Let’s all help fellow Brit Kathy find a job!


The recruiter wants to become the recruited

Kathy got in touch with us back in October with the exciting news that her husband had been offered a new job in Toronto, so, with the alternative being divorce or separation, decided to come with him.

She came for a few days shortly after for a mini-trip, but has now moved to Toronto and is — as we all have at some point — started the job hunt. We offered to give her a hand, hence today’s blog post.

Here’s her overview: “A highly organised, personable and motivated team player, I have experience in both internal recruitment and recruitment consultancy across a variety of sectors. Am passionate about supporting young people into work and, until the beginning of this month, I was running a youth recruitment social enterprise that placed young people (18-25) into jobs across London, UK.

“Now looking for recruitment-related roles, ideally in the corporate, social enterprise or not-for-profit sector. Very open to opportunities and would love to hear from anyone regarding vacancies and/or advice. Many thanks in advance.”

She also added: “Thank you so very much for your help. If I can return the favour at all (am currently in possession of a large box of Yorkshire Tea which I would be very happy to share with you!) please let me know.”

Bribes always work with us, so that helped a lot.

If you — or someone you know — can connect Kathy with a good opportunity, please e-mail her at kathyandrea01 AT gmail DOT COM, send a tweet or via her LinkedIn profile.

Free webinar about improvements to the Express Entry immigration system


Just click and you’re in

Bit tired of the UK and feel like you need a change of scenery? How aboot Canada?!

On November 19, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced several improvements to the Express Entry immigration system.

In the wake of these changes, Attorney David Cohen is holding an exclusive FREE webinar (November 29-30) on the topic of the revised system, and how potential immigrants to Canada can take advantage of the improvements that have been made.

Might be worth a butcher’s, right?

Here’s all the deets.

Just moved to Toronto? You can still play the UK National Lottery from Canada


You only have to guess six numbers from 49, easy peasy lemon squeezy

We were pitched a guest article by The Lotter Canada abut the main lotteries you can play in Toronto, plus how to play the UK National Lottery from Canada if you still miss it.

Thought it would provide some useful info for Brits arriving laden down with pounds in their pockets but still want to try and win millions, then appear on the news and say: “Yeah, but this won’t change my life much. Might get a new jumper and possibly a trip to Burlington. But that’s about it.”

Here we go …

Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery and getting a fresh start to a life? Of course, you have. In fact, each and every one of us has thought at least once about it would feel to become a millionaire overnight. While dreaming about it may be entertaining, the only way to turn it into reality is to actually play. Remember you only need one lucky ticket to change your life forever, so take a chance and play the lottery because you might be in for a major surprise one day.

If you live in Toronto, then you should know that there are some amazing lotteries that you can play here. Moreover, you can easily enter the biggest lotteries from back home in the UK.

In this article, we will tell you all about the major jackpots you can play in Canada so that you can get an idea of the impressive amount of options you have.

1. Lotto 6/49
Lotto 6/49 is currently the main lottery game in Canada. It was also the first lottery game to allow players to actively choose their own numbers. Moreover, it has the highest jackpot in Canadian lottery with an immense $63.4 million prize won in 2013. With tickets at only $3 each and record-breaking prizes in the game, this is one lottery definitely worth playing. Tickets can be purchased from authorized retailers located in Canada.

How To Play
– Choose six main numbers from 1-49.
– For each ticket, players are also assigned an automatic Guaranteed Prize Draw combination, which consists of a unique 10-digit number.
For each $3 ticket, players can participate in the run for the main jackpot and secondary prizes, as well as the $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw. The main jackpot starts at $5 million and then it gets higher and higher with each draw. The main jackpot is awarded to players who have the full set of the six main numbers and it amounts to 79.5 % of the pools fund.

2. Lotto Max
Introduced back in 2009, Lotto Max is one of the three major Canadian lotteries you can participate in. With a record jackpot of $60 million and a record prize pool of $100 million, it is the second-largest lotto prize you can win in Canada. Lotto Max tickets are $5 each and for each set of numbers that the players choose, the lottery terminal will also generate two additional combinations of numbers. Tickets can be purchased from authorized lotto terminals all around Canada.

How To Play
– Choose seven main numbers from 1-49.
The Lotto Max jackpot cap was initially set at $50 million, but as of last year, it was increased to a whopping $60 million. As an additional bonus, when the main jackpot exceeds $50 million, players are automatically entered in the MAXMILLIONS competition. Depending on the amount over $50 million, each draw comes with one or several MAXIMILLIONS $1 million prizes.

