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I am Canadian and looking for community in Ontario, preferably. I do not have investment or start up cash, but I do have a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge with a strong work ethic and sense of integrity. Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated. I am doing my own internet search but I realize not all options and opportunities are to be found there. Thank you in advance!
 
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I'm in Canada, but on the left coast. So far I've found that a few communities are very strongly pro-permaculture and others are hostile to it or don't know it exists at all. If you can spare the time, a road trip might be in order. Best of luck.
 
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Thanks Meg, that sounds like an interesting idea. Never thought of doing a road trip.
 
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You might consider using wwoof and helpx as resources. Staying for free while finding stuff not visible online, and building local contacts/references...

I only did this for about 3 months... but that's because I found a place and people that I liked so much that I cancelled the rest of my trip and moved to their place for
1.5 years while seeking my own land within striking distance of them.

I found more doors were open to people with campers/vans with beds. Easier for hosts who otherwise might have run out of places to put people, and much easier for me as I always had somewhere to sleep without needing perfect planning.
 
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Thank you so much Dillon! I've never come across Canadian sites only American and overseas. Looking as we speak and yes to the camper. Muchly appreciated!
 
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I really liked that helpx was ONE site, as I was border-hopping between the US and Canada... whereas the WWOOFing sites are split up.. not important for everyone, but it was useful for me.

Beyond 'pro-permaculture', I found an awful lot of places using the word with little to show for it. And then there are all the nuances... some places are committed to ideals that embody permaculture to them, and seem foolhardy to me... NO way to evaluate without boots on the ground IMO!

Best of luck! If you ever make it all the way to Van. Isl., I can always find a place for a camper for a week or three.

At the very least, the looking stage can be super fun, if one isn't too stressed about needing to be settling somewhere right this minute!
 
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Thank you Dillon. What you say makes a lot of sense and I appreciate it. Sorry for the tardy reply, it's been a busy week. Thank you so much for the offer! The pull east is pretty strong but I will definitely keep you in mind. Thank you again!
 
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