Moving to Canada - What you Need to know


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Majority of you may know that Canada is the second largest country in the world and Ottawa is its capital and not Toronto. International students opt to study in Canada because of its high quality educational system. Canada is a bilingual country which has two official languages – English and French. Apart from this, there are lot many things to know about Canada before you make a move.

  • Visit the province/territory website where you intend to settle and get all the necessary information regarding various facilities and services provided by the country or government to its immigrants or residents. Know about what all things you can carry with you because you might have to pay the duty on some items.
  • You should know about your rights and duties in Canada and you should be aware about the importance of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which describes about the human rights and freedoms one can expect in Canada.
  • As mentioned above, Canada is a bilingual country which two official languages – English and French. So if you don’t know French no need to worry unless you are travelling to Quebec where French is primarily spoken by the people.
  • Canadians are known for their politeness. Initially, you might feel how one can be so polite but gradually you will learn to read between the lines. In Canada, saying please and thank you is very important or else people might consider you as rude.
  • Canada is known for its high quality education system and majority of people in Canada are highly educated as well. Moreover, Canada is also home to some of the top ranked Universities and colleges. So if you are considering to study in Canada then there are lots of options for you.
  • Winters in Canada are really cold. So buy the right clothes as per the climate because it might be chilling cold in places like Nunavut, Manitoba and Saskatchewan where the average temperature during winters is -30 degrees Celsius.
  • Whether you are planning to work or study in Canada, don’t forget to carry all your important documents including birth certificates, marriage certificates, academic certificates along with its transcripts, medical reports, valid passport etc.
  • If you plan to work in Canada then you need to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) which you should apply for after you arrive in Canada.
  • You may get a job in you field itself but don’t panic if you don’t get it in the initial stage. For the time being, you can opt to do some volunteer jobs which will enhance your skills and increase your Canadian experience. Volunteer work will also get you good references as well.

So before moving to Canada, if you have a little bit idea about what all you can expect in the country will help you out. But still you should be patience enough to get adjusted to the changing environment and lifestyle.