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KUKOO

Star Member
Jul 13, 2013
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i want to share someone's experience... :) :D ;D
I have been asked this question over and over again. I think this is a huge question mark in the minds of potential immigrants, and a wrong choice of cities can have devastating effects on one's life. This post is a non-biased opinion of me as an observer, who has traveled a fair bit across Canada and probably has contacts in almost all major cities (thanks to Facebook). I made this comparison based on my personal observations and independent research group studies. The opinions expressed here are purely personal in nature. Of course, one is best served if he/she lands in a City where they have personal contacts. I didn't dwell much into availability of jobs, since this is such an abstract topic and varies according to the nature of personal skills-set.

The 5 Best Cities for Families

Who gets the most health care dollars? Who has the strongest school system? The lowest crime and the cleanest air? I studied a dozen cities from coast to coast to find the most child-friendly places to live in Canada. Helping kids grow up strong, straight and smart takes more than love. It also takes child care for working parents, recreation for kids and families at all income levels, safe communities, parks and libraries, healthy physical environments, and strong health care and education systems. It takes money - both personal income and government spending. Plus it takes a connection to the community.

Here are how the 12 major Canadian cities measure up. It's Canada's tortoises - our slow and steady smaller cities - that have the best track records for providing what kids and families need most. Our hares - the huge, fast-growing cities - haven't done nearly as well, even in provinces where child care, education and health care are well funded.

Top Cities
Quebec City (if you know French)
Ottawa-Hull
Halifax
Winnipeg
Calgary

The Runners-Up
St.John's
Saskatoon
Edmonton
Victoria

The Bottom Bringers Huh
Toronto
Vancouver
Montreal

In smaller cities, social problems are more manageable and the cost of living is lower. They also tend to suffer less crime and poverty, and possess a stronger sense of community. The preoccupations larger cities are predominantly commercial. That's why they're big cities. That's what drives them. And those commercial interests are not necessarily what serve families well. The best cities for families, are big enough to provide needed services, but small enough that residents feel connected and, therefore, inclined to get involved in their neighbourhoods.

That description fits all five of our top-rated cities: Quebec City (population 670,000, according to the 1996 census), Ottawa-Hull (just over a million), Halifax (330,000), Winnipeg (670,000) and Calgary (820,000). Quebec City captures top billing with its vibrant cultural blend, privileged geography and a provincial government committed to nurturing families, in part through a child care system that - if you can get a spot - charges just $5 a day, no matter what the family income.

Everything you could want to do is within half an hour....from near-wilderness areas to the Old World culture and charm of the city's Vieux-Port. The city has a palpable pride, and little crime compared to Toronto or Montreal. That description also fits Ottawa. Vancouver is great, but when baby number two comes along, you couldn't afford decent housing closer than a couple of hours' drive from the city.

Moving east, there's a certain quality everywhere I visited in the Maritimes. People are friendlier. In a grocery store queue, you find yourself chatting with total strangers. The family spends a lot of time hanging around the waterfront. Halifax/Sydney is nature all around, parks everywhere in the city, and lake living is affordable. Winnipeg has that small-town attitude. Of our top five cities, only Calgary gets more points for community involvement than Winnipeg.

There's something else my top cities share: a stable economy. The experts say this lessens poverty and crime, eases family financial stress with steady jobs that pay decent wages, and makes it easier for a city to provide services. Historically, the top five cities on my list have exhibited relatively slow economic growth, while my least favourable ratings went to cities with explosive economic and population growth.
Apparently, the tortoises can beat the hares - where it matters most.

Quebec City
The province of Quebec scores high marks for health care, its active Ministere de la Famille et de l'Enfance, and the most progressive child care system in Canada. Quebec City reflects that family focus, with the highest per capita spending on its countless parks, recreation areas, museums, activities and festivals. But this historic city took the winning slot with family economics: the second-lowest child poverty rate for kids under five, the lowest housing costs (relative to income), and the smallest percentage of families in need of core housing (10 percent).

