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What You Need to Know When Moving From NYC to Montreal

Moving to Montreal

Moving to another city is an exciting experience that brings a lot to look forward to – a change of scenery, new opportunities, and a new culture to enjoy. While the idea is fun and motivating, moving cities (let alone moving countries) requires a certain amount of preparation and research. 

We’ll go over the most important things you need to know before making your move from New York City to Montreal (assuming that you’ve already acquired the documentation to live and work in the city).

The Language

Canada has two official languages: English and French. While the two are spoken in Montreal,  65% of the population in the Greater Montreal Area are Francophones. So, while you can get by speaking English, you’re certainly going to need to brush up on your French if you want to immerse yourself into the city, make new friends, and have more career opportunities.

The Cost of Living

Compared to New York City, the cost of living can seem more reasonable pretty much anywhere else in North America. When it comes to Montreal, this is certainly true. Compared to other major Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver, the overall cost of living is lower in Montreal. Plus, rent prices in Montreal are 73.30% lower than in New York City. This means you’ll still be able to enjoy living in a metropolitan city without having to worry about sky-rocketing rent prices.

While the cost of living is lower (which is great), you should also brush up on how income taxes work in Canada, as they are a bit different than in the U.S. 

Job Opportunities

If you don’t already have a job lined up before you relocate, you need to consider the job market in your destination city. Montreal has an unemployment rate of 8.6%, which is quite higher than New York’s 4.3% The key industries in Montreal are currently agriculture, tourism, mining, hydroelectricity, and forestry. The average salary is lower in Montreal, however it’s also important to keep in mind that the population density and cost of living is lower in Montreal as well.

As mentioned earlier in the article, being fluent in French will greatly increase your job opportunities in Montreal, as knowledge of French is necessary if you’re going to be working in a customer-facing setting.

Transporting Your Household Items

After you’ve researched the culture, cost of living, and job opportunities, it’s time to pack up your things and move! Finding a good moving company can seem like a tedious task – especially when you are moving internationally. That’s where we come in. At Isaac’s Moving and Storage, you’ll have a personal coordinator who will manage your move and answer any questions you have during the process.

We use high-quality, recyclable or reusable packing materials designed to provide proper protection for your belongings throughout the move. Contact us today to get your free estimate. We’ll help you make your move from NYC to Montreal as smooth as possible.

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