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Life in Montreal

Montreal has a special vibe with cobblestone streets, cafes, and historic buildings mixed with big city life. Montreal is a snowy wonderland in winter, suitable for skiing or drinking hot chocolate. Summer is perfect for events and patios turned into living rooms. Walk through cool neighbourhoods to find French cafes, hip gastropubs serving international cuisine, and world-class museums. Montreal is pedestrian-friendly. Parks and green spaces are part of many neighbourhoods. You can easily travel further with the effective public transport system.

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Work in Montreal

  • Hours: 35-40 hours, similar to many other parts of North America.
  • Typical working day: Work days usually start around 8 or 9 am and finish around 5 or 6 pm. Lunch breaks are typically around an hour.
  • Number of vacation days: Minimum is 2 weeks, plus extra days based on experience and seniority
  • Commute: Subways, buses, light rail and cycling
  • Work culture: Canadian work culture emphasises work-life balance. Long hours are not expected. The environment is collaborative and respectful

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You can move to Montreal by yourself, with a friend or as a couple. There are pros and cons to all of the situations. If you consider moving abroad with any kind of friend it can be a really good idea to sit down and talk through practical and everyday stuff such as economy, bills, cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking vs ordering, going out/staying in, how you deal with potentially going out without each other as well as having friends and family visiting (from near and far and extended visits). Apart from the practical arrangements, life is fun when you can share your new core memories with other people – so it is very recommendable to move abroad together. Moving with a friend can cause you to interact less with new people compared to if you move abroad by yourself. But if this is a good or a bad thing entirely depends on your personal goals and wishes as well as your personality.

Conclusion: communication is key if you and your friend decide to move abroad together

Buses, metros and commuter trains are all part of the public transport network in Montreal run by the STM (Société de transport de Montréal). It’s a streamlined system that gets you almost anywhere in the city. Montreal has many bike lanes and trails, and it’s easy to rent bikes with BIXI. BIXI is a bike-sharing programme in Montreal that has docking stations all across the city. Exploring Montreal’s many parks and green spaces on foot is also very easy. Furthermore, you can easily get a taxi or  use ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber.

Montreal Rentals: Websites like Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace are popular for finding apartments and rooms for rent.

Neighbourhood research: Different areas offer unique vibes. Some popular areas include Plateau-Mont-Royal (trendy, young), Mile End (artsy, family-friendly), and Little Italy (vibrant, cultural).

Property management companies: Many buildings are managed by property management companies who list vacancies on their websites.

Montreal has four distinct seasons: spring (March-May), summer (June-August), fall (September-November), and winter (December-February). Spring is a beautiful time with warm, sunny weather, while summer is warm and humid, with average highs in the mid 20s°C to low 30s°C. Fall is filled with colourful leaves and cool temperatures, while winter is cold, with average temperature around -5°C in January. Montreal embraces winter with outdoor skating rinks and cosy cafes to warm up in.

Still not sure about moving to Montreal?

Are you afraid of the weather or the language barrier, but still you dream of a fun city with a European flair? Montreal is what you’re looking for. Let us explain:

Yes, winters in Montreal do really exist. On the other hand, they make the city look like a winter wonderland, ideal for watching a movie by the fire or going for a ski run. The city comes alive in the spring, summer and autumn with their festivities and events. Montreal is bilingual with French as its official language. Particularly in global markets, many companies are at ease communicating in English. Although it is not required, learning the basics of French can improve your experience.

Thanks to its well-developed public transport system, Montreal is a pedestrian’s paradise. You can save more money for adventures when you budget for housing, food, and entertainment. The global spirit of Montreal is on full show at this cultural feast. The city offers a global experience with its cafes, museums, and gastropubs.

A good work-life balance is highly prized by Montrealers. Everyone is friendly and laid-back, and the main thing is to get everything done quickly so that everyone has time to relax and enjoy themselves.

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