Moving TO CANADA: Cities, Neighbourhoods & buying a home!

Yaletown condos along waterfront in Vancouver
Owning a home is every family's Canadian Dream. Moving In Canada is designed to help people choose a neighbourhood (starting with the Choose a City list at right), then find a local realtor, home and mover, buy and sell your home, move your household, make the trip, and get settled in. We also have information to help you immigrate and move to Canada.

Steps for Planning your Move can help in all stages of your move in and around Canada!

  1. Explore a PROVINCE
  2. Zero-in on a CITY & NEIGHBOURHOOD
  3. Use the Local Search to find a REALTOR™, sell and shop for a home
  4. SELL your current home, BUY your your new home
  5. Use the Local Search to find a MOVER, plan your move
  6. Make the TRIP
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Americans Moving to Canada

While much of the media fuss about "How to Move to Canada" has been about Cape Breton (and hallelujah to them, for starting this meme) but the truth is that Americans moving to Canada since the 1960s, with Vietnam War era draft dodgers. Most Americans moving here prefer bigger cities, like Toronto and Vancouver, where there is access to typical urban features (like Starbuck's) and airports to the US and other parts of the world. We consider these factors in each of our communities and neighbourhoods. Best wishes on your MOVING TO CANADA decision!

Canada has MANY great cities with airports coast to coast, each of which have both charm and a great quality of life.


  1. We are a liberal democracy and we have a popular (and nice) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  2. We've have great (and cheap) single-payer government run healthcare since 1965
  3. The following are all okay here (and have been, for years): gay marriage (we just call it "marriage"), abortion, medical marijuana, and Syrian refugees. And being nice is in our national character.
  4. If you speak another language , we respect you... and don't chase you off a plane or out of the country (Canadians speak over 250 different languages)
  5. Most American retail and service chains are here, so it will feel just like home
  6. Our unspoiled outdoors are close to all of our major cities (and sometimes right inside those cities)

Real Estate, Mortgage & Relocation News and Announcements

Here are the most recent news stories, some featured cities and neighbourhoods:

Real Estate & Mortgage News

Here are the most recent housing, real estate and mortgage stories posted for Moving In Canada:

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Home prices across Canada move toward affordability

(News Posted:12/19/2018)

Canada: 2018 Home prices in Canada... moves toward better affordability.
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Interest Rate rise expected in the US

(News Posted:12/19/2018)

Canada: if rates rise in US, expect them to follow in Canada...
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As Toronto’s housing market cools, Montreal posts record home sales

(News Posted:06/06/2017)

ON: In May, Montreal home sales were up 15 per cent from 2016, sparking concerns that Toronto’s new tax is creating a spillover effect to Canada’s second largest city.
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Housing Start up in January 2016

(News Posted:02/08/2017)

Canada: Canadian housing starts rose a further 0.5% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 207,408, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported Wednesday, with data continuing to show a divergence between British Columbia and Ontario, where two of Canada's largest and most expensive markets are locat
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4 of Top 5 North American cities for quality of life are in Canada

(News Posted:03/24/2016)

Canada: Canadian cities have the best North America offers, according to Mercer's annual comparison of the quality of life of 430 locations around the world. In fact, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa finished ahead of all 17 American and 41 Asian cities ranked by Mercer.
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Foreign home buyers: How other countries limit money from abroad

(News Posted:03/08/2016)

BC/ON: It was revealed this week that the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is trying to keep tabs on foreign money in Canada's residential real estate market. The national housing agency has come under fire in recent years for a conspicuous lack of reliable data about the money coming from abroad and how it may be contributing to soaring home prices in cities like Vancouver and Toronto.
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CMHC revs up search for foreign flows into soaring housing markets

(News Posted:03/07/2016)

Canada: Canada’s housing agency, looking for new methods to track foreign ownership in the country’s soaring real estate markets, may tap money laundering police and classify international university students as foreign buyers, according to internal documents.
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Crooked mortgage Industry Participants: More Perspective

(News Posted:02/29/2016)

Canada: It’s been a tough nine months in the press for mortgage brokers. Off the top of my head, I can think of four headline stories of broker fraud in the major media, including one of the whoppers of all time, the Home Trust fiasco.
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Alberta Oilpatch: A Growing Minefield

(News Posted:02/25/2016)

Canada: As crude began a precipitous decline, putting oil-town Fort McMurray, Alberta, on the brink of depression, and homes there have lost one-fifth of their value. One of the most concerning alarm bells is Alberta’s surging unemployment rate, a historical precursor to defaults.

