This is my 8th year living in Toronto, Canada. While I can't speak for everybody, I can share my personal experience.
Toronto is an extremely multi-cultural city and I had never experienced any sorts of racism. I am sure victims of racism exists. But the cause of why that happened to the individual may possibly have to do with the individual themselves as well. When we move to a new city, we should adapt to the new city's culture and environment and not expect the city to adapt to the culture and environment of where we came from.
The immigration laws are opening up a lot as new immigrant contributions to Canada are significant to the economy.
I came to Toronto by myself as a student initially - I had no connections in Toronto and initially found it very difficult. It is true, most organizations want Canadian experience prior to giving you a job. But there are many start-up firms (smaller local firms in the IT, media industry) that are willing to hire foreigners.
All I have to say is - anything is possible if you have the right attitude and if you put your ego and pride aside. Willing to start from scratch and build the blocks step by step. It wouldn't be long at all before you get to where you are.
Everywhere we go, or what we do, things are eventually going to be difficult. We can't run away from it.
But if you are wondering if it is possible to make a good life migrating to Canada - the answer is yes.
There will be people with bad attitude (like anywhere else), just accept them and not let them get to you.
surround yourself with supportive, positive people. And you will get there.
To find a job in Canada - best thing to do is to set up your profile on LinkedIn.com and also bust up your networking activities
The Canada embassy can help a lot as well.
Hope this helps.
QUOTE(space2000 @ Aug 15 2008, 06:27 AM)
I am new in this forum. I want to know about migrating to Canada. Is it easy for Singaporean to migrate to Canada? Does it require degree in skill? I donâ€™t have degree. I am working as an accountant executive for 4 years. how can i migrate to canada?
Toronto is also a very safe city. I am a typical 25 year old single woman and have no troubles at all.
Housing in the Toronto and the Greater Toronto area can range starting from CAD$200,000K.
All depends on location. Of course, in the downtown region, you are probably looking at starting rate of CAD$300,000 for a 600sq ft condo with high maintenance fees.
But Rentals are available, you can find something as low as CAD$800 per month for an apartment. For a downtown condo you are looking at about$1250 per month for a bachelor or one bedroom.
If you don't mind being in the suburban area (which I personally prefer). Beautiful places where a lot of Torontonians live are - Oakville, Mississauga, Pickering, Ajax, Richmond Hill (Alot of Asian people here though), Markham (alot of Asian people here - I don't quite like this place).
I agree - Toronto is biting cold. It takes awhile to get used to it. Personally, I used to love the cold, until 3 years later. I learned how to appreciate Singapore weather.
That said, I think in Vancouver the weather is much better - though I am not sure about the living standards there.
Search for Toronto jobs through places like:
Those are generic places. If you are from a certain industry, you might want to look up associations and ask the folks there on where you can find jobs. People in Canada are so friendly, they will help you out.