Reasons to move to Ottawa:
Ottawa is one of Canada’s safest and cleanest cities with well organised public transport and a burgeoning British expat population.
As the nation’s capital there are numerous government-related jobs as well as opportunities to work in the technology and services sectors.
A small town with a big city presence, Ottawa has one of the highest ratios of parks to residents in Canada.
As the capital city of Canada, Ottawa’s name means ‘to trade’ and is derived from the language of the Algonquin people who were some of the first inhabitants of the region.
Ottawa offers the second highest quality of life of any city in North America and it is the third cleanest city in the world. There is a large immigrant population living here and the region is home to more foreign-born people who come from the UK than any other single country.
Whether you are planning to start a family, looking to take the next big step in your career or planning on retiring to the rural countryside Ottawa is a fantastic place to lay down your roots.
The city stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario and is around a two hours’ drive from Montreal and four-and-a-half hours journey from Canada’s financial hub, Toronto.
The climate is seasonable and comparable with the UK with the hottest months between June and August where average temperatures reach between 23-26 degrees. Winter is between December and February when it gets very cold and can reach minus 10-15 with an average of 120 days of snow.
Of course, one of the main reasons people move to Canada is to get reacquainted with the great outdoors. With 90% of Ottawa technically speaking, rural land, there is much to explore.
Whether it be enjoying a picnic in one of the city’s many parks, against the backdrop of the famous Canadian ‘sugar maple leaf’ trees or trekking off into the countryside with the jaw-dropping Gatineau Hills just ten minutes away in Québec.
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 Ottawa
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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- Homes in Ottawa are more affordable than in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.
- The average house price in Ottawa is $420,300 (£262,520) with prices up 8% compared to the same time last year.
- As of April 2019, average rent for an apartment in Ottawa is $1102 (£688) per month, only a slight decrease from the same time last year.
Expats moving to Ottawa will find a wide range of accommodation options and in comparison, to the UK homes are considerably cheaper and generally much larger.
Depending on your budget and preferences, it should be easy to find a home close to work, school, shops, medical facilities and public transportation networks.
Ottawa has everything from compact city apartments and townhouses to condominiums, duplexes and multiplexes.
The nation’s capital is in the midst of a real estate frenzy that experts say is unlikely to fizzle out anytime soon and prices are expected to rise.
In comparison, the rental market has seen a slow decrease in its average rental prices. While it is possible to find a good number of properties to rent using online portals, many new arrivals prefer to enlist the help of a real estate agent familiar with the local property market.
Some of the most highly ranked suburbs are Kanata Lakes and Morgan’s Grant. Located just a short distance from the Department of National Defence there are plenty of outdoor recreation facilities, parks and shopping facilities, making it a firm family favourite.
Other well sought-after areas include Bridlewood – Emerald Meadows where there are a range of decently priced modern family homes on the market.
If you want to be close to all the action, Kingston is where it’s at. The area’s vibrant cultural community is home to one of Canada’s best foodie and music scenes as well as several beautiful conservation areas.
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- Salaries are 18% higher in Ottawa when compared to Vancouver and 21% higher than Toronto.
- Rental costs based on a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre are 53% lower than in central London.
- Basic utilities (including electricity, gas and heating) for a studio apartment cost around CA$110 a month (£69), around a third cheaper than London.
Expats will find they save on almost every aspect when it comes to the cost of living in Ottawa compared to the UK.
Unfortunately, Canadian grocery prices have gone up significantly in the last few years. Most Canadian cities have higher average food bills than you would pay in London and sadly Ottawa is no exception.
Having said this the city is still much cheaper than Vancouver or Montreal. You can expect to pay $15 for inexpensive restaurant meal, or about $35 for a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant.
The St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto is one of the best food markets in the world and you can grab some real in season bargains at great prices.
Public transport is highly efficient and runs on time with minimum delays. A monthly pass for all modes of transport, including bus and trains costs just C$100. However, if you choose to drive, you’ll be happy to know fuel is almost half the price it is in the UK.
- Ottawa is officially a bilingual city and many jobs require candidates to be fluent in both English and French.
- The city’s unemployment rate is stable and consistently below the national average.
- The largest employer in Ottawa is the federal government with additional opportunities in the technology and education sectors.
As Canada’s largest city, Ottawa offers many job-related opportunities particularly in federal government.
Technology firms also play an important role in the capital’s economy, with firms like IBM, Shopify and Cisco Systems employing thousands of workers.
For expats, the main barrier to finding a job is language related. Many of the top paying jobs require candidates to possess both English and French language skills.
However, this mainly relates to public-sector jobs – those seeking positions in the private sector can often work exclusively in English.
A good starting point for finding a job in Ottawa is to look online. There are many online portals where expats can look for work.
Networking is also an essential element of the job search in Canada and social networking sites such as LinkedIn are especially helpful to make connections and research the local job market.
- Ottawa is known as one of the most educated cities in Canada, with over half the population having graduated from college or university (University of Ottawa and Carleton University)
- Consistent with the region’s role as Canada’s research capital, over 9,000 residents have PhDs in Ottawa.
- Class sizes are smaller (on average 17-20 pupils) which results in students receiving more one to one time and dedicated teaching.
As a result of the city’s heavy investment in schools, universities and other educational establishments, Ottawa now boasts one of the most highly educated workforces in the country.
The Ontario Government pays for public elementary and secondary school education and expat students with a residence permit can attend any public school in Ontario at no cost.
School attendance is mandatory until the age of 16 in all provinces except for Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick where the required age is 18.
Most Canadian citizens living in Ottawa send their children to public schools. However, the city has a significant number of international, faith and private schools which may be a good option for expats staying temporarily or who want to ensure their child has multiple options.
If you are moving as part of an arranged work transfer it is worth checking with your employer whether they are willing to pay your child’s school fees.
Lots of parents base their decision to move to Canada on the increased opportunities it will present to their children, as well as the outdoors lifestyle on offer.
Ottawa is no different to any other Canadian city in this regard and moving here you can ensure they have access to an exceptional start in life.
Removals to Ottawa
- 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 in Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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 Canada underway don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
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