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Work as a florist??? Please help!

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Work as a florist??? Please help!

Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:28 pm


I'm danish, highly educated art-florist, I would like to live and work in Canada. If anyone can help me with informations about minimum salarys (how much do I need to survive) rent expenses, food expenses etc???

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In Canada, a florist does not make very much money.

Post Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:46 pm


I did some research about the wages paid to florists in Canada, and found that about 88 percent of them are women and most are paid less than $10 per hour. To give you and idea of the buying power of that income level, a full time worker at McDonald's food shops here gets about $7 an hour.

Most florists here are not working a full week, and many are also working another job to make ends meet. Only those who own their own shop are making any more than minimum wages, and they have a big investment in the premises and the stock and equipment and at least one vehicle for doing deliveries to the customers.

Unless you have some other emploment skills I would suggest that coming to Canada to be a florist is not a very good idea.

Jim Bunting. Toronto.


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Re: Work as a florist??? Please help!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:34 pm

Hello maryNK,

You mention art-florist...which might mean your skills are for a much more specialized market than just a "standard" retail shop on the corner where somebody might make $10/hour to work the cash register and sweep the shop when customer traffic is quiet.

Although Jim's advice above is technically correct, it does not take into consideration the lucrative niche markets such as art design, corporate, hotel, television and movie industries.

For instance, my wife and I have a family friend who makes an outstanding living in the film industry in Toronto as an art-florist (as well, she travels to Montreal on off-time to do corporate design work).

The key to finding this type of market is:

1. Skills - to ensure that your design and skill-level are marketable here.
2. Contacts - it will NOT be easy to break into the Film/Art industry in Canada.

If you are interested, I recommend that you first consider exploring potential contacts within Canada's art-florist communities (most likely in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal...)

Networking and building relationships with people that are already here and working in the industries you are exploring is the ideal start. And you can expect to start from the 'ground floor', as you arrive here and work your way into where your skills will take you.

Since you are far away in Dubai, I suggest exploring online links into Canada art-florist community. Also, there may be organizations that you can explore in Dubai or Europe, that have connection to Canada's industry.

This is a much better approach than arriving in Canada and hoping to land anything beyond $10/hour at a standard florist...

Best of luck, and any questions at all just let me know.



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