Quote: Originally Posted by mokey
I am a mother of two, thinking on moving out to Alberta with my fiance but.. i have been told everything,,, is too expensive and i could never do it. I wanna move to Alberta sooo bad but its that thought of getting out there and having to move back because we wont be able to afford it...
exactly what would i have to expect if i moved to alberta, and does anyone reallt know the cost of living on average for a family of 4 (preferably someone who has a newborn and a child under 5). but if you know i would be very happy to know the Pros and the Cons. Im just son confused. I want to start a life but am i better off living in nova scotia or would living in alberta become beneficial... what about child care or health care? i just need to know from someone who lives in alberta and has lived there to know an average cost of living.. im just so confused, i know that its higher living but is it really worth locating or am i better off staying put?
There are places to purchase, but you're looking at a cost of about $300k+. Renting is possible, but the prices are higher than they used to be. Look at the rentals in the Edmonton Journal or Calgary Herald if you want to get an idea about what's available - avoid companies that offer to find a place for you for a fee or phone numbers that appear to have several listings. There are people that have had rentals for a long time and are still interested in good tennants ... no rental gouging going on. The 7-11 is advertising to pay 11.50 per hour.
Food costs are average, child care is about $45 a day, depending on the facility.
There is government subsidized childcare and healthcare, but you have to demonstrate that you live here to get it. Subsidized childcare is dependent on combined income and costs, with reasonable amounts allocated for food, education, housing and consideration for caring for newborns. The subsidy also includes free registration in government sponsored community programs (art, gymnastics, etc) for children. There is a huge shortage of quality childcare so if you qualify (clean, happy, healthy home), you can be a government approved childcare home for up to 5 children including your own. Recently a woman declared that she was opening a daycare in her home and began taking reservations and deposits from parents desperate for childcare. She delayed and delayed some more, people asked for their money back, she was fully booked, she delayed some more and eventually she was charged with fraud. A lot of people lost money, but they were willing to pay $1800 up front for a place that didn't even exist. Taking in 3 children would give an income of about $3000-4000 (some places charge $60 per day) a month plus deductions (computer, toys, etc) minus costs.
Healthcare is national and I would expect that the subsidy is the same in every province ... at least it should be. Healthcare is not privatized in Alberta, but finding a doctor can be difficult. However, there are always some doctors taking new patients and a list is available through healthlink and the college of physicians and surgeons. There are medical clinics every few kilometres and the wait can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
I know Alberta so if you have more questions, fire away. The ocean is probably nicer than the mountains, at least coming from someone that knows the mountains, but there are possibilities for people that want the change. It is not a good idea to drive out in a van with belongings stuffed in the back and nothing but one month's rent for Nova Scotia. People have to be able to 'put it together', either in advance or once they arrive, or they will be the next newpaper headline about a family that came looking for riches, found shortages and ended up living in the back of a van and shelters. People need skills, 3 months survival money and a plan ... and jobs can probably be secured via a phone call - again check the Edmonton Journal or Calgary Herald for available positions. Good luck with making a decision.
Edit to add: http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/...97dd40&k=43327
This is the latest headline about how things are in Calgary
Last edited by Ariadne; Jan 4th, 2007 at 02:31 PM..