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7 Secrets to Feel at Home After Moving from the UK to Canada

December 10th, 2019 Comments off

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Since Canada and the UK have historical links that bind them, it’s no wonder that so many Brits end up in Canada, and vice versa. Following the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, Google searches for ‘moving to Canada’ skyrocketed. Whether you’re looking to leave for a job, family, or a change of pace, Canada can offer Brits a familiar yet brand new country to call home. Just the same, any move across the pond is a huge change, so here are 7 secrets to help you feel at home after moving to Canada from the UK.

Learn the Language

While English (and French) are the official languages of Canada, making for an easier transition, picking up on some of the nuances of Canadian language will help you understand what everyone is talking about in casual conversation, eh. Canadian spelling, unlike American, is very similar to UK English. However there are some notable differences, for example words like analyse and paralyse are spelled analyze and paralyze by most Canadians. Other terms to learn are mostly slang: a loonie is a dollar, a gas station is a petrol station, and a toque is a hat to keep you warm in the winter.

Enjoy Familiar Comforts Of Home

It turns out Canadians enjoy Coronation Street just as much as the Brits, with the CBC broadcasting it five times a week on the edge of prime time since it’s the most popular soap in both Canada and the UK. Feel free to binge watch and find out who in your social circle in Canada is also hooked on Coronation Street.

Learn to Love The National Sport

Ice hockey and lacrosse to Canadians are what cricket and football are to the Brits. A great way to meet new people is to go and check out some games, amateur or pro, and if you’re so inclined explore the possibility of learning the sport and playing yourself. There are numerous house leagues of various levels for adults and children alike. It’s a great way to stay active and meet new people.

Network With Other Brits

Groups like Brits in Toronto have over 4,000 members (with many cities across the country having such groups) and exist to help other Brits feel at home. These groups include meet ups, so you can connect with others who are going through something similar to you, but also provide opportunities for you to find the comforts of home in Canada. Need to know where to get a good curry or roast beef in your new hometown? No problem, members of these groups are happy to offer suggestions and help you acclimatize to your new life in Canada.

Be Wary of ‘Tourist’ Friendships

While it can be wonderful to meet other Brits new to Canada and figuring out if it is the right fit for them, and commiserating about your adventure, don’t rely on one person or family to be your entire social circle. Should they decide to head back home you will find yourself feeling very lonely. Karen Brooks moved to Whistler from the UK in 2010 and told The Guardian of her experience, saying that it’s easy to meet other expats where they live, but many people are only there for a short time, so remain patient when finding the best possible place to live, work, and meet others.

Bond Over Complaining About the Weather

Trade in your raincoat for a winter parka. Aside from the west coast in British Columbia, the rest of Canada sees a lot less rain, but colder temperatures. Invest in warm gear for cold weather so you can get out during the winter months instead of spending all your time inside, alone, watching Netflix. Want to start a conversation? Complaining about the weather is an important Canadian rite of passage.

Bring Family & Friends Over To Visit

Spending a little time in your new home as a tourist and enjoying attractions alongside loved ones is a fantastic way to grow an appreciation for Canada. Canada is huge compared to the UK, so even exploring one province, depending on the province’s size, could take some time. Scheduling visitors during your first years in Canada will give you something to look forward to, and provide new and exciting ways to explore the country.

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Essential Documents You Need for Moving to Costa Rica from Canada

November 29th, 2019 Comments off

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So, you want to become a ‘Tico’? This is an affectionate nickname that many Costa Ricans use to refer to themselves because of a linguistic habit of adding tico/tica to the end of words in Costa Rican Spanish. Who can blame you for wanting to move to Costa Rica? It’s warm, sunny, friendly, and filled with amazing rainforest and wildlife.

Before you pack your maleta (suitcase), you’ll need to know what documents you need to bring with you.

