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How to Adjust to Expat Life in Canada

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    If you’ve just relocated to Canada you might be thinking about how to adjust to expat life in Canada. And while we recognize it could be difficult to fit it doesn’t need to be like that. Canada is an extremely welcoming country.

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    Canada can seem like a desolate place. However, it is anything but that.

    However, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind when moving to Canada. From cost of living, language, to climate and job opportunities. Today, Number 1 Movers are going to hopefully show you what to expect when moving here. So that you could adjust to life in Canada easier. So, how does that sound? Great! Let’s get started.

    How to Adjust to Expat Life in Canada

    Before you decide to hire our moving services and relocate to Canada, there are a couple of things you should keep in the back of your mind. While Canada is not just extremely welcoming and has a good and stable economy, there are things you should be aware of when moving here.

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    You’ll be glad to hear that Canada is quite a welcoming and diverse place for expats!
    • Cost of living. The cost of living is actually quite cheap. However, keep in mind that Toronto and Vancouver are the most expensive cities in Canada to live in. So, if you are an expat looking for an affordable move, make sure to look for other cities like Halifax, Calgary, or Kingston.
    • Climate. While choosing which cities in Canada for expats to live in, the climate has to be one of your top concerns. So, keeping that in mind, you should avoid the Saskatchewan province and Quebec. Everyone knows these provinces have cold weather year-round. However, with that being said, Canada as a whole has generally very rough winters. So, make sure you pack accordingly.
    • Job opportunities. You’d be glad to hear that job opportunities for expats are readily available. From insurance to catering and production industries. There is something for everyone. Also, keep in mind that by law you don’t have to have a working permit if you are an expat. However, there is a list of jobs that you cannot do if you are an expat. Make sure you read the list of exempt jobs on Canada’s official website.

    Things to know when moving to Canada

    Before you relocate here make sure you keep the following tips at the back of your mind. First, immigration visas for living in Canada can take up to three years to process. Secondly, if you’ve secured yourself a visa you’ll be asked to present evidence that you have enough money to cover the cost of living, a list of all your belongings. Thirdly, don’t forget to be present in Customs to clear your belongings. Otherwise, the Customs office will hold your belongings in bond. Lastly, don’t forget that storage in Canada is quite affordable, as well. Just make sure you hire a reliable moving company!