The Average Canadian Will Move Five Times Throughout Their Life
When I moved from Toronto to a rural community, I assumed it would be easy to keep in touch with loved ones in the city. I quickly learned that maintaining contact is challenging. Internet can be iffy when trees are involved, and signals fade without towers on every block. Work, kids and busy schedules can make conversations even harder to plan.
I’m not alone in my struggle. Most homeowners may bounce between four or five different communities, cities or provinces during their lives, according to the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. In 2015, Statistics Canada reported that close to 300,000 Canadians had changed provinces for work, school or to get a fresh start.
If you’ve ventured far from your personal network, fear not. “Modern technology can help you keep in touch with friends or family who live far away. You just have to find the right way,” says Sarah Hallett, a therapist intern at York University in Toronto. “Though the person is not physically there, you can still have access to validation, encouragement and support.”