-How long it took you to get Technology job?
N/A I got a job while I was in US... then I moved to Edmonton,,,
-How expensive is the life in both cities?
Rent is similar to USA. Public transportation.... hmm US doesn't have this
.. you don't pay in health insurance and my company gives me HSA account for 600CAD. in Food some products are 100% more expensive like milk, chicken. However there are places like dollarama where you get very good products in 1 dollar.. it is 100% better place than dolartree... and believe me many people come to buy to these places,,
In general is a little more expensive but prices in 50% of the products is the same. I guess this depends in your diet... Clothes is almost the same..
-How expensive are the cars and other means of transportation?
81 CAD per month in monthly pass (BUS, LRT)... I go to work in downtown every single day using it because parking is too expensive.. anyway I save money in gas, millage, etc. In general canada is a little more expensive because you pay more taxes...
-Is Transportation system, Highway etc as good as here in United States?
Public transportation is 100% better in Canada.. US does not have public transportation (I know they do but it is really bad).... In Edmonton the highways and routes in general are very good. But US has a better highway system.
-What is the overall level of satisfaction in Alberta after immigrating?
100% happier.. I have a job, I am permanent resident...my wife can work.... and I am living in a beautiful apartment, close to the mall and shopping centers... I am living the Canadian dream...
Negative side.. thinks are a little slower here.. if you come here thinking that people are going to treat you better b/c you are coming from US then you'll be disappointed.
-Comparing with Taxes and cost of living, are there any extra savings or just normal as in US?
More taxes than US... while in US I paid 16% taxes, here in Canada I pay 30%. Extra savings depends on your expenses... I would say that in US you get more money to save but... freedom is priceless... if your driver is the money then stay in US...
-Are there any business opportunities with good prospects?
I've been here for 2 months so I have no idea about this...
-Overall Information technology consulting market?
Overall is good as a matter of fact there are many IT consulting companies here in Edmonton...
-How is housing market and commercial real estate prices?
Apts around CAD300K in downtown (very good place and beautiful building/apt), that's what I've seen in the ads..
I hope this helps