Your Passport

Those coming as Canadian (or U.S.) citizens are not required to acquire a visa to enter the country as a tourist for a stay of up to 90 days. Simply have your passport stamped. Note that your passport must be more than six months away from expiration and cannot be damaged or you may be denied entry into the country. You will also need to present proof that you will be exiting the country within 90 days, in the form of documentation such as a plane ticket with a destination elsewhere. Many people repeatedly do this and simply re-enter the country a short time later, but there are no guarantees that you will be readmitted through this travel loophole, and it’s better to seek out a lengthier solution during your first 90 day stay.

Immunization Records

If you have stamps in your passport indicating that you have travelled to Asia, Africa, or South America you may be required to bring a World Health Organization Card (WHO CARD) or a doctor’s letter as proof of your yellow fever immunization.

Driver’s License

Generally Canadian driver’s licenses will remain valid for you to rent and drive a car in Costa Rica for shorter stays. Those staying longer will want to explore obtaining a Costa Rican license after they attain a residence visa.

Getting a Visa As Retirees

Seniors retiring in Costa Rica need to provide proof that they have at least 1K per month of income coming in from a recognized pension plan (like a teachers’ pension that comes in every month). Those who don’t have a fixed retirement plan, but have savings, can provide proof they have at least $2,500 income coming in for at least 24 months, or simply deposit $60,000 in an Immigration Authority Approved Costa Rican Bank. Those who wish to invest 200K in a home, business, or residential property in Costa Rica can obtain residence under the Inversionista Program (for investors).

Beyond Documentation, A Hired Lawyer

This is an attorney who specializes in immigration to Costa Rica, and will help you sort out your visa quickly, organize your paperwork, all without unnecessary delays. Most government officials will not be able to speak English, so if your Spanish is rusty, your attorney can speak on your behalf and translate for you.

Other Documentation

While your lawyer will be able to help you assemble your documentation, you can get started by gathering the following standard items including: an immigration application form, a receipt showing you have deposited money in the Banco de Costa Rica to pay for your application (this is noted to be $50 when applying from Canada or $250 if applying while visiting on your tourist visa), a letter explaining why you want to live in Costa Rica, proof of registration within the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, proof of fingerprinting by the Ministry of Public Safety, your birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), your Police Record. Note: documents must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the government.

Bienvenido a casa/Welcome Home!
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A Complete Guide to Moving from Chicago to Canada

November 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Fearing the upcoming US election? Got a job offer or educational opportunity you can’t refuse? While a move from Chicago may not seem like a big deal, particularly if you’re moving to another large city like Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, or Vancouver, there is still a lot that you need to know. Here’s a quick cheat sheet on moving from Chicago to Canada.​

Pick Your Timing​

A move to Canada doesn’t need to be a final decision. On your passport alone you can spend time in Canada as a visitor for just under six months, but that also means you won’t be able to work while you’re here. To find out your eligibility for whatever type of goals you have in Canada (whether it’s as a student, a temporary worker, or a permanent resident) you can fill out a 10 minute online tool at www.Canada.ca. ​

Those with more than a year of full-time work experience may qualify for Express entry, which costs around $2000, may involve some language testing and takes about six months to process. Applicants are rated on a scale up to 1200 points with 600 points based on skills, education and professional experience, and the other 600 on having relatives with Canadian residency, job offers, or speaking French.​

If you have a skill that is in high demand in a province (like in the tech industry) you may qualify for the Provincial Nominees Program, however this will determine where you’ll need to live.

Where Most People Live In Canada​

While many people joke about Canadians living in a frozen wasteland, take note, most of the Canadian population is with 100 miles (or 160 kilometres, you’re really going to need to learn the metric system if you want to live here) from the United States Border. Most people live in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.​

If you’ve decided you’re Canada bound but have not landed on a location yet, you’ll need to decide whether you’re a city mouse or a country mouse among other things. Employment offers from companies with offices around the country may allow you to select a location based on weather preference, affordability, proximity to family, friends, or ski hills – it’s up to you.​

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Finding The Right Location For You


Vancouver offers big city living, first-class public transit, an ocean view, milder climate, and a hefty price tag to go with the West Coast benefits. ​

Toronto may be the closest to what you are used to in Chicago in both climate and big city culture. Toronto offers diverse and trendy multicultural neighbourhoods, art, culture, theatre, and many job opportunities. The cost of rent in Toronto compared to Chicago is comparable, especially when you factor in the US/Canada exchange rate. Concerned about safety? Toronto is frequently listed among the top safest cities in North America.

