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Moving to Montreal from Ontario has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and altogether the experience has been more than magical. But that isn’t to say the whole process has been easy and breezy.

There are certain things you just aren’t prepared for when migrating from suburban Ontario to Montreal like I did. And no, I’m not talking about speaking French (which we do learn in school, btw).

Like I said, moving and living in Montreal has been, is, and continues to be amazing, but there are more than a few struggles only someone who moved from Ontario will really experience and understand. If you’re an Ontario transplant too, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Being Typecast As Someone “From Toronto” 

Ontario is a big place, hell, the GTA is huge in itself, and yet anytime you tell someone in Montreal that you’re from the province to the directly to the west, you’re automatically labelled as a Torontonian. Or, simply “from Toronto.” If you’re legit from Toronto, I guess that would be fine, but for someone like myself who lives well outside the urban core of Ontario’s capital, I don’t really think of myself as a Torontonian.

 

Having To Go Home For The Holidays

Normally an upcoming major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter) should be a time you look forward to, one that will bring relaxation and good tidings. When you’re from Ontario, that generally isn’t the case, as you have to deal with the stress of figuring out how to get home, along with the financial toll it will take on your wallet.

List of things


  1. Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls. …
  2. Toronto’s CN Tower. Toronto’s CN Tower. …
  3. Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Parliament Hill in Ottawa. …
  4. Ontario’s Provincial and National Parks. Ontario’s Provincial and National
  5. Royal Ontario Museum

Getting Used To Cheap Rent

If you moved to Montreal from wherever in Ontario, there’s a decently good chance you’ll move back at one point. Your reason to move out of Montreal could be a job or just to be closer to your family again, but either way, Montreal has forever ruined you with its cheap rent and general low cost of living.