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Questions from the doubting wife here!!

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Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:44 pm

Hi all,

My hubby is dead keen to emigrate to Canada and I can totally see why, BUT, I have many many reservations and I was wondering if anyone can help me out with them please?

Ok here goes, and believe me, you will laugh at some of them!!
1. I have a teaching degree, but if we were to come over, I will have retrained by then as a Radiographer, so are there many opportunities for qualified radiographers there, and is there the chance to continue my training?
2. Where could we live where we would have tons of snow in the winter but no bears!! ha ha, I told you they were funny! I am so concerned that my kids will be carried away by one!!
3. I have a permanent disease that won't be getting better (lupus), but is also unlikely to get worse with correct medication......would this affect our chances of getting through the immigration process, and would my treatment cost lots there, as it comes under the NHS here. (just tablets and ocassional steroid injections)
4. My main concern and to be honest, the only reason I do not want to come, is that I don't want to leave my family. I am extremely close to them, and my dad has severe rheumatoid arthritis so jumping on a plane for the time it takes to get to Canada is out of the question. (I am aware this is not a question, just sharing my worries)
5. Hubby is an area Sales Manager, but doesn't have any vocational qualifications, other than experience and he was in the Navy for 11 years. What sort of employment would be available for him??
6. Do you have many children with chest problems there? Our son has asthma and I am thinking the air would be much better for him?

edited cos I thought of another!! Laughing
7. Do you have any creepy crawlies like in the US, or Oz? Anything poisonous??

Ok, I think that is it for now!! Razz
I just want to add that I have nothing at all that makes me dislike Canada in itself, it is the most beautiful country and if I could just get my family to come I would be there like a shot if they would have us!!

I want to thank you in advance too.


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Re: Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:28 am

Hi Lisa - I read your post with interest.I know the dilema you must face and I feel for you. If you have'nt been to Canada before then the first thing you should do is take a few vacations before commiting yourself. I hope I can help answer a few of your questions:

Radiography/physio's/OT'S/Nurses/Docs are all in demand in Canada(check out the canada immigration website for needed occupations).

Bears and snow: If you want tons of snow ( be careful what you wish for Laughing ) then any province in Canada is for you! We have a place 2 hours north of Toronto and there are plenty of Black bears in and around this area - but I have NEVER seen one (seen the tracks mind!). Remember they avoid Humans at all costs and are more frightened of us - or so my neighbours keep telling me!

I guess you would need to look into the cost of your treatment for Lupus.It wouldnt be as cheap as the NHS though.There are health plans that you take out in Canada but they vary by province and you would have to mention that you have Lupus to the doctor that does your medical for immigration. Lupus is'nt contagious and as long as you are not seen as a burden to the Canadian health system you should be fine - as long as you can afford to pay for your medicine initially.

Your parents: a very tough one and only you can decide if you can live with not seeing them and being close to them.Do you have other family that can help with your parents?

What area of sales is you Husband in? A good proven track record in field sales will go a long way in any country.

Best wishes,


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Re: Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:14 am

Hi Nicky,

Thanks for the reply, everyone here is sooo friendly! Wink

It is nice to know that about the bears and I was pretty sure I had an over active imagination re them stealing my kids!! Laughing

As for the snow, I have always adored it, but then, it could be that we always get so little here in the UK.

As far as my parents being cared for, it isn't so much that to be honest, as that I don't think I could be away from them. I expect that sounds pretty sad as I am a 34 year old married woman with a 3 and 4 year old, but I am very close to them, as are our children, so it would be a massive thing for the three of us. Hubby gets on with them too, but obviously doesn't feel the same need to be close as I do.

I think we are going to defo do the vacation thing first, visit Canada, winter time if it has anything to do with me, I want snow!!! Laughing

Thanks again for the advice, it is appreciated.


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Re: Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:22 am

Duplicate post.


Last edited by buntingj on Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:43 am; edited 1 time in total

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Re: Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:37 am


Just to back up what Nash has said about bears...........

Please understand that her "place up north " is in a semi wilderness lake area, that is away from popualtion centres. Bears hibernate during the winter so they are asleep in their den for months at a time. During the spring summer and fall they are busy eating and sleeping. As has been said here, bears are more likely to run in the opposite direction when they see you. Your fears are unfounded.

The air quality in Canada, even in the largest cities, is much better than in the UK . Why? A huge country with a lot fewer people ( 60 million in the UK 32 million in Canada ) and the different weather and wind patterns.

What did your spouse do in the RN ? If he had a technical trade, in the navy, it may be of use here. As a sales manager, he can find work here ,as Nash said .

Canada does have a lot more wild animals than the UK does, and that stands to reason when you look at our very low population density figures. Poisonous ? Only one snake in Canada is poisonous, and it has a very small habitat area, of less than 100 square miles. The Massassauga rattler. Most Canadians have never seen one. Wild animals are a part of our culture/society , and we don't make a fuss about them, they are just there, as a fact of life. Like mosquitos and bugs.

Radiographer ? Here is a link to the Ontario organisation that registers individuals, and controls that area of medical practice in the Province.

Go here :

Send them an email to enquire about how to transfer your UK qualifications to Canada. You will have to pass a Canadian examination in order to work here ,in that field.

Let me know if this was helpful to ypu.

Jim B. Toronto.


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Re: Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:22 am

Hi Jim,

You have been amazingly helpful, thank you!

I have plenty of websites to check out and we must book a vacation!!

Thanks again, I really do appreciate the time you have spent on this, answering my questions, which probably drive you mad because they are probably the most obvious things in the world to you!! Laughing

My husband was a Leading Radio Operator in the RN for 11 years, he doesn't seem to think it will be useful for anything else!!

Thanks again.



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Re: Questions from the doubting wife here!!

Post Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:50 am

Hi Lisa

here is a link to a thread I started a year or so ago about deadly creatures in canada - as Jim says, it would appear that there is really nothing to worry about


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