Other big-city options include Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg.


Speak French, love Europe, and don’t mind the cold? Consider Montreal or Quebec City to enjoy a European feel very close to the US border. ​

For those looking to simplify their lives and experience a friendly oceanic Canadian experience, look to live in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, or New Brunswick.​
Still hate extreme weather. The mildest and most temperate climate in all of Canada is in Victoria, the British Columbia capital, where the temperature rarely dips below zero in the winter or above 30 degrees C in summer.​

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Climate Differences

Chicagoans may feel like they have cold weather on a lock and will have no problem adapting to Canadian weather, more specifically Canadian winters. While the average monthly temperature in Chicago is only 2.3 degrees Celsius different in Toronto, Ontario (that’s 4.1 degrees Fahrenheit), something that may get to you is the lack of sunlight. There are 541 fewer hours of sunlight in Toronto each year than in Chicago, which may impact anyone who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADs). ​

Things to Remember​

Just because you’re living in Canada doesn’t mean you aren’t still a US citizen, and your rights and obligations as such are the same. You can still vote and are encouraged to do so.​
Canada is known for welcoming in immigrants and the OECD Better Life Index rates life satisfaction in Canada as seven out of the 40 countries assessed (life satisfaction is rated 17 in the US). You may have just found your new home, and remember Chicago Style Pizza is just a short flight (or long drive) away.​

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5 Major Stress Points of Moving From Mexico to Canada

November 5th, 2019 Comments off

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A move to Canada may be the right thing for you and your family, but before you pack your bags take note – immigration can be a long and complicated process. In addition to being granted admission into the country there will be other hurdles and stress points you’ll need to face. The good news is that if you’re prepared and know what to expect, you’ll be able to face them head-on and anticipate potential barriers in your early days in the country.

TSome Professions Aren’t Easily Transferred

A lot of Canadian professions are highly regulated. This means that a degree or experience as a professional in Mexico may not apply when you arrive in Canada. Often, depending on the profession, educational and professional credentials need to be assessed by a local regulating body, followed by a possible need to upgrade your education and/or take a series of exams to be able to practice your profession in Canada. This is particularly common in healthcare. It may take months or even years to meet Canadian standards and get working in your chosen field. Those with internationally recognized designations may be able to set to work right away. Either way, you’ll need time to determine when you can start working and have a back-up job in mind should you need to take time and have the funding available to get certified in Canada.

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Healthcare Isn’t Exactly Free

Many people talk about Canada having free healthcare but the reality is, not everything is free. Yes, people who are new to Canada can enjoy a top-notch and publicly funded healthcare system, but some money is needed. A lot of coverage won’t begin until someone has been in Canada for as long as six months, so it’s recommended that you get some private insurance to cover you in the meantime. It’s also worth noting that some health services like prescription drugs and dental care are not covered under the healthcare system, so once again purchasing comprehensive insurance is a good idea.

Learning the Language

Canada has two official languages: English and French, and you’ll need to be able to prove that you can speak at least one of them fluently. To prove you can speak in either English or French you will need to take a skill testing exam in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The exams that are accepted for this are called the IELTS and TEF exams. The exams are a time commitment of just under three hours and will cost $320 for an IELTS exam. Be sure to add this item to your checklist and timeline. The results from these exams take approximately five to seven days to be released when taken in Canada.

Driving In Canada

Being able to use your driver’s license in Canada may not be an option. Each province has its own rules and regulations which means you’ll need to pay to have your license issued in a Canadian format. You also may need to take some testing before you are permitted to drive. Thankfully, if you are unable to drive for some time, Canada is known for having many excellent public transit options available, particularly in larger cities.

