Emigrating has the potential to be the best step you have ever taken, but it can also be a daunting prospect. A new country with different rules, customs and expectations might be hard to grasp. However, the rewards of life in a country with a free public school system, a tax-funded healthcare system, and a welcoming attitude to immigrants, like Canada, are more than enough to justify the move for many.
If your attention has been captured by the opportunities that Canada has to offer, you might be beginning to wonder exactly what a life there could look like for you and your family. This article aims to provide a look at everyday life and opportunities both in the cities and further afield in Canada.
This is an important factor for many and can be the difference between success and failure as an immigrant. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will need a work permit to work legally in Canada. This needs to be obtained before you come to Canada and generally requires an offer of employment to have been made before the application, or for an entrepreneur to set up their own business upon receiving a work permit.
Despite the challenges that 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic brought to economies across the world, there are several sectors in Canada which are already targeting foreign workers for recruitment.
Welders, drivers and heavy-duty mechanics are all in-demand positions in Canada right now. With haulage, agriculture and construction being some of the few exceptions to Covid-19 related travel restrictions, these positions are deemed essential for the continuation of these growing industries. These positions are available in both urban and rural settings, with the rural options in many cases providing an opportunity for higher wages.
Healthcare is another evident area that has been exempt from Covid-19 restrictions. The healthcare industry is expecting to have an abundance of vacancies for registered nurses and occupational therapists which will require workers in the coming year. These are essential positions and healthcare workers are highly valued in Canada.
Although this area is still seeing effects of lockdowns and remote working, the industry is working hard to bounce back. While the government is working to re-establish economic stability, certain positions are important to fill in order to achieve this. Accountants and business development managers will be vital in helping companies remain compliant with any new rules and regulations which arise because of the pandemic.
As we mentioned in the introduction, healthcare in Canada is paid for through taxes. This doesn’t cover optical or dental healthcare for adults. Outpatient treatment as well as prescription drugs may also not be covered. Many Canadians also have private health insurance through employment or social schemes.
Canada has both public and private education available. Primary school children may attend school for free throughout the country.Post-secondary education is also state-funded in some provinces. Tuitions for Canadian residents can cost as much as one third of that compared to international students.
Canada boasts two national languages, English and French, with just over a fifth of the population speaking French as their first language. These are the two most widely used languages in the world by non-native speakers, which makes Canada an easy place for communication for most immigrants. English as a second language classes are also widely available, while French is often taught to children in school.
Property and Ownership
Townhouses, farmhouses, villas, apartments, bungalows – Canada has them all and in an abundance of different settings to suit the needs of different families. Property in Canada is easy to find, easy to buy and legal for international buyers to own. In fact, in Canada, non-residents have the same ownership rights as residents do.
Food and Drink
This is something that is easy to take for granted but depending on where you are from, Canadian staples might be vastly different to what you accustomed with. Poutine, bagels, salmon and potatoes are a few popular choices that will be recognisable by people across the world, and Canada does boast a wealth of international cuisines via restaurants and takeaways in all of its provinces. In most large cities, it is easy to find cuisine that will suit each families’ ideals.
Although food & drink definitely constitutes entertainment for many of us, what else does Canada have to offer in the way of entertainment for the locals?
From outdoor pursuits like skiing, snowboarding and canoeing to museums, galleries and theatres, everything is readily available in Canada. They also have some of the biggest mega-malls in the world, where there are so many outlets you are bound to find what you like or need.
Hockey, lacrosse, and gridiron football are other sports that are all widely played and followed in Canada.
For westerners, life in Canada will probably be fairly similar in many ways to your home country. Many brands you know and love will still be available and the structures and rules will be at least vaguely familiar to what you are already used to.
Canada has the added advantage of being extremely immigrant-friendly. Unlike other countries, which may see immigrants as an economic burden, Canada fully recognises the value of immigrants to its own economy. This is why the number of immigration programs in Canada far exceeds those in other countries. Canada is ready to welcome everyone from students to skilled workers to entrepreneurs and investors with open arms.