All my dear friends, Pls think over on all the aspect before moving to canada. I don't want to discourge you but would like to bring some vibrant fact before you. Like all when i got my PR VISA i was very happy. I landed in Edmonton Alberata in November 2011 and started looking for job immdiately. weather in Alberata is very tough especially during winter and it is slimilar at other Northern part of canada. I tried for almost 2 month could find any job over there then i moved to toronto in January 2012. i started searching for jobs but eveywhere they are asking for canadian Work experience and canadian education. now i have lost all the money which i brought and now got job of security gaurd in residential condos. where i earning $1200 per month. and expesense per month are $1600. I was working as Assistant Manger with one of Leading bank in India. now unwilling have to do this kind of job. Canadian system is so hard it would allow you to save anything. each indiviual has to pay 13% tax on his weekly income irrespective of amount which he/she earns. again you have to pay 13$ Tax on you each purchase evey grossary. Even though you make up your mind to do odd jobs you won't have any left in you. True picture in canada , they want new immigrant in their country to do labour jobs. i am so pist off from this system that i have finally made up my mind and decided to go back to home country next month.
my advise to all my dear friend from different part of the world what we think from our home regarding canada is not correct. while granting visa they taken into consideration our work experience and educational qualification. but when you actually land here they don't even consider you fo data entry operator position with an excuse that they need candidate with canadian experience.
I am so sorry to hear of your situation. I am sure that you must have thought of it very hard and long before coming to the decision you have made. I do however hope that yours is only a temporary problem, and that you will eventually enjoy the fruits of your move.
It always disturbing whenever I see such a post. I am not trying to ridicule you or your experience, but I do hope to add to the few pointers already raised earlier, which I hope would also be of help to those who are going to make the move.
Many immigrants get lost in the euphoria of getting their visa, and lose sight that immigrating is never easy no matter where you go - with or without preparation. You are however definitely at an advantage when you come prepared and know what is waiting for you before you make that move. So do research everything, and I mean everything that may or may not impact you (including what ifs), such as financials, jobs, schooling, credential assessment, housing, communities, self-help groups, volunteering, etc.
We all wish that we get that dream job the moment we land. While I do not deny that there are some who may take a shorter time to get that job, the majority will not and that too for a variety of reasons including the lack of Canadian experience. But that does not mean the end of everything, as there are ways to address it.
The amount required at entry will not be sufficient if you choose to sit and wait for that dream job! It may meet your basic requirements and that too if you start on survival jobs as soon as you land. In the meantime you should volunteer, join a co-op program, upgrade, and network as much as possible. As correctly pointed by Cappuccino earlier, most jobs are through referrals!
Living expenses vary between cities, and if you do have the option delay your settlement until you sufficiently build your finance to a tidy sum as was suggested by Cam1234. If you have a family, come in stages - the person who has the best chance of obtaining employment should come first.
If English (or French) is not a language you are comfortable with, invest the time to improve your language skills before your move. Many an opportunity is lost for the lack of language skills.
Do also keep yourselves updated of latest trends, before you land. While some employers, do provide training, most expect you to know your work after all you received your residency as a skilled worker.
I believe that 5 months is definitely too short a time to come to a conclusion. I do hope that you do not give up on your dreams. If the lack funds is the main issue, I would suggest that you take time off to build it up again, and start your settlement process again at a later date but with a new vigour and perhaps taking some of the pointers suggested by your fellow forumers.