Toronto and Montreal have a lot in common, despite being totally different really.Lots of hipster restaurants, gentrifying neighbourhoods, great food and markets and studios everywhere, immigrant and pure laine living together, people from all walks of life.Cafes and shops and green spaces.
Lots of young people.Festivals and events all summer long, tourists galore.But living in Ontario is not the same as living in la belle province.
Here are some things you’ll have to get used to: The cost of housing.It’s ridiculously high in Toronto for what you get, compared to Montreal.You will cry.You can’t buy beer or wine at corner stores in Toronto the way you can in Montreal, although that’s slowly changing.
This is one of the legacies of Ontario’s prissy High Anglicanism.The liquor laws in Ontario are very strict compared to Quebec.However, you can buy cannabis everywhere in Toronto, easily.The cannabis laws in Quebec are very strict compared to Ontario.The street life in Montreal is much better than in Toronto, and the people are cooler.
“Toronto the Good” is more earnest.Speaking of which, the drinking age in Toronto is 19, which is lame, while it’s 18 in Montreal.Once again, the Protestant fun-what’s-that?attitude at work in Toronto.Instead of Separatists and the Language and Hijab Police, Toronto has the rift between urban and suburban at the provincial level, the “pinko commies” as Don Cherry called downtowners vs the more conservative suburbs and working class rural areas.Toronto is more multicultural but monolingual.
No one would even know you spoke French, as everything gets done in English.You have High Anglican snobbery in Toronto, and Gallic snobbery in Montreal.Take your pick.Or just ignore people like that.The party scene in Toronto mixes with business, even in the arts and alternate scenes.
People are always scheming and wheeling and dealing.Montreal is more chill, and they dress more casually.The construction industry in Ontario isn’t so mobbed up, but Toronto’s infrastructure is also crumbling.But there are also new builds everywhere.
There’s really a lot going on, new things popping up everywhere, even during the pandemic.Ontario doesn’t have CEGEPs, which is an only-in-Quebec thing.In Ontario, you go straight from high school into university.High Park is Toronto’s urban park, but it doesn’t have LARPers, unlike Mount Royal, which has all kinds of interesting people, enacting or whatever they do.This is the city that spawned Cirque du Soleil after all.
In contrast, High Park is filled with a “diversity” of friendly looking families, some daredevil skateboarders if you’re lucky, or escaped capybara (they were eventually recaptured!
Toronto’s rental market is extremely uncompetitive.Vacancies are scarce and landlords know it, so they can charge exorbitant rents and get away with it.There is no “July 1” in Toronto’s rental market.
Leases run from any month to any other month, with 12 months being the most common.If you move, there’s no “rush” to call a mover or get a moving van.However, most Torontonians find an apartment and stay there.
Home ownership is considered the norm in Toronto.If you rent, most people will be asking when you’re planning to buy, particularly if you have a fairly high income.
It is the right turn at a red light.I think the law is different in Montreal about that.In toronto, cars CAN right turn at a red light.
C’est les autos, et les regles pour les tournes.ce n’est pas le meme chose.Toronto roads are a waffle pattern, Montreal road design seem to be influenced by the river.
Toronto folks seem to be very laid-back.They do not appreciate aggressive behavior, and they often turn away.French folks can be impulsive and contentious at times.
Québec folks will do well to be laid-back in Toronto.No dispersions intended.