Living in Canada: 15 things to know before you go

Author: Clark Tos
2022-09-29 10:40:01

Going to live in Canada is a boon for both workers and students. Here are the essentials to know if you want to move to this country.

1- Canada is the second largest country in the world

Topographic map of Canada. Credit: dikobraziy

Did you know that Canada has the second largest territory in the world after the Russia ? Its area covers 9,984,670 km². This is why the immigration rate in this region is particularly high. Many families wishing to change their lives choose to move to one of the country's major cities. Quebec, Vancouver, Ontario and Toronto are among the most popular. And for good reason, it is easy to find a job and accommodation there. As the country lists prestigious universities like 'The University of British Columbia' or 'The University Of Alberta', students also like it.

2- Living in Canada: how to obtain the Visa?

A copy of an application to immigrate to Canada. Credit: Manjurul

L’ immigration au Canada  requires a prior visa application. The Temporary Visa is indicated for workers and students. It allows them to occupy the status of temporary visitor and allows them to benefit from 3 programs to choose from:

  • A Visa Visitor;
  • A study permit;
  • A work permit.

If you wish to immigrate to Canada without changing nationality, the Permanent Visa is required. It also offers several types of programs allowing everyone to find their account. The formalities for a visa application depend on your profile. To avoid getting lost, do not hesitate to ask the officials.

3- Find accommodation before leaving for Canada

Finding accommodation in Canada. Credit: SvetaZi

To immigrate to this country with complete peace of mind, it is a good idea to find accommodation before you leave. Between renting, subletting and co-renting, the choice will depend entirely on your needs and your budget. The looking for a house or an apartment for rent in Canada is easier than in France because of the importance of supply and demand. If you come to the country for studies, you can find accommodation on campus. Workers and permanent immigrants will be able to rely on online housing sites and Real estate agencies .

4- Going to Canada: the cities where life is good

The city of Vancouver, Canada. Credit: NikolayShubin

If you want to thrive in your new life, you should move to a calm and warm city. In Canada, you will find several attractive cities ideal for a family. Vancouver is at the top of the list. It is located in a very beautiful natural setting. You will find several educational establishments, internationally renowned health centers, magnificent tourist and cultural sites...

Aside from Vancouver, you'll also enjoy Toronto , the financial capital from the country. Otherwise, you can also move to Montreal. This city is perfect for finding a good job and raising children.

5- The cost of living in Canada

A foreign couple shopping at a market in Canada. Credit: Bobex-73

The Cost of life in the country of destination is an essential criterion to take into account before any international move project. One of the strengths of this North American country is that it allows you to lead a comfortable lifestyle on a small budget.

Rent, transport, telephony and food are particularly lower there than in many other countries. Of course, the price of accommodation will depend on the region and the neighborhood chosen.

Your rent expenses will fluctuate between $1,500 and $3,000. In terms of clothing and essential everyday accessories, it will be easy for you to find good deals once there.

6- The weather in Canada

A young woman enjoying her stay in Canada. Credit: VlaDee

Becoming a permanent resident of Canada requires preparation. Indeed, as the country is very large, the weather conditions may vary from province to province. As in France, the territory is subject to 4 seasons during the year: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

However, the winter season in this part of the globe is particularly harsh. Before going there, we advise you to put several warm clothes in your suitcase. Summers can also be very hot. So bring light clothes, a hat and a few pairs of sandals.

7- Living in Canada: the most spoken languages

A student taking an online language course. Credit: Prostock-Studio

During a travel and moving project, the language barrier is always at the center of fears. Rest assured, most Canadians speak French and English. You will be able to continue speaking the language of Molière in the provinces of Ontario, Ottawa and Alberta. Quebec is also a French-speaking Canadian province. Formerly called the ' New France , it has preserved the vestiges of colonization. Other languages ​​classified as non-official are practiced in this country, namely Cantonese, Punjabi, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. You will find several people speaking these languages ​​during your stay in certain provinces.