Ottawa-Hull
First, a clarification: Ontario outperforms all other provinces on health care, with short waiting lists for treatment and fewer childhood injuries, and records the second-best per-child spending on child care ($238.40 versus Quebec's $255.77). Ottawa-Hull scores well with plenty of civic attractions and parks, not surprising since the National Capital Region is our political, cultural and historical showcase. Ottawa-Hull also boasts low crime numbers, making it one of our four safest cities. Only Victoria, Quebec City and Halifax have lower child poverty rates - Ottawa-Hull tied for fourth spot with Calgary at 25 percent.

Halifax
When graffiti ranks among major crime concerns, you know you're living in a safe city. That's one of Halifax's many strong points: the second-lowest crime rate next to St. John's. This city has also made the most of its maritime environment, with a multitude of beaches and fishing and sailing opportunities, and has begun addressing a long-standing harbour pollution problem. On land, it shares with other top cities a wealth of parks, cycling paths and hiking trails, all topped with clean air. Halifax didn't perform quite as strongly in education, chalking up the second-lowest high-school completion rate, or in child care and economic factors, even with one of the lower child poverty rates among our surveyed cities.

Winnipeg
While not taking top marks in any category, Winnipeg performs solidly all around on the positive measures, scoring above mid-range in environment and community involvement, third-best in per capita charitable donations, and comfortably above midpoint in education and child care. The city also benefited from Manitoba's third-place rank among the provinces for volunteering. But what would have been a hands-down winning city was downgraded by high poverty and violent youth crime.

Calgary
Calgarians are giving souls: The United Way raises more money per person in Calgary than in anywhere else in our survey. The city basks in the glow of Alberta's healthy economy, boasting low child poverty rates and less business for its food banks than any city I examined except Saskatoon. Assaults, property crimes and drug offences are less prevalent in Calgary than in most other cities. But Alberta's health care, despite having the lowest infant mortality rate, was below the middle mark in other respects, as was education.

The Runners-Up

St. John's
Economic difficulties plague this small maritime city: the lowest spending on libraries and child care, lowest percentage of elementary school kids with Internet access, and the highest food bank usage (5.9 percent). Yet St. John's didn't appear to suffer the crime levels usually associated with poverty; assault, property crime and drug offence rates are the lowest, and youth crime levels are less than half of Winnipeg's. As well, Newfoundland residents share with Ontario and Quebec the shortest average waits for medical treatment (less than 12 weeks). South Asian amenities are difficult to procure.

Saskatoon
The "Paris of the Prairie" has the best record for civic awareness and for spending on libraries. More school kids have Internet access here than anywhere else, and Saskatchewan spent more on education than any other province, has the best high-school completion record, and the lowest rate of food bank use.

Edmonton
Despite being one of Canada's wealthiest provinces, Alberta spends less on child care ($102.02 per child) than financially challenged Nova Scotia ($103.19) and far less than Quebec. Education and health care numbers fared similarly. Edmonton's showing was also hampered by relatively low spending on libraries, attractions and parks. Not surprisingly, economic numbers were quite solid here, but they tell an ironic tale: The third-strongest overall showing (Quebec City and Calgary had better numbers) was countered by the fourth-worst child poverty rate.

Victoria
Victoria has the second-best ratio of parks to people, next to Vancouver. Seaside walking paths and lush public landscaping give Victoria rich natural beauty, and its downtown has developed a cosmopolitan image. But community spirit isn't as strong here, and poverty's a bigger problem than in most cities. Housing costs are high as well; behind Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver rang up the highest shelter-cost-to-income ratio (26 percent). South Asian amenities are difficult to procure.

