Immigration Accommodation in Vancouver Island Canada
As a new immigrant arriving in Vancouver Island one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Vancouver Island for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Vancouver Island may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Vancouver Island take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Vancouver Island, 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 Vancouver Island is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Vancouver Island Canada guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Vancouver Island as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Vancouver Island is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Vancouver Island for new immigration arrivals.
Vancouver Island is an island in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The island is 456 km (283 mi) in length, 100 km (62 mi) in width at its widest point, and 32,134 km2 (12,407 sq mi) in area. The island is the largest by area and the most populous along the west coasts of the Americas.
The southern part of Vancouver Island and some of the nearby Gulf Islands are the only parts of British Columbia or Western Canada to lie south of the 49th parallel. This area has one of the warmest climates in Canada, and since the mid-1990s has been mild enough in a few areas to grow Mediterranean crops such as olives and lemons.
The population of Vancouver Island was 846,278 as of 2020. Nearly half of that population (401,700) live in the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Other notable cities and towns on Vancouver Island include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, and Campbell River.
Indigenous peoples have inhabited Vancouver Island for thousands of years, long before the arrival of Spanish and British naval expeditions in the late 18th century. The Spanish and British conjointly named it Quadra’s and Vancouver’s Island in commemoration of the friendly negotiations held in 1792 between the Spanish commander of Fort San Miguel in Nootka Sound, Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, and British naval captain George Vancouver, during the Nootka Crisis. (Bodega y Quadra’s name was eventually dropped.) It is one of several North American locations named after George Vancouver, who between 1791 and 1794 explored the Pacific Northwest coast.
Vancouver Island is the world’s 43rd largest island, Canada’s 11th largest island, and Canada’s second most populous island after the Island of Montreal.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Vancouver Island Canada
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Vancouver Island may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Vancouver Island can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Vancouver Island
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Vancouver Island varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Vancouver Island use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Vancouver Island and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.
Rental accommodation in Vancouver Island 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 Vancouver Island were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Vancouver Island area.
All renters in Vancouver Island 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 Vancouver Island to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Vancouver Island Canada
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 Vancouver Island this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.