8- Going to Canada with your personal belongings

A family on the move. Credit: g-stockstudio

To better get used to your new life, especially if you are leaving living in Canada with children , it is better to bring your personal belongings. Also take the time to determine the moving system that suits your needs and your budget:

  • Moving by sea;
  • Moving by air;
  • Moving by container;

You will need to follow the required steps. In order to reduce the cost of transport, sort out what is essential and what is superfluous. It is also good to know that the voltage of electricity in this country is 110 V against 220 V in France. It is therefore unnecessary to take certain household appliances with you when moving.

9- Immigration to Canada, what about health insurance?

A family enjoying their health insurance in Canada. Credit: dolgachov

The care system is one of the essential points not to be overlooked when planning a expatriation in a new country . In Canada, the healthcare system is highly developed and you will be entitled to reimbursement of your healthcare costs. For a stay of more than 12 months, you must take out health insurance. If the stay is expected to end earlier, travel insurance may suffice. Basic medical care is free for Canadian citizens, temporary workers, permanent residents and scholarship students. As an expatriate, you will be entitled to universal social protection.

10- Life in Canada: how to find a job?

A man looking for work on the internet. Credit: fizkes

To lead a comfortable life in Canada, you need find a job stable and well paid. The opportunities in this country are plentiful, provided you do it the right way. If you have experience in a specific field, it will be easy for you to find work quickly. As an intern, you will find different offers corresponding to your profile in the different local companies. Job readiness programs will also help you find work in Canada more easily. Do not hesitate to consult the classifieds and register on job search platforms to maximize your chances.

11- Living in Canada: how to get your driver's license?

A student in Canada who has recently obtained their driver's license. Credit: Vladimir Razgulyaev

The international driving license or IDP that was issued abroad cannot be used permanently in Canada. You must present a driver's license validated by the provincial or territorial government of the country to be able to drive easily in Canadian cities. Obtaining the latter will depend on your driving experience and the province to which you plan to immigrate. In general, two practical exams and one written exam are required. Do not hesitate to take a few courses and learn more about the code de route au Canada to facilitate obtaining your permit.

12- Canadian currency

Canadian currency. Credit: dbarcroft

To go to Canada with peace of mind, you need to have a minimum of Canadian money in your wallet. So do not hesitate to exchange your tickets in euros at the bank before your departure. You can also use an ATM or cash machine, a ticket distribution system specific to English-speaking countries. Unlike France and other European countries, the country uses the Canadian dollar , which can make your purchases complicated at first. To avoid getting lost, be accompanied by a native or a guide. This way, you can learn the basics before going out on your own.

13- Living in Canada: what about gastronomy?

A dish concocted in a Canadian restaurant. Credit: Kresopix

Living in Canada, whether temporarily or permanently, is an experience not to be missed. The country offers a very diversified gastronomy for lovers of beautiful flavors. Once there, you will eat lots of vegetables, fish and meat. Poutine is Canada's national dish, a recipe based on fries and gravy originating in Quebec . You will find it on the menu of restaurants in every Canadian province. When you immigrate to this country, you will also have the chance to taste the famous tourtière , a dish made from pork, beef or chicken.

14- Going to Canada: on-site entertainment

Tourists having a good time in Canada. Credit: Ceri Breeze

If you want start a new life in Canada and live great adventures, you need a hobby. This country is known for its passion for online games. However, you can also practice other enriching activities such as hiking, shopping, reading. During your free time, it will be interesting to go to the market to meet other people . You will make friends this way and you will like it more in your new country. In Canada, cultural and artistic activities abound. An opportunity to enrich yourself and have a good time.

15- Canada is an ideal country to raise children

Happy children. Credit: Inside Creative House

Canada is on the list of best countries to raise kids . If you are a couple wishing to start a family in the best conditions, put your suitcases in this pays is recommended. It provides a sense of security and well-being for both parents and toddlers. Indeed, you will find very good schools there, amusement parks , standards-compliant libraries… The healthcare system in this country also makes it attractive. Families will have more confidence on a daily basis. Finally, in terms of the cost of living, it will be easier for you to lead a comfortable life with children in Canada.