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pushka2000

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Which is the better city to live and work - Toronto or Ottawa?
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protuberant9891

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Both will give you a good chance at a job in IT. I suggest you search in both cities.Toronto is the hub of Ontario. It is large but there is lots of opportunity there too. Toronto proper is a very expensive place to live but the suburbs (905 telephone area code as it is called in Canada) around Toronto is more reasonable. Many companies have their businesses there too. Toronto is more fast paced than Ottawa. It is where you want to be if you enjoy clubbing, live shows and concerts.Ottawa is a large city too but it is more sprawling than Toronto. It is the computer tech center of Canada. Many big companies like Telus have their head quarters there. If you want to work for the government you must speak French but private business operates with English. My DIL works for Telus in Ottawa and she only speaks English. Ottawa has a much slower pace of life. If you enjoy cycling and the outdoors Ottawa is the place for you. There are many parks and green-spaces and lots of bike trails. Hope this helped with your choice
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Both cities have chances of good opportunities for you. If you speak French and English, that is an advantage in Ottawa (it might be as accurate to say that being English speaking only is a bit of a liability in Ottawa). If you don't have French, either is good. I like Toronto better. More people means more competition, and also more opportunities. Ottawa used to be big in the high tech industries. I have no idea what it's like there now. Try looking at job ads in the major papers' classified ads, as well as on-line job hunting like monster.ca. From the job ads you may get a good idea of what's potentially out there for you. Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen are the two major papers in those markets. There are other good papers as well.
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Toronto
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Toronto! I went to Ottawa and was verbally abused by homeless people.
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While you have only a 1 year visa, it's better off working in Ottawa. The rent is cheaper. The hi-tech. industries are mostly in Kanata, where is a suburb of Ottawa. Toronto is a big city and moe vibrant. As far as job opportunity goes, the capitol city seems to be better.
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TORONTOPros1) Has an international airport that actually goes to international destinations... Ask anyone who's flown out of Ottawa to go abroad and they'll tell you they had to transfer at some point.2) Great food. Upscale restaurants. Lots of ethnic diversity and lots of places to get good junk food, which is good for people like me who like junk food.3) Better slate of professional sports (the Leafs, the Raptors, the Blue Jays)4) Beautiful beaches on Lake Ontario and on the Toronto Islands. In Ottawa, Mooney's Bay and Petrie Island is as good as it gets.5) Lots of cool neighborhoods to hang out in (ie, the Annex, the Entertainment District etc...)6) Jobs with employers other than the Federal government.7) Many large Canadian companies are headquartered here, or in Mississauga or Brampton. It is the economic centre of Canada.8) Good nightlife, great nightclubs, especially down at Peter and Richmond.9) The big Chapters at John and Richmond (doesn't compare to the one on Rideau in Ottawa)10) All the best concerts go to Toronto.11) Great attractions and museums (Hockey hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo)Cons1) Increasingly violent. 2005 in Toronto was known as the Year of the Gun.2) Urban sprawl. Houses are going up at an alarming rate in Mississauga, Brampton and Markham.3) Traffic from hell and I'm not just talking about rush hour but even at 10PM on a Friday night(just try driving on the Don Valley Parkway, QEW, the 401 or the Gardner) or even worse taking the 400 north to Cottage Country on a summer long weekend.4) Living to work. It's OK to go home once you're done work for the day.5) The cost of Living, rents and mortgages. The commute from K-W to Toronto is starting to look pretty good)6) Homeless people, left and right.7) For some reason, most of Canada hates Toronto. Well I can understand if you're from Montréal, it's such a close competition between the 2.8) Pollution, smog days last summer, one right after the other.OTTAWAPros1) The pace is mush slower here and people are more laid back.2) The Byward Market. Such a beautiful, lively place , at night or during the day.3) Much safer, less of a chance of being hit by stray bullets.4) Skating on the Rideau Canal in winter. It beats jogging on Toronto's waterfront or skating in small circles around the rink at Nathan Philips Square.5) Winterlude. I don't like winter but Winterlude is cool. Toronto's Winterlicious Festival??? Sorry, never heard of it!!!!6) Despite a population about one fifth of Toronto’s, Ottawa has produced many more successful NHLers than Toronto. Do you know Steve Yzerman?7) Frank Clair Stadium is a football field with charm, history and character, while the Rogers Center more closely resembles something between a hospital and an airplane hangar.8) Ottawa didn’t have all of its important buildings burned to the ground by American soldiers during the War of 1812.9) Ottawa doesn't have to call in the Military to help clean up after a snowstorm.10) Less traffic on the Queensway. In Ottawa, we actually get to work in less than a hour every morning.Cons1) Toronto is more of a 24 hour city. You can find stuff open well into the night as well as many 24-hour supermarkets. Ottawa tends to shut down at 8PM and the downtown turns into a ghost town at night and on the weekend once all the bureaucrats have gone home to the suburbs.2) Our winters are much colder. Toronto hasn't seen much snow or cold this year.3) Ottawa has lost to Toronto four of the past five seasons in the NHL playoffs.4) Ottawa has many great restaurants but Toronto has more and a better variety.5) Ottawa lacks a subway station, which can mean waiting for buses outdoors in the cold for long periods of time, and longer travel times in bad weather. Ottawa is also more spread out than Toronto, and getting from one end of town to the other by public transit in Ottawa can take at least twice as long as it does in Toronto.6) it's harder to get a decent job in Ottawa if you don't speak French.7) The Senators play in Kanata, not in downtown Ottawa, unlike the Leafs, who play smack dab in the middle of downtown Toronto. Getting to the hockey games and many concerts can be a hassle and long.8) More people outside of Canada have heard of Toronto.And the winner is............. well you decide.
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