Moving TO CANADA: Cities, Neighbourhoods & buying a home!

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Owning a home is every family's Canadian Dream. Moving In Canada is designed to help people choose a neighbourhood (starting with the Choose a City list at right), then find a local realtor, home and mover, buy and sell your home, move your household, make the trip, and get settled in. We also have information to help you immigrate and move to Canada.


With the election of Donald Trump as American president, many Americans have considered--and are now seriously looking at--moving to Canada.

We have lots of info on How to Move & Immigration to Canada. We also discuss the towns & cities across Canada and thousands of great livable neighbourhoods (over 1600, in fact). For each community, you can search our very complete business directory to help you find realtors, home & condo builders, home inspectors, mortgage lenders, and movers (all of which are in our directory at NO COST).

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  1. We are a liberal democracy and we have a popular (and nice) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  2. We've have great (and cheap) single-payer government run healthcare since 1965
  3. The following are all okay here (and have been, for years): gay marriage (we just call it "marriage"), abortion, medical marijuana, and Syrian refugees. And being nice is in our national character.
  4. If you speak another language , we respect you... and don't chase you off a plane or out of the country (Canadians speak over 250 different languages)
  5. Most American retail and service chains are here, so it will feel just like home
  6. Our unspoiled outdoors are close to all of our major cities (and sometimes right inside those cities)

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While much of the media fuss about "How to Move to Canada" has been about Cape Breton (and hallelujah to them, for starting this meme) but the truth is that Americans moving to Canada since the 1960s, with Vietnam War era draft dodgers. Most Americans moving here prefer bigger cities, like Toronto and Vancouver, where there is access to typical urban features (like Starbuck's) and airports to the US and other parts of the world. We consider these factors in each of our communities and neighbourhoods. Best wishes on your MOVING TO CANADA decision!

Canada has MANY great cities with airports coast to coast, each of which have both charm and a great quality of life.

Moving is now as simple as 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Pick a city

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Explore neighbourhoods

View info & maps about schools, shopping, recreation and homes. Review MLS listings.

Pick a realtor

Find the perfect home

Use our local search for realtors, builders, home inspectors, and FSBO services

Pick a mover

and make the move

Use our local search for movers. Check the Community's Moving Hotlist for key utilities contacts.

Moving is now as simple as 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

1. Pick a City

Cities List

Provinces Map

2.Pick a neighbourhood

View info about schools, shopping, recreation and homes. Check the MLS listings links

3.Pick a realtor

Use the local search for realtors, buiders, or FSBO services, to find the perfect home

4. Pick a mover

Use the local search for movers & make the move. Check the Moving Hotlist for key utilities contacts.

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Owning your own home is every family's Canadian Dream. Moving In Canada is designed to help YOU select from the City List at right), then focus on over a thousand neighbourhoods, preview homes from the MLS listings, then find a local realtor, home and mover, buy and sell your home, move your household, make the trip, and get settled in. We even have information to help you immigrate and move to Canada

Once you have looked at your community, and reviewed our info about specific neighbourhoods, you can now get down to the "nitty gritty" of home shopping, taking advantage of the professional services of a local realtor, do doing some legwork yourself using "FSBO" (for sale by owner) resources. And once you have found a home, you can plan your move & movers, whether across the street, across town or across Canada.

Whether moving in your community, city, province, we've got COAST-TO-COAST Moving information & tips. We have lots of information about the drive there, usually along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Real Estate, Mortgage & Relocation News and Announcements

Here are the most recent news stories, some featured cities and neighbourhoods:


Real Estate & Mortgage News

Here are the most recent housing, real estate and mortgage stories posted for Moving In Canada:

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As Toronto’s housing market cools, Montreal posts record home sales

(News Posted:06/06/2017)

ON: In May, Montreal home sales were up 15 per cent from 2016, sparking concerns that Toronto’s new tax is creating a spillover effect to Canada’s second largest city.
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Housing Start up in January 2016

(News Posted:02/08/2017)

Canada: Canadian housing starts rose a further 0.5% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 207,408, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported Wednesday, with data continuing to show a divergence between British Columbia and Ontario, where two of Canada's largest and most expensive markets are locat
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4 of Top 5 North American cities for quality of life are in Canada

(News Posted:03/24/2016)

Canada: Canadian cities have the best North America offers, according to Mercer's annual comparison of the quality of life of 430 locations around the world. In fact, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa finished ahead of all 17 American and 41 Asian cities ranked by Mercer.
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Foreign home buyers: How other countries limit money from abroad

(News Posted:03/08/2016)

BC/ON: It was revealed this week that the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is trying to keep tabs on foreign money in Canada's residential real estate market. The national housing agency has come under fire in recent years for a conspicuous lack of reliable data about the money coming from abroad and how it may be contributing to soaring home prices in cities like Vancouver and Toronto.
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CMHC revs up search for foreign flows into soaring housing markets

(News Posted:03/07/2016)