For each MAXIMILLIONS prize, seven numbers are drawn separately and players must guess the full set of seven numbers to win the $1 million prize. This means that each $5 ticket offers players the chance to win the main jackpot, as well as one of the MAXIMILLIONS prizes.

3. Daily Grand
The Daily Grand comes with a brand-new lottery concept for Canadians. While the vast majority of world lotteries offer massive jackpots, the Daily Grand offers winners the chance to get $1,000 each and every day of their lives. What would you do with $1,000 a day, every day? To find out, you have to get a $3 Daily Grand ticket and maybe your days will come with a fixed income for the rest of your life. As for the other Canadian lotteries, tickets can be purchased from authorized retailers.

How To Play
– Choose five main numbers from 1-49.
– Choose one GRAND NUMBER from 1-7.
The $1,000 per day for life is the grand prize of this lottery and it goes to players who guess all five of the main numbers and the grand number. The second prize is $250,000 per year for life and it goes to players who have the five main numbers. As an alternative to the lifetime prizes, winning ticket holders may also choose the cash option, which entitles them to a unique payment of $7 million for the top prize and of $500,000 for the second prize.

4. Play UK lotteries from Canada
If you had a habit of playing the lottery back in the UK, moving to Canada is no reason to break it. You can still enter your favourite English lotteries from Canada by playing online.

All you have to do is go to theLotter.ca and you can play UK EuroMillions, UK Lotto, UK Thunderball, as well as many other lotteries from all over the world. Because the ticket is purchased on your behalf from an authorized local retailer, you are eligible for any UK-based lotteries and you can even choose your own numbers. Here are the main UK lotteries you can play online:

UK EuroMillions
With record breaking jackpots of up to €190 million, the UK EuroMillions is one of the biggest lotteries in the entire world. It is a multinational lottery open to players from Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Andorra, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Monaco and the UK. By playing online, you can be eligible for the game even if you currently reside in Canada.

UK Lotto
Thanks to online lottery platforms, you can also participate in the UK National Lottery that also offers huge jackpots. With a record of £66 million, you should definitely consider including the UK Lotto on your list because it is an excellent opportunity to become a multimillionaire.

UK Thunderball
This UK lottery is also worth taking into consideration because it offers some of the best odds of winning. In fact, one in every 29 players typically wins the 9th prize, which is truly stunning. The main jackpot is fixed at £500,000, which is far less than other lotteries offer, but still an impressive amount of money.

So, have you decided which lottery to play? Whichever one you choose, keep in mind that one winning ticket will change your life forever. Remember that by playing the lottery online, you can enter the run for British jackpots even from Toronto.

Lots of good luck!

Immigration rules tweaked to make it easier for Americans. Er, hello? What about Brits too?


Hey Canada, Brits can be your BFF too

So, let’s just get it of the way. Since we last posted, Donald Trump will become President of the United States and it’s horrible.

So horrible that the Canadian immigration website crashed, probably due to Americans desperately looking to move north. Not probably … 50% of IP addresses logged were Americans.

Fine. It’s a free country, check to see if you want.

But then this story from The Walrus caught our beady eye:

“Two days after Donald Trump was elected forty-fifth president of the United States, the Canadian government quietly tweaked our immigration system to make it easier for many Americans to move to Canada.

“The changes first surfaced in the Canada Gazette — the dull digital publication of record for the federal government — on Thursday afternoon. The notice was sandwiched between a list of meritorious service decorations awarded by the Governor General and changes to chemical classifications in the Environmental Protection Act. There was no press release, no backgrounder, no ministerial statement. The new rules, according to the notice, would take effect Saturday, November 19.

“Those rules mean that thousands of Americans currently working in Canada — and thousands more who want to move here — may be able to stay forever and eventually become citizens.”

Er, hello? What about the Brits that might want to come because of Brexit? We didn’t see a quick change in the immigration system to make it easier for them too.

If we’re missing something obvs then please correct us. Cheers!


p.s. “Canada’s immigration system is sometimes described as a labyrinth. That’s generous. Navigating the regulations can feel more like stumbling through dark caves without a flashlight while juggling kittens. Getting permission to come into the country to work or study temporarily is one thing. Getting the right to stay is another. There are dozens of different programs that lead to coveted permanent residence status; many of them rely on a complicated point system.”

Brit in Toronto is hiring renovators and construction labourers


“Where do you want these planks then, mate?”

Are you a renovator or construction labourer looking for some work? You may be in luck.

