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So many emigration specialists - which one to choose?

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So many emigration specialists - which one to choose?

Post Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:08 pm

A very happy new year to all. My partner and I are contemplating emigrating to Canada, but of course a move like this takes a lot of research and is not to be taken lightly. I am British and he is Croatian and we are currently living in Croatia. Are there any drawbacks with this nationality combination?

I have noticed so many helpful and informative sites inviting me to do the initial immigration assessment which I have done and found that I meet the basic immigration requirements. These sites also go on to ask for fees which of course are necessary. As there are so many of these sites, I was wondering which specialists are the best? Is there anyone out there who could personally recommend the best company with which to start the emigration ball rolling? Your advice would be most helpful.

I am an Executive Assistant/Secretary with language skills and my partner is an Industrial Chemical Technician, we are 37 and 43 respectively. Is there anyone else out there with similar work skills that has recently embarked on the process or who is currently already in Canada.

We are particularly interested in relocating to the the Nova Scotia region. A note to Mr Bunting...your input into this site is most informative...and much appreciated and so helpful.

Best regards and thanks for taking the time to respond.


Re: So many emigration specialists - which one to choose?

Post Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:43 pm

Hello Sabi:

Thanks for your very kind words to me, I appreciate that.

My direct advice to you would be that Nova Scotia might not be the best place for your partner to find employment in his field of expertise in chemicals. The industrial base in that Provice is rather small and most of the economy is centred on fishing and farming, with a small amount of manufacturing centred around the city of Halifax. Nova Scotia is mostly a rural area, with only two cities of any size. The rest of the population centers are small towns, on the ocean coast, that service the fishing fleets.

I suggest that you look instead at Southern Ontario,with-in a radius of 150 miles around Toronto, the largest city in Canada. I say this for two reasons, firstly the employment opportunities are much better than in Nova Scotia ( many of their people are coming to Ontario for jobs, what does that tell you ?) and secondly thare are a number of Croat communities in the area, with about 100,000 Croats in Toronto alone. Your job skills would be in demand in either private business, or with one of our 3 levels of Government, Federal, Provincial, or Municipal. The Province of Ontario has over 100,000 thousand employees, for example. All of the 7 major banks in Canada have their national head quarters in Toronto.

You don't have to settle in Toronto, you could be happy in Oakville, Mississauga, Kitchener, Waterloo, or London, all of which have industry and large business sectors, with somewhat less expensive rental and purchase housing. London is about 2 hours drive west of Toronto and the other cities are closer than that, to "the big smoke".

So , some things to think about, YES? Get back to me, and ask any questions that you may have.

Jim Bunting. Toronto. Ontario. Canada.


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