Canada: Canada’s housing agency, looking for new methods to track foreign ownership in the country’s soaring real estate markets, may tap money laundering police and classify international university students as foreign buyers, according to internal documents.
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Crooked mortgage Industry Participants: More Perspective

(News Posted:02/29/2016)

Canada: It’s been a tough nine months in the press for mortgage brokers. Off the top of my head, I can think of four headline stories of broker fraud in the major media, including one of the whoppers of all time, the Home Trust fiasco.
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Alberta Oilpatch: A Growing Minefield

(News Posted:02/25/2016)

Canada: As crude began a precipitous decline, putting oil-town Fort McMurray, Alberta, on the brink of depression, and homes there have lost one-fifth of their value. One of the most concerning alarm bells is Alberta’s surging unemployment rate, a historical precursor to defaults.

Pricey Canadian housing market to lift economic growth this year: Reuters poll

(News Posted:02/24/2016)

Canada: Canada's housing market will be a net contributor to economic growth in the coming year, impelled by rising prices, but become a drag soon after due to a slowdown in buying and high levels of household debt, a Reuters poll found
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Royal LePage forecasting 3% decline in Calgary house prices in 2016

(News Posted:01/15/2016)

AB: Calgary home prices remained stable during the fourth quarter of 2015 and will experience only a small decline this year despite the city’s challenged economy, Royal LePage said in a local market outlook released Wednesday.
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Expectations of Bank of Canada rate cut grow

(News Posted:01/15/2016)

Canada: The odds that the Bank of Canada will lower its key interest rate next week are rising as some of the country's big banks join the growing chorus predicting a cut. The Bank of Montreal updated its forecast Thursday to predict the central bank will cut its key interest rate next Wednesday when it releases its updated forecast for the economy.
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Here are some of the 10 provinces (and 3 territories) to consider moving to in Canada:

Use the TOP MENU, which arranges the provinces west to east, and the 3 territories (up in the arctic) at the end:

Nova Scotia Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsNova Scotia Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

Moving to Nova Scotia, with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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New Brunswick Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsNew Brunswick Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

Moving to New Brunswick , with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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British Columbia Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsBritish Columbia Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

BC: Moving to or around British Columbia, with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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Trans-Canada Highway Travelling ItinerariesTrans-Canada Highway Travelling Itineraries

This information is provided by our sister web site, the authoritative reference to travel along our national highways.

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Alberta Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsAlberta Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

AB: Overview for moving to Alberta, with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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Featured Cities

Here are some of the cities & regions covered in Moving In Canada (of over 30 in total) from coast to coast:

North York   Home NeighbourhoodsNorth York Home Neighbourhoods

ON: orth York, north of Eglinton is now amalgamated as part of the larger City of Toronto

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Fraser Valley Home NeighbourhoodsFraser Valley Home Neighbourhoods

BC: Communities including Langley, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Hope

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Winnipeg Home NeighbourhoodsWinnipeg Home Neighbourhoods

MB: Winnipeg is a major head-office city, particularly in the financial services sector and is home to the largest life insurance company in Canada.

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Scarborough  Home NeighbourhoodsScarborough Home Neighbourhoods

ON: Scarborough lies east of the Don River, and is best know for the Rouge River parklands and the Toronto Zoo.

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Hamilton  Home NeighbourhoodsHamilton Home Neighbourhoods

ON: Hamilton sits on a bay at the western end of Lake Ontario, astride the Niagara Escarpment.

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Canadian Neighbourhoods

Here are some featured neighbourhoods across Canada. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in.

We explore and discuss over 1600 neighbourhoods in the 30 communities and regions coast to coast on Moving In Canada:

City of Kelowna, BC neighbourhoodsCity of Kelowna, BC neighbourhoods

BC: On Okanagan Lake, the city affords all big city amenities including entertainment, a good hospital, and an airport.

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Thorncliffe Park  (Toronto neighbourhoods)Thorncliffe Park (Toronto neighbourhoods)

ON: This little island of homes is south of Overlea Boulevard and a bend in the Don River Valley. This self-contained live-work-shop-play community is home to many new Canadians.

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West Rouge |and Port Union (Scarboroug neighbourhoods)West Rouge |and Port Union (Scarboroug neighbourhoods)

ON: These lakeshore communities lie south of Kingston Road and the 401, west of the Rouge River.West Rouge lies between Port Union Road and the Highland Creek parklands.

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Don Valley Village, Henry Farm  (North York neighbourhoods)Don Valley Village, Henry Farm (North York neighbourhoods)

ON: These communities straddle the Don Valley and Highway 404 (the Don Valley Parkway), close to Fairview Mall (one of the largest in Toronto) and North York General Hospital.

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Rockliffe Park, Manor Park (Ottawa neighbourhoods)Rockliffe Park, Manor Park (Ottawa neighbourhoods)

ON: One of Ottawa's wealthiest and most historical neighbourhoods. The residential area features winding streets, large lots with mature trees, and few sidewalks for heightened privacy. Rockcliffe is home to many embassies, ambassadors, dignitaries

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