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10 Things You Need to Know Before Arriving in Canada


    Are you thinking of traveling to Canada to sightsee? Do you want to relocate, or do you want a change of scenery? No matter what the case maybe you are making the right decision. Canada has the capability to give you whatever you want.

    There are a few things you should be aware of before you begin your Canada visa application and job hunt. The more you know, the more capable you are of making choices that will benefit you. It is hard not to get enthusiastic about Canada.


    The place is beautiful and the people are famous for their niceness. Moving to a new country can be very daunting for any traveler. With so much to do before you travel, it can be hard to know where to start. Canada might share a border with the USA but in many ways, Canada is very different from its neighbor. So, before you plan your trip to Canada there are a few things you should know.

    Climatic Change

    Canada is known for its cold weather conditions. If you are from Africa or nations that are not too chilly like Canada then it is going to take some getting used to in order to survive in Canada. There are jokes told that they have eight (8) months of winter and four (4) months left to repair the road and put it in good condition.

    The climate you experience will really depend on where you settle down. Winters can be really harsh. Temperatures can go up to 35°C during the summer and fall to -25°C in the winter. The bitter cold of Canada should not surprise you. It is hard to describe how -25 feels like, but if you come in the right clothes, then you can cope with the cold.

    This is especially true in places like Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba where temperatures hit an insane -30 degrees Celsius.

    When you spend the greater part of the year in freezing cold conditions, you learn to cherish the summer months. Once the snow melts and the sun start to shine, every patio and beer garden in the city will be packed full of people making the most of the warm weather.

    Two Official Languages

    Canada is a country that has a lot of cultural diversity hence making it possible to have two official languages. How awesome is that? This means that they have given people options to choose from so they will not find it difficult to settle in Canada.

    Job Opportunities in Canada

    Canada can offer you a lot of job opportunities in various fields. Employers are always on the lookout for university graduates who would like to work and live in the country and can contribute to its thriving economy. Canada is one of the most educated countries in the world, with more than 56% of its adult population having some form of tertiary qualification and with an impressive 99% literacy rate.

    Healthcare Options

    Healthcare in Canada is a tax-funded Medicare system where the government pays for people’s basic health insurance, which is then delivered by the private sector. It’s like the NHS; if you require any essential medical services, you get them for free.

    It just involves a bit of waiting. In all seriousness, considering your private healthcare options is pretty sensible, particularly if you want to dodge those long waiting times.

    Permanent residents, Canadian citizens, some foreign workers on work permits, and international students can apply for public health insurance from their province. If you decide to move to Canada permanently (or on a work visa), you should apply for a Medicare health insurance card in your province. It will typically take three months to be issued, and when you get it, you’re covered by your province’s Medicare plan.

    During this three-month period, it’s advisable to have some short-term private medical cover. If you find yourself in the hospital, you’ll be billed even for emergency care. Private health insurance is popular in Canada because Medicare does not cover everything.

    Canada is Big

    The country is the second-largest in the world (behind Russia), measuring nearly ten million square kilometers. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, think of this: you could fit the United Kingdom into Canada over 40 times. It would take you over four years to walk its coastline if you ever felt like doing that.

    Canada is in Need of Immigrants

    The main reason for Canada to need immigrants is to support the growing economy by welcoming skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers to apply for permanent residency in Canada. A Canadian issue is our rapidly aging population, coupled with a low birth rate, which means our population isn’t growing at the pace we would like it to. Nearly 18% of the population is retired, and the current birth rate is 1.4 children per woman.

    Cultural Diversity

    People just love moving to Canada, and Canada just loves having them over. More than 20% of Canadians were born in another country, and this is expected to reach nearly 50% by 2031.

    No matter what city you’re in, you’ll find yourself surrounded by people from just about everywhere. Multiculturalism has become a prominent part of Canada’s identity and Canada is seriously ahead of the game when it comes to embracing cultural diversity.

    Canada is a Beautiful Place

    Yes, the cities are good, but the spaces between the cities are even better. 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the American border, which means there’s a serious amount of room for exploring in the north. If you want to get away from other humans for a while (or indeed forever) then the opportunities there.

    Hospitable Citizens

    Canadians have a reputation for being polite. They generally behave very well in public and anything considered “disruptive” or “offensive” is frowned upon.

    Cutting in line, making a scene, catcalling, loitering, littering, being drunk in public… just don’t do it anywhere, but definitely not in Canada!

    Driver’s License

    Many of the driver’s tests you have completed in your home country may not be valid in Canada or require additional paperwork in order to be converted.


    Keep in mind that licenses are awarded by the provinces, not the federal government, and individual provinces have their own rules.

    Also, different countries around the world have particular agreements with the provinces.