According to the Department of Statistics, Singapore has 5.31 million people. Singapore’s economy has been growing steadily. For example, during the first quarter of 2013, the construction sector expanded by 15.1% 2013 while manufacturing and the services sector expanded by 11.3% and 1.8% respectively. These figures show that Canadians planning to relocate to Singapore stand a good chance of getting jobs in various fields, especially those with in-demand skills
Canadians planning relocation to Singapore should have a good idea of the cost of living in Singapore. According to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012, Singapore is the sixth most expensive city in terms of living expenses in the Asia Pacific region. Accommodation expenses vary depending on the type of housing, which range from condominiums to HDB flat (Housing Development Board). Other factors that determine housing expenses include location and condition of the house. The rule of thumb is to put aside at least $2,400 as house rent. If you want a large house with swimming pool, gym, and tennis court, be ready to part with about $8,000. Single rooms 30 minutes or so from town go for about $400, according to Xpatxperience.
According to the Singapore Business Review, the country’s 20 largest companies have a revenue base of S$2 trillion. Depending on your education background, you can work for financial institutions, manufacturers, software companies, real estate firms, airlines, shipping companies, and retailers.
After a hard day at work, you can visit local restaurants, cocktail lounges, or bars popular with tourists. Some of the spots you can visit to hobnob with other expatriates and tourists include Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, Marina Bay, Mohammed Sultan Road, Geylang Red Light district, and Holland Village. For a more quiet evening or weekend, you can visit the Arts House on Parliament Lane to sample musical recitals and visual art. The city also boasts of a wide range of temples such as Thian Hock Keng and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.
Pet owners must comply with rules set by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). If you bring a cat or dog, it will have to stay in quarantine for 30 days upon arrival at your expense. Dog breeds prohibited in Singapore include Akita, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pit bull, Fila Braziliero, Tosa, and Dogo Argentino. You cannot keep more than one dog if you live in a HDB flat.
Take note that you cannot bring items such as firecrackers, chewing tobacco, psychotropic drugs, seditious materials, endangered wildlife species, or obscene articles without a permit.
If you are considering relocation to Singapore, you will need all the information required to make an informed decision. We at Canuck Abroad have a wealth of resources that will make your move to Singapore smooth and hustle free.