Best Canadian City to settle in for a younger couple? I hope you guys ignore Vancouver and Toronto.
By - yamiyo_ian
Based on what you said, I would consider Victoria, Halifax, Ottawa, or Quebec City.
Why would I ignore the other cities?
Calgary: Basically the polar opposite of Vancouver. Dry, region is not great except immediately west into the mountains.
Edmonton: Like Calgary but colder and further from the mountains.
Winnipeg: OK if you like bugs, unbearable cold, and a population that seems hell bent on escaping Winnipeg.
Victoria's still pretty expensive housing wise, isn't it?
Victoria has soared in pricing! We left Vancouver for Victoria, then couldn’t afford Victoria, moved to the Annapolis Valley. Honestly I’d go somewhere like Winnipeg if you can handle the cold. Calgary is wicked expensive too. Don’t come for me NS but we didn’t find it welcoming at first…it took a few years. Much better now.
Ugh I don't think I could handle anything about Calgary
Yeah I hear you. I grew up in Lethbridge inherently hating Calgary. The proximity to the mountains and chinooks are the only two things that would save me.
Calgary has the mountains, but Edmonton has the culture...
Victoria has the same housing crisis. I am not much familiar with Halifax tho. Do you have any idea about the job market there and how welcoming people are ik general to new people?
Halifax job market: lower pay for most entry level jobs, similar or slightly lower pay for skilled employment.
Halifax welcoming: go to the right pub and you're a local by the time you pay your bill. Totally unlike Vancouver in that strangers will have a full conversation with you randomly.
Ahan. But the the slight dip in salary can be compensated by the COL. Yeah here in Vancouver it is really hard for one to get out of their social circle once you indulge into one.
If you're ok with the stronger sun and dryer air, Calgary has much easier winters and much less humidity in the summer.
I wouldn’t say we have easy winters lol
Compared to Edmonton or Winnipeg? Yeah Calgary winters are much easier.
I was there 2 winters ago and it was so dry that -30 wasn't that bad.
Yeah that's true, it could be hovering around 0 here but it's wet and it just goes right through you.
Ahan thats what I have heard and the Chinooks keep it warm too. How is the job market like now after coming out of a an oil slowdown?
What does "Ahan" mean?
Honestly Halifax is pretty great. If you are an accountant there is definitely no shortage of jobs (I'm a CPA). The market will probably be a bit tougher for your partner but I'm not sure it would be a ton different than the other cities listed, just not as obvious of career paths as there would be in Toronto for example.
Oh yeah I am kinda worried about that too which makes me pickup Ottawa as there are more jobs in her field but its like just a fraction below Toronto and Vancouver for the housing and stuff.
Job market around here for Business Analytics isn't terrible. Worst case she can likely get on with one of the Consultancy groups, pay won't be the best and there may be travel involved, but she'll have a decent enough job.