How does living in the East Coast of Canada compare to living in Toronto?
I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and eventually moved to Toronto. I wish I hadn’t.
Toronto is full of opportunity, experiences, and people. For the last 5 years I lived in Nova Scotia, I worked at a subway restaurant. Within 2 years of moving to the city,. I had a pretty cushy office job at a transportation company. Within 4 years I started a sales role at at a very well known company. Keep in mind I worked my ass off to get where I am, figuring since I’m so young, i better get started.
Sounds good so far, no?
I have never been touched, grabbed, harassed, or yelled at more in my life. Men especially, but not JUST men, will brazenly walk up to you and ask you for sex, strike up a conversation by asking for a smoke, and then try to grab your wrist or get incredibly angry when you say you don’t smoke. I was waiting for the subway after getting off work once, and I was with my boyfriend, who had his arm around me and had innocently kissed me on the cheek, and as I looked over at the other side, a man screamed “If you don’t fuck her, I will!”
Work has been incredibly tough as well. It’s not nearly as laid back as NS. They expect more of you, expect you to put 100% into your work and nothing else. If you’re not busy you’re seen as lazy, in my experience.
Nova Scotia is so incredibly friendly. As are all of the maritime provinces. My family is from NFLD, and I have been to NFLD, PEI, and NB many, many times. you don’t need to worry if you;re walking downtown at night, Men generally will be respectful after the first 1–2 times saying you’re not interested. It’s incredibly beautiful, and fantastic for college and uni students. Halifax truly is a young persons city, owning mostly to the amount of universities in the same area (Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, NSCC, etc.)
My only complaint is that it was harder to get a good paying job. Mind you, I do not have a degree, and you can get a job in basically any trade within a week. Some trades will even pay for your school as long as you agree to work for them. Doctors and Nurses won’t have trouble finding a job either. And realistically, I make “good” money, but I still strruggle to live in Toronto. To live a comfortable lifestyle and afford a house, you need to make a minimumj of 110,000/year, where as in Nova scotia, $50,000/year is more than enough.
If I had to make a comparison, the east is kind of like Canadian New England, where as Toronto is the Canadian version of New York. I HIGHLY recommend you at least visit both before you make your decision. Talk to people, go to local coffee houses, learn about both transit systems (Hint - Toronto’s is way better), what rush hour looks like, where the nearest grocery stores are, and where the high crime areas are. Toronto may be big and flashy, but give the east coast a chance.
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