Landing in Canada soon? Things you need to know.
Before you arrive into Canada here’s a few things you need to know and do.
Settling In Canada
As a newcomer to Canada, you will find that you are meeting new people all the time. I found this to be a little scary at first, but after a few social events, I grew very confident in my elevator pitch. If you are unfamiliar with what an elevator pitch is it’s a short two-minute introduction about yourself. Once you have this ready to go you will be able to clearly and confidently introduce yourself in any situation. You should practice this a little so you know what you are going to say when someone inevitably asks you where you’re from and how you came to Canada.read more
The rules for getting a driving licence in Canada differ in each province and territory. Depending on which country you’re from, you may be able to simply exchange your foreign licence for a driver licence in Toronto, Ontario without the need to sit any road tests. In...read more
You may have heard stories about the Canadian winter being very harsh and long. The truth is that, yes the winter is cold, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 20 degrees in Toronto and Ottawa. However, with just a little planning ahead and a few new clothes, you will find that you can be comfortable in these temperatures. More good news is that your home will have central heating, making it warm and cozy throughout the winter. The same is true of nearly every indoor space, so you will not have to spend too long outdoors if you don’t want to.read more
Banking & Finance
When you arrive in Canada you will be able to get access to credit cards. It won't be a lot as your credit profile will still be thin. Until the banks get to know you a little better you will probably start with just one credit card. How you use this credit card will...read more
Checklist 3: Transferring finances One of the first things you should consider when packing up to come to Canada is how to transfer your cash and your other investments. Here are 6 options to consider. 1. Talk to your banker in your country of origin for advice. 2....read more
1. Settle your affairs Pay your debts. Review your insurance policies. Cancel your monthly services and obtain the necessary proof. Sell your properties, or make solid arrangements on how to manage them from afar. In the stress of moving to another country, it is...read more
Working In Canada
Many newcomers to Canada find that they struggle to find work in Canada for one very frustrating reason: their English skills need improvement. This can be a little disheartening, but do not worry. The Canadian government provides newcomers to Canada with language...read more
British Columbia is experiencing a huge labour shortage: in trades, 934,000 job openings are projected; in biotechnology, 33% of companies report skills shortages; and there is a ‘talent crisis’ in IT, BC Technology Report Card reports. These all translate to an immense economic loss for the province. Which is very good news for immigrants to Canada, that are looking for work in Canada.read more
Now that you have your visa and are well on your way to landing in Vancouver, Canada, you’re probably starting to think about what job you want to do once you arrive. Here are some important steps to getting you ready for living in British Columbia.read more