Where to look for a home?

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General sources

Newspapers servicing your search area, including free ethnic papers and community papers.

Free publications, often found in local retail stores,that publish rental accommodation ads.

Check bulletin board postings at libraries, community centers, grocery stores, laundry mats and places of worship.

Word of mouth.

For students, campus housing offices.

Check with local real estate offices found in the yellow pages.

Visiting neighborhoods: For rent/for lease signs might catch your eye; When you spot a vacancy sign at an apartment building, drop in and talk to the superintendent or the property manager.

Some community organizations offer housing assistance and settlement services.

Online sources:



Internet mail lists.

Electronic bulletin board postings.

Specialized canadian apartment listing web sites.

Web sites of ethnic and community newspapers (classifieds section).

Web sites of daily newspapers.

Regional web sites.

Online listings are becoming more and more popular; However, they do not list all available accommodations. Many community papers now publish their classified ads online, free of charge.
If you don’t yet live in the area you are planning on moving to, find out if you have a friend or relative that is familiar with that area.  They may be able to collect information on your behalf.  If the reason for your move is because of a job, your employer might be able to help or make some suggestions. If you plan to study in a new city, most colleges and universities offer assistance.

New to the country?

Citizenship and immigration canada maintains a listing of organizations that can assist newcomers to the country. These centers can serve as a starting point, as can local settlement services. Available in some areas, settlement services groups can provide consulting and assistance throughout the immigration process, including the location of suitable housing and employment. It is best to research a few different groups offering these services, as the type and cost of the services will vary.

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