Quote: Originally Posted by kpnut
My family are thinking about moving from the UK to Canada and we are looking at Nova Scotia at the moment. We have 2 kids who are 6 and 9 and my husband is a truck driver. Just looking for any advice on jobs, Nova Scotia and how to get the ball rolling.
We've previously visited BC and fell in love with the province but know it is quite difficult to get in there.
Canada appeals to us as it seems very much family orientated and we feel that we could have a better standard of living.
Thanks to any-one who responds : )
I was born & raised in Nova Scotia and just moved to Australia back in January. There are plenty of jobs if you know where to look & how to look. I left because there isn't many opportunities there for the work I do (Graphic Design) Many of the jobs in Nova Scotia are in the industrial area..... and truck driving would be something I'd personally put into that category.
If you are looking for work in Nova Scotia, start in Halifax. But if you want an area that is a good community and area for raising your children, I'd suggest the Pictou County area, in particular New Glasgow or surrounding towns (Westville, Stellarton, Pictou, etc.) ~ That's where I grew up, and is the 2nd most populated area of NS, next to Halifax/Dartmouth.
There are plenty of businesses & companies in Nova Scotia that rely on Truck drivers & deliveries..... it is true that the amount of available jobs in Nova Scotia are not as many as other Provinces out west, but they do exist and the other benefit is that the living costs in Nova Scotia are generally lower then most other Provinces, such as Ontario, Alberta, BC, etc.
The climate of Nova Scotia is generally similar to say the northern areas of Scotland (thus why it was named Nova Scotia, AKA: New Scotland)
The roads are a little more simpler to figure out and get around in Nova Scotia, compared to more densly populated Provinces, which would make it easier to adjust to driving on the other side of the road. I find the driving here in Melbourne Aus. a bit more complicated, due to many round-a-bouts, odd intersection layouts, and constantly changing speed limits along the same road (40km, then a few metres down the road, it goes to 50km, then 60, then back down to 40, etc.) ~ That and they're pretty strict with their speeding, with speed cameras all over the place and fining you if you're 3km over the speed limit.
My grandfather & his family at the time first moved to Montreal, Canada.... then later on, he visited Nova Scotia, fell in love with Pictou County and lived there ever since, which is where I was born.
My mother & her side of the family are from the south shore of Nova Scotia, wish is more of a fishing community. The Fishing industry isn't as good as it used to be, but again, there are jobs all around NS for truck drivers.... you just need to know where to look and where you'd like to live.
You have to put a little more work into finding a job and all that compared to other provinces, but when it comes to the climate, environment, community and place to raise your children, if things worked out for me with my Graphic Design stuff, I'd still be there and prefer it over any other province.