Accommodation for Newcomers in Orillia
Immigration Accommodation in Orillia
As a new immigrant arriving in Orillia one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Orillia for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Orillia may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Orillia take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Orillia, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Orillia is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Orillia guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Orillia as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Orillia is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Orillia for new immigration arrivals.
Orillia is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is in Simcoe County between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Although it is in Simcoe County, the city is politically independent. It is part of the Huronia region of Central Ontario. The population in 2016 was 31,166.
It was incorporated as a village in 1867, but the history of what is today the City of Orillia dates back at least several thousand years. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of fishing by the Huron and Iroquois peoples in the area over 4,000 years ago, and of sites used by Aboriginal peoples for hundreds of years for trading, hunting, and fishing.
Known as the “Sunshine City”, the city’s large waterfront attracts many tourists to the area every year, as do a number of annual festivals and other cultural attractions. While the area’s largest employer is Casino Rama, overall economic activity in Orillia is a mixture of many different industries including manufacturing, government services, customer service and tourism.
Orillia is located on the shores of two connected lakes: Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. Both lakes are part of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Travel north on Lake Couchiching, then through three locks and the only marine railway (Big Chute Marine Railway) still in use in North America leads to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. Travel south-east across Lake Simcoe, through many locks (including two of the highest hydraulic lift locks in the world, Peterborough Lift Lock and Kirkfield Lift Lock) eventually leads to Lake Ontario. From either of these Great Lakes one can connect to the St. Lawrence and thence to the Atlantic Ocean.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Orillia
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Orillia may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Orillia can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Orillia
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Orillia varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Orillia use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Orillia and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Orillia for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Orillia were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Orillia area.
All renters in Orillia have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Orillia to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Orillia
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Orillia this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.