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Removals to Toronto

1st Move International provide fast, safe and smart shipping for your removals to Toronto. Offering guaranteed weekly shipping, Fast Track customs clearance and 25 years' experience, we provide an unparalleled service.

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More than 50% of Toronto’s population are immigrants, making it a popular city for British expats. In fact, almost 20% of our 2023 removals to Canada relocated to Toronto.

Our unique packing method and unparalleled expertise guarantees a first-class moving experience. Simply fill out our quick and easy form to get a free, tailored quote for your move to Toronto.

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How Much Does it Cost for Removals to Toronto?

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International removals costs to Toronto start from £1,264 for a small (shared container) move from the UK. Costs start from £4,600 for a larger size move (20ft container). Please note these are average costs to be used as a guideline. Your total costs will depend on the size and destination of the move.

International Removals Costs from the UK to Toronto in 2024

Move Size Shipping Method Cost (GBP)
Small Move Shared Container From £1,264
Medium Move (3-bed house) 20ft Container From £4,600
Large Move (4-5 bed house) 40ft Container From £6,550

Prices shown are port to port freight costs and do not include UK collection or packing costs.

To get a precise fee for your removals to Toronto, request a quick free quote, talk to our team live or give us a call on 0117 9828 123.

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Unique Benefits

Why use 1st Move International for your Removals to Toronto?

We are leading the way in the international removals sector, aiming to get you moved faster and safer than other companies.

It Doesn't End There...

  • 25 years’ experience providing international moving services to Toronto
  • Members of the British Association of Removers
  • Members of the British International Freight Association
  • Modern fleet and fully trained packers and movers
  • Fully insured from your UK home to your destination in Toronto
  • Your own personal, dedicated move manager
  • Free UK storage up to the next scheduled sailing date
  • Electronic and Fast Track customs clearance in the UK and Toronto
  • Faster weekly sailings to Toronto direct from UK ports
  • Track your transatlantic shipment live with 24/7 container tracking
Shipping Options

Shipping Options for your Move to Toronto

When moving to Toronto from the UK, your items will be shipped via sea freight. You can chose between a Shared Container or a Full Container shipping service.

Loading a Shared Container with 1st Move Pallets

Shared Container Shipping to Toronto

This is the most cost-effective option for your removals to Toronto. It’s ideal for smaller moves or individual items and perfect for transporting the contents of a 2-3 bedroom property. Shared Container Shipping allows you to share container space with other customers and only pay for the space you use. Thanks to our innovative packing techniques, your items are shipped alongside commercial goods weekly.

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Loading a Full Container with 1st Move Pallets

Full Container Shipping to Toronto

Full Container shipping provides you with exclusive use of a 20ft or 40ft shipping container for your removals to Toronto. This ensures that only your items are inside and fewer people handle your belongings. FCL is ideal for moving the contents of a 3+ bedroom property.

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Our Unique, Safer Packing Process

Using a one-of-a-kind packing method, there is a reason we have the lowest insurance claims record in our sector.

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Our Service

Our UK to Toronto Relocation Service Includes:

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Personal move manager

Get a personal move manager assigned to your move. They’re always available to provide important updates on your move, help with customs protocols and answer any questions.

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Full moving insurance cover

We can arrange full moving insurance for your removals to Toronto. Whether you want to insure certain items or the whole contents, we’ve got a solution for you.

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Fast-track customs clearance

Get to Toronto quicker with our Fast Track customs clearance. We are regulated customs brokers so are here to handle the regulations, customs documents, and inspections.

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135,000+ Happy Customers
9,240,000+ Cubic Feet Shipped
25+ Years' Experience

Some Happy Toronto Movers

Find out what our Toronto movers have to say about our service.

A Taljaard

Glasgow to Toronto ON, Canada

Thoroughly excellent experience dealing with 1st Move International. The quality of packaging of our belongings makes this entirely worth it. Absolutely everything was extremely well packaged, packed and protected. Nothing was overhanging on the pallets at all and you can tell that every box has been handled with care. Communication has been great throughout the whole process. We even tracked the ship online as it crossed the Atlantic. Our items arrived in Toronto without any issues whatsoever, and if we ever feel like moving continents again, we will use 1st Move International again.

L Foo

London to Pickering ON, Canada

We had a great experience with 1st Move International moving our belongings from London to Toronto. Everyone I spoke to on the phone was super courteous and friendly and any emails I sent were answered within a normal amount of time. The guys who took the boxes & belongings from our house were quick and efficient and we were kept informed of each step along the way. Also, our initial quote ended up being slightly less once our things were weighed and packed up which was a bonus! It was delivered all in one piece on the pallet and nothing missing. I would definitely recommend 1st Move International!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Moving to Toronto FAQs

We can ship your items to Toronto in 12 days from the UK port of Liverpool. This is the time it takes from port-to-port and does not factor time for packing, customs and further delivery in Toronto. Rest assured, we offer guaranteed weekly shipping to Toronto for a quick move.

For a small furniture shipment to Toronto via a shared container, it’ll cost £1,264 on average. To ship a larger volume of furniture via a full container, costs can start from £4,600. The price you pay will depend on the amount of furniture you’re shipping and the destination of the move.

Get an accurate free quote for your international removals to Toronto. Alternatively, call us on +44 117 9828 123 or talk to an expert live.

Express Entry is a popular way for people from the UK to gain permanent residency in Toronto if they are skilled workers. Other visa options include Spousal/common-law Sponsorship and Business Immigration. To find out more, read our guide on moving to Canada from the UK.