The Bottom Bringers

Toronto
Crime rates, poor air quality and economics damaged Toronto's standing. The city does well in health care, with the shortest waiting list for treatment and least number of bone-breaking kids' accidents. It also scores high in child care, through Ontario's best-trained caregivers and near-top per-child spending. But dramatic, second-worst Canadian rates in drug offences and Canada's worst assault rate (32,843 per 100,000 population) garnered "Toronto the Good" black marks for crime. Its air quality is (gasp) the worst of any city in Canada. Finally, despite being the commerce capital of Canada, Toronto's housing is beyond the reach of far too many families; the city registers Canada's worst level of core housing need for families with kids (20 percent), and the stiffest shelter-cost-to-income ratio (27 percent) and yes...I didn't mean new immigrants as in basement shelter seekers.

Vancouver
Plenty of upsides - including the lowest hospitalization rate for asthma and the most parkland per person - gave Vancouver the top score in the environment category. But the city's underbelly of crime and poverty does it in. Only Montreal and Toronto scores worse on assault rates, and Vancouver has the worst rate of property crimes (Montreal is only slightly better) and drug offences (Toronto is close). Vancouver also suffered the second-worst core housing need (19 percent) and third-highest under-18 child poverty rate (26 percent). BC has the lowest ratio of university graduates in its population...Vancouver's below mid-range education showing.

Montreal
The only city whose negative tally outweighes positives, Montreal scores poorly in environment and community. But the city's second-worst property crime rate, third-worst drug offences rate and troubled economic numbers hurt its ranking the most. Vibrant and cultured for economically advantaged adults, Montreal matches Winnipeg's under-six child poverty level (32 percent), and has the worst under-18 child poverty rate in Canada - a whopping 27 percent. And although Montreal and Quebec City spend similarly high amounts per capita on civic attractions, Montreal has the smallest number of attractions and parkland, and spends relatively little on its libraries. And not to forget...the "Bikers" are hubbed in this city.

How the Numbers Added Up

I chose 12 cities with the aim of representing all the regions of Canada - two in the Maritimes, four in Ontario and Quebec, four in the Prairies and two on the west coast. (I excluded the North simply because of its small population.) After much deliberation, I settled on St. John's, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

I looked at property crimes, which are more likely to affect ordinary families. Consistent, reliable statistics are hard to come by. In some categories, notably child care and health, only provincial data enables us to make valid comparisons, so the cities were ranked based on these numbers. Similarly, the quality of a city's education and health care largely depends on the weight the province attaches to the service. Finally, there are always inexplicable statistical skews or local differences in overall patterns; a city with an abysmal crime rate will certainly have neighbourhoods with almost no crime.


source of above info is

http://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/which-city-should-i-land-in-canada-t60295.0.html
 

Neeta75

Star Member
Feb 12, 2012
69
1
Category........
Visa Office......
london
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
feb, 2011
Doc's Request.
additional doc in Oct,2011
Nomination.....
Indian
AOR Received.
11th,April 2011
IELTS Request
sent with documents
File Transfer...
May, 2011..............IN PROCESS from april, 2012
Med's Request
3-12-12
Med's Done....
15-12-12....Third line in e-status..on 26-1-13
Interview........
waved
Passport Req..
12-06-2013
VISA ISSUED...
decision made
LANDED..........
BY GOD GRACE...............august, 2013
Dear Uni
Congrats, wish you good luck, Did you get PR card


unni said:
Dear All,

We landed Canada at the Calgary International Airport office on July 18, 2013 .

landing was quite amazing and hassles. We took KLM airlines , which seems to be cheaper from Gulf region and there was 6 hr halt in Amsterdam airport.

there was no rush in the Calgary airport compared to Toronto. the immigration officer welcomed and asked few questions . it took a total of 6 minutes to complete the whole immigration process. we given our address in Canada for receiving the PR Cards.

