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What To Know About Relocation Packages When You Move In Canada For A Job

Relocation Packages and Long Distance Moves When you work for a company, and they ask you to move in Canada to take a new position in another city, you may get a relocation package. Relocation packages can come in the form of stipends for moving, salary bonuses, temporary housing, long distance moving services covered by the company, or other help getting settled in to your new home (and life!). In this article, we’ll discuss what you should know about relocation packages when you move in Canada for a job. Relocation expenses are not tax benefits for companies, usually According to the CRA, the expenses of moving an employee to a new city are not eligible for tax deductions. See this page: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/pyrll/bnfts/prvdd/mvng/menu-eng.html   However, depending on the circumstance, an employee may be able to claim relocation costs as taxable benefits. See this page for more info: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/pyrll/bnfts/prvdd/mvng/txbl-eng.html   There may also be taxable benefits if you get a home relocation loan by your company. See this page for more info: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/pyrll/bnfts/prvdd/mvng/hm-eng.html   This article on Monster.ca also covers this topic: https://www.monster.ca/career-advice/article/tax-deductions-when-moving-for-work-or-school Relocation packages can include temporary accommodation, or company housing Sometimes, people who have to relocate for their jobs are put up in a home paid for by the company – for them and their family. It might be cheaper for the company than paying for you to travel a lot on business. If you are asked to find the accommodation, for reimbursement later, check out our article on this topic here: Finding temporary accommodation when doing a cross country move in Canada You can negotiate your relocation package...

Where To Move In Vancouver To Keep An Urban Backyard Chicken Coop

If you like the idea of having a hobby farm, or just the benefits of easy access to farm produce, urban farming may be for you. But if you’re living in an apartment, or a suite without a yard, that can be hard. And if you’re living in a city that doesn’t allow animal raising in your yard, you may not be able to live your chicken dreams. So where can you move in Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley to keep an urban backyard chicken coop? We’ll explore your options in this article! Move to the City of Vancouver so you can have a chicken coop   It may be hard to imagine the small Vancouver lots having enough room for a backyard urban farm – no less one with a chicken coop. But yes, if you move to Vancouver, you can set up a chicken coop in your yard, and the city encourages it! Only four though. They’re not totally crazy, sheesh.   In Vancouver, you have to register your chickens, however. You also have to follow some rules to keep things under control (we can’t have chickens roaming around our streets, attracting rodents or spreading disease, of course). You can’t have roosters, which we think would be an obvious bylaw for such a venture. Keep your neighbours happy by not waking them up at dawn! Also, while you may love that down to earth lifestyle, you can’t slaughter chickens in your urban Vancouver farm. But, chickens rarely result in complaints, so you should be ok.   In short: don’t move to Vancouver for a chicken coop...

What To Know About Moving To A Hobby Farm In Rural B.C. Areas

If you’re thinking of moving away from city life to a rural area in B.C., you may want to consider a hobby farm. Moving to a hobby farm in B.C. is possible, since you can buy acres of land specific to the needs of farmers – even within Metro Vancouver.   However, there are things to know about moving to a hobby farm in B.C. Even if you think you already have a green thumb, or a good understanding of animals, a hobby farm can entail more than the joy of organic food, rural life and part-time homesteading.   Before we get started on the things you should know about moving to a hobby farm, be sure to check out our following articles which can complement this topic: Where to move for groundwater access in B.C Fishing Licenses and Regulations When you Move to BC How to move a compost when doing a short distance move Understand how the government classifies hobby farms in B.C. and Canada This is important because it can affect your taxes. A hobby farm is not meant for producing income, though it can. You’ll need to know when you are producing enough income from your farm that it could count as a commercial enterprise. Here is a document that defines this more: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/FarmTaxClassIncomeThresholdInvestigation.pdf   Then, the article below explains the way one family had to fight for their farm status, proving the initial assessment wrong. They were able to recover taxes as a result. Their case is important to learn how farms, or farms-to-be are classified and taxed in B.C., whether or not you’re...

Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada

Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada When you’re planning a cross country move in Canada, there are going to be multiple factors to consider, no doubt. Balancing the timeline of events will be a little tricky. If you’re selling your home, your closing date may not have the 30-60 day window that will allow you to find a new place to live with ample notice. And even if it does, you might not find the perfect permanent dwelling in that time.   When you’re moving cross country in Canada, even if you’re not selling your home, but plan to move out of a rental, or plan to rent out your existing home, you have get used to your new neighbourhood. Deciding where to move in Toronto, for example, is not the same as deciding where to live in Vancouver. Traffic and distances are different – what took you 30 minutes to commute in Vancouver could take more than an hour in a bigger city. School districts may be organized differently, or come with different rules. Access to amenities could make your life more or less difficult.   And that’s all on top of finding the right space, with the right number of bedrooms, and the right decor style that fits you.   In short, moving is not as cut and dry as packing up one home, and then moving into another on the same day, or even within a few days.   Other times, you need a temporary place to stay while your home is being repaired or renovated.   You might need to...

Saving Money In Real Estate Sale Services When Moving In Canada

Moving is expensive. And so is selling your home. However, when you are moving in Canada, you have some options when it comes to saving money on real estate services. These savings can come in many forms, and during different steps in the process. In this article, we’ll explore some of these options. Sell your home using the FSBO method   FSBO stands for “For Sale By Owner” and it refers to the private sale of a home. Websites like this one are out there to help people do this. The world of real estate may seem like a mystery. Or you may think there is a big, and good reason why real estate agents pay a few thousand dollars to take a real estate course, and then more to join a broker firm.   However, there are home sellers who do all the work that real estate agent does, saving themselves the commission fee they would normally pay a sales agent.   But according to this article, don’t be fooled into thinking there are no fees with this method. It just means you take on the costs of selling the home, including the real estate lawyer fees. It also means you do all the work, and will have to learn the ropes when it comes to negotiations on your home price. This isn’t exactly like listing your patio furniture for sale on Craigslist. There is more that goes into selling a house when you are moving in Canada.   Some are calling the real estate agent service a rip off, for the amount of work they do. Selling...

How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving

Surrey movers explain: How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving If you’re moving in Surrey BC, now’s a great time to purge. This is not just a time in your life when you’re going to be unpacking things in closets and garages you’ve forgotten about. This is also a great time to pick up on the minimalism movement. Since you’ll have a fresh beginning at your new home, and since you’re likely purging anyway, our Surrey movers will explain how to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving. Why become a minimalist after moving in Surrey? Surrey is a place that, like it’s Metro Vancouver counterparts, hosts a relatively wealthy, Western, commercialized economy. To put it shortly, we have a lot of ‘stuff’ in this part of the world. A lot more than we need. Minimalism is seen as a way to make life more meaningful by getting rid of excess. The Minimalism documentary describes how two guys became happier after reducing their belongings to nothing more than a suitcase (ok, maybe a bed and other necessities too). Then they travelled on tour to sell a book about their journey, and encouraged others to do the same. Marie Kondo has gained international fame by her philosophy on ‘tidying up.’ Her principle is quite simple: if it doesn’t bring you joy, then get rid of it. Of course, she wrotea book about this, so there is more to say about her method! We won’t cover it all here though. And, famous businessmen – even former president Barak Obama – have reduced their wardrobes to one outfit, citing an overwhelming amount...