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Things You’ll Notice As Soon As You Move to Canada

March 26, 2019

Relocating to the Great White North? Here are some differences you’ll notice right away when you move to Canada.

It is Cold in the Winter

If you move to Canada from somewhere with a mild climate, the intense cold of your first Canadian winter may surprise you.

However, as you will learn from your new Canadian friends and colleagues – there is no such thing as bad weather – only inadequate clothing. Make sure that you invest in a warm coat and a pair of waterproof boots and you will be warm and comfy no matter how hard the cold winds blow and how deep the snow gets.

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Distances Are Long

Canada is the second largest country in the world (only Russia is bigger) and it’s population density is very low. This means that, once you leave the main cities, the towns are small and spread out.

This means that if you plan to drive or take a train somewhere else in Canada, be prepared to travel. If you are moving from a small place like the UK, driving for 6-8 hours can put you on the other end of the country. In Canada, it will barely get you halfway across the province.

Politeness is Extremely Important

Etiquette is very important in Canadian culture, which is why Canucks have a reputation around the world for being polite. Keep in mind that saying please and thank you is commonplace here, even in the simplest little interactions.

Plus, in general Canadians tend to communicate in an indirect, sugar-coated way and are careful not to cause offense or confrontation. This might be different from your own culture, so take the time to learn and adjust or you might accidently put your foot in your mouth.

Tipping is the Norm

When it comes to tipping, Canada follows the same format as the USA. Tipping is expected and not leaving a tip is seen as a direct protect against terrible service. If tips don’t exist in your home country, it’s important to pick up this habit when you move to Canada or your server will wonder what they did to deeply offend you.

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Smoking in Public is a No-No

In Canada it is illegal to smoke in any public places, including restaurants, stores, hotels, hospitals, offices and pretty much everywhere else. This also means that you can’t smoke in the common areas of apartment buildings or rental complexes. Smokers can indulge in designated smoking areas, within their own home, in their vehicle or in the great outdoors.

Now you know why the air in Canada smells so fresh and clean!

It’s Wonderfully Diverse

Canada has received many generations of immigrants from all over the world and as a country, it prides itself on being a Multicultural mosaic. For example, more than half of Toronto residents were born outside of Canada.

This is a great thing, because it means that when you move to Canada you’ll be able to experience many different cultures, traditions, cuisines and festivals – without having to travel the world.

Planning to Move to Canada?

Our short term furnished apartments are a great place to stay while you get settled. Contact us for more info.

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Relocating Employees – Common Mistakes Companies Make

March 19, 2019

If your employees are moving to work for you, don’t make it too difficult for them. Relocating employees is a complex process and there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of. However, it’s essential that it is done right – because it can be quite a stressful experience for your employee if the move isn’t handled well.

Unfortunately, many companies drop the ball on this part of the contract, by not paying enough attention to supporting their employees during the move. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid, so that you can help your employees make a seamless transition.

Common Mistakes When Relocating Employees

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Not Communicating With The Employee

Do your best to keep the employee informed about everything that will happen during the move, including all of the details about where they will stay, how their belongings will be transported and what paperwork they need to fill out when they arrive.  This will help to keep the employee in the loop and ensure that they are not confused when they arrive. Don’t assume that they will know what to expect!

Not Having a Clear Budget

Relocating an employee can be expensive, but it can be even more costly if you don’t have a clear picture of the costs. Having a budget is important, as it allows you to plan out how much you have to spend on each aspect of the relocation and accurately predict your expenses.

Remember, when making a budget it’s always a good idea to add on an extra 20% at the end, just to account for any surprises that might occur during the relocation process.

Not Helping Them to Get Set up

There are a lot of things that your employee will need to set up when they arrive in their new location – destination orientations, school find, settling services, legal services, temporary housing, bank account, phone number, internet, etc. Do your best to support them with this and help them to set it all up.

They will appreciate the help and it will assist them in making the transition go much more smoothly, so that they can settle into their new home more easily.

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Finding Unsuitable Accommodation

Another mistake that companies make when relocating employees is that they don’t put enough thought into choosing the accommodation where the employee will stay temporarily before they can move into their new home.

As a result, the employee ends up staying somewhere in an unsuitable location and without necessary amenities.

Our apartments are a great option for an employee relocation. These fully furnished apartments offer a spacious living area, bedroom and kitchen – so that the employee can settle in and feel at home. Plus the convenient location means they won’t be far from work. To find out more, contact us today!

Energy Conservation

Condo Energy Saving Tips

February 28, 2019

Condo Energy SavingEven if you live in a condo with a relatively small footprint, you may still be using a significant amount of energy – which can really add up over time. Fortunately, there are many little things that you can do which will help you to cut down on your energy consumption. These small condo energy saving tweaks can add up over time and make a big difference in your energy bill.

Here are some helpful tips. They might not all be relevant to your condo, but there will be many that you can start implementing right away in order cut back on energy use.

 Condo Energy Saving Tips

Condo Energy Saving -Ensure that the furniture in your apartment is not blocking any of the vents.

-Try to avoid running your dishwasher or other appliances during peak hours, to save time and energy. Check the Ontario Energy Board to find out when the peak and off-peak hours are, as they change according to the season.

