain on temporary work permits for actors. You can start by reading the Citizenship and Immigration page about working temporarily in Canada.

10. Posted by Trupioneer (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Being a Torontonian I can honestly say that it's not really a great life hear.

Unless you don't mind watching alot of T.V. and avioding contact with other people.

It's a dull place really.