There is no doubt that Toronto is the hot favourite destination for people who decide to move to Ontario due to the ample job opportunities, future prospects, it being a bustling metropolis and more, but there are many more cities that one can go to in Ontario other than Toronto which can be beneficial for their personal and professional growth. Due to the fact that migrants mostly move to Toronto there is high competition for jobs, the house prices are and high and so is the cost of living. What many people do not know is that there are many cities that offer cheaper living and better quality of life along with ample job opportunities other than Toronto.
In this blog we mention 5 cities that will save one hundreds of dollars in rent and other daily expenses while providing high quality study opportunities and jobs. The distance of the cities from Toronto will also be discussed along with the property rates and various job opportunities.
Factors that helps people determine the new Canadian city that they plan to move to ?
- The average price of the house in that city
- The property tax in that city
- Average rental for a two bedroom apartment
- The lifestyle that the city itself offers (Types of jobs, neighbourhood, random things to do in the city, public transportation and more)
- What is the distance of the city from Toronto and how long does it take to get there for purposes such as job, meeting friends and relatives.
In terms of the house prices in this blog the area of the house mentioned is 1200 sq feet with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The first city on the list is Oshawa.
This city is not too far from Toronto while the housing is much more affordable than Toronto. The average cost of the houses in Oshawa is $750,000 dollars which is roughly $200,000 cheaper than Toronto. Having said that there are many houses that you can buy within $500,000 only . The property tax is at 1.28% while the rent is $1500 for a two bedroom apartment. The city of Oshawa is only half an hour away from Toronto. The public transportation is excellent with buses, subway trains and other modes of transport highly effective between the cities especially when it comes to the go train.
The commute to Toronto is very easy if you work or live in Oshawa. The city is home to multiple parks, trails and various wildlife reserves to enjoy with the family. The Oshawa zoo and funfarm are other places where one can go to for leisure activities with the family. The neighborhood in the Oshawa region are quiet and safe as well . Oshawa does not have much IT or tech related infrastructure but not to forget that Toronto is only half an hour away if you happen to work in those fields. The jobs that are available in Oshawa are service industry, customer service job positions, retail positions such as sales associates, cashiers, store managers, inventory workers, warehouse jobs, various restaurant positions and bank positions.
This city is 50 minutes away from downtown Toronto. The city has great public transportation services such as the go train and buses. The city is also connected with major highways such as the QEW,401 and 403. The average house costs in Hamilton are $650,000 which is around $300,000 cheaper than in Toronto or the GTA region. You will also be able to find houses in less than $450,000 in Hamilton. Most of the houses in the city are in the old Hamilton region but they are fully renovated and will give more value for money along with bigger plot sizes compared to other regions. The total property tax in Hamilton is 1.18% while the average rent is around $1700 for a two bedroom apartment.
As in the case of Oshawa Hamilton too does not have a big tech or IT related infrastructure but it does have jobs that are easily available such as manufacturing, transportation, trade positions, finance and occupations in the public health sector. The world renowned Niagara Falls is less than an hour away from Hamilton and this is a major tourist destination each weekend that you are here.
This city is an hour and 15 minutes away from Toronto and is known to have a perfect work life balance. There are many recreational and employment opportunities in Kitchener. There are always buses, greyhound, carpool and go trains to transport passengers from one place to another. There are big tech companies such as google, blackberry, Deloitte along with insurance companies like sunlife and manulife which have base in Hamilton. In the coming years a lot of companies are shifting base from Toronto to Kitchener due to the low overheads and rent. Amazon has set up two delivery stations in Kitchener while bringing in a lot of opportunities from business deliveries, business management, warehouse managers, logistics, Ecommerce, purchase managers, admin, advertising, human resource, marketing, software development and customer service managers.
Jobs most readily available in Kitchener
IT and Tech Jobs
The average cost of housing in Kitchener is $750,000 but there are many houses listed below $500,000 when you actually start looking for the houses, which turns out to be a huge bargain in comparison to Toronto.
The average prices of houses in Kitchener has seen a constant increase in the past couple of years due to strong demand due to jobs availability. The property tax in Kitchener stands at 1.09% while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1600.
The university of Waterloo is known across the country for its extensive educational programs. Overall the city of Kitchener has great opportunities and Is also considered to be overall better than Toronto by many.
This is a great city to raise a family. It’s very well connected to Toronto and is an hour away from the city. The city has the go train, buses and greyhound connectivity. There are many options to travel to Toronto from Guelph. There is a great carpooling option that people have while travelling from Guelph to Toronto and vice versa. The cost of living in the city is much less when compared to Toronto making the commute worth considering. The job opportunities easily available in Guelph are Banking, Tech and IT, Manufacturing , teaching, insurance and retail. There is also the university of Guelph which offers more than 90 majors in areas such as physical and engineering sciences, social and applied human sciences, business and economics. The average prices of the houses in Guelph is around $750,000, but when looking for houses you will find many houses around $500,000 to $550,000. The property tax in Guelph is relatively low at 1.12% while the average rent is around $1700 for a 2 bedroom apartment. The city has multiple options for vegan buyers when it comes to groceries, coffee shops and restaurants.
The city is located right off highway 401 and is well connected to the main city of Toronto which is just an hour away and 45 minutes from Mississauga. This city is equidistant to Guelph and Hamilton. The average house price in Cambridge is $700,000 but most houses can be bought in less than $500,000. The property tax in Cambridge is 1.17% while the average rent is $1800 for a two bedroom apartment. In terms of employment the city does have job opportunities in various sectors such as Manufacturing, pharmaceuticals as well as auto tech as there is a big Toyota plant over there. There is also an Amazon fulfillment centre which has led to the creation of multiple jobs.
These are mostly the cities where affording a house is relatively easier compared to Toronto and it won’t burn a hole in the pocket along with finding a good amount of jobs in various sectors. People mostly prefer moving to these locations due to the aforementioned reasons. You can also personally look up these cities for more information other than what is mentioned in this blog. It is recommended to live in these cities and later move to the city of Toronto once you have a stable income and pay rise as you move forward in your corporate career.