Moving to Montreal. How to immigrate to Montreal

Many people are moving to Montreal from the USA, Europe and other places for work and study and Eurosender is the best partner for organising the relocation. We have prepared the essential information you need to know before moving to Montreal with your family or as a student. Check a wide range of shipping services we provide for international removals to Montreal.

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THE BASICS

What to know when immigrating to Montreal

Montreal has a prosperous software and IT industry that attracts skilled workers from all over the planet. When you also think of making the step to live and work in Montreal, then join us while we explore all the relevant information you need for making your dream become a reality. Whether you are moving to Montreal from the USA, or any other country on the globe, with the Eurosender removal guide, you can be sure you come prepared. Before you start arranging everything for your big move to Montreal, check some basic facts.
Province:
Quebec
Timezone
UTC -5
Currency
The Canadian dollar (CDN$)
Population
1.7 million
Official Language
French
Dialling code
+1
Emergency number
911
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations when moving to Canada

The first thing you will have to do when moving to Montreal is to determine the type of visa you need. The Canadian visas are divided into:

  • Temporary Residence Permits (TRP)
  • Permanent Residence Permits (PRP)

TRP’s usually permit a person to stay up to 6 months in Canada and could also be single-entry or multiple-entry. These kind visas include Student-visa, Temporary foreign worker visa. Working holiday vacation and Tourist visa for Canada.

PRP’s, also known as “immigrant visas”, give you the right to become a permanent resident of Canada.

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The cost of moving to Montreal. Property information

When you compare the average rental cost in Montreal to other Canadian cities, you will notice that the prices for real estate are relatively low. A one-bedroom apartment in Montreal city centre will cost you a little under €1000 per month. If you are moving to Montreal with family, a three-bedroom apartment will cost around €2000 per month. When you want to save money on accommodation, you can move to the suburbs where prices are lower. Another option is to share an apartment.


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LIVING IN MONTREAL

The cost of living in Montreal

On average, the cost of living in Montreal compares favourably well against other cities in Canada. Accommodation, which usually takes the biggest part of your budget, is considerably cheaper than in other Candian cities. Things such as healthcare and groceries all have about the same price as elsewhere in the country. However, the one thing that is more expensive in Montreal is taxes. Whether it is income tax, federal tax, sales tax or goods and services tax, they are all high.

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The job market in Montreal

When you immigrate to Montreal, you will find that there is a competitive job market, as you are not the only one who wants to live and work in Montreal. The average monthly salary in Montreal is €10,000. Some things that you should pay attention to are:

  • Due to the many high-quality universities, there are not many job opportunities for expats in Montreal. Make sure that you have the right diplomas when you apply or else you won’t stand a chance.
  • When you relocate to Montreal to work, you have to learn French.
  • Technological sectors such as video game development and even aerospace industry are major employers in Montreal.

School and education in Montreal

The education system of Quebec is made up of public and private French and English educational institutions. Education is compulsory in Canada up to the age of 16. The primary language of instruction is French.

Private schools may be the best option for an expat family living in Montreal as they can offer an elevated level of education, or cater to a speciality like a language or religion. Most private schools in Montreal are secondary institutions, though there are a few primary schools.

Montreal is known as the student capital of Canada. With world-class facilities, many students are drawn to the universities of Montreal.

Pre-school education
Age: 4-6
Compulsory: No
Elementary school
Age: 6-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary school
Age: 12-16
Compulsory: Yes

Healthcare in Montreal

Canadian citizens enjoy free or low-cost universal healthcare in Montreal, which does have differences from province to province. The organisation responsible for healthcare in Quebec is Regie de l’Assurance Maladie du Quebec (RAMQ), where both locals and (temporary) residents apply for healthcare. Residents of Quebec, including those of Montreal, are obliged to have prescription drug insurance as medicine is not covered by regular healthcare.


Driving in Montreal

You can drive in Montreal with a foreign driving licence for the first six months after arriving in Quebec. After this period, you must get an International Driving Permit or, if you are a permanent resident, then a Quebec driving licence.

International students and trainees are allowed to drive with their national driving licence – written in French or English’ during the whole period of their studies and internship.

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What to expect when living in Montreal as a foreigner

We gathered some more facts you need to know when immigrating to Monreal to work or study.

  • Jaywalking is considered a serious crime in Montreal, which can get you a fine of around €100.
  • Although you can get by with only English, you will have to know at least some basic French when you want to truly enjoy living in Montreal.
  • Montreal is the student capital of Canada which means that there are more than 180.000 students in the city.
  • Montreal is a bicycle-friendly city. There are special bicycle lanes next to most roads. Travelling by bike is fast, cheap and safe in Montreal.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Moving to Montreal from the USA

Let us organise your migration to Montreal from the USA or any other country so you can focus on your new life there. When you have made up your mind about moving, and you wonder how much is shipping from the USA to Montreal, Eurosender can help you find the most affordable way to move furniture to Montreal. In fact, the average moving costs to Montreal for any item are budget-friendly.

Moving to Montreal from the UK

Relocating to Montreal from the UK or any other west country may be challenging, but with Eurosender you get a stress-free moving experience. Whether you are immigrating to Montreal from the United Kingdom for work or retirement purposes, you need to get ready for relocation properly. Get the most affordable services for international removals to Montreal with Eurosender platform.

Moving to Montreal from France

When you are thinking of relocating to Montreal from France, Eurosender can provide you with a quick and cost-effective solution. Shipping a few suitcases to your new apartment or shipping your entire household on pallets to your new townhouse? With Eurosender you can be sure that your goods will undergo a speedy delivery and our logistics experts will provide you with all the advice you need for your international removals to Montreal.


Disclaimer: All information on this page is true and correct as of 11.03.2020 and is subject to change at any time. Eurosender is not responsible for any updates or changes to any information on this page or actions taken by parties as a result of outdated information. Nevertheless, we do our best to keep all information across our website as current as possible.