There are many people from all over the world who want to find a new home in Canada. For them, Canada can be a wonderful place to start a new life or the perfect country to emigrate to. However, before you pack up your suitcase and move to Canada it’s best that you learn as much as possible about this beautiful and unique country (and, of course, its culture) and take some other important aspects into consideration.
1. Immigration Policies
You should not only have a clear idea about what you want to do in Canada but also decide how long you’re going to stay there.
Immigration policies vary from 1 year to a lifetime. The Canadian government offers various visas for those who intend to work or study in Canada, as well as those who wish to become permanent residents. Because there are so many different options, RCIC has collaborated with Canadianvisa.org, in order to make the process a bit more comprehensible. It’s important that you look into the kind of visa that would work best for your situation.
Once you figure that out, you’ll have a much easier time gathering all the documentation you need – that is taking the first big step towards your new home!
2. Living Expenses
The cost of living in Canada can be very different, depending on where you decide to live and what lifestyle you plan to lead.
Just like anywhere else in the world, housing is usually one of the biggest expenses that Canadians face (and it’s no exception for ex-pats). It’s important that you have a good idea of the average cost of living in your province or territory. This will allow you to create a more realistic budget and avoid unpleasant surprises. As with anywhere else – real estate prices vary depending on the location.
Apart from that, you’ll find that some things are cheaper than in your home country, while other things are not. The overall price of living depends on the city where you’re planning to move to.
3. Canadian Culture
Canada is generally considered as one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with people from all over the globe calling it their home country at some point.
However, while many people from different cultures live in Canada, it doesn’t mean that they all share the same views and traditions. In fact, since Canada is home to so many immigrants from various countries around the world, there are significant cultural differences among them. Thus, if you want to fit in your new community, knowing something about its culture is a must.
While there may be differences between individual communities, there are certain unifying elements that link these communities. For instance: English and French are the two official languages of Canada and everyone should learn at least one of them in order to function in Canadian society. Furthermore, other activities such as hockey and lacrosse are greatly appreciated across the country.
The majority of people in Canada speak English and French, but not everybody does.
Because English is one of the two official languages in the entire country, you should have at least a basic understanding of the language before moving to Canada. Most people are bilingual, which means that they can speak both English and French. However, there are some regions where only one of these languages is spoken.
Another aspect worth knowing about is that not all Canadians speak with an accent. Depending on what region you’re from, your English might be different from that of a Canadian who was born and raised in the US or even the UK. If that’s not something you can handle, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the differences between accents before moving.
A lot of people in Canada have a university degree and it is considered one of the most important factors when applying for certain jobs.
However, while you certainly will find opportunities in your field back in your home country, this might not be the case upon moving to Canada. In order to get a job that matches your skill set and qualifications, you’ll need to complete your education in Canada before applying for certain jobs.
The educational system in Canada can be different than in your home country, so it’s important that you look into the requirements of certain universities and colleges before moving. Furthermore, there are some requirements that differ according to which province or territory that you’re moving from.
Moving to a new country is always exciting, but it also comes with some challenges. For those who are planning to move from one country to another, it’s important that you make yourself familiar with the key differences between your home and host countries. In fact, this will help you adjust as quickly as possible after moving and make sure that you don’t have any unpleasant surprises. Furthermore, being well informed about the country you’re planning to move to will give you a realistic picture of what it’s like before actually moving there and help you set your expectations accordingly. With that being said – there are plenty of things to look forward to when moving to Canada, and you’ll soon realize that it’s not just a place you’re moving to, but a home!
Founder Dinis Guarda
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