We would like to send you notifications on the latest Product Review Club offers.

New life in Montreal


Hi everyone:
I am moving to MTL within the next three months. a bit hectic and scary. been living in Toronto for 20 years, not easy to let go. don't know MTL very well, just have a man waiting for me there right now. none of my girlfriends have had experience moving to another province, so thought maybe other chicas here can help out, gimme some suggestions:
1. OHIP/ Medicare transition: where to go? what to do?
2. Driver's License: where to go, what to do?
3. Salons/hairdressers: where are the good ones?
4. Body sugaring: where are the good ones?
5. Nails: where are the nice nail ladies?
6. Moving: know any good nationwide movers? how do they charge?
any help will be greatly greatly appreciated. I really haven't done anything like this before, big last minute decision to move, tho I know I am doing the right thing.
Apr 04, 2009 @ 05:04 pm

5 Replies


Glad to see another Montreal newcomer. :)

I just moved to Montreal in December, so I can help with questions one and two.

1. You have to live in Montreal for 3 months before you can get your
medical card. If you need to see a doctor beforehand you'll need to use
your Ontario card. Some doctors will make you pay, then you have to
deal with Ontario to get reimbursed, others will deal with the charges
for you. You can apply for your medical card before your 3 months is
up, which is what I would advise doing. Your first step would be to
obtain and fill out a registration form. To get one you need to call
the the Régie de l'assurance maladie (RAMQ) or visit their office once arriving in Quebec (if you visit the office you can apply at that time).
If you've requested the documents to be mailed you will still need to
go to the Régie office to have them entered in to the system. I
recommend giving yourself a whole day for this one. When I went we were
there for about 4 hours. The wait was very long. Once you are eligible
to be covered, they will mail the card you you.

More info on the medical card process is here:


You may also want to check out some info on the Public Plan if you don't have a health care plan through work:


2. Drivers license works the same way, you need to be here for 3 months
to be eligible. You can also go apply for it before your 3 months is
up. You will need to phone the SAAQ to make an appointment to exchange
your license. I would advise calling well in advance, as their
appointments seem to fill up quickly. If you are under 25 you will need
to get a detailed driving history from your province, to prove that you
have completed probation in your province, otherwise you will be put
under a probationary period in Quebec. When I went to fill out my
paperwork and apply it took about an hour to two hours to wait for my
number, fill out the paper work and get a picture done.

For info on setting up an appointment for your Driver's License check out this website:


For both the medical card and driver's license you will need proof of
living on Quebec, the best thing to bring with you as proof is some
sort of bill with your name and new address on it. You will also need
proof-of-identity documents for both. Birth Certificate or a Canadian
Passport will be fine. Both cards also require that you have your
picture taken, the RAMQ and SAAQ offices will both do that for you (It
costs $8 at the RAMQ office, I don't remember if there was a charge at
the SAAQ).

As for your other questions, I'm still trying to find out those answers
for myself! I get my hair cut by Carla at Paris Coiffure in Carrefour
Angrignon mall. I think she did an amazing job. My mother-in-law has
gone to a few other sylists there and like them. I still need to find a
great place to get my nails done. Let me know when you find something!
Apr 05, 2009 @ 03:25 pm

relocation movers

For movers from province to province, try:


I used them to move from Toronto to BC.... they will send you quotes via email. They charge by weight so based on how much stuff you have, go with the place with the appropriate minimum lbs charge!

Apr 06, 2009 @ 04:58 am
Ali de Bold

Places in Montreal

For hair salons, I liked Spa McGill and have also heard good things about Tonic, though no personal experience there.

Nail bars and waxing hopefully someone else can answer?

There are lots of great restaurants there, lucky you! Some of my faves:

Le Cartet

Le Locale

Or sip chocolate at Juliette Et Chocolat

Throw together a picnic lunch at Beniamin&Co Market and take it down to the park by the water a few steps away.

Montreal is amazing! Lucky you!
Apr 06, 2009 @ 09:42 am


thanks to all the chicas in advance for all these great replies so far. please keep them coming. I am happy to be heading to Montreal, I am really scared though, especially afraid about the language barriers and job prospects with that in mind. My man been living there most of his life, he has no problems and he keeps telling me I will rarely actually need to use French; yet so far almost every job posting I have seen requests for bilingualism. I have very basic french skills and learning again. should I be worry? what are your experiences with finding a job and french language?
Apr 06, 2009 @ 03:18 pm


I wouldn't worry too much about having French skills, while they are handy, they are not absolutly neccessary. I've lived here for 4 months now and have met maybe 2 or 3 people that didn't know English. In most stores and restaurants the employees speak both French and English. If you have trouble carrying a conversation in French, just let them know and they will switch to English.

Finding a job without knowing French will be a little harder. I found the best place to look was Craigslist. Most customer service jobs (restaurants, stores, etc.) will require you to be billingual, though I've heard from a few people knowing just a little bit of French can get you the job. Some bars and cafes will hire you as long as you know their menu and key serving words in French. My hairdresser moved here recently with no French skills and was able to get a job in a salon. Most office jobs will require you to be fully billingual. Your best bet is to look in to a call centre job. The easiest call centres to get hired at be outbound sales or surveys working with the United States. There are a few inbound centres though that don't require any French. My boyfriend and I both got lucky and found inbound call centres doing technical support for American companies, so if you know a bit about computers you can look in to something like that. Warehouse or factory jobs are also another option if you are willing to do manual labour.
Apr 06, 2009 @ 05:07 pm

Leave A Reply