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Information for Australian Recruits

Applying from Australia:

2 year Work Holiday Visa

Go here and apply: whpcanada.
and apply online... make sure you read the criteria page first so you have all the information, documents required..

Once you applied it will take inbetween 2-3 weeks to get your visa... You can apply for the visa as many times as you like up until the age of 31...

Once they send it to you all you have to do is show it at the border (ie airport) and then they will process it on the spot... easy... no sponsor or anything like that... you may require a bank statement showing that you have more than $3000 in your bank account, though it rarely get asked for...

Work:
When it comes to work there's only so much the team can do... Actually finding a job will be up to you but i'm sure everyone will help out as much as possible... its pretty easy to get a job here if your not a professional (bar tending, waiter, retail) just to name a few... and there are many temp agencies that can help as well... If your a professional (lawyer, accountant) then finding a job is just as simple as long as you have experience... as stated earlier, the club will help out as much as possible...

Sites:
Workopolis   Professional Jobs
Craigslist Jobs   other Jobs

Accomadation:
Finding an apartment is probably the easiest thing to do in Canada... there's plenty of places downtown for rent... You can get furnished or unfurnished, bedrooms or apartments... There is even a chance to room with established players on the team or new players such as yourself.

The Rundown:

For an Apartment: Basement/Complex
Rent: 400-1200 (monthly) unfurnished
700-1500 (monthly) Furnished
Includes: Heat, Water, 
Extra's: Hydro (electricity), Internet, Cable, Gas (sometimes you can get these included in the rent)

For an Room:
Rent: 400-550 (monthly) Unfurnished
500-900 (monthly) furnished
Includes: Heat, Water, 
Extra's: Hydro (electricity), Internet, Cable, Gas (More often than not these are included in the rent as your are moving into an established place)

Sites:
Craigslist Toronto   Best site for looking for places

Other Things:

Mobile/Cell Phone:

Prepaid 20-80, Purchase Phone, No contract, Not so good rates
Monthy Plan: 15-80 Free Phone, Month by Month, 3 yr Contract, Decent Rates, (If you go this route you'll need a credit rating here, which means first you need a credit card here)

Sites:
Rogers Mobile
Fido Mobile

Bank Account:
There are many banks here but the best for a new resident is a Presidents Choice Account. No fees, online bank account... best here...

Site:
Presidents Choice Finacial

Credit Cards:
There is only one credit card you will be eligible to get here in Canada and that is a Capital One Mastercard. You can apply for it online.

Site:
Capital One Canada

 

 
 
 
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