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Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you...... grin

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Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you......

Post Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:10 pm

Lorraine :

Here in Ontario , you have a number of choices.

Family Doctor, at the office, or a local walk in clinic, usually with a short wait, and the Familiy Practice unit at the local hospital, with same day appointments after a phone call to the receptionist. In each case, you are seen and treated asap.

My wife and I use the Familiy Practice unit at Women's College Hospital, in downtown Toronto, as it is across the streeet from her offices at the University of Toronto. It is a full service facility, with all of the various departments and labs that we might need for our care.

We each have a particular DR who is our main care giver, who can also reffer us to any specialist within the entire city, that may be needed for a definative diagnosis. Living in a smaller place ( like Smithville ) would somewhat restrict your DR choices, but driving into Hamiliton, ( 20 minutes in the car ) will make the choices much greater. And of course the Mc Master Medical Centre in Hamiliton is a top rated teaching University hospital.

I have very recently been in St Mike's in Toronto for abdonimal surgury, and I was well teated and had no complaints whatsoever. A modern and well equipped 16 story multi wing building with over 1,000 patient beds. I think that you will find that our medical care system is a lot more friendly and more relaxed than the UK model is .

Once you have been approved and are living here in Ontario, it takes 3 months to get onto the OHIP program, at which time each of you gets a photo ID card that is computer coded for you alone. You present ir each time you need services, and they scan it through a card reader, to prevent fraud. You pay a small amount each month from your pay cheque to cover the costs. I'n retired so I don't pay directly, but I think that the "familiy amount " is about 30 UK pounds a month. This covers all medical care, but not drugs and not dental. Most employers have a private medical plan to cover that sort of thing, with part payment by the company and the employee paying 20 to 30 percent of the monthly cost out of their pay cheque.



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Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you......

Post Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:46 pm

Thanks Jim that has really put my mind at ease.

I have another totally unrelated question, which is that of holidays.
How many paid holidays do employers generally give in Canada or does it differ from company to company? I had heard that generally it is only 2 weeks?

thanks & kind regards


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Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you......

Post Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:14 pm

Lorraine :

Lets be clear about "annual vacation " versus Public Holidays, such as Canada Day, or Christmas Day.

Annual paid vacation, must be a minimum of 2 weeks per year, but that is the bare minimum required by law. Obviously, a firm may give more to their employees and a smart person will try to negotiate more, at hiring time, unless there is a union contract that sets the rule in that company.

Public Hoildays are "days off for all " and they start with January first, New Years' Day, and there are about 12 in the year. A Public Holiday that falls on a week end usually is obsreved on the Friday or the Monday, to create a 3 day weekend.

With 365 days in a year, deduct all of the Saturdays and Sundays, and the Public Holidays and the minimum annual vacation, most Canadians only work about 230 days a year, or 19 days a month.

Long service with a company will get you more annual vacation time, and for example I used to get 6 weeks a year when I was last working , with 24 years of service. By using shift changes and switches, I only worked about 15 days all summer, May to October, but I was the most senior in my section.

On a different note.....here is a link to a nice hotel with 2 room suites that include a full kitchen, for you to look at. It is located in the Kitchener/Waterloo area. Just a example of what is available here. Note that they also give you a free full hot breakfast, each morning and a full dinner each night, included in the room rate.


Jim .


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Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you......

Post Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:36 pm

thanks so much for this info, very helpful.

I saw your reply to someone else on Leamington, it looks absolutely gorgeous, I think we will be checking this place out as well when we come over.

Many thanks
Lorraine Very Happy


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Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you......

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Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you......

Post Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:35 am

I'm new in this site, am from Hong Kong and will soon move to Duncan BC.
I have many friends all over Canada but don't have any idea as to how many Filipino families live in Duncan.

Am getting married to a Canadian who prefers to take me back there than him settle in Hong Kong.

Can you refer me to somebody from Duncan who could give me an introduction about the place. Any nationals who are willing to help me would be very much appreciated.

Thank You,



Re: Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you...... grin

Post Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:39 pm


I was wondering if anyone could help me.

Im in Canada on a work permit until sept 2011, my son (19) is here with me on a visitors visa until the same date. It is our intention to apply for PR, however, my son has just been caught Drink driving here in Canada on Saturday night. He is due to appear in court in Sept, how will this effect him on my application and will his visitors visa be removed and possibly expelled from Canada?

Thanks for any help



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