The Government run site Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca) has comprehensive information on housing to buy or to rent in all Canadian cities, as well as destination guides.
When renting a home bear in mind that properties are rented by the calendar month and so it is best to arrive just before the end of the month when there is more choice.
Furnished apartments are available to rent by the week which may be a useful short-term option. See www.Moving2canada.com.
With the exception of sub-lets almost all rental properties in Canada are unfurnished. Cheap furniture can be found in thrift shops such as Craiglist.ca.
Landlords will usually ask for references and some will request employment and income details.
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