Our relatives was waiting outside and we moved to their house. the next day we visited Service Canada office in Alberta for applying the SIN card and also visited the registry for applying the health card. the same day we got the SIN number and we have been informed to get the SIN card and health Card with in 10 business days.

we returned to Qatar on 23/07/2013 and planning to move permanently to Canada by August 2014.

all the best for those waiting for visa ,

regards

unni .
 

shahzad395

Hero Member
Jan 29, 2012
477
19
Muscat Oman
Category........
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
7216
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
15-09-2011
Doc's Request.
17-08-2012 & 2-10-2012
IELTS Request
sent along with application
File Transfer...
23-01-2012
Med's Request
03-01-2013
Med's Done....
05-01-2013
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
22-7-2013, DM on Ecas 23-08-2013
VISA ISSUED...
20-08-2013, received on 04-09-2013
LANDED..........
26th Sept. 2013
toothfairy_77 said:
Congrats, I think you can submit your current passport, however, your visa validity would be up to March '14 instead of 1 year from your re-medicals.
Best wishes,
One year count from initial medical or from the date of re-medical ? What if a family member undergoes a re-medical and other not, in that case how they count 1 year ?
 

toothfairy_77

Hero Member
May 27, 2012
482
7
UAE
Category........
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
0811
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
March, 15th 2012, PER received on March, 27th 2012
Doc's Request.
Updated documents request: March, 2013, second updated doc. request. May 2014
IELTS Request
sent along with application
Med's Request
Processing started: March, 2013. MR received: June, 19th 2014
Med's Done....
Medical done on July, 16th 2014, Ecas updated on July, 26th 2014
Passport Req..
PPR1; July, 24th 2014, PPR2; August, 11th 2014, Decision made on E-cas; August, 12th 2014, Passports dispached: August, 20th, Passports received with Visas: August, 25th
VISA ISSUED...
08-08-2014
shahzad395 said:
One year count from initial medical or from the date of re-medical ? What if a family member undergoes a re-medical and other not, in that case how they count 1 year ?
if re-medical was done for the whole family, it would be 1 yr from the re-medical otherwise it's 1 yr from the initial medical.
Seniors, please advise
Best wishes,
 

nekeol

Champion Member
Nov 7, 2012
2,507
135
Waterloo region, Ontario
Category........
FSW
Visa Office......
London/Abu Dhabi
NOC Code......
1111 Accountant
App. Filed.......
25/9/2011
Doc's Request.
21/11/12
Nomination.....
Not Applicable
IELTS Request
Submitted with Application
Med's Request
19/12/2013, after BGC
Med's Done....
7/1/2014
Interview........
Exempt
Passport Req..
02/02/2014 - DM 11/2/14
VISA ISSUED...
14/02/2014
LANDED..........
Alhamdolillah Landed July 2014/Citizenship Applied in JAN 2018
toothfairy_77 said:
if re-medical was done for the whole family, it would be 1 yr from the re-medical otherwise it's 1 yr from the initial medical.
Seniors, please advise
Best wishes,
YES
 

unni

Hero Member
Nov 13, 2011
204
6
Qatar
Category........
Visa Office......
LONDON
NOC Code......
4152
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
18.10.2011
AOR Received.
12.01.2012
IELTS Request
SEND TRU APPL
File Transfer...
12.02.2012
Med's Request
10.08.2012 new born med req on 21.03.2013
Med's Done....
30.08.2012- new born med on 31.03.2013
Interview........
GOD'S HAND
Passport Req..
24.04.2013 & pp recived by LVO on 07.05.2013 DECESION MADE ON 28.05.2013, ADDRESS CHANGED ON 30.05.2013
VISA ISSUED...
29.05.2013
LANDED..........
with the grace of god on 18.07.2013
Card not received. it will take minimum 60 days after landing . Thye will send the PR cards to the address given in the airport at the time of landing.They will not mail the PR card outside canada. So we need to give the address of any friends or relatives in canada for receiving the card
 

Bigboss

Hero Member
Jan 18, 2013
343
9
121
UAE-Alain
Category........
Visa Office......
MCH-London
NOC Code......
7241,MI3
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
20-12-2011
Doc's Request.
At the time of dicuments submittion
AOR Received.
11-4-2012
IELTS Request
Along With document request
File Transfer...
1-6-2012
Med's Request
20-8-2012 , expired , remedical 10/11/2013
Med's Done....
ECSE 4-10-2012. Remedical 14/11/2013
Interview........
Hope waived
Passport Req..
21/11/2013
VISA ISSUED...
3/12/2013
LANDED..........
August 2014 inshalah
Mr.Engineer said:
Alert LVO can communicate through this email ;)