Brit in Toronto Colin contacted us, has been in the construction industry for 35 years, is swamped with work and needs some handy lads. Here’s what he said …

“I am a Brit who is living/working in Toronto. I have recently started my own company.
Thought that maybe you could help me to connect to construction lads who are looking for work. Please note: almost all the work is interior.

“I am looking to hire a renovation/construction helper (at first on a part-time basis) who has some experience and hopefully is a bit of a jack of all trades sort of thing. If they are clever and willing to learn and have a good attitude then I don’t mind providing some training.

“But most important of all … must be neat and tidy when working. Wages will be fair and in keeping with experience. There is work all winter.”

If you fit the bill, contact Colin directly at colinonthemove AT yahoo DOT COM or dog and bone him on 416-834-1277 and mention Brits in Toronto.

Successful Brits in Toronto: Alysa Kim


“Hello fellow Brit just arriving in Toronto! Need a house in a decent hood? No probs. $1.2 million please!”

A recent study discovered that there are more Successful Brits popping up in Toronto than condos being built, an average increase 27% year on year.

That statistic is absolutely astounding, totally made up by us but a convenient segue for today’s profile: a realtor (North America) or estate agent (Rest of the World).

Apart from discovering Toronto and dealing in real estate, Alysa Kim also likes to blog about great tea finds. So that’s a bonus!

Here’s her thoughts on Toronto … and also a nice “Best of” list further down the page.

What made you decide to choose Toronto as a city of choice? Did you plan a permanent move, or wanted to “try it for a while and see how it goes” and it turned out to be longer than planned?

My family moved to Toronto for work. My dad was a psychologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and my mum was an art director at Maclean Hunter.

I had a VERY British upbringing. There are so many British Torontonians that there are many things you can find that make it feel like home.

I grew up on toast soldiers with boiled eggs in Bunnykins bowls, and watching All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy over fish and chips for tea with my dad. I learned the rules of cricket and how to bake a proper scone.

I feel like Britain is my second home and am looking forward to taking my children next year to introduce them to where their grandparents came from.

What’s the best/worst aspects of living in Toronto?

The best aspects of Toronto are the friendly people and the multiculturalism. My husband is also a first generation Canadian (Korean) and no one has ever asked our three children, “What are you, anyway?” The idea of discrimination is completely foreign to them. That is a beautiful thing.

The worst aspect of Toronto is definitely the cold. The rest of Canada think Torontonians are babies for whinging about the cold when they get -50˚C with the wind chill — Manitoba, and yes that is as cold as Mars — and 222 cm high snow drifts (Charlottetown).

We are definitely not the toughest Canadians but I reserve my right to complain when I clean all the snow from my car only to discover that I just cleaned my neighbour’s SUV because it was so deep in snow and ice I couldn’t tell whose it was.

Also, very few others share my joy and sorrow over Great British Bake Off but that is what Twitter is for.

Do you make an effort to connect with other Brits in the city, or just meet them when chance allows it? Any recommended pubs/eateries/other places for homesick Brits to meet each other and network?

I live in Lawrence Park where a lot of Brits seem to settle so I’ve made some lovely friends that way. I also work with the University of Toronto and their relocation services for professors moving to Canada and I’ve met some wonderful families that I just love there too.

The city is so big and has so many wonderful pockets to choose from so it is impossible to pick the best anything … but I’ll do places I love in my neck of the woods or that I’ve stumbled upon and can’t do without.

Best pub: The Caledonian (856 College St.)
Scottish, perfect for Robbie Burns night.

Best afternoon tea: The Old Mill (21 Old Mill Road) I grew up in High Park and we’ve been going here for special treats as long as I can remember. Lovely hotel too.

Best fish and chips: Olde York (96 Laird Dr.)
Go for a late lunch to avoid the lines.

Best curry: Banjara (164 Eglinton Ave. East)
The best veggie curry!

Best British product shop: Uncle John’s Candy Shack (635 Mount Pleasant Rd.)
For Jaffa Cakes and those missing Marks and Sparks.

Open question/comment: feel free to write anything here/advice/tips on a Brit living in, or moving to, Toronto.

As a realtor, I’d say there are so many great neighbourhoods in Toronto (the city recognizes 140) and the market moves so fast, perhaps consider renting for your first year to get to know the city and where you want to be, before you buy.

Thanks Alysa! For anyone wishing to sell their gaff or purchase a place in their favourite manor, here’s her website.

