Vancouver is such a beautiful city that it’s not unusual for people to come for a visit and discover they just can’t leave. If that happens to you, or if you’re planning to move to Vancouver for other reasons, these resources should make your move easier.
Vancouver Real Estate
The Vancouver real estate market is active and diverse: From elegant old mansions in Shaughnessy to 550 sq ft lofts in Yaletown.
What distinguishes Vancouver’s real estate market from that of other cities is the number of condominiums available downtown; there are more than 70,000 Vancouverites living downtown, with more moving in every day. British Columbians call condominiums “condos” or “stratas”, and where others call the homeowners association fees HOA fees, here they are called strata fees.
Building in the downtown area is booming and the high rises are, for the most part, the last word in convenience, beauty and the efficient use of space – called EcoDensity.
If you’re not looking for the last word in contemporary, you’ll love the West End with its perfectly maintained and beautiful old apartment buildings, some of which look out over English Bay.
If you’re looking for a place to buy in Vancouver, it’s a good idea to contact a real estate agent specializing not just in Vancouver but in a particular neighborhood.
Across the Lions Gate Bridge is the North Shore. The North Shore is made up of North Vancouver and West Vancouver. West Vancouver is, by some estimations, the most expensive place to live in all of Canada and North Vancouver is not far behind.
Both communities boast good, by Canadian standards, climates, amazing access to the mountains and ocean and many safe, attractive neighborhoods and both are close to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, rivers and creeks and winter skiing on three mountains within 20 minutes of wherever you are on the North Shore.
Vancouver Job Web Sites
If you’re looking for employment in Vancouver, the first place you should check is the Vancouver version of CraigsList: vancouver.craigslist.com.
Other available job websites are:
Roomie Match Roommates
Find a roommate – not just any roommate but the best possible one for you. Free Roommate Search/Cheap Roommate Search options – detailed roommate matching profiles with lifestyle and personality factors.
Canadian Relocation Services: Vancouver
Canadian Relocation Services will help you find the information and services you need to streamline your move to Vancouver.
Coastal Relocation Services
Coastal Relocation offers a variety of personalized relocation services for people visiting or relocating to the Vancouver area.
Canadian Immigration Information
If you want to move to Vancouver, and you are a citizen of another country, including the USA, you will want to get more information about living and working in Canada. The Canadian Immigration site has all the information you need. If you are an American, you can stay in Canada for up to 6 months; however, you cannot work without employment authorization.
Vancouver Immigration Local Office
1148 Hornby St.
Vancouver Citizenship Local Office
#877-200 Expo Blvd
Vancouver Newcomer’s Guide
You can download the Vancouver Newcomer’s Guide or call 604-873-7011 to have one mailed to you.
General Government Information
The official site of the Canadian government’s Citizenship & Immigration department.
Welcome to Canada – What You Should Know
Useful guide for anyone new to Canada, or for those who are about to come. It details what documents you’ll need and how to look for work.