Every May 1st the Provinces announce what the minimum wages in the Province are going to be until next May 1st.
Of course, every May 1st other two things happen: Employers complaints because the change may affect their businesses…. and employees complaints because the change will not affect their pockets as much as they would like!
Today CBC Canada published a table with this information and I wanted to share it with you.
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It will be soon 7 years since we arrived to Canada. I still remember our first place: a two bedroom apartment in Hull, QC that I had the chance to rent with the help of some fellows Argentinian guys that were moving out. Nevertheless, before that it had been a real pain in the back to know where and what to rent.
It happened what always happen: you have more questions than answers and as more questions get answered, more questions appear. What should I rent? Where in particular? What is a good price? Would it be a good neighborhood or not? You end up having answers, but more of the time you want to have them sooner than later.
Today I bring you the links to five very useful websites you will want to have in your bookmarks. They can really help you have the answers as soon as you want them. Take good advantage of them.
And keep this post handy for the day you start looking for a place to stay in Canada.
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In the list or preoccupations in a newcomers mind includes there are two things you will find for sure: employment and cost of living. Both, my friends, are money related issues that will kidnap our thoughts for long time.
“How much money I will have to spend every day/week/month?”, ”How can I do to make some income to support those expenses?”, “How much my cost of groceries in Canada will be?”
I bet you had the questions going around in your mind before coming to Canada or you may be having it now that your are planning your immigration for 2012.
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I remember that one of my main concerns about living in Canada back in 2004 was related to how expensive was going to be. I had a few thousand dollars in my pocket to bring with us and my expectations about getting a job soon were not that certain. How long those savings were going to last? A few months? One year? How much should my salary be to have a decent living in Canada? to be honest, I never had those answers before arriving.
Now, I know that living in Canada isn’t cheap. I also know that if you have children and you need a day care service for them, one income is not enough. Anyways… for those willing to take some time to do some research, you will find below three links related to cost of living in Canada…
You can then compare to possible earnings and renting costs.
Do you have any additional information about the cost of living in Canada?
I found out last week about a very useful section at CTV Calgary called Consumer. There, they have not only a bunch of news about every consumer related information but also a grocery price comparison for every month.
If you are thinking on moving to Calgary soon, you may want to check the grocery prices there. It’d be great to know how expensive your new city can be.
CTV grocery price comparison for February
Superstore came out on top in CTV Calgary’s price comparison of grocery items on Sunday, February 6, giving shoppers the best buy for their money.
The price comparison was done by home economist Sylvia Kong as part of an ongoing series on price checks to be aired monthly on CTV.
Once a month, CTV will create a grocery list and compare prices at major Calgary stores. The prices are a snapshot on the given day.
All coupons and membership programs are included and some chains vary prices from store to store.
CTV priced out 39 items at the Whitehorn Safeway, Monterey Square Co-op, London Towne Sobeys, and Sunridge Superstore.
The best deal was at Superstore, where the grocery basket cost $132.97.
The same goods bought at Safeway cost $149.51.
At Co-op, it cost $150.07.
And it was most expensive to shop at Sobeys, where the basket cost $155.43
This week’s best buys are: pork side ribs: $5.03/kg at Co-op; red pepper: $3.50 at Sobeys; navel oranges: $1.26/kg at Superstore.
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Seen at Life in Calgary.
One of the greatest questions you have before arriving in Canada is the one related to your monthly expenses: how much will I spend in Canada? How much money may we will need until we get a job? How expensive is living there?
I’ll teach you today 3 fast and easy ways to calculate your expenses in Canada before you arrive. Come in and relax, this is free…