A majority of immigrants often say that they chose to come to Canada for their children. They want their children to grow up in a country that respects human rights, freedom, equality and opportunity.
As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Raising children isn’t easy in the best of circumstances, now add in all the stress of immigration and settlement on top of your parental duties.
Unfortunately, as a newcomer, you will likely have left your support network (i.e., family and friends) behind. If you’re lucky enough to have friends and family in Canada already, being able to turn to them for emotional support and parenting advice is a bonus.
Finding Childcare in Canada
Childcare is the responsibility of the parents. If both parents work and you don’t have grandparents or other family or friends to watch your children in your absence, you’ll have to find — and pay for — suitable childcare.
To help offset the costs, Canada offers the Universal Child Care Benefit, which provide financial assistance to all Canadian families with young children, regardless of where they live, their family circumstances or preferences. Parents receive $100 a month for each child under six years of age. This is in addition to being eligible for the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
While basic tenets of parenting such as love, support and encouragement are found around the world, you might find parenting in Canada different than in your country of origin.