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Comment by GREGORY A HEENAN on January 29, 2012 at 2:41pm

Marilyn, pending on what activities you enjoy southwestern Ontario offers it all I live in Kitchener because of proximity to Toronto for family (both my wife's family and mine) my plans are to move to Woodstock a small city (30,000 ) that is smack dab in the middle of Hamilton, Kitchener and London only a half hours drive to any and still a short drive (1.5 hour) to Toronto

Woodstock rentals are lower as land costs are less with a low tax rate, a hospital, a professional police and fire dept as well. It has a low to no crime rate (violent)

Comment by Glady Dixon on January 29, 2012 at 1:33pm

Marilyn  I look forward to you coming to Canada.  It is people like yourself that belong here.

Comment by Marilyn Craig on January 29, 2012 at 1:02pm

Frenchas, Its ok, It was my Canadian cousin that suggested it. I didn't think I was entitle to any thing, why should I be. I have NOT put into the taxes etc. Thanks everyone for your in put, I continue to learned so much in our open form here.

Comment by Frenchsalsa01 on January 29, 2012 at 10:57am

Marilyn, am I to understand that you and your family left Canada when you were 5 years old and have never really lived here since? If that is the case, then even though you are a Canadian citizen (unless that was changed since living in the US), then you are NOT entitled to OAS until you have lived here for 10 years. I am only using this example because of someone else I know who was in a similar situation.

Comment by Marilyn Craig on January 29, 2012 at 9:40am

Good morning all, it has been suggested to me, to move to London, Ont frist, since I have spent 30yrs traveling too. Then once established seek out  new area's. I enjoy small village type area's but close to things. But one step at a time. I have decided to get an aparment,both for the reason above and I don't want the responsiblities of house, fixing and worrying about maintance. I have 2 cousins, our relationship some what limited since we have had the distance. I'll need to get involved within the area and get a part time position to meet people and get out. It will be the biggest adjustment in my life yet. But one that I so desire. Just need to sale this home and make it happen.

Comment by Karen Ridlg on January 29, 2012 at 7:49am


It is so nice to hear that you will be fulfilling your dream.  At 63 it is time to do what pleases you.  I know as a parent and wife - I dedicated my time to both husband and children.  My husband turned out to be a cheat and my children grew up and left home.  I tell my kids that this is my time.  And I have started to do what I want, when I want.  It's so important to do it while you can.

Where would you be moving to when you come to Canada?  In with your cousins or on your own?

Comment by Marilyn Craig on January 29, 2012 at 2:33am

Thanks Joe, it will be personally differcult for me to take some thing I didn't earn. Could I use extra, O YES, but did I earn it? it would be differcult for me to take it.

 It will be enough to just full fill my dream, my desire. to call Canada my home They say, your soul knows were you belong, in my situation I knew from the age of 5, some thing wasn't right. I would speak in depth to my parents about Canada, yet, neither parent ever spoke much about Canada, the differences, etc. It was a place were they came from and were my cousines lived. YET, I had knowledge and a desire that they didn't speak of. Some times I would get into so much trouble

 I knew then at the age to 5,I didn't belong to the states, but Canada was my home, then at the age of 22, married, with kids, I found out why, I was Canadian

I cried the first time crossing the border as adult, I was home, but marriage and life wasn't going to permit me to full fill that desire. Now its just to sell this home, so if any of you have extra prayers, I could use them. Real Estate has been so depressed, here. My realtor has an investor coming in mid FEB, I have lowered the price to my rock bottom, its prefect rental, 3 blocks from 3 colleges, 3 blocks from major hospital, 1 mile from the second largest shopping  center and restaurants, in upper middle class neighbor hood with many, many up dates,I have it priced about 10,000 below what it should be. At 63, I have the chance to make my dreams come true, to live and explore my country,. Thanks everyone for your in put.

Comment by Joe Blow on January 28, 2012 at 11:12pm


You take anything you can get.  If you're not entitled you won't get anything.

If you are entitled you should take it like everyone else does.  After all if you move back to Canada you will have to spend money in Canada and the money hopefully will allow you to move back comfortably.

Comment by Marilyn Craig on January 28, 2012 at 9:25pm

Thanks Frenchsa, I think my cousin needs to check on her information. Since I have NEver worked in Canada I do NOT except to receive any thing I have earned. Thanks everyone for your input.I truely appricate it. Better inform my cousin in the London, Ont area to double check her information..

Comment by Frenchsalsa01 on January 28, 2012 at 8:08pm

Marilyn, you should really read up on the regulations concerning CPP and OAS to better understand it. If you have not worked in Canada you are not entitled to any CPP. However, if you did work here for a period of time, you may be entitled to something. As for OAS, it's more than $400 a month and yes if you are a Canadian citizen and lived here for 20 years, then you are entitled to collect, but you need to apply. It is not automatic!


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