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Move to Canada - Work advice please

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Move to Canada - Work advice please

Post Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:50 am

Hello to all.
My wife and I (plus 2 children) are considering a move to Canada.
We are British but are currently living in France.

I am at the very early stages of research to see if this is what we really want to do. At first glance it sounds a fantastic place and my wife who has visited Canada backs this up.

Having moved from the UK to France I'm experienced enough to take off the rose tinted specs and really look deep at the reality.

The first thing I'm looking to know is:- After applying how long does the decision process take?.....We haven't yet. I've completed the basic points test and we seem to be scoring Ok.

Employment is something I need to understand as I would like to (if possible) to secure a position before we move or at least shortly after arriving)

My experience is within the Telecommunications sector, around 15years.
Past positions include:- Maintenance.... Sales Support and Account Management working for UK Coms companies.

I would appreciate if there is anyone who could give advice about the state of the telecom sector in Canada and the opportunities within?
Are there parts of Canada that have a stronger telecoms sector than others?

My wife runs a paper crafts business here in France (Card Making, Scrapbooking etc) and we would also appreciate feedback regarding the general interest in these activities amongst Canadians.

Apologies, I seem to have asked rather a lot, but would appreciate the help.

Best Regards


Last edited by Arnold on Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:19 pm; edited 1 time in total

Re: Move to Canada - Work advice please

Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:02 am

I understand that processing times are running at about 3 years at the moment. Take a look at for more detail.

In terms of telecommunications, I found this report which might be worth a look. or
Also (scroll down for telecommunications)

Scrapbooking seems to be the hobby of the moment here. Scrapbooking courses for children were advertised here during the schools' March break, and I've seen lots of references to it on magazine covers. So there might be potential there.

Hope that's of help. Good luck with your research.

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Re: Move to Canada - Work advice please

Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:57 pm

Hello Arnold,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus. Best of luck with your quest to relocate to Canada.

Have you engaged the services of a Relocation Management firm yet? If not, this should be a cost-effective consideration for you to have experts co-piloting and advocating your relocation. One option to explore is:

Some answers:

1. Without a pre-confirmed valid job offer in hand, the current wait for approval on application ranges 18-36 months.

2. You must also be capable of proving out up to $30K in settlement funds.

3. Ensure that the point test you took, was valid and posted with an Immigration lawyer (versus just a consultancy site). It is critical that you reach the required minimum points honestly, because the validation is elaborate and intensive.

4. Unless you are well-networked or being transferred to a Canada location by your existing employer, then having a pre-confirmed job offer in hand before arriving (or at least to visit) to Canada will be next to impossible. Only a VERY short list of applicants have this happen and it is certainly the exception to the rule.

Instead, you should expect to have more than enough settlement funds for a period of time without employment.


5. Telecommunications (due in part to the sheer size and our pace of growth) is big business in Canada. If you have the appropriate skills and experience, there should be more than enough opportunity for you here.

I suggest you focus on the surge of growth and need for tradespeople in our Western provinces (British Columbia and Alberta). The western part of Canada is just emerging into a mega-boom, and this area of the country is not expected to slow down for at least 10-15 years, if at all.

British Columbia is gearing up for the 2010 Olympic Games, and Alberta is actually debt-free due to their large Oil reserves and tech sectors.

You can read more about Canada relocation and regional news/economy etc. at:

6. Regarding your wife's crafts business...Canada has a strong entrepreneurial core, and there will be much support and resources for your wife to assist with starting a business. It will still represent a risk as any self-business does...but our winters make for a great reason to stay cozy and do crafts and other family activities!

Best of luck with everything, and I hope the above information helps.

Let me know if I can assist with any other specific questions.




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Re: Move to Canada - Work advice please

Post Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:43 am

Thank you both for your kind responses.

I have been in touch with nupad and they seem to be very helpful and knowledgeable.

Can you tell me why you suggested them? Have you known about them a while and have they a proven track record?
Just want to make sure I'm using a good agency - I'm sure it's the case hence you suggesting them.

Many thanks


Re: Move to Canada - Work advice please

Post Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:49 am

Hello Arnold,

Thanks for the feedback, and glad to hear that NuPAD appears to be a fit for you. Great news, because they will represent a key value for you.

I suggested them for a few reasons, one of which being that I am very familiar with them because I have been employed with them for the last 2 years, and otherwise, my career in Canada Relocation spans 10 years in total.

My passion with Canada relocation is what drives me to support a website such as Expat Focus on my 'off' time, as I also experience the reward of interacting with, and assisting people from all over the world.

You can revisit the nupad website to read some of the background/track record for the company, but they represent 25+ years experience in the industry...more than 65 industry-leading affiliates across Canada and tens of thousands of households assisted each year.

And you are correct, I would neither work for them, nor suggest them unless they were the leading firm of their kind in you are in very good hands.

With that said, please explore their presence online, as well as that of any competitors (also reading through the forums for my presence and contributions at Expat Focus over the last year...) and it should become clear to you directly, that they are the right choice for you.

Hope that helps to explain, and any other specific questions, just let me know.

Warm Regards,



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