Reasons to Move to Hamilton, Canada
Hamilton is close to nature, situated on the Niagara Escarpment which is recognised by UNESCO as a world wonder and one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world.
The city is home to some leafy, walkable neighbourhoods great for young growing families and homes are a fraction of the cost in big Canadian cities such as Toronto.
An outdoors lifestyle that is often spent on the Hamilton Beachfront, whether that be a game of beach volleyball, mini-golf or just a relaxing picnic or bike ride.
Hamilton is the third largest metropolitan area in the province of Ontario (behind Toronto and Ottawa) and the ninth largest in Canada overall.
With nicknames including ‘Steeltown’ and ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of relocating to Canada.
Yet despite its reputation as the ‘steel capital of Canada’ green space and beautiful landscapes are plentiful.
Hamilton’s unique landscape on the Niagara Escarpment is close to nature trails, waterfalls and picturesque views. Within a short walk, bike ride or drive, you can reach all sorts of stunning locations, including Lake Ontario and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Reasonably priced residential suburbs which surround the inner-city hub have enticed those priced out of Toronto and Mississauga who are drawn by the bigger homes and slower pace of life.
The resident ‘Hamiltonians’, as the locals are known, enjoy a multicultural environment with some 20% of the population born outside of Canada.
Many people choose to live in Hamilton because it’s an easy commute to other cities. Hamilton’s network of highways makes getting in and out of the city easy and efficient.
The city offers a huge range of recreational activities to keep you busy in your down time. Moving to Hamilton means living in a place where you can relax, feel safe and enjoy the great outdoors.
Export Packing & Wrapping Service
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being transported in special breathable bubble wrap.
Special made-to-measure wooden creates can also be used for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team in the UK & Canada will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly.
They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods ready for checks or inspections.
Once your belongings have cleared customs, you will be contacted to discuss a convenient time to deliver them if not already agreed.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots. We have 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK to choose from.
Our partners in Canada can also off your storage facilities should you require them.
Insurance For Removals to Hamilton
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
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- House prices in Hamilton average around C$608,958 (£371,000), an increase of 7.7% over the last year.
- Property in Hamilton is between a third and half the cost of its Ontario neighbours, Toronto and Mississauga.
- Rental costs for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre are around C$1027 (£625) per month, compared to £1709 in London — a saving of approximately 63%.
As expats from the UK, you will find your money certainly goes further when it comes to purchasing property in Hamilton.
Hamilton is blessed with many lovely neighbourhoods and your biggest challenge is likely to be trying to decide between which one.
There are more than 200 neighbourhoods in the Regional Municipality of Hamilton, a region that includes six local cities: Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton and Stoney Creek.
In Hamilton alone, there are nearly 100 communities with an average sale price of just under C$550,000 (£335,000).
Kirkendall is a quiet neighbourhood that has recently gained popularity among young families due to its desirable property prices and closeness to the Bruce Trail which runs to the Niagara Escarpment.
One of the older and more historic neighbourhoods is Corktown, which is famed for its eclectic choice of pubs, cafes and tidy bricks homes and condos, most of which are set across one level.
White & Company Provide Removals to Hamilton and all major surrounding locations
Rental costs in Hamilton are 39% lower than in London.
Basic utilities (electric, gas and heating etc) based on a one-bedroom apartment cost around C$162 per month (£99), around 40% cheaper compared to London.
The cost for a three-course meal for 2 people in a mid-range restaurant is over 20% cheaper in Hamilton compared to London.
Statistics show that the average salary for expats working in the city is currently C$3220 (£1962), which is around 16% lower than London’s average salary of £2332.
However, when conducting a direct comparison on Numbeo of the cost of living in Hamilton versus living in London, almost every aspect is cheaper is Hamilton, with the exception of the weekly food shop.
This added expense is offset by the cheaper cost of travel passes, fuel, childcare, rental and property prices.
With a lower cost of living across the board, it’s easy to see why so many expats choose to relocate to Hamilton.
- Hamilton is the busiest of all the ports of Canada’s great lakes region.
- As the ‘steel capital of Canada’ 60% of Canada’s steel is produced in Hamilton
- Hamilton Health Sciences (a group of seven hospitals) has the largest hospital-based workforce in Ontario employing over 15,000 staff, physicians and volunteers.
At one point in time agriculture was the main source of jobs in the city but this has subsided in favour of a wider base of activity that has spearheaded Hamilton’s growth as the third fastest growing urban area in the country.
Today, the most important economic activity in Ontario is manufacturing, and the Toronto–Hamilton region is the most highly industrialized section of the country. It is known as the ‘steel capital of the country’, with 60 percent of Canada’s steel being produced in Hamilton by Stelco and Dofasco.
With the current shortage of skilled trades and professionals, now is a good time to be thinking about a move to Hamilton.
Unemployment across the province is at a historic low, reaching levels that have not been seen since 1976.
Although this economic success is positive news for business trying to fill vacancies, it has proven a challenge and there is a high demand for overseas workers to fill these vacancies.
Providing you have the right experience and qualifications you should have little difficulty finding and holding down a well-paid opportunity in Hamilton.
Most parents in Canada send their children to public schools (state funded) which are considered to be among the best in the world and are accessible to expats.
Public schools are funded by the federal and provincial governments, and follow a standard curriculum established by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
There are five colleges and universities in the city and the surrounding suburbs and settlements.
Whatever country you are moving to the level and quality of education available for your children is one of the most important considerations.
If you are moving to Hamilton with your family you can rest assured that the standard of education is, like the rest of Canada, of an exceptional level.
Hamilton has a strong public-school system (comparable to the state system in the UK) administered by federal and local governments, which is free to citizens and expat children whose parents are living in Canada full time.
The school your child will attend is usually determined by where you live. Children are placed in a school close to their home, and each school covers an assigned ‘catchment area’.
Children attend Kindergarten through to Secondary (or high) school level (known ‘K through 12’). Hamilton and the surrounding areas fall under the authority of the Hamilton and Wentworth District School Board which is responsible for 104 schools in Hamilton which educates over 50,000 pupils.
Many students in the Hamilton area excel academically and attend one of the cities three post-secondary institutions or one of its three colleges. The well-ranked local McMaster University is popular among Hamilton’s high school graduates.
Removals to Hamilton
- Weekly removals services to Canada with full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
- Shipping can take anything from 8 to 12 weeks. From arrival at port to the additional time taken for the clearing of customs and quarantine.
- Storage offered either at our secure facilities based in the UK or through our industry partners in Canada.
Now that you’ve hopefully decided to settle down and move to Hamilton it’s time to figure out how to get there.
Canada has long been the expat destination of choice with thousands making the move each year.
During this time White & Company has positioned itself as the international removals firm of choice for all Removals to Canada.
To find out more about how we could get your dream move to Hamilton underway don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
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