5 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Canada

01Mar11
Since I work at a private college where we welcome international students, I thought this posting may contain just a few small items of necessary information. So often, people from around the world come to Canada with certain expectations which may, perhaps, cause some confusion, so I thought it was important to set the record straight. I’ve lived in this country for my entire life and there are a few things I’d like to share with those who may be thinking of moving here to either work or study:

#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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18 Responses to “5 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Canada”

  1. You tell us it’s not cold and then you slip in that Celsius talk. Like I’m gonna understand what that means in Fahrenheit! Kidding, of course. I like Canada, especially for giving the world hockey. As someone from Pittsburgh (home of Lemieux & Crosby) that’s a wonderful thing.

    • Well, at least now you know how I feel when I visit the States…25 degrees is really warm for those of us who speak Celsius!! lol!

      And, yes, hockey is absolutely phenomenal…and you should be glad that Canada lent you Lemieux and Crosby! πŸ˜‰

  2. #6 Talent Pool

    If you are gifted in the performing arts, especially in the area of acting or comedy you need not come. America is the country directly below us.

    :p

    • Wait a second, we’ve given you all kinds of actors and musicians (Ryan Reynolds, Avril Levigne, Sum 41, Kiefer Sutherland, etc.)!! I don’t with number 6 at all! lol.

  3. I know silly, Mike Meyers, Jim Carrey, Dan Akroyd, etc.

    I was saying that if you are in performing arts don’t bother moving to Canada. They all came here. ;p

    • Ah, I see…a miscommunication before. It appears as though my mind was still on weekend mode yesterday…lol.

  4. ive been to toronto, its gorgeous but its just as cold as the UK…. but dead pretty when it snows πŸ™‚

    • Yes, you’re right…it IS just as cold as the UK; however, it’s not as cold as most people think it may be! You should come back to Toronto in the summer…it gets so hot that it’s almost unbearable…unless you go to the beach, of course. πŸ˜‰

  5. 9 MW

    The (un)official languages in Greater Vancouver are MAndarin, Punjabi, Korean, and Vietnamese. Oh and of course Cantonese.

  6. So true! πŸ™‚

    I have some cousins in Michigan, and the lies we would tell them about Canada (when we only lived 2 hours apart) were atrocious. And they believed them!
    Silly Americans!

    • It’s funny how there are so many misconceptions about Canada, eh? (Yeah, I said “eh”…) πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  7. 12 Debbie Rielander

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE VALUE THIS AND HIGHLY APPRECIATE THIS INFORMATION.

  8. Have always though Canada to be a litle too cold

    • Well, it can certainly get cold in the winter (depending on where in Canada you may be), but in the summer, it is FAR too hot! We love our extreme temperatures! haha!

      Thanks so much for stopping in, Oyia! Much appreciated! πŸ™‚

      • I live on a windy, sub-tropical Island in the Atlantic. It is neither too cold in the winter nor too hot (out of the sun) in the summer. Therefore we need neither heating nor air-conditioning. I have heard as winter approaches, in parts of Canada, the transition from hot to cold happens overnight. Brrr!

      • Well, I’ve never experienced the temperatures changing over night before, but perhaps someone in Canada has…lol! It sounds like you live in a pretty beautiful place, so stay there if you don’t like extreme temperatures! We Canadians love the heat and cold, no matter how extreme! πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for stopping in again, Oyia!

  9. I’m going to shift to Canada this May..and I’m from India where the temp. in summers happens to be around 45 or so degrees Celsius..

    comments above are really scary..how will I be able to survive in -25 whereas in India it doesn’t go beyond -2?

    • Haha! Yes, it may be a bit of an adjustment for you, Vidy, but if you live out in B.C. or stay in the southern Ontario regions, you will be just fine! It doesn’t get very cold in those parts of Canada…in fact, it’s been a very warm winter in Toronto this year. Temperatures seem to be hovering around 5-7 degrees Celsius. I think you can handle that. πŸ˜‰


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