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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!

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Delsuites New Location – The Livmore

October 16, 2018

The LivmoreAdding a new building to our collection of locations throughout Toronto is always a thrill, and this one is no exception. Recently launched, The Livmore captures all of the best aspects of life in urban Toronto.

With a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom floor plans, these “refined residential rentals” have everything you need for a comfortable, convenient and chic stay in Toronto.

About The Livmore

The Livmore will cater to young professionals, business travelers and anyone who is seeking temporary The Livmorehousing in Toronto with a condominium lifestyle for stays of 30 nights or longer. The suites sizes range from 388 Sq. Ft (Studio) up to 1100 Sq. Ft (3-Bedroom) and are designed to let plenty of natural light in – creating a bright and spacious atmosphere.

The building is designed with a range of high quality amenities – including a two-storey sky lounge on the 26th floor, an outdoor terrace with barbeques and fireplaces on the 5th floor and a gym and fitness area. Residents can admire the view, or stretch out and relax in the yoga and aerobics studio.

The party room is a space ideal for hosting private functions – with kitchen facilities and plenty of space. There’s also a theatre/screening room and a game room (it’s hard to be bored during a stay here!).

The LivmoreThe Livmore has been designed with sustainability in mind. Everything is modern and high quality – from the furnishings to the appliances to the bathroom fixtures. Staying in a furnished apartment like this means that you’ll have all of the luxuries of a high end hotel (such as fitness facilities, media room, sky lounge, etc.) yet you’ll also enjoy the space and added comforts of home (such as your own kitchen and living space.)

Why We Love The Livmore

There are so many reasons why we are thrilled to announce this new building. First of all, there’s the location. It’s right on the corner of Bay & Gerrard in downtown Toronto, located in the heart of some of the city’s best nightlife, shopping and dining.

You’ll be within walking distance from some of the best attractions in the city, including the Toronto Eaton Centre, Yonge Dundas Square and Toronto Hospitals. This is also a prime location for business travelers, as it is centrally located.

The LivmoreSecondly, there’s the fact that the Livmore is pet friendly. So, if you travel with your furry friend you’ll be welcome here. There’s even an outdoor green space, known as the “Bark Park,” where dogs can come out and play. How great is that?

Want to learn more about the building? Check out our Livmore page, or contact us with your questions – we are happy to help!

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Digital Nomads and Working Remotely

July 13, 2018

Digital NomadsCue the rise of digital nomads, a freelancer, employee or business owner who uses technology to be able to travel the world while getting work done. A digital nomad could have a number of careers, including freelance writer, translator, software designer, blogger, programmer, website builder, graphic designer – or perhaps a combination of these. They could also run their own business – there are a number of businesses that can be built online that do not require their owners to be based in any location.

When digital nomads book accommodation on their travels around the world, they are not looking for the same things that typical travellers seek. Vacationers look for comfort and entertainment – they are mostly concerned with the quality of the swimming pool and whether they can order a cocktail from their sunlounger. Digital nomads, although they will certainly have time to relax and enjoy while they are in a destination, may be more concerned about whether or not the WiFi will be fast.

Why Digital Nomads Love Furnished Apartments

When it comes down to it, one of the very best accommodation style for digital nomads are furnished Digital Nomadsapartments. Here’s why:

  • These apartments can be booked for a longer term stay, for a few months or longer. This works well for digital nomads, as they often tend to travel more slowly and stay in one place longer than those on vacation.
  • However, rather than typical apartments there is no need to sign a minimum 1 year lease having to make a big commitment – which is ideal for a nomadic lifestyle.
  • Furnished apartments often have a separate living space to the bedroom, so that digital nomads don’t have to try to be productive while sitting up in bed. Some furnished apartments even have a desk or workspace area!
  • The apartments are equipped with high speed internet, which is essential for getting work completed online.
  • The kitchen allows the digital nomad to cook for themselves, so that they don’t have to eat in a restaurant for every meal.
  • A well-located furnished apartment means that the digital nomad traveler will be in an advantageous location, close to lots of amenities and the top attractions in the destination as well.

Digital NomadsMost importantly, a furnished apartment feels more like home. It doesn’t have the impersonal feeling that a hotel room can have. This is important, because the digital nomad lifestyle isn’t the same as a travel lifestyle. It’s more like living on the road than traveling, so digital nomads tend to really appreciate the little things that make them feel comfortable and at home in their accommodations.

To learn more about the furnished apartments we have to offer, please contact us today.

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Millennial Relocation & Mobile Generation

June 12, 2018

Millennial RelocationWould you move to a new location, if it meant an exciting career opportunity?  Millennial Relocation – A study cited in this article reported that 85% of millennials stated they would be willing to move to a different city for a job.

That’s a significant percentage of people who would be willing to completely uproot themselves and move somewhere new. In the past, it used to be less common for someone to relocate for a job – instead they would focus on career options in their local area.

But, it seems that the millennial generation is more mobile in general and more open minded to relocation. In fact, the same survey also found that 82% of millenials believe that relocation can be an effective way to move up the corporate ladder.

The Young and the Restless – Millennial Relocation

Being free to move around can certainly be an advantage. If the job market in a particular city isn’t offering any exciting prospects, millennials can simply move to another market. Hopping between jobs Millennial Relocationhas less of a stigma than it did in the past – it’s seen as a way to “level up” in your career more quickly by exposing yourself to a range of different experiences and learning new skills.

In the article “Job Hopping is the ‘New Normal’ for Millennials” Forbes writer Jeanne Meister explains that the average length of a professional engagement is 4.4 years and 91% of millennials expect that they will move on to another position in less than 3 years.

In “Millennials in the Workforce – What is Their Impact on Mobility Programs?” author Anne Rossier makes a few interesting points about why the millennial generation is more open to relocation.

As she points out, millenials are more likely to have an international mindset and to be open to travel. The world has fewer borders for them and they see millennial relocation and working abroad as a chance to gain an interesting life experience.

Tips for Successfully Relocating Millennial Employees

Millennial EmployeesIf your company is relocating millennial workers, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Typically, millennials want to live in urban centres where they can be close to culture, shops, dining and entertainment. They often prefer this style of living, as opposed to being isolated from the city in a suburb type environment. So, keep this in mind when considering the location of any accommodation you will offer.
  • Look at the millennial relocation as an opportunity for the employee to experience professional growth and present it in this way.
  • Make sure that you are offering a fair and attractive relocation package, which will help to make the move easier for your employee financially and support them while they get set up in their new city.
  • Millennial workers may want to be more involved in the decision making process of their move – researching accommodation options and neighborhoods to learn more about where they will be moving to. Be flexible enough to allow them to take ownership of as much of the process as possible.

Of course, while every employee is different – paying attention to millennial generation trends will help you to create a workplace culture that appeals to the new generation of worker and helps them feel at home wherever they are working. Don’t forget to also check out how Canada offers positive benefits for a destination for relocation.