5 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Canada
#1 Not all Canadians live in igloos
For some reason, there is a notion being perpetuated throughout the rest of the world that it is always snowing in Canada. Honestly, this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. I live in Toronto and it usually gets no colder than – 7 degrees Celsius during the day in winter. Our summer temperatures can soar well above the 28 degree mark, and that is without the humidex, so be prepared for some very hot weather as well!
#2 Not all Canadians are filthy rich
Although Canada is a very wealthy country compared to many others, it doesn’t mean that everyone living here is loaded with money. A large portion of the population is Middle Class. Yes, there are many people living here who are high earners, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t some people here who struggle financially as well. Fortunately, we have a government that aids its citizens who are needy, if it is so required.
#3 Canadians work hard and we play hard
There is a certain pace of life that one must become accustomed to if one intends to move to Canada. We move at a fast pace and strive to be the best we can be in whatever business we may be involved in. This mentality can create intense competition in the business world; however, when he go on hliday, we like to relax and unwind as much as possible, whether it’s lying on a beach or skiing in Whistler. Full time employees have no less than 10 working days off per year, and that is exclusive of the federal holidays.
# Canada has some of the best schools in the world
Whether you are looking to place your child in primary or secondary school, or are looking to enrol in a college or university yourself, it must be understood that a qualification from a Canadian school is highly respected throughout the world. We offer a plethora of degrees and diplomas from universities, colleges, and career colleges to aid in furthering your education.
# Canadians don’t always use the 2 official language
Although Canada has 2 official languages (English and French), please don’t assume that all Canadians speak each language fluently. Anglophones must take French as a Second Language training in school up until Grade 9, but it doesn’t meant that all Canadians speak it well. Unless you move to Quebec, the National Capital Region (Ottawa), or certain parts of Nova Scotia or New Brunswick, you probably won’t hear French being spoken all that often. In the same vein, we must remember that not all Francophones are able to speak English fluently either, and in particular, those living in the northern regions of Quebec as they are more isolated from any English-speaking communities.
So, weather you mean to come to Canada to work or to study, I truly hope this helps you prepare for your trip!
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