@ Chuck Colquehoun:
Well, why didn't you say so before ;-0)?
I dare say that you are already aware, then, that we Canucks have a damn good health care
system, and while, obviously, we, like all others, must struggle with assignment of priorities in our federal and provincial budgets, health care
is here to stay, health
care is a growing field, and our total number of healthcare jobs are nicely and evenly spread throughout the province in proportion to the density of population.
Both you and your wife would find it useful to begin to follow the discipline-specific journals and to begin to explore the possibilities for obtaining membership
in your respective professional organizations located here. If you do that, I'm sure that employment
opportunities will reveal themselves, and given that you ARE one of us already, the entire visa/permit boondoggle simply evaporates.
Remember also that we are "education heavy". Our universities are many, and some, particularly University of British Columbia
, are world class with all that that means in your field. So I return to my previous comment. Pop over and have a reconnoitre, right here, right where the action is.
A further consideration is that given that you find a job at all, the dollar considerations become puny. In both your cases, a job will pay "enough" — enuff that your standard of living would be considerably better than I perceive it could possibly be in Derry.
As for accommodation, consider this: Commuting distances can be long, but I go the 150 kilometres from home to boat, including crossing two major bridges, in an hour and a half. That's because the Trans-Canada Highway leading right across Vancouver is simply superb. Vancouver IS an Island. When Chris Wyckham said it is not, it is because he was thinking only about Vancouver proper, the city itself. What we locals think of when we hear "Vancouver" is the entire metropolitan area including the transriverine suburbs and "The North Shore", the suburbs on the mountainside on the far side of our glorious harbour in the western-most of which suburbs TrentePieds lies.
Travel time from boat to ski-lift is 20 minutes. In some early springs you can ski in the early forenoon, have lunch, pop down to the boat and go sailing in the afternoon!
So, the practicalities: You can set yourself an OWNERSHIP budget
for a car of ahundredbuxamonth (operating extra), buy yourself a GOOD second hand car (as I do) for twennyfivehunnert bux. After two years, if its still good, keep it, and you win. If it's not, then simply throw it way and find another. And you win again! So that's the transport/commuting problem outta the way. With the money
saved going to pay for moorage for the boat :-)
You can find yourself a good two bedroom condominium-apartment for fifty thousand and a one bedroom for forty. "Conco-fees" mebbe 150-225 buxamonth. Electricity, say 50 buxamonth. Not in Vancouver itself, of course, but in the distant transriverine suburbs. And as the metropolitan population pressure grows, supply/demand (Economics 101) will ensure that even a junker condo will keep its market value. Subject to the usual caveats, of course.
S'pose your found a job in the newly expanded, and tip-top modern, cancer-oriented hospital in Abbotsford, halfway up the Valley? Bob'd be yer uncle! And as for the boat: You can pick up a C&C
27 any day of the week for five grand. A Mirage 27 for the same. Go for the Mirage :-)
If you come exploring, gimme a heads-up. I'll take you and your wife out for a day-sail in Howe Sound and buy you dinner :-)