Ikea is cheapest funiture shop as far as I know , you obtain what you paid for, you will get used to it. nothing is free.
You will find TV, Oven and Electircial Staff beside the road, most of them is out of used or out of fashion, but some of them just back to work with fuse replaced, even they ,Canadian are good engineer, would rather spend their time taking sunshine and doing nothing.
it is ture that the fresh air is some how like the rural of Beijing, I shall say much better than rural of Beijing, maybe you friend drive you the way not in Toronto, even not at great Toronto region.
I am just afraid if you can suffer here with poor English, and that is why you got such a feeling of Toronto.
Try to get envolved to your life there, maybe you can actrually belong to here.
You will find Beijing is somewhere rural of Canada, Shenzhen is somewhere village.....
Enjoy you time in Canada and Best regards