LDNIMMIGRA​TION @ intern​ational.gc.​ca
Mr Engineer
I want to send LVO inquiry through this email
But its invalid, can u check spelling please?
 

ali asim

Hero Member
Dec 15, 2012
340
8
Category........
Visa Office......
LVO
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
LANDED..........
21 July 2014
farney bhoy said:
Many congrats to you Ali Asim. A big step forward in the process. Your process from here on in can take anywhere between 1 year and 2 years. All going well you should be in Canada by 2014
hello dear raney bhoy

thank u buddy

may GOD answer ur wish that i may land in canada in 2014 :)

Regards


Ali Asim
 

BakuSalman

Hero Member
Jun 6, 2009
332
3
Category........
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
0811
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
17-08-2011
AOR Received.
10-11-2011
IELTS Request
Sent with docs
File Transfer...
01-12-2011 Eligibility passed: 08-06-2012
Med's Request
17-09-2012 Re-Medical Request 08-08-2014
Med's Done....
07-11-2012, 27-08-2014 Med's on Ecas: 08-12-2012
Interview........
Hope so waived
Passport Req..
Soon Inshallah
VISA ISSUED...
Soon Inshallah
LANDED..........
Soon Inshallah
newone1 said:
any one have correspondence with MCH?
Yes i have...

I have just recieved email from MCH that

"Background checks are in process and may take several months to complete. We will advise further when in a position to do so".


MCH

Immigration and Medical Services Division

High Commission of Canada

38 Grosvenor Street
London W1K 4AA, United Kingdom
 

BakuSalman

Hero Member
Jun 6, 2009
332
3
Category........
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
0811
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
17-08-2011
AOR Received.
10-11-2011
IELTS Request
Sent with docs
File Transfer...
01-12-2011 Eligibility passed: 08-06-2012
Med's Request
17-09-2012 Re-Medical Request 08-08-2014
Med's Done....
07-11-2012, 27-08-2014 Med's on Ecas: 08-12-2012
Interview........
Hope so waived
Passport Req..
Soon Inshallah
VISA ISSUED...
Soon Inshallah
LANDED..........
Soon Inshallah
Bigboss said:
Mr Engineer
I want to send LVO inquiry through this email
But its invalid, can u check spelling please?

LDNIMMIGRA​TION@intern​ational.gc.​ca

email address is correct, i have recieved email from the same address

Just don't leave the gaps while copying it
 

Bigboss

Hero Member
Jan 18, 2013
343
9
121
UAE-Alain
Category........
Visa Office......
MCH-London
NOC Code......
7241,MI3
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
20-12-2011
Doc's Request.
At the time of dicuments submittion
AOR Received.
11-4-2012
IELTS Request
Along With document request
File Transfer...
1-6-2012
Med's Request
20-8-2012 , expired , remedical 10/11/2013
Med's Done....
ECSE 4-10-2012. Remedical 14/11/2013
Interview........
Hope waived
Passport Req..
21/11/2013
VISA ISSUED...
3/12/2013
LANDED..........
August 2014 inshalah
BakuSalman said:
LDNIMMIGRA​TION @ intern​ational.gc.​ca

email address is correct, i have recieved email from the same address

Just don't leave the gaps while copying it
Thanx dear
I got same excast reply before a month
Good luck for all who wait PPR
 

