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Government-sponsored websites, such as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) are a packed with useful information about current skills shortages, paperwork employers need and how to get your skills or qualifications officially recognised.
Whether you’re relocating to Canada as family or on your own, for a new job or for lifestyle reasons, bear in mind there are a number of different visas available. Costs and processing times vary for each visa, be sure to check the CIC for more information and regulation updates.
Canada has a lot to offer with low housing costs, high incomes and an excellent quality of life. Add beautiful urban surroundings, dramatic outdoor scenery plus a vibrant culture, and it is easy to see why Canada is the first choice for so many families and individuals looking to leave the UK.
Canada is a vast country, with huge differences from one part to another in culture, language and geography. It is important to do your research to make sure you choose the place for you. If you’re relocating under your own steam, try to plan an extended visit to help you find the best location. Make a list of the things that are most important to you and weigh up your options before committing to a particular city or region.
Travelling to Canada
It takes around six hours to fly to the east coast of Canada from the UK and approximately ten hours to touch down in the west. There are major airports located in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton, providing a handy domestic flight network.
Did you know, Canada is divided into six different time zones?
From west to east, time differences range from eight to three hours behind the UK.
Canada is renowned for its love of all things sport, especially ice hockey – the country’s official winter sport. During the summer, American-inspired sports Lacrosse and football are popular. Skiing and hiking are great ways for all ages to take in Canada’s spectacular scenery.
The big cities like Montreal and Toronto are full of galleries, museums and theatres – attracting acts from all around the world. As well as cultural days out, there are plenty of great restaurants to enjoy too. From fine French cuisine to American-style diners, there’s something suit everyone.
Statutory public holidays in Canada are New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and:
- Canada Day, 1 July – celebrates the unity of three colonies in 1867 that now form Canada
- Labour Day, first Monday in September – marks economic and social achievements of workers
Canada’s capital: Ottawa
- The country’s fourth largest city, situated in the southern region of the Ontario province
- Known as being the most educated city in Canada, Ottawa boasts high employment rates
- Ottawa is home to 12 national museums devoted to Canadian art, nature, science, technology and aviation
- With a great selection of parks, Ottawa has great ski trails in the wintertime and swimming pools, hike trails and bike paths for warmer months.
Make sure you have an idea of the cost of living in Canada, so you’re financially prepared for your big move across the pond.
Expect to pay around $45 (£25) for a meal for two in a mid-range restaurant, with a typical fast food meal costing around $7 (£4)
A one-way local bus ticket will cost about $3 (£1.70), with taxis starting at $3.50 (£2.00) and $1.84 (around a pound) per km, although prices vary
A one-bedroom city centre apartment usually costs around $1000 (£550) per month, rising to $1675 (£920) per month for three bedrooms. Prices are usually 20 – 25% lower outside the city centre.
Education is compulsory up to the age of 16, and to 18 in some provinces. The Canadian government spends more on education per capita than any other country, with nine out of ten Canadians (89 per cent)* educated to an A Level equivalent standard – Canada boasts one of the world’s best public education system. Canadian qualifications from both school and university are recognised worldwide.
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