As you prepare to embrace your welcome to Canada, it is critical that you are as prepared as possible for your new and exciting Canadian experience. Over the next few weeks, we hope to highlight some of the key factors that will assist you in integrating into Canadian life. With this guide, there is no doubt that you will experience less confusion and have realistic expectations set in place that will ensure you achieve success in the Great White North.
Keen to emigrate but can’t decide between the sun and the snow? Why not have both?
Unless you live on the BC coast or in some parts of Southern Ontario, you are almost certain to have cold, snowy winters and hot summers with short transitional seasons.
If you are from a mild or warm climate, the bitter cold of a Canadian winter will undoubtedly shock you. It's difficult to put into words how cold -25°C can feel, but with the right gear and attitude, you can easily arrive prepared for your new Canadian adventure.
Another positive outcome is that Canadians don't take summer for granted; they know how to make the most of it.
Generations of immigrants – such as yourself – have been welcomed in Canada. Multiculturalism is ingrained in the Canadian psyche and is central to its national policy.
Over 40 sitting Members of Parliament were born abroad. Any major city, as well as many rural communities, will have a diverse range of languages, religions, and cultures.
You don't have to abandon your culture or values after moving to Canada, but you do need to evolve in order to successfully adjust and have the best chance of success. Maintaining an open mind will benefit both you and those around you.
You've probably seen workers in the service and hospitality industries receive a tip after providing their services. Canada is similar, and the country is gradually becoming accustomed to tipping.
The standard tip in Canada is 15% of the total bill, which may differ from what you are used to in your home country.
This is closely related to the previous point about diversity and culture, as it demonstrates that even though you will be in a new environment with new people and experiences, you are still likely to find small slices of home.
Cost of Living
When it comes to determining the cost of living abroad, research is essential. This information can vary depending on when and where you look for it, so timing and networking are essential.
Toronto and Vancouver, particularly the downtown areas, are relatively expensive as of November 2021. Rent-controlled Montreal, on the other hand, has low property values and low rent, but it also has lower wages.
With information being updated on a daily basis, networking with locals, or joining communities abroad via our ever-expanding media of social networking platforms, you are bound to get relevant and accurate information from sources close to the ground with little to no difficulty.
With the numerous advantages that a prospective Canadian citizen will enjoy as the newest member of the Canadian family, there is no doubt that making Canada your new home is the wisest decision of all.
Speak with a New World Immigration consultant today to assess your skills and see if you can take the first steps toward achieving your Canadian dreams.