Canadian Weather

We can’t talk about Canada without mentioning the weather. The Canadian climate is very different than the temperate one in Mexico. Winters can be long and cold, whereas summer can be quite warm and even feel tropical. Plan on living in the Prairies or interior provinces, get ready for a lot of snow, for as much as six months of the year. Many find it best to plan their transition to Canada in the spring where they can experience some transitional weather, the summer, and most of the year before facing winter.
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6 Surefire Ways to Convince Your Kids to Move to Canada from Texas

October 18th, 2019 Comments off

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US News recently ranked Canada as the fourth best country for raising kids (The US didn’t make the top 5 list). While this, a new job, family, or a plethora of other reasons might be why you want to move to Canada, it might be harder to convince your kids to leave the Lone Star State for the Great White North, eh?
The good news is there are numerous benefits for children in Canada that may help convince your kids (and the grown-ups) that Canada is a fantastic place to raise kids whether they’re six months old, six years old, or 16!

Independence From Safety

Each year the Global Peace Index releases a list of the most peaceful (aka safest) places in the world to live. In 2019, Canada ranked number six on this list (the US ranked 128 on a list containing 163 countries), making it a highly sought-after place to live. While this number may not impress kids looking for more independence, as a parent it can provide peace of mind for you to loosen the reigns and allow for some extra freedom, particularly for older kids.

It’s A Winter Wonderland

If your kids are used to Texas sized adventures, Canada may just impress them. While Texans see snow from time to time, much of Canada brings winter and snow to extremes. Let your kids try out skiing, snowboarding, skating, snow biking, or even hockey to help them embrace the colder weather, make new friends, and perhaps even find a hobby that lasts a lifetime.
Cheaper Post Secondary Education
American post secondary education is known for coming with a hefty price tag. Even those who end up paying international student fees (this will be substantially lower should your family be granted permanent resident status or Canadian Citizenship) end up paying significantly less than they would for a school that is out of state or a private American College. This, along with universal health care, frees up money for the pursuit of a post graduate degree, living on campus, or maybe even the purchase of a car to help them with the commute. What teen is going to say no to that?

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Wildlife Abound

Do your kids love wildlife? Canada is jam packed with it. Take your animal loving child to the west coast and Vancouver in the spring so they can watch 20,000 gray whales complete their enormous migration north (the longest mammal migration). Other animals you may run into while you live in Canada (depending on where you’re travelling) include grizzly bears, cougars, moose, gray wolves, Canada geese, marmots, wolverines, and bison. Remember to learn about safe distances from wild life and what to do if you come across Canadian wild life, before your first adventure.

Explore Canada On Foot

Interested in hiking? Check out the Great Trail spanning 24,000 kilometres (that’s 14,900 miles), all around this beautiful country. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of this multi-province and territory spanning trail, so odds are it’s nearby. Want to check out some national parks, national historical sites, and national marine conservation areas? Kids 17 and under can visit any of these locations operated by Parks Canada for no cost whatsoever (sorry parents, you must pay, but we promise it’ll be worth it).

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Parental Leave

While this may not apply to older kids, it does apply to those who want to expand their family and enjoy more time with their little ones. If your child has always wanted a younger sibling, living in Canada may be the time to consider it. In Canada, employees who are covered by the Canadian Labour Code (research to see if this applies to you) are able to enjoy as much as 17 weeks of maternity leave, and a parental leave for either parent caring for a newborn infant or newly adopted child for a combined period of up to 63 weeks. Many parents are eligible for receiving some employment insurance during this time period.

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Moving and living in Dubai

September 24th, 2019 Comments off

Dubai is the largest city within the Emirate of Dubai, offering international big city appeal, along with a cheaper cost of living compared to cities like New York or London. With a big move overseas, comes a lot of change. This adaptation includes everything from finding a job, place to live, and sorting out working or student visas. These six tips will help you make your transition from your life in the Great White North to the City of Gold.

Finding Work In Dubai

Many people enjoy working in Dubai, and particularly benefit from the lack of personal tax, so their take home income is much higher than in Canada. The work week is different in Dubai, with Friday being the weekly day of rest. Some companies even run from Sunday to Thursday, making their weekends Friday and Saturday. Generally, workdays are 8:30am to 5:30pm, but during the holy month of Ramadan working hours are shorter with six-hour days.

