After staying one year in 2001, three years after coming to Vancouver in 2004.
Than when first arriving, I think the Canadian economy was very good. And also increased recruitment advertising, like me Work Permit (work permit) has dramatically increased foreign nationals working with. To work in Canada for those who want to migrate, compared with a few years ago foreign workers is quite difficult, I think the chance is very widespread.
However, prices have risen dramatically. At the time the bus was $ 1.50 price Skytrain is now $ 2.25. Necessities of life, but a raise of a little hard to notice, probably 20 to 30 percent think the raised position. The hardest of the real estate prices, I live in east Vancouver this seems to rise to nearly 5.6-fold in two years. Of course, raised the rent.
I was too difficult to live in Vancouver. . .
In another perspective, the travel, the exchange rate of the more serious people are coming students and working holiday, the time came that I was $ 1 = 75 to 80 yen level, the current depreciation of the yen The high Canadian dollar now and $ 1 = 100 yen - 105. For those who have money coming from Japan, 30% in prices, exchange rates and 30% to 70% and synergy as it jumped up and raised nearby.
Last year, when the return at the wedding of a friend, than I felt Kuni Yasu Japanese prices. JR basic fare is for yen to 130, fast food outlets below 500 yen There are a lot (including house beef bowl or ramen shops. Or 安Katsu from here even McDonald's), away to buy yen, 20 million single family in Tokyo, consuming anything Only 5 percent tax. And prices are falling rather than rising prices in Canada every year (I know it has recently raised a little) the difference between Japan and began to clear, but it felt to return home occasionally.
The problem in the world tour in September, weaker yen. The strong Canadian dollar, the savings in Canada is only $ 1000 is irrelevant to me. Travel funds that are based on nearly USD. This depreciation of the yen by September, I shall do something. . .
Left: Burrard Bridge Under (Vancouver)
Photo of: English Bay (Vancouver)
Photo right: Deep Cove (North Vancouver)