Top Things You Should Know Before Going To Live In Canada

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Canada is a great place to live. It is arguably one of the world’s best countries. Not only is Canada a parliamentary democracy, but it is also a very equal and safe place to live.

However, just because Canada’s a great place to live, that’s not to say that it’s easy moving there. If you are planning on emigrating to Canada, then you need to make sure that you do your research first, so that you can make the move as stress-free as possible.

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Here are some of the top things that you need to know before you go to live in Canada.

Transporting Furniture

If you are moving to Canada from a country that’s not in North America, then you will need to transport your furniture via ship or plane. There are some specialist services that can facilitate removals to Canada for you, which are definitely worth working with. A lot of people try to save as much money as possible when it comes to shipping their furniture internationally but saving money shouldn’t be your main focus. 

Instead, your main focus should be getting your furniture there safely, which means working with a professional, experienced removal company. It is also worth taking out an insurance policy on your furniture, just in case at any point during transit it becomes damaged. You can mitigate the risk of damage by hiring the most experienced removal company that you can find.

Acquiring Citizenship

Citizenship isn’t easy to get in Canada. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to get. If you are planning on moving there, then you need to make sure that you have arranged your visa. As nice as it would be to be able to, you can’t just turn up in Canada and decide that you want to live there. The Canadian government wants to know why you are coming, what you intend on doing to support yourself, and where you are going to be living for the duration of your stay.

Learning the Language

A lot of people think that Canadians speak English exclusively, but this isn’t true. In fact, up to 20% of Canada’s population speaks French. Certain provinces and townships speak more French than others do. Because of this, you need to conduct extensive research and make sure that the place that you are going speaks English, or alternatively, learn French yourself. Many Canadians who speak French also speak English, but because they are native French speakers, they prefer to speak in French. French is a relatively easy language to learn, so learning it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Finding Work

You shouldn’t attempt to move to Canada unless you have work arranged or have a substantial amount of savings that you can support yourself with. Finding work in Canada shouldn’t be difficult, because there is an abundance of it, in various different industries. If you do have a job already lined up, then when you are applying for a visa, you should apply for a work visa. You cannot work in Canada if you do not have a work visa. If the government finds out that you have entered the country on a different visa and are working, you can get into a lot of trouble.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Canada is far cheaper than in other parts of the world, but it can still be expensive in some places. If you are living in Toronto for example, then living could actually be quite expensive. Since gas and food prices are rising all over the world at the moment, it is a good idea to take the time to learn how much things are going to be in the place that you are moving to. You might want to rethink where you are going to be living if the cost of living is going to be too much for you.

Enjoying Canada

Canada’s a wonderful country, unlike any other. Make sure that you get the most out of your time there, especially if you will be returning to your country of origin later on. Canada’s culture, wildlife, and people are fantastic. Many people consider Canada to be the best country in the world, and it’s really not hard to see why. A lot of people when moving to a new place dig themselves in and don’t explore what else the country has to offer—don’t be one of these people. Make sure that you see all of what Canada has to offer.

Moving to a new country can be very stressful. If you have made the decision to move to Canada, then you need to do your research first, plan your trip properly, and make sure that you have everything sorted out for when you arrive. You should never arrive in another country unprepared.

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