I just went through the whole moving to Montreal process… it’s a pain, but totally worth it! My husband, cat, and I are quite happy living here!
We are with TD Meloche-Monnex for both our renters and auto insurance. We were with them for 2 years in Ontario, and just transfered to Québec when we got here. Their website, www.melochemonnex.com has a free quote function, which I found to be accurate for their Québec quotes, but over quoted for their Ontarian ones. My brother recently bought a car and opted to go with Essor (www.essor.ca) but their quote was about the same as MM - there was a couple of bucks difference.
If you get renter’s and auto together, you get a 5% discount on your auto with MM. They also have discounts if you are alumni of certain universities or a member of certain professional groups, such as a professional engineer, doctor, etc.
I’ve never had to put in a claim, so I don’t know about that aspect of them, but I’ve always received prompt, friendly service, with everything very well explained. You can pay by monthly direct withdrawls, no interest, which is very practical!
When you go get your driver’s license and plates from the SAAQ, do NOT go to a third-party service centre. Frankly, go directly to their Henri-Bourassa location - the third party locations can’t do all the transfers and you’ll just end up wasting your time (learned that the hard way…driving around town in 50 deg C heat/humidity in a car with no A/C!) Don’t be intimidated by the crowds… you’ll likely be given a number in the I or K series, not A or H with the hordes of teenagers trying to get their permits
If you want cable, Videotron is your main option - their digital phone service is quite good, but you cannot get an ADT security system (in our case, left behind by previous tenants) because of a service agreement with Bell.
The monthly average Hydro-Quebec payment plan is quite popular. Then you aren’t stuck with huge bills in the winter and small ones in the summer and it’s easier to budget.
The proscuitto and goat cheese omelette at El Dorado on Mont-Royal is the best food I’ve ever had in my life.
Whereabouts in the city are you moving to? We’re on the Plateau.
If you have any more questions, I can try and answer them!