I do not know how exciting or boring life is in Toronto, but I need to be at a place where the is Film and TV acting work going on and where I can get around mostly using public transportation.
I like watching TV and also taking long walks around exploring neighborhoods and / or taking pictures.
Right now the biggest issue for me is my immigration situation. As far as I can tell I need to apply to be a Skilled Worker, but I am right at the minimum points for qualifying and am not sure what the total costs are or how long it will take from the moment I apply to I get accepted will be or if I will even get accepted.
If it ends up being too big of an ordeal I will have to change my focus from Toronto to New York, but I want to give Toronto my best effort first though.
Has anyone been through this Skilled Worker process or have any advice on that?
Toronto is as exciting or boring as you make it. Seems to me that's the case with most cities. They just opened up one of the world's largest sound stages not too far from where my parents live by the Beaches area. Good luck in finding work.
For an international city, Toronto has one of the most worst transportation systems anywhere. It's pathetic, really. If you are used to travelling around Paris, you will find the transportation extremely limited and time consuming in Toronto.
The public transportation system in Ontario is very inadequate compared to most of Europe and Asia.
However, if you get a job on one of the major transportation routes you should be fine.
There are jobs for French speaking people in Toronto. In fact, you may be at an advantage as not many people speak English. Go to www.workopolis.com and check out the bilingual positions. I am not sure if Quebec is a super choice as they have a very different culture compared to France and the dialect is quite different.
Kindergarten is free in Ontario. Most schools now have Junior Kindergarden and kids can start as young as 4 (some are as young as 3). There are two free school systems: Public and Catholic. Toronto is very multicultural and some Public schools have banned any religious activity (including Christmas)to be fair to everyone. If you wnat your child to have any Christian elements to her education you may chose a Catholic school.
Toronto can be quite expensive to find an apartment but if you head out to the suburbs you may find it expensive and time consuming to get around and get into the city. Take a look in http://www.rentersnews.ca/ If you want to stay downtown I would suggest to go with an apartment in a building because basement apartments tend to be small, cold and gloomy. Basement apartments in the suburbs tend to be a bit better than the ones downtown.
[ Edit: Edited at May 21, 2006 9:01 PM by vickim ]