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Immigrating to Canada

January 12, 2018

Immigrating to Canada Welcome to Canada. There are quite a few things that you will need to do when you first arrive to get settled in your new home. Let’s look at the five main steps you’ll take when immigrating to Canada.

1.  Immigrating to Canada – The Paperwork – Health Card, SIN, Passport and more.

You’ll need to make sure all of your paperwork is in order and you have applied for a few important things such as:

When you have lived in Canada for three years, you will be able to apply for citizenship. Once you have become a citizen, you can apply for a Canadian passport.Immigrating to Canada

2.  Speaking the Language

Speaking the language, whether it is French or English, is an important part of your life in Canada. To upgrade your skills you can:

  • Take a look at the language classes funded by the Government of Canada.
  • Looking for language classes at your local community centre.
  • Check your local library for language learning materials.
  • Join a conversation group for language learners.
  • Check out a language learning app such as Duolingo to practice your vocabulary.

3.  Finding Immigrating to Canadaa Job

If you are looking for employment in Canada there are many ways that you can find a job:

4.  Finding a Place to Live

There are many options for places to live in Canada, whether you are looking to rent or buy.  There are many factors to consider, including your budget and the location.  You can find a lot of information about buying and renting furnished apartments and homes in Canada on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website. Also, here’s another very helpful guide to finding accommodation in Canada.

5.  Becoming Part of the Community

Being a new immigrant can be a little lonely at first, especially if you don’t know anyone in the community. One of the most important steps is to get to know the people in your community and Immigrating to Canadamake new friends.

  • This Government of Canada website lists several resources for community connections.
  • There are hundreds of organizations designed to help newcomers settle into life in Canada. This page allows you to search for free newcomer services close to your postal code.
  • Join in with events at your local community centre, school or place of worship.
  • Use a website like Meetup to find groups and events related to your interests.

Immigrating to Canada can be a complicated process. However, once you have settled you will have built a life for yourself in one of the most beautiful and peaceful countries in the world and you can look forward to enjoying your time in your new home.

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2017

new year’s resolutionsWhen the New Year rolls around it’s time to start with a clean slate. You feel refreshed and invigorated, ready to start new projects and build better habits in your life. So, you make a list of new year’s resolutions that you are going to achieve this year.

Sometimes though, these resolutions may be the same as your new year’s resolutions last year – and the year before. Lose weight, write a book, pay off debts, save money, learn a new skill… they are all things that you would really like to do, but you keep putting off until tomorrow.

How can you make 2018 the year you accomplish those goals and stick to your new year’s resolutions? Here are some tips.

New Year’s Resolutions – Turn Vague Ideas into Specific Actions

If your resolution is too vague, it will be very difficult to stick to. Instead, turn it into a specific action that you can carry out. Instead of saying, “I’ll save more money and pay off my debts,” you can new year’s resolutionssay “as soon as I get paid each month I’ll place 10% of it in a savings account that I can’t easily access.”

Or, instead of saying “I’ll lose weight” you can say “I’ll walk at least 10,000 steps per day and stop drinking soda.” Instead of saying, “I’ll write a book” you can say, “I’ll sit down and write for 30 minutes every day with no interruptions.”

Make Sustainable Changes

Don’t make a New Year’s resolution that is too dramatic and will mean a huge change to your lifestyle. You’ll get excited about it in January, but you won’t be able to sustain the commitment throughout the year.

This “all-or-nothing” approach can be discouraging and if you fail it’s tempting to give up completely. It’s often much more effective to make small changes that you can maintain for the long term. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier don’t ban yourself from any sweets or unhealthy treats.  When travelling or you are away from home, a furnished apartment may be a suitable option so you can cook your own meals and its easier to measure your salt and sugar instake. Limit your intake gradually until eating less junk food becomes the norm (but you can still indulge on special occasions).

 Identify Trigger Points

Think about the situations when you might be tempted to break your resolutions and try to avoid them in advance. For example, perhaps you are trying to quit smoking. If you find that you are often tempted to light up when you are standing outside at the pub talking to other smokers, go indoors to get away from the situation and chat with them later.

Put a Positive Spin on It

new year’s resolutionsThink about the positive reasons why you want to stick to this resolution. If your goal is to start your own business, think about how rewarding and exciting being your own boss will be. If your aim is to exercise more, think about how energized and healthy you will feel. If you want to save money and pay off a debt, think about how peaceful you will feel when the debt is gone and you are financially free. These positive motivations are often much more effective than negative ones.

What techniques do you use to make yourself more likely to stick to your goals?

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Decorating Condos Over the Holidays

December 12, 2017

Decorating CondosIf you are travelling and away over the holidays, decorating condos will help to create some holiday cheer.

Whether you are visiting friends, exploring Toronto as a tourist, travelling on business or staying in the condo while your home is being renovated, these stylish furnished condo suites in Toronto are a lovely place to spend the holidays. Here are some tips that will make your furnished condo feel more festive.

Decorating Condos – Embrace Twinkle Lights

Strands of twinkle lights are not just for outdoors – you can use them inside to create a magical atmosphere. Try hangiDecorating Condosng them from the ceiling or putting them around the doorway as a way of setting the mood as soon as you walk in. They don’t take up a lot of room, so they are ideal for a place where space is at a premium.

Mini Pinecone Christmas Trees

Start with some pinecones, then paint them green and add some glitter. Place a star on the top and put them in a small flower pot. You can place these lovely mini trees on any flat surface and spread Christmas cheer all throughout your condo.

