TTC streetcar, subway and bus

Our guide to getting around Toronto on the TTC

This post is only for you if you are a) new to Toronto or a visitor and need to know how to get around b) a transport geek c) a procrastinator who will read anything to avoid doing their work So read on if you want to know more about public transport fares, transfers and getting to and from Toronto Pearson airport! Public transport, or transit … Continue reading Our guide to getting around Toronto on the TTC

Gardiner Expressway Toronto

Getting an Ontario Driver’s Licence

One of the next things we did after getting our new home was to get ourselves a Canadian driver’s licence. The amount of time you can drive on a UK licence in Canada depends on the province. In Ontario you only have 60 days, but in BC for example it’s 90 days. Fortunately for us the UK has an exchange agreement with Ontario, which as … Continue reading Getting an Ontario Driver’s Licence

Downtown Toronto

Finding accommodation in Toronto

Now that the fun of our travelling was over, we were back in Toronto and it was time to find somewhere to live before the ‘fun’ of working started! Rather than having a useful website like Rightmove, that allows you to easily search for properties and view photos, here you have to use Kijiji and Craigslist, which are more popular variants of the Gumtree style … Continue reading Finding accommodation in Toronto

La Casa Gelato vegemite ice cream

Getting started as workers in Canada

Our first day back in Vancouver was very productive, armed with our new work permits we set out to get ourselves sorted so we could start applying for jobs. Getting a SIN number Similar to a NI number in the UK, the Social Insurance Number (SIN) is essential if you want to work in Canada and is fortunately very easy to get your hands on … Continue reading Getting started as workers in Canada

Activating our Canadian Work Permits

Boring post alert: probably only of interest to nosey people (looking at you Mr P Slaymaker) and those wanting to go to Canada on a working holiday visa For some reason, as the coach started to approach the Canadian border on our return from Seattle we both got quite nervous. Perhaps it was because this marked the end of our travels and the start of … Continue reading Activating our Canadian Work Permits