While you are searching for work, you also might want to consider where you would like to live in Canada. This section of the website can help you find your home away from home.
After finding work, you might want to live nearby or at least near a public transit station to make getting to work easier.
The following tips may help:
The following table contains common abbreviations found in classified ads for housing rentals:
lrg or lge
bachelor (1 room with kitchen and bath)
BR or br
rental from somebody who is already renting
hot water tank
extra cost for heat and electricity
washer and dryer
1st and last
first and last months rent in advance
Notes about Apartments:
Bachelor Apartment / Studio: Comprises one room with a kitchen area and a bathroom. In Quebec, these units are advertised as “1 1/2 or 2 1/2 bedroom”.
1 Bedroom Apartment: Comprises a living room, kitchen, bathroom and 1 bedroom. In Quebec, these units are advertised as “3 1/2 bedroom”.
2 Bedroom Apartment: Comprises a living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. In Quebec, these units are advertised as “4 1/2 bedroom”.
Keep the following in mind when you find accommodation in Canada that requires you to sign a lease (rental agreement):
Similar to any Canadian citizen, you are obliged to understand the implications and legal responsibilities of any rental agreement signed. Breaking the terms of any lease can have legal consequences.
Before you sign a rental agreement, make sure your new apartment is safe:
You are entitled to the same rights as Canadian citizens with respect to rental agreements. The government of the province in which you reside can intervene on your behalf if you believe you are being dealt with unfairly by your landlord. In such cases, use the website addresses below to contact the appropriate provincial ministry or department.
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