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Moving to Canada. Immigrate to Canada with Eurosender

When you think about moving to Canada from the USA or any other country, getting a safe and cost-effective relocation service will be a top priority. Whether you are immigrating to Canada with family, for work or as a student, at Eurosender you get the best international removal services at the lowest cost. Explore the guide we prepared about visa regulations, cost of moving and living in Canada and get ready to start your relocation.

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What to know before you immigrate to Canada

With its vast, beautiful territory and modern cities, such as Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary, Canada has long been a popular destination among immigrants. Thousands of people move to Canada each year, searching for jobs, education, and a better life in general. When you plan to immigrate with your family or alone, it is important to know some basic facts about working and living in Canada.
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Visa regulations for Canada

The citizens from EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and some other countries, except for the USA, need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) when arriving to Canada by air. They can then stay in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa.

When immigrating to Canada from other countries or plan to work or study there, you need to apply for a visa. The Canadian visas are divided into:

  • Work visa. “Visa-exempt” status only applies to tourist visas, not work or study visas.
  • Student visa. An eTA also does not grant you the right to study in Canada, either. If you would like to attend school in Canada, you must apply for a student visa.
  • Business visa. If you plan to travel to Canada for business, you need to get a business visa. This is different from a work visa in that it does not permit you to hold a job in Canada, only conduct business in Canada.
  • Permanent resident card. Also known as “immigrant visas”, give you the right to become a permanent resident of Canada.
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Long-term rentals in Canada. Renting cost in Canada

Before making your move to Canada, make sure you checked the renting costs. In the most expensive cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, a room in a shared house costs around €850-€1,000 per month. You’ll pay much less in the rest of the country.

A one-bedroom apartment in Canada will cost you around €800 per month. If you are moving to Canada with family, the average renting cost of a three-bedroom apartment is €1,200 per month.

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The cost of living in Canada

The average cost of living in Canada is higher than in many other countries. Prices vary between countryside and cities but in general Canadians spend up to about 50% of their net income on household expenses, which include things such as house/apartment rental, clothing, food, health insurance.

The average cost of living in Canada for a single person is around €1,900 per month, while the monthly average wage is €3,200.

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The job market in Canada

The job market in Canada is full of opportunities, but there is a lot of competition. Such areas as medicine, engineering, telecommunications, and finance have many job opportunities for foreigners. You can also search for French-speaking jobs in Canada as it is the second official language of the country.

Schools and the educational system in Canada

Many students and families with children immigrate to Canada because of the high-quality education. There are free public schools in Canada, but you can also find a private school for your child. You can apply for international schools in Canada which usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France.

Age: 4 – 5
Compulsory: no
Elementary School
Age: 6 – 12
Compulsory: yes
Preparatory School
Age: 12-17
Compulsory: yes

*Except for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Healthcare in Canada

The healthcare in Canada is paid for by the Canadian government, so locals and permanent residents get free basic medical insurance. However, healthcare in Canada for expats is not free. Those who relocated to Canada have to obtain private healthcare insurance. Also, keep in mind that dental care is not included in healthcare insurance.

Driving in Canada. Should I obtain a Canadian driving licence?

You can drive in Canada for a year with your local driving licenсe. For this, you need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). After this period, you need to get a Canadian driving licence.

If you are moving to Canada from the USA, your driving licence and insurance are also valid in Canada for up to six months (at which point you may be required to exchange it for a Canadian driver’s licence). Citizens of the US don’t need the IDP when relocating to Canada.

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What else to expect when living in Canada as a foreigner

We have gathered some more advantages and disadvantages of living in Canada as a foreigner:

  • Most of the country uses English but in the province of Quebec French is the official language of the roughly 7.2 million Canadians who live there. So, it is highly recommended learning French when moving to Canada.
  • Canada is known for having the longest coastline in the world.
  • Canada is also one of the coldest countries in the world. Expats living in Canada report winters with freezing temperatures of -30° or -40° Celsius.

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Immigrating to Canada from the USA

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Moving to Canada from Ireland

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Disclaimer: All information on this page is true and correct as of 11.03.2020 and is subject to change at any time. Eurosender is not responsible for any updates or changes to any information on this page or actions taken by parties as a result of outdated information. Nevertheless, we do our best to keep all information across our website as current as possible.