Pricey Canadian housing market to lift economic growth this year: Reuters poll

(News Posted:02/24/2016)

Canada: Canada's housing market will be a net contributor to economic growth in the coming year, impelled by rising prices, but become a drag soon after due to a slowdown in buying and high levels of household debt, a Reuters poll found
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Here are some of the 10 provinces (and 3 territories) to consider moving to in Canada:

Use the TOP MENU, which arranges the provinces west to east, and the 3 territories (up in the arctic) at the end:

Nova Scotia Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsNova Scotia Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

Moving to Nova Scotia, with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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New Brunswick Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsNew Brunswick Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

Moving to New Brunswick , with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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British Columbia Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsBritish Columbia Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

BC: Moving to or around British Columbia, with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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Trans-Canada Highway Travelling ItinerariesTrans-Canada Highway Travelling Itineraries

This information is provided by our sister web site, the authoritative reference to travel along our national highways.

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Alberta Overview, Cities, Communities and NeighbourhoodsAlberta Overview, Cities, Communities and Neighbourhoods

AB: Overview for moving to Alberta, with Provincial information, and the cities, communities and neighbourhoods around the province

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Featured Cities

Here are some of the cities & regions covered in Moving In Canada (of over 30 in total) from coast to coast:

Alberta Rockies Home NeighbourhoodsAlberta Rockies Home Neighbourhoods

AB: Great towns close to stunning scenery, in Banff, Lake Lousie, Canmore, Bragg Creek, and the Crowsnest Pass

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Kitchener-Waterloo Home NeighbourhoodsKitchener-Waterloo Home Neighbourhoods

ON: These communities straddle Highway 401, two hours west of Toronto, and are a major industrial, telecom, and university centre

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North York   Home NeighbourhoodsNorth York Home Neighbourhoods

ON: orth York, north of Eglinton is now amalgamated as part of the larger City of Toronto

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Niagara Falls and Region  Home NeighbourhoodsNiagara Falls and Region Home Neighbourhoods

ON: The Niagara Region has populations on both the Canada |and US sides of the Niagara River, known for tourism, agriculture, and over 200 years of hidtory.

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Greater Vancouver Home NeighbourhoodsGreater Vancouver Home Neighbourhoods

BC: communities including North Van, West Van, Richmond, Surrey, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and White Rock

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Canadian Neighbourhoods

Here are some featured neighbourhoods across Canada. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in.

We explore and discuss over 1600 neighbourhoods in the 30 communities and regions coast to coast on Moving In Canada:

College Heights  (Thunder Bay neighbourhoods)College Heights (Thunder Bay neighbourhoods)

ON: Named for the Port Arthur Collegiate, the community is perched on a hill and offers great views of the Lake and countryside.

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Prince Rupert, Queen Mary, McDougall (Edmonton neighbourhoods)Prince Rupert, Queen Mary, McDougall (Edmonton neighbourhoods)

AB: Mostly 40-year-old single family homes in Prince Rupert, Queen Mary and McDougall lie between the rail corridor (and Grant MacEwan College) and the former Municipal Airport and NAIT.

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Markland Wood (Etobicoke neighbourhoods)Markland Wood (Etobicoke neighbourhoods)

ON: Markland Wood is nestled between Renforth Creek and Etobicoke Creek, south of Burnhamthorpe. Great access to Highway 427 and Pearson International Airport.

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Downtown  (Toronto neighbourhoods)Downtown (Toronto neighbourhoods)

ON: Downtown Toronto is the area south of Bloor between Bay and Sherbourne Street, and is characterized by a large number of rental apartment buildings. Excellent transit access.

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Downtown Sudbury  (Sudbury  neighbourhoods)Downtown Sudbury (Sudbury neighbourhoods)

ON: Just north west of Ramsey Lake and clustered around the main railway yards. Flour Mill includes some of Sudbury's earliest French neighbourhoods withmany turn-of-the-century homes, including many heritage homes and many recently restored

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