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Kitchener-Waterloo Area vs Edmonton/Calgary?

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ZAtoCD

Hi all! I hope everyone's 2020 is going well so far. :)

With my PR application busy processing, I've been debating where to move to later this year. I thought perhaps some of you wise folk could offer me some advice.

I just want to preface by saying that I don't really mind things like weather, activities/entertainment, etc. at this point. I'm more concerned about finding work in my field (and affording housing). I can figure the rest out, or resettle, at a later stage.

Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph-Hamilton vs Edmonton/Calgary

As you can see, after much research online, I'm trying to decide between the Kitchener region of Ontario or moving to one of the major Albertan cities. These are my options as they seem sizable, but don't have the extravagant property prices of the likes of Toronto or Vancouver.

I have 4 years of full-time marketing experience, as well as a business science master's degree. In my field, as a marketing coordinator/specialist/assistant, I can fortunately work at a variety of companies in various industries. I could also work as an administrative assistant, executive assistant, office manager, etc.

So, that's my summary.

Which would you recommend for ease of finding work? Kitchener area or one of the Alberta cities? Or somewhere I've not yet considered? :) 

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graciax452

Loved Edmonton, and they even have a South African shop :) The weather yes gets colder but you are so well prepared it's not really all that bad. But I may actually end up going to Hamilton/ Burlington, just because IT jobs pay better that side and have some leads there... So I'm looking to find out a bit about that area too :)

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M-N

Edmonton/ Calgary is less busy. We have the mountains. Calgary has milder weather and definitely more affordable. lol, I’m very pro Calgary. Visited Toronto once and I was like nope. Ultimately you need to go where the jobs are. 

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Jules

I’ve never been to Edmonton but I have heard a few work colleagues refer to it as Deadmonton - apparently the place is a little bland... i.e. dead. 
 

Probably an exaggeration though. I hope lol. 

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1 hour ago, Jules said:

I’ve never been to Edmonton but I have heard a few work colleagues refer to it as Deadmonton - apparently the place is a little bland... i.e. dead. 
 

Probably an exaggeration though. I hope lol. 

Lol. As a Calgarian it’s against my religion to say anything nice about Edmonton. 😂 

Even people from Edmonton don’t want to admit they live there (ok, I’m jesting but all in good fun).  

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M-N
On 2/3/2020 at 4:18 AM, graciax452 said:

Loved Edmonton, and they even have a South African shop :) The weather yes gets colder but you are so well prepared it's not really all that bad. But I may actually end up going to Hamilton/ Burlington, just because IT jobs pay better that side and have some leads there... So I'm looking to find out a bit about that area too :)

Hey.  What IT field are you in?

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graciax452

@M-N Hi in software and product development. I'm a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile coach...

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