Expat Canada


Canada - Modern cities set among vast expanses of some of the world's most breath-taking scenery. Add friendly and tolerant people, plus a wealth of outdoor activities to experience, and you can see why Canada ranks so highly in quality of living surveys.

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Expat Focus Columnists - Canada
Aisha Isabel Ashraf
Tom Zachystal

  Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

Articles - Canada

At Expat Focus, we like to keep an eye on the blogosphere and see who’s sharing interesting, up to date content about expatriate life around the world. In our internet travels, we come across blogs we’d like to recommend as excellent reads for anyone considering expat life. Today we’re focusing on Canada; here are five of our favourite Canadian expat blogs.   more ...

  Sam McDadi, McDadi Real Estate

Sam McDadi
Articles - Canada

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I have been a realtor in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for more than 25 years. To date, my team and I have achieved approximately $2.5 billion dollars in sales, with more than 7,000 homes having been sold. We help families, friends, and clients buy and sell homes—everything from small condos to expansive mansions— throughout the Greater Toronto Area; mainly in Mississauga and nearby areas.

Throughout my career, I have always remained committed to my clients. My strategic approach to the real estate business includes having an amazing team of professionals. My team allows each and every client to receive the highest level of service possible—we have home inspectors, photographers, stagers, graphic designers and writers on staff. We also have an extended team of lawyers and mortgage brokers that our clients are preferred customers with. As a direct result of our efforts, Team McDadi continues to be one of the top-ranked teams of real estate professionals in all of Canada.   more ...

  Canadian Senior Management Roles Outside of Ontario and B.C.

Montreal, Quebec
Articles - Canada

Canada benefits from a busy job market. A number of expats decide to make the move to Canada to work and live. It has similarities to other Western countries and feels like a home away from home in many ways. Despite the recent global recession, Canada remained unshaken and whereas other G8 economies crumbled, Canada has added to its job tally since 2009 and the economy is stronger. The federal government and many Canadian industries have started to expand trade with emerging Asian markets, in an attempt to diversify exports. Widely debated oil pipeline proposals are hoped to increase exports of Canadian oil reserves to China and add even more opportunities to a country which is ideal for the modern expat family.

While Ontario and British Columbia tend to be areas of choice for expats, Canada offers a number of other key employment opportunities outside of cities like Toronto and Vancouver and these should be researched and explored fully before you make the move to the country.   more ...

  Living as an Expat in the Northern Climes of Canada

Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland
Articles - Canada

Since at least 2009, in which a survey sponsored by HSBC determined that "expats in Canada have the best quality of life" and "found it among the easiest places in the world to integrate with the local population," [i] the nation has been glowing with pride. Canada, which probably shouldn't be blamed for acting in its own self-interest, is fond of promoting itself to the rest of the world as a shining beacon of social and technological advancement: something that is occasionally done with a bit of a 'nudge nudge, wink wink' implication that it is much better in these areas than its crazy and chaotic southern neighbor.

However, one has to be careful when speaking of Canada as a monolithic, mono-cultural entity, and prospective expats may not be able to just randomly choose any locale within this gigantic land mass and find themselves at home there. It has to be remembered, that nearly 90% of Canada's total population lives within 300 km of the border with the United States, with a full 60% of that population inhabiting either southern Ontario or southern Québec (even in southern Ontario, the weather can already be chilly enough in November, and all the way through mid-April, to necessitate several layers of clothing.) The only major metropolitan area outside of this 300 km (i.e. 500,000 inhabitants or more) is Edmonton in Alberta province.   more ...

  Schooling in Canada: What to Expect

Articles - Canada

Public education in Canada is free of charge for all citizens, though "free" should not be taken to mean - as it often can - a product or service of poor quality. In 2010, the OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] ranked Canada favorably among the rest of the industrialized world, with several Canadian provinces lagging only behind the Shanghai province for global reading proficiency. The nation as a whole placed 6th in the world - well ahead of the U.S. or U.K. - after data from the OECD's International Student Assessment was collected (notably, it achieved this while spending far less money per pupil than either of those nations.) To put it simply, even state education in the country is nothing to scoff at, and some provincial initiatives - such as having a maximum number of students allowed per classroom teacher - aim at maintaining this standard through resolute measures.   more ...


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