Like any move, it’s best to find work before entering the country since many new hires are recruited from international employment agencies. While most people in Dubai speak English, you may want to brush up on your Arabic, the official language of the UAE. Most Canadians can obtain a visa upon arrival, but it’s probably best to speak with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs office of Dubai to make sure all your paperwork is in order and you bring all the required documentation.

Pay Rent In Advance

Many employers are willing to help new recruits find a home in Dubai. If you end up renting a place, you can easily find both furnished and unfurnished options. The most expensive areas are the districts of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah, because they’re near the beach. Word to the wise, most landlords in Dubai will need six months up to a full year’s worth of rent before you move in, so make sure your bank account is ready to take the hit.

Adjusting to the Weather

Canadians are known for dealing with some pretty severe weather, which can happen in Dubai, only the extreme weather here lies at the other end of the temperature spectrum. Just like Canada, Dubai enjoys four seasons, although these seasons are a little less defined. In Dubai, instead of dealing with cold winters, you’ll experience long, scorching hot summers, ripe with humidity. Summers generally last around four months, but not to worry, Dubai has wonderful air conditioning just about everywhere, so you shouldn’t have to spent too much time outdoors if you don’t want to. For those looking for a little relief from the heat, consider visiting the mountain region of the east coast to cool down.

Making Friends Quickly

In addition to befriending locals, there are many easy ways to connect with other newcomers. Companies like InterNations help bring people together thanks to their complimentary membership with online and in person planned activities. Another way to connect is by looking for Facebook groups to help introduce you to others who can befriend you and give you some inside scoops on common questions like arranging childcare, the best schools, places to buy food, get coffee, and more.

Be Friendly

While Canadians are known for being friendly and adaptable it’s always a good idea to read up on the culture in the area where you’ll be visiting or living. Dubai is a Muslim city and their customs in public places reflect this. When out in public remember to dress modestly, keep PDAs to a minimum (like kissing or hugging), and don’t get intoxicated or disorderly, to avoid a run in with the local police.

Other ‘Canadian’ Comforts

Comforts from home are increasing in Dubai thanks to globalization. While Tim Hortons coffee is new on the scene, there are 15 locations to get your double double and Timbits, with some stores open 24 hours a day. Canadian brunch and breakfast giant Eggspectation has made the leap across the pond, with one of the favourite locations in Dubai hosting a beach view over eggs benny. Just make sure you get there early, because there is often a line-up.
Just because you’re living somewhere warmer doesn’t mean you need to abandon your skates. There are some hockey clubs that have formed, catering to children and adults alike. Canadians who enjoy hiking to keep healthy and explore can easily access trails, all within a two-hour drive of the city.
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Moving to Canada from California

