Finding a place to live is an important step when immigrating.
First decide whether you want to rent or buy. Each option has benefits and drawbacks and needs to be considered carefully. To help you make this decision and find available housing, you may seek help from a number of organizations that offer assistance to newcomers. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has a special guide on Housing for Newcomers.
After finding housing, you must assume responsibility for maintaining your new home. This includes setting up utilities, connecting cable, internet and telephone services and following the garbage collection and recycling schedule.
Questions to consider before renting or buying include:
- What is your budget
- What type of housing are you looking for
- How many people do you need to house
- What area do you want to live in
- How soon do you plan on moving again
- How important is home ownership to you
If you require more financial assistance, you may consider exploring Affordable Housing options.
Seniors Housing options are also available.
In case of emergency, several emergency shelters also exist in Grande Prairie.