Sea freight is the best method of shipping items from the UK to Toronto. You can use either a Shared or a Full Container Shipping service.

Spring and Autumn are considered good times to move to Toronto thanks to more available job opportunities, milder weather and a booming housing market. Schools start back in September, so if you’re moving with children, you’ll want to get settled before the term starts. At 1st Move International, we can move you to Toronto any time of the year with our guaranteed weekly shipping.

We will need the following documents to ship your items to Toronto:

  • Passport: A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • Visa or Permit: You must hold a valid visa or Canadian passport.
  • Packing Inventory: A list of all items to be shipped.

All documents are securely uploaded via our document transfer page.

Read our detailed customs guide for Canada to find out more.

You can track your move from the UK to Toronto with our container tracking tool. When your shipment has left the port in Liverpool, you’ll get a tracking number which lets you live track its movements. You can also ask your move manager for any further updates.

Yes, our other company Autoshippers can ship your car from the UK to Toronto. It can either be shipped inside a container or by specialist Ro Ro (Roll on Roll off) services from Southampton. You’ll need to obtain prior permission and apply for Vehicle Import Approval. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, the company is one of the largest shippers of private vehicles in the UK.

Life in Toronto

Living in Toronto, Canada:
Insights for British Expats

Why Move to Toronto?

Toronto is a great place for British expats to reside. With a shared language and excellent career development opportunities, Toronto offers working and living visas that favour skilled workers. The city is also known for having a high-quality healthcare and education system, meaning it has an excellent quality of life on offer.

Best Places to Live in Toronto

West End is family-friendly area with plenty of green space and a community feel to help you settle in. Toronto’s Downtown is home to the Financial and Entertainment Districts, making it an ideal location for professionals and creatives. Scarborough and North York are ideal for young families with access to good schools, parks and near to Lake Ontario.

Cost of Living in Toronto

The overall cost of living in Toronto is 25.7% lower than in London. For reference, the cost of living in Toronto is higher than in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The average monthly salary in Toronto after tax is $4,662.95 (£2,633.47) with London offering a higher salary at £3,732. Below we compare the cost of living in Toronto with the UK by looking at London prices.

Cost of Living Comparison: Toronto vs. London

Item Toronto UK (London)
Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in city centre $2,504.11 (£1,413.23) £2,170.83
Price per m2 to buy apartment in city centre $14,026.44 (£7,916.04) £13,403.96
Monthly salary after tax $4,662.95 (£2,633.47) £3,732
3 course meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant $120 (£67.72) £80
1 litre of milk $4.06 (£2.29) £1.33
1kg chicken fillets $16.88 (£9.53) £7.41
Monthly travel pass $156 (£88.04) £200
Utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for 85m2 apartment $92.55 (£163.99) £281.33
Monthly gym membership $70.52 (£39.79) £45.33
Monthly private preschool $1,517 (£856.23) £1,815.85

Data taken from Numbeo

Property Prices & Rent in Toronto

In 2024, the average rent for a city centre apartment in Toronto is $2,504.11 , making it 35.7% cheaper than in London . Buying property in Toronto is 40% cheaper than in the UK , with the average cost to buy in the city centre averaging at $14,026.44 per square metre . Below is a comparison of rental and buying prices in Toronto compared to London.

Property Prices & Rent in Toronto vs. London

Item Toronto UK (London)
Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in city centre $2,504.11 (£1,413.23) £2,170.83
Monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment outside of centre $2,132.74 (£1,203.65) £1,630.26
Price per m2 to buy apartment in city centre $14,026.44 (£7,916.04) £13,403.96
Price per m2 to buy apartment outside of city centre $10,860.30 (£6,129.18) £7,956.99

Data taken from Numbeo.

Education in Toronto

Toronto offers a high standard of education, being globally recognised for offering inclusive and accessible education in their public, private, charter and international schools. Schools in Toronto cater to the multiculturalism of the city, with many schools providing separate English and French as a Second Language (ESL and FSL) programs. Education is compulsory in Toronto from the age of 6 until 18. Whilst learning French is not a requirement as an expat, the language plays an integral part of the curriculum in Toronto.

Job Market in Toronto

Toronto is the finance capital of Canada, boasting large banks, insurance companies and investment firms in the city. The technology sector is also well established in Toronto, with the city often called ‘Silicon Valley North’ due to well known companies having offices in the city as well as an abundance of start up companies. Education and healthcare are also popular sectors for people to find employment.


Useful Resources & Services for Toronto, Canada

International Removals UK to Canada

Discover our full door-to-door removals services from the United Kingdom to Canada with fast weekly shipping and safer packing.

Shipping Furniture & Personal Effects to Canada

Everything you need to know about shipping furniture & personal effects from the UK to Canada.

Customs Guide for Shipping Personal Effects to Canada

We cover all the legalities of shipping household goods from the UK to Canada.

Container Shipping Costs UK to Canada

Get the latest information on UK to Canada container shipping costs and container ports.

Canada Container Shipping Schedules

We post up-to-date sailing schedule information and as part of our weekly shipping promise we'll tell you in advance what ship we can get your personal effects on.

Canada Moving Guides

Our experts provide a wide range of guides, tips and advice on moving to and living in Canada.

Car Shipping to Canada

Get more information on our car shipping services to Canada.

Your Pallets Packed - Posted Live on Facebook

Your life, carefully wrapped, beautifully packed, and protected for the journey ahead.

We are extremely proud of our unique packing process. We are the only international removals company in the UK that uses this tried and tested method to ship your treasured personal possessions overseas.

Visit our Facebook page to find a snapshot of each shipment captured as the final pallet is wrapped.