September 9th, 2019 Comments off

Where to Find Celebrities After Moving from Canada to California
Sand, surf, sunshine, and stars. These are some of the many things that bring people to California. People moving from Canada may find themselves looking for some fun ways to fill up their free time as they get to know their way around their new home – and one fun way to do so is go looking for some celebrity sightings.
Here are eight places to go and seek out a glimpse of the rich and famous once you’ve moved to California.
It Starts at the Airport
While many celebs have private jets and hang out in VIP clubs before they fly, they’re stuck with the rest of us peasants at the baggage carousel. Whenever you’re at the airport, whether your travelling yourself or picking up visiting relatives, keep your eyes open for a famous flyer nearby. Arrivals are in terminal three, which is a good place to start looking.
Where to Get Fresh Fruit & Famous Photo Opps
While some celebs have staff, who complete their meal prep for them, there are others who prefer a more farm to table approach to their eating regimen. Studio City Farmers’ Market runs on Sunday morning and is standard for those who are working in the studios around the corner or live in the area. For regular celebrity style groceries consider scanning the aisles of Erewhon Organic Grocer & Cafe, a high-end health focused grocery store that has appeared on TV Shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Salons of the Stars
Just like everyone else celebs need some self and beauty care. Salons like The Chris McMillan Salon serve celebrities and regular folk (even though he is responsible for the legendary ‘Rachel’ haircut). Other salons where you may bump elbows with someone noteworthy include Jose Eber, Mêche Salon, Petit Mason, and Spoke and Weal.
Get Fit & Famous
Staying shape is key for celebs. Jake Gyllenhaal and Kim Kardashian are said to love interval training at Barry’s Bootcamp. Classes start around $30 each. Taylor Swift is said to enjoy classes at Ballet Bodies, Dakota Fanning at Cardio Barre Beverly Hills, and of course you may run into just about anyone at the famed SoulCycle Beverly Hills.
Some celebrities don’t like a traditional gym but want to stay in shape. That’s when they head out hiking. California trails like Runyon Canyon give a great view of LA and are frequented by celebs including Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Alexander Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried, and Natalie Portman.
Hey There Sports Fans
Some celebs are better known for their love of sports than others (ahem Drake). Head to the Staples Center to catch a game and a glimpse of celebs with regular courtside seats (like Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, and many more).
Where to Dine, Drink & Stay
Celebs could hang out at just about any haunt, but some are more notorious for paparazzi and fan sightings. The Sunset Strip is a good place to start with places like Chateau Marmont Hotel, BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Park on Sunset Blvd., The Eveleigh, Fig and Olive, The Nice Guy, Augustine Wine Bar, The Magic Castle, or The Palm Beverly Hills.
Steeped Celebs
Celebs like coffee, like everyone else. California cafes known for frequent celeb clientele include Alfred Coffee (a fav of Harry Styles), or Urth Caffe (which served as a shooting location for the show Entourage). Aroma Coffee & Tea is a San Fernando Valley hang out for the young and famous as it’s close to Campbell Hall School.
A Sure Thing
Certain events guarantee celebrity attendance. Hang out by the TCL Chinese Theatre during a premiere to get a look at famous guests arriving. The same goes for when a new person gets a star unveiled or is going to attend their own Hand and Footprint Ceremony. Enter the lottery for red carpet bleacher seats, just be sure to register online in advance. Get set to be part of a live studio audience for shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live or Ellen, to get up and personal with the host and whomever is visiting.
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Moving to Canada can be an exciting adventure

September 5th, 2019 Comments off

Moving to Canada can be an exciting adventure. It turns out a lot of Americans feel this way. Global News reports that around 1,000 additional Americans (compared to usual numbers) have been crossing the border into the land of Maple Syrup, snow, and beavers the past few years.

Since Canada is a large country with a varied climate (you’ll need different items if you’re living in Vancouver, than if you’ll be in Quebec, or Ontario) it can be difficult to know what to pack, particularly when you’re travelling from somewhere temperate. The good news is we can help you out with a list of some essential items that will keep you comfortable and help you enjoy everything Canada has to offer.

Winter Gear

Aside from living in the Greater Vancouver area where things are a little warmer, you’re going to need some winter gear in the rest of the country. If you have a good pair of gloves, a scarf, and a warm hat (we call them toques here), bring them! Same goes for a warm winter coat and quality boots! If you don’t own a warm winter coat, since they’re bulky and will be large to pack or ship, it’s suggested that you buy your coat after you arrive (provided you’re not arriving in the middle of winter itself). Good retailers, to purchase your coat and boots in Canada, include Marks Work Warehouse, Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), or virtually any sporting goods or department store.

If you’re prone to feeling really cold, or are moving to an area known for particularly cold weather, you may want to splurge on a feather filled option like Canada Goose brand (note you may be able to get one used at a lesser cost, at a consignment shop or through Craigslist).

If you plan on spending any amount of time outside in the winter, whether it’s skiing in Banff, ice fishing in Northern Ontario, or checking out Winterlude in Quebec, you’ll want to bring at least one pair of long johns or thermal underwear. Outdoors loving folks and city dwellers will want to pack wool socks to help keep their feet warm and dry.

If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding and have equipment you love, it’s probably worth shipping. If not, you can always rent it or purchase it in Canada.

