Monthly Archives: November 2016

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 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.