Friday, July 22, 2011

Moving to Montreal

Today we look at moving to Montreal in Canada from Brasilia in Brazil. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.
In Brasilia people speak Portuguese. In Montreal people speak English and French (both official).

Brasília is the capital of Brazil. Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. The major roles of construction and of services (government, communications, banking and finance, food production, entertainment, and legal services) in Brasília's economy reflect the city's status as a governmental rather than an industrial centre.
Montreal's economy is the second largest of all cities in Canada and the largest in Quebec. The city is today an important centre of commerce, finance, industry, technology, culture, and world affairs.

The overall cost of living rank in Brasilia is 7 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Brasilia to Montreal which has an overall cost of living rank of 74, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of -26%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Montreal is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Brasilia with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.