For In Between Days

Rain gear, particularly during spring and fall, or winter on the west coast is worth packing. If you have a pair of rain boots, they can double for some spring hiking provided they have some good traction on the bottom. You’ll also want a rainproof coat/ windbreaker, and a small umbrella. These will be particularly important if you’ll be spending time on either coast, where it’s a little rainier and windier.

Bring polar fleece to provide a fantastic layering piece for multiple seasons. It can keep you warm in front of a fire on a cool summer night, act as your coat in the fall and spring, and work as an additional layer on really cold winter days!

Don’t Forget Summer

Summer in Canada is truly wonderful. To enjoy some of the outdoor beauty the country has to offer you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared. Bring a swimsuit and towel to enjoy the many beaches, and if you love camping and have high quality camping supplies (like sleeping bags, tents, etc.) you’ll want to pack those as well. A solid outdoor hat, some bug spray, and sunscreen are other Canadian summer essentials that you can pack or purchase when you arrive.

For Your Time On The Road

If you have hiking, travel, or anything that is a little harder on your gear on your agenda you may want to bring a backpack with you to Canada. Backpacks can work for canoeing in Algonquin, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, or city travel. Since tap water is safe to drink in Canada don’t waste money (or harm the environment) by using plastic bottles. Instead pack your own reusable water bottle, that you can fill and sip from wherever you go.

Don’t Forget Your Documents

Whether you’re driving across the border or arriving by plane you aren’t going to want to forget important documentation. It’s suggested you keep the following on your person, and easily accessible as you cross the border and first settle in: passport, work documentation, Electronic Travel Authorization, proof of bank account balance, proof of travel and health insurances, address of where you’ll first be staying), driver’s license (an international license will be particularly important if you want to rent a car, buy a car, or bring your own car into the country with you), resume, references, copies of prescriptions, and proof of vaccinations.

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The Top 5 Advantages of Moving to the UK from Canada

August 9th, 2019 Comments off

Perhaps the romance of old castles, or the call of discovering family roots is what has you thinking of a move to the UK. Maybe it’s a job or educational opportunity that you don’t want to miss out on. Either way moving to the UK from Canada is a different experience when compared to a move from other countries. Being from this former colony has benefits that other places don’t, particularly when setting sail across the big pond from ‘The true north strong and free’ to the United Kingdom.

You’re In Good Company

There is no need to feel lonely as a Canadian living in the UK, because not only are there a lot of people from around the world moving to the UK, there are plenty of Canadians to meet. In fact, at any given time up to 90,000 Canadians are living in the UK – that’s roughly the entire population of Victoria, British Columbia. Thanks to social media and the web, there is a London Expat Canadian Meetup Group with several meetings in different areas of the UK scheduled each month for Canadians far from home to meet up with one another.

For those who are feeling extra homesick in the London area, consider stopping by the Maple Leaf Bar located in Covent Garden for North American sports on the telly, Canadian beers served on tap, and some Canadians to chat with.

Easy Access To Top Notch Education

Canadians looking for a high brow education needn’t look further than studying in the UK. The United Kingdom houses some of the oldest, and most prestigious, universities in the English-speaking world. This is a prime reason why nine percent of Canadian students getting their education outside of the country are selecting the UK to meet their matriculation needs.

According to Maclean’s, full-time Canadian students often qualify for a tier four general student visa three months before they start a course. This visa allows them to work while in the UK for the cost of around $850 Canadian (including the cost of National Health Service, which means students shouldn’t need separate health insurance).

Special Work Visas

Because of Canada’s special relationship with the UK, as a former colony, there are many ways that one can obtain a visa with little difficulty as a Canadian citizen. For those 18 and older who have a British family member who currently resides in the UK that they would like to live with (or even someone living there under permanent settlement status), you may be eligible for a Family of a Settled Person Visa. This particular kind of visa allows a Canadian to move to the UK for anywhere from six months up to 33 months (with the possibility of renewal). This visa, upon approval, can also be used to work or study in the UK. Younger Canadians can apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme, which is a working visa specifically designed for those aged 18 to 30 who are eligible to apply for a two year stay. Other types of visas for commonwealth Canadians, like an Ancestry visa which is for those who have a grandparent born in the UK (or Ireland) before March of 1922, can allow someone to gain a working visa for up to five years without the same scrutiny of a points based visa.