-Also, when you run the washing machine make sure that you do a full load, as this will be more efficient.

-Washing your laundry on the “cold” setting will save even more power.

-Watch out for energy “vampires” which are devices that use power when they are plugged in – even if you aren’t using them. A good strategy is to plug everything into a power bar, so that you can switch it all off at once.

-LED lighting really makes a difference! Although they are more expensive upfront, an LED light bulb will last 8-15 times longer and will use 1/3 to 1/5 the electricity that an old-fashioned incandescent bulb would use.

-When you go out on a hot day, keep your curtains closed to block the sun from heating up your apartment – so you won’t have to use so much AC.

Condo Energy Saving -Make sure that you clean your vents regularly, including the exhaust fan in the bathroom, as this will help to keep them running more efficiently.

-Filling your fridge with full water jugs will help to keep it colder and make it run more efficiently.

-Heating water also uses energy, so avoid taking excessively long showers and turn the tap off when you are shaving or brushing your teeth.

With a few clever tweaks, you can make sure that your energy use in your condo is as efficient as possible. You’ll be amazed at how the little changes add up!

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The Livmore: Toronto Living for Everyone

February 7, 2019

Toronto Living Toronto is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in North America. It’s known for its robust arts and entertainment scene, it’s dazzling selection of international eateries, it’s world-class museums and it’s many exciting festivals. Toronto living is for everyone – no matter what you love you’ll find it here. Whether you enjoy shopping for unique styles, admiring works of art, relaxing in quiet parks, listening to live music or coffee-shop-hopping, you’ll discover a corner of this city that fits.

The best way to make the most of Toronto is with a stay at the Livmore. This downtown apartment building has a prime location.

Toronto Living – Condos Of All Sizes

The solo traveler who seeks out a compact, yet practical studio with everything they need for a connected and comfortable stay. The family relocating to Toronto and needing space for their children to sleep and play. With studios as well as one, two and three bedroom condos, there are furnished accommodations just the right size for everyone’s needs. Plus, they are equipped with features such as a full kitchen, washing machine and dryer, luxurious bathrooms and Toronto Livingspacious closets.

A Range of Activities

Keep up your active lifestyle while on the road at the gym and fitness area – or relax and centre your mind in the yoga studio. There’s also a theatre and screening room, which is a great place to enjoy your favourite films on the big screen. (If you have a furry companion, there’s even a dog spa and outdoor dog area for them to enjoy.)

Plus, you have the option to use the party room – a private function area with kitchen facilities. This can be very convenient if you plan on hosting an event during your stay.

Toronto LivingFor Every Stage of Life

It’s quite clear – the aspects of Toronto living that will appeal to a couple in their 20s will likely be different than those of an older traveler, or parents visiting with young children. Depending on your priorities, you might be seeking out the nightlife and live music scene of this Canadian metropolis, or you may be more interested in quiet cafes and walks along the waterfront.

The good news is, the choice is yours. These furnished apartments in Toronto are right in the heart of the city, so the options are right at your fingertips.

It’s all about versatility! For more info on downtown Toronto living, contact us today.

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DelSuites Exhibits: OIAA Claims Conference

January 16, 2019

OIAA Claims Conference2019 will get off to a great start on January 23rd, when DelSuites will attend and exhibit at one of the most important events of the year for the Ontario insurance industry. We are looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to network and learn! If you will be representing your business at the OIAA Claims Conference, we hope to see you there.

About the OIAA Claims Conference

The annual OIAA Conference will take place on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Organized by the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, this event brings together professionals from many different companies in the insurance industry.

This events aim is to create an environment for round-table discussion on important issues, as well as inviting top quality speakers to present on ideas of common interest.

The conference covers important topics and includes top quality education and networking. It attracts insurance claims professionals from across Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.

What is the OIAA?

The OIAA is an important establishment within the insurance industry in Canada. It was founded back in 1920 and its aim is to promote and maintain a high standard of ethics within the business of insurance claims. It is a non-profit association and it works to secure and promote the interests of insurance businesses, as well as dealing with problems affecting the business of insurance claims and adjusting.

Our Dedication to the Insurance Industry

OIAA Claims ConferenceWe have been attending this conference for over a decade now and we always look forward to connecting with businesses and clients in the insurance industry. DelSuites has been working with insurance providers for years, offering fully furnished insurance housing solutions in 20 desirable locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

These stylish suites in Scarborough, Markham, North York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Midtown and Downtown offer an ideal option for relocating policyholders while their home is being restored. For a monthly set rate, we include laundry, parking, telephone and Wi-Fi. This provides policyholders with all the comforts of home.

When we partner with insurance providers, our team offers top notch customer service and keeps the policyholder and the insurance company informed with every step of the process. Having a single point of contact is an advantage for the adjuster. We meet with the insured to help them settle into the apartment, ensuring they have a smooth, positive experience. Our suites offer the privacy and comfort of separate bedrooms, a living room and a dining room.

See You at the OIAA Claims Conference!

If you’ll be at the OIAA Conference, be sure to come visit our booth and say hello. We will be at Booth #1004 and we would love it if you took a moment to introduce yourself.

We always enjoy the chance to make connections with other professionals and business owners and we are happy to answer any questions about who we are and what we do.