Window Ornaments

Rather than hanging lights or a wreath in your window, try using garlands with sparkling or shiny baubles on the end of them. It will make your window feel like a Christmas tree and when the winter sunshine comes through it will make them sparkle and shine. You could even add prisms to refract the light and scatter rainbows around the interior of your apartment.

Elegant Candles

Decorating CondosPlace white pillar candles on a silver serving tray and display them on the table. They are simple and elegant and will set the Christmas mood. You can even use scented candles that will create the right atmosphere for Christmas – such as cinnamon, nutmeg or frankincense. When your condo starts to smell like Christmas, it will really get you in the mood for the holiday season.

Use Mini Wreaths

Try using some small wreaths and decorate all around your condo to add more festive feeling. For example, you can use satin ribbon to hang a mini wreath from shelves or drawer pulls, or hang one in the window or over a mirror.

In addition, while your out with family and friends, why not check out some of these fun filled holiday activities to do in Toronto?

Decorating condos for the holidays will make it feel more special and welcoming and will really get you in the holiday spirit. How do you like to decorate for the holidays? Share your ideas and your holiday crafts with us in the comments below.

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Benefits of Building Amenities

December 1, 2017

Building AmenitiesStaying in a furnished apartment offers a lot of advantages over a hotel stay, including providing more space to relax, a kitchen for self catering and laundry facilities. However, the features within the apartment aren’t the only advantages. There are also great building amenities that make your stay so much more enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that building amenities provide:

Building Amenities – Fitness Centre

Regular exercise has a number of health benefits, including improved sleep, increased alertness, improved immune system function, improved mood. Plus, staying active also helps you to manage your weight and decreases your risk of a wide range of diseases.

Having a fitness centre right on the premises of your furnished apartment offers you the benefit of being able to get your workout in without having to go far. Even if the weather is dire outside, you can still burn calories with state of the art equipment and develop your physique with the weights.

24 Hour SecurityBuilding Amenities

Staying in a furnished apartment with 24 hour security means that you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that the only people who enter the property are the ones who are supposed to be there.  The trained, professional security staff at every building are good at their job and will make you feel safe and right at home.

Party Rooms

What if you want to host an event during your stay, but you don’t have enough space for everyone in your apartment? Or, you would rather cater in a setting away from your accommodation, leaving you the option for a quiet place of respite during the festivities?
These rooms provide a great environment for birthday parties, family reunions and any other get-to-together that you may want to arrange while you are in Toronto.

Some buildings even offer theatre rBuilding Amenitiesooms, which can be booked for your own private movie screenings.

Secured Parking

Another beneficial amenity furnished apartments in Toronto offers is secured parking. Rather than leaving your car exposed to the elements, it will be kept safe and sound in the underground, secured parking garage. You won’t have to worry about your car or risk it being damaged.

This is a huge advantage in the chilly Toronto winters, as it will prevent the Canadian cold from taking its toll on your vehicle and also allow you to go straight from your furnished apartment to your car without having to brave the snow.

Great Building Amenities Make for a Pleasant Stay

These are just a few examples of the benefits offered by the building amenities available in Toronto. It’s not just about what’s in the apartment, it’s also about what the building has to offer and how it will make your stay more comfortable. To find out more about our building amenities, please contact us today!

 

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Toronto Neighbourhood: Little Italy

November 17, 2017

Little ItalyLittle Italy

Also referred to as College Street West, Little Italy is known for it’s superb Italian-Canadian restaurants. During the weekends the streets are buzzing with visitors and locals dining on the outdoor patios. The Italian trattorias have a casual, family-friendly vibe and they are all about good, traditional recipes cooking with fresh ingredients.

Little Italy isn’t a 100% Italian neighbourhood – while there is a strong Italian community there is also a significant Portuguese population located around the Portugal Village shopping centre and the First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre.

Must Visit Spots in Little ItalyLittle Italy

  • La Forchetta Ristorante is the classic Italian dining experience, with pasta and meat dishes originating in the Old Country. Plus – they have a superb wine list to pair with your entree.
  • If you are into live music there are a lot of great places to check out in Little Italy, including the Mod Club or the basement of Nightowl.
  • Check out Cafe Diplomatico. Known as “The Dip” by locals, this coffee shop and restaurant has become an institution for caffeine fiends in Toronto. It also serves up all of the Italian classics including paninis, pizzas and more. If it looks familiar to you, it’s because filmmakers often use it as a set.
  • Rita’s Italian Ice serves up delicious frozen treats in a ton of different flavours – the ultimate treat for a warm day.
  • Check out the Italian Walk of Fame – where stars line the sidewalk with the names of famous Italian Canadians.

History

Large numbers of Italian immigrants came to Toronto in the early 20th century, settling in the area around College Street in the affordable Edwardian homes there. Most found work on the railways or in road construction and many started businesses in the area.

It was during the 1920s that Little Italy really became recognized as the commercial and residential centre of the Italian community in Toronto. These days the area is home to the largest Italian Little Italycommunity that is located outside of Italy and it is a popular area of the city for visitors to explore.

How to Get There

It’s quite simple to get here via the TTC. You can arrive from Queens Park or start from College Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line. Then, from there you can catch the 506 Carlton streetcar towards High Park traveling west on College Street. You can disembark anywhere between Bathurst Street and Ossington Avenue.

You can also travel from Bathurst Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line. When you exit, catch the 511 Carlton Towards Exhibition streetcar traveling south on Bathurst Street. You can disembark at College Street West. Exploring this street on foot is a delight, give yourself plenty of time to dip into the little shops and cafes to sample what they have to offer.

What’s your favourite Little Italy spot? Let us know in the comments below.