umerafzaal12

Star Member
Mar 30, 2013
52
0
Category........
Visa Office......
LVO
NOC Code......
3112
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
10-12-2010
Doc's Request.
23-09-2011
IELTS Request
Sent with initial application.
File Transfer...
In Process 04-03-2011
Med's Request
2-10-2012
Med's Done....
12-11-2012 MR received line on December 2012.
Interview........
NO
Please seniors could any one tell me an email address of London visa office where I can contact them and ask about current status about of my case . I did my medicals on NOVEMBER 2012. MY last correspondence with them was through an email by NMP on 11 march 2013, where he or she asked for Shedule A Background deceleration forms. The email address used in this instance was :

re-london-im-enquiry@international.gc.ca
 

toothfairy_77

Hero Member
May 27, 2012
482
7
UAE
Category........
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
0811
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
March, 15th 2012, PER received on March, 27th 2012
Doc's Request.
Updated documents request: March, 2013, second updated doc. request. May 2014
IELTS Request
sent along with application
Med's Request
Processing started: March, 2013. MR received: June, 19th 2014
Med's Done....
Medical done on July, 16th 2014, Ecas updated on July, 26th 2014
Passport Req..
PPR1; July, 24th 2014, PPR2; August, 11th 2014, Decision made on E-cas; August, 12th 2014, Passports dispached: August, 20th, Passports received with Visas: August, 25th
VISA ISSUED...
08-08-2014
30 July 2013 - Canadian Foreign Service Officers to Picket the Prime Minister’s Office to Protest Government's Rejection of Binding Arbitration

In their 18th week of job action, Canadian Foreign Service Officers in Ottawa will hold a mass picket outside the Prime Minister’s Office (Langevin Block) at 80 Wellington Street on Tuesday, July 30th from 11:30am to 1:30pm to show their profound disappointment at the Government's refusal to enter into binding arbitration to resolve this labour dispute.

“PAFSO has made every reasonable effort to resolve this situation, including by accepting three of the six preconditions the Government sought to impose on a free arbitration process,” said PAFSO President Tim Edwards. “Treasury Board’s other preconditions were so paralyzing that they would have predetermined the outcome in the Government’s favour. Minister Clement’s rejection of arbitration on July 26 shows he is not interested in a fair contest. It should now be evident to all Canadians that the Government bears sole and complete responsibility for the severe and mounting impacts of this strike – on tourism, on education, and on the agricultural sector.”

The Canadian Foreign Service has been without a contract since June 2011. The issue at hand remains PAFSO's request for equal pay for equal work. Specifically, the union is seeking wage adjustments to keep Foreign Service officer pay in line with comparable employment groups in the federal government, including lawyers, economists, policy analysts, and commerce officers, who perform the same work – often side-by-side with Foreign Service officers. At present, Foreign Service officers are paid $3,000 to $14,000 less per year. One of Minister Clement’s preconditions was to disallow PAFSO from making these arguments to the arbitrator.

The Government has reached tentative agreements in two other long-outstanding contract negotiations during the last month, and returned to the table yesterday to address a third. PAFSO is one of the smallest unions in the federal government. Equal pay for our members could be achieved for $4.2 million over a three-year contract – 1.5% of the impact this strike is having on the tourism sector alone. PAFSO can only conclude that the Government is behaving prejudicially toward the Foreign Service and is therefore negotiating in bad faith.

“Our offer of binding arbitration still stands, including with the three preconditions we accepted,” said Mr. Edwards.
 

Majidqta

Star Member
Mar 11, 2013
74
14
Quetta, Pakistan
Category........
Visa Office......
London
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
4 Feb 2010
Doc's Request.
June 2010
AOR Received.
July 2012
IELTS Request
send with Docs
File Transfer...
13 Apr 2010
Med's Request
9 May 2012
Med's Done....
1 Jun 2012 Re-medical 3 Jul 13
Interview........
N/A
Passport Req..
16 August 2013
VISA ISSUED...
27 Aug 2013
LANDED..........
4 Oct 2013
toothfairy_77 said:
Congrats, I think you can submit your current passport, however, your visa validity would be up to March '14 instead of 1 year from your re-medicals.
Best wishes,
Thanks a lot. 2mor i willbe send doucments