Successful Brits in Toronto: Alexander Nathan


This bloke used to make macarons in primary school. Could have made a fortune in Toronto!

The chap above may look a tad familiar. (No, he’s not the ruthless sleeper in Paris you call when Jason Bourne is in town.)

Cast your minds all the way back, if you will, to October 13, 2016. We featured a profile of Under The Cosh, a football blog and podcast.

Alexander Nathan is one-fourth of the brains behind that venture — and he’s a Brit to boot — so we wanted to delve deeper and find out his thoughts on Toronto.

And he also does some good work with a sporting not-for-profit, so grab a nice cup of tea and enjoy …

What made you decide to choose Toronto as a city of choice? Did you plan a permanent move, or wanted to “try it for a while and see how it goes” and it turned out to be longer than planned?

I was actually born in Toronto, and my mum is from here. My dad is English and we moved to London when I was a baby, but we’d come back to Toronto for family holidays and to visit my grandparents. It was always in the summer, of course, but I loved it and felt that I might return at some point.

When I was 18 and it came time to apply for universities I applied for five or six in the UK and one here, the University of Toronto (UofT). Once I was accepted here I made up my mind pretty quickly. It felt time for a change.

I didn’t plan a permanent move, but I also quickly took to Toronto and after a couple of years the thought of moving back to the UK didn’t seem as attractive. Especially once Cameron and his lot got into power.

But during my fourth year in university I also met my partner, who is Canadian. If there were any doubts, meeting her put an end to them — and having dual citizenship made staying here very easy.

What steps did you take to land your first Toronto job? Did the infamous “Canadian experience” hinder you in any way?

I now work at UofT, but the very first job I had in Toronto was at a bricks and mortar audiobook store. Obviously they don’t exist any more because, you know, the Internet … but I had a little bookstore experience, the interview was pleasant and informal and I got the gig.

They promptly asked me to try and sell their small collection of BBC audiobooks, thinking that people would buy them if they were recommended in a British accent. It didn’t work, often. Their customers were very set in their ways!

What’s the best/worst aspects of living in Toronto?

It’s a cliche response I know, but Toronto’s diversity is fantastic. It’s not as if London isn’t also extremely diverse, but it feels different here.

To me London always felt on edge, as if multiculturalism was fine as long as everything was going well. As soon as problems arise, fingers start being pointed. The same is true in many places, I’m sure, but in Toronto tolerance and multiculturalism feel innate and are points of pride rather than simply tolerated.

I run a football website and podcast with three mates who are Nigerian, Egyptian and Indian Canadians. There aren’t many places in the world where the four of us would have come together, but this is one of them.

I also love how manageable the city is in terms of getting around. It doesn’t take long to get anywhere, despite people’s complaints about the TTC who I think do a largely excellent job despite being ridiculously underfunded.

The worst: Snow is rubbish, as is city governance of late. One less serious thing that annoys me is that Toronto is a bugger for a culinary fad, no questions asked, especially if it’s “artisanal.”

For example, recently macarons got really popular for some reason and a number of places started selling them in a variety of colours and flavours at silly prices, and people got really excited. Bit bizarre. I just thought, “Mate, we used to make these in primary school.”

Do you make an effort to connect with other Brits in the city, or just meet them when chance allows it? Any recommended pubs/eateries/other places for homesick Brits to meet each other and network?

I don’t, really. I’m always happy to meet other Brits and it tends to happen mostly when I go to a pub to watch football.

Actually, I’m doing some work with a not-for-profit called NUTMEG. We provide free football coaching for 6-12 year-olds, but one of the founders is British and a Norwich fan. The first top flight game I ever went to was Norwich vs. Spurs at Carrow Road so it was fun to chat about that.

In terms of a recommendation, I’d say follow Davy Love. He’s the chef who owned The Bristol for years and recently made a short-lived attempt at an English pub on College Street called The Old Laurel. It was brilliant in there — dark, great food, sold Twiglets, showed football — but maybe the location wasn’t perfect for it.

I haven’t been yet but Davy is now the chef at a place called Janie Jones, so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Open question/comment: feel free to write anything here/advice/tips on a Brit living in, or moving to, Toronto.

I would suggest listening to a fair bit of BBC radio to keep your accent in shape, leave your weekend mornings free for watching football, and switch your English driver’s licence for an Ontario one soon after moving here.

I’ve quite literally never used mine, but it’s good to have especially as most places don’t accept a health card as ID.

Other than that, I suppose try to wean yourself off Marmite because that looks like it’s about to become even more problematic to get hold of.