Canadian and UK Climate

Canadians have been known to endure long, cold winters, so they will likely adjust well to the cold, damp winters the UK is known for with little complaint. Its climate is said to be most familiar to those living on the west coast of Canada, where the annual rainfall and average temperature month to month is most similar. The places in Canada that mimic the climate of the UK the closest include: Nanaimo, Vancouver, Squamish, Goose Bay, Bella Bella, and Courtenay.

As A Canadian You Speak The Mother Tongue

This may seem small, but it goes a long way, whether you’re teaching, preparing a CV (resume) for work in the UK, or creating reports for your British employer. Because English speaking Canadians already speak the language and spell words like their UK counterparts (i.e. colour, favourite, neighbour, centre, fibre, litre, etc.), as opposed to Americans. This will make a transition to life in a UK workplace a wee bit easier.

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The 4 Biggest Culture Shocks You’ll Experience When Moving to Texas from Canada

July 9th, 2019 Comments off

There are many reasons people move to Texas. Warm to hot weather for half of the year, and mild most of the rest may seem like enough to make you pack your bags today. Particularly following a long Canadian winter, eh?

Thanks to a substantial job market in energy, agriculture, healthcare, and defence, a thriving music scene, and affordable housing, Texas is growing, fast. The U.S. Census Bureau recently shared data showing that from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, every day 1,000 people became Texans. Before you put on your cowboy boots and tip your cowboy hat, you may want to brace yourself for a few culture shocks when moving from the Great White North to the Lone Star State.

Bringing out the Big Guns

Texans are known for packing heat, and not just because it’s hot outside six months out of the year. Texans love their guns, hunting, and the second amendment. Hunting is a sport that comes only second to football (Go Cowboys!) with Texans hunting everything from deer to grouse. This can be a lot for a person who is from a heavily gun controlled country to get used to. According to CBS News, Texas is the 18th heaviest armed state with 12.8 guns on record per 1,000 residents. Something you need to remember here is that Texans aren’t required by law to register their firearms so this number is suspected to be much larger in reality.

Bigger Driving Rules in the Lone Star State

Texas is a huge state. It’s the second largest in the USA after Alaska, and things can be really spread out. To put things into perspective – Texas is geographically bigger than France. This paired with limited public transit options means unless you live very close to work, you’ll need to own a car and drive it often. Because of the need to drive, there’s going to be a lot of traffic. Drivers are known to change lanes often and tailgate those who are going too slowly. If you are a slow driver, or getting to know your commute route, better stick to the right (slow lanes). Since it’s legal to ride horses on many Texas roadways, you’ll need to make sure you know how to share the road with them. Much like Mounties, Texan police are known to ride horses. When you get lost and ask a Texan for directions, prepare to get distances in time, not kilometers or miles.

Deep Fried Everything

We’re fairly certain Super Sized Foods were invented in Texas. They say everything’s bigger in Texas and food is no exception, particularly when it comes to Tex Mex and Bar-B-Q. Prepare yourself for large portions and deep-fried cuisine. While you may not know what Texas Chicken Fried Steak is now (it’s not really chicken), odds are you’ll find out! Texas is known as one of the less health focused states, ranking 37th on a list compiled of the healthiest states. Healthier foods and vegetarian options are increasingly available in Texas, but you’re probably going to have to look harder to find them.

Texans are Patriotic Huggers

While Canadians are known for being polite and reserved, Texans are known for being friendly with a capital F. Southern hospitality is a real thing, with most Texans having a welcoming and friendly demeanour. What does this mean for most Canadians? Probably a lot more hugging, backslapping, waving and saying ‘Hello Y’all’ than would ever happen north of the border. Keep this in mind when meeting your neighbours and coworkers to avoid coming off as overly reserved or standoffish. While Canadians are more lowkey in displaying their love for the maple leaf, Texans love ‘Merica and are highly patriotic, so keep positive when talking about Texas and the USA to make faster friends.

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