Moving to Canada as a Newcomer: Top 10 Things to Consider!

Moving to Canada as a Newcomer: Top 10 Things to Consider!

Sanjay Yadav Sanjay Yadav
[Published 17 Apr, 2023 | 12:43 PM]
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Canada is known for its welcoming attitude towards newcomers, with policies and programs in place to help them settle in and build a new life in this diverse and multicultural country. However, moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, and there are several things to consider before making the big move.

Having trouble with the process? Talk to an immigration consultant.

In this blog, we will discuss some things to consider before moving to Canada as a newcomer.

Newcomer's Checklist: What to Know When Moving to Canada?

1. Immigration Pathways

Canada offers its aspiring immigrants several options to immigrate to Canada, including the Express Entry system, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and Family Sponsorship programs. Before you move to Canada, research the immigration pathways that are available to you and choose the one that suits your needs and qualifications.

2. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Canada varies depending on the city or province you plan to settle in. Housing, transportation, and healthcare are some of the major expenses you will incur as a newcomer. Research the cost of living in your chosen destination and plan your budget accordingly.

3. Education

If you have children, their education will be a major consideration when moving to Canada. Research the education system in your chosen destination and find out about the schools, curriculums, and language requirements.

4. Language Proficiency

English and French are the two official languages in Canada. If English or French is not your first language, consider improving your language proficiency before you move to Canada. This will help you to communicate effectively with locals and increase your chances of finding a job.

5. Job Market

Finding a job in Canada can be challenging, especially if you are new to the country and do not have Canadian work experience. Research the job market in your chosen destination and start networking with professionals in your field before you arrive in Canada. Refer to the Canada occupation in demand list to find jobs that are hiring immigrants.

Job Market in Canada

6. Climate

Canada is known for its cold winters and warm summers. The climate varies depending on the region you plan to settle in. Research the climate in your chosen destination and prepare accordingly. Invest in warm clothing, a good winter coat, and waterproof boots to help you stay warm and dry during the winter months.

7. Housing

Finding a place to live can be a challenge, especially in cities with high demand for housing. Research the housing market in your chosen destination and decide whether to rent or buy a home. Consider your budget, location, and housing preferences before making a decision.

8. Healthcare

Canada has a publicly-funded healthcare system, which provides free medical services to residents. However, the coverage varies depending on the province you live in. Research the healthcare system in your chosen destination and find out about the healthcare services that are available to you.

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9. Transportation

Public transportation is available in most Canadian cities, including buses, trains, and subways. However, owning a car can be convenient, especially if you plan to live in a suburban area or outside the city limits. Research the transportation options in your chosen destination and decide whether to use public transportation or own a car.

10. Culture Shock

Moving to a new country can be a culture shock, especially if you are not familiar with the customs and traditions of your new home. Be open-minded and willing to learn about Canadian culture. Join local community groups, attend cultural events, and make friends with locals to help you adjust to your new surroundings.

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Moving to a new country can be an exciting and life-changing experience, but it also requires careful planning and consideration. By researching and taking into account the key factors we've discussed, you'll be better equipped to make a smooth transition to your new home in Canada. Remember to stay positive, be open-minded, and seek support from an ICCRC-authorized immigration consultant when needed.

Good luck with your new adventure!

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