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Top Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:54 am

Hello All!

I hope to have a bit of fun, and open up the Canada forum at Expat Focus a bit, by asking for your valuable feedback.

Please take a moment to answer the following questions, no matter your origin country, and no matter where you live now. Thank you in advance!

I hope to use the feedback for a follow-up segment regarding Canada. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

1. What is your country of origin?
2. What country do you currently live in?
3. What is 1 or 2 of the most notable rumours (or even experiences) that you have heard regarding living in Canada?

We have a very vibrant and well-represented community here, and I hope to hear from as many people as possible.

Any questions at all, just let me know.

Have a fantastic day!

Paul Francis


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Re: Top 5 Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:27 am

Hi Paul

Thought I'd give you a laugh with my Canada rumours...I was born in England, UK and still live there. My expat years were spent in Germany a while back, and I enjoyed them...
About these rumours...well now, the rumour I'd like to think is true is that all Canadian Mounties are like the handsome Benton Fraser, hero of the excellent series "Due South"!!!!!!!!!! If that's not the case, don't tell me, I prefer the bliss of ignorance! Laughing
I can't think of any other Canada stereotype, other than that people there are more polite and reserved than their American cousins...

As I think a lot of people would agree, we continue to hear only good things about Canada...great scenery, pleasant people, good standard of living and quality of life etc.

Kind regards,



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Re: Top 5 Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Sun May 08, 2005 1:12 pm

I'm Canadian (born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario)

Currently live in Vienna, Austria

Not really rumors but when I tell people here in Austria that I'm from Canada, most of them say, "oh, I love Canada!", or "Wow, you moved all the way from here?". When I question them, most have never even been to Canada but "it sounds like a wonderful place" so they like it! Go figure, eh?

Many of my friends here do think that Canadians are the nicer, quieter "North Americans" Smile


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Re: Top 5 Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:26 am

Haha, oh geeze Linus - nicer? quieter? sounds like they have never met my family then!

Thanks for the great feedback.

And Jo? My wife says that most of them are that handsome in fact! lol.

We live in Toronto in the province of Ontario, so we see very few examples of the classic 'Due South' Red Uniform and Black Horse type of Mountie. They are more common in the Western provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

A quick rumour I encountered:

As a teenager, we were driving for a family vacation to Florida, USA which takes approx. 24 hours from Toronto. We were almost to Florida state line and were eating in a restaurant before hitting the road to reach our destination.

My father struck up a great conversation with one of the local men who was eating at the restaurant, and when the man realized that we were from Canada he said:

"Wow, Canada huh? So how do you receive your 'Summer clothes' before starting the trip? Do they have American stores at the border and airport for you to buy Summer clothes before leaving?"

Apparently, this gentleman figured that we donned Mukkaluk boots and seal skin coats for 11.5 months of the year.

(Or at least until we had to visit other countries and required special 'Summer clothes' - read: t-shirt/shorts - when we reached the border...)

I still chuckle when I envision the Lockers at the border/airports for us to hang up our Polar Bear pelts and snowshoes, and receive our emergency 'warm country attire' which of course better come with Instructions and diagrams or we could really stand out in an American crowd!

Hope to hear more...

Cheers! Smile


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Re: Top 5 Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:52 pm

Hi Paul.

My country of origin is Scotland, and I still live here. Hope to get accepted to imigrate to BC Canada.
1 or 2 of the rumours I have heard is that it is hard for expats to get jobs.
Another is that Canadians don't really want any more imigrants taking their jobs.
Hope these are not true as I have found any time we have been to Canada on holiday the Canadian people are lovely.


Re: Top 5 Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 3:58 am

Hi Beth,

Thanks for the input into this topic.

Best of luck again with your quest to BC, and I know you will not be without an abundance of gorgeous scenery, mild winters and great people...


1. It is hard for expats to get jobs.

My opinion?: It is hard for SOME expats to get jobs.

Depending on your field of experience and expertise, some industries in Canada will require prior Canadian experience or Canadian education to be eligible for key positions, but this is more likely seen in high-tech or medical related fields etc. - or will depend on your country of origin.

(ie. Many 'third world' nations for instance, have education and technology standards which are much lower than European and/or North American requirements.)

This leads to the 'travesty' of Scientists and Medical Doctors from other countries working as Taxi drivers or Pizza delivery men as they build up Canadian experience and corresponding education upgrades.

Tough to generalize on this one, but a lot depends on point of origin and relation to standards here.

2. Canadians don't really want any more immigrants taking their jobs.

My opinion?: SOME Canadians don't really want any more immigrants taking their jobs.

And they can go jump in the lake! Wink
(Is that a Canadian term?? haha)

My point of view is that Canada provides so much opportunity for EVERYONE to maximize their own potential...through high-quality educational designations, education subsidies, grants and loans...through ensuring that immigrant education and experience is relevant...through employment programs and social support...etc. etc. etc.

Belly-aching complainers are maybe just too lazy or dopey to do what it takes?!

All the power to ANYONE - both canadian-born or immigrant, that can be here and take full advantage of working hard, learning hard, obeying the law, striving to achieve all that is possible of their life, and most importantly in Canada - enjoying yourself!

There is enough focus from the government to try and balance the playing field that I don't think there is much merit in any Canadian complaining about immigrants taking jobs here.

And that's my 2 cents!

Thanks again for the feedback Beth. Hope my ranting above gives you some value.



Paul Francis


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Re: Top 5 Rumours about Living in Canada

Post Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:15 am

If you are interested in myths about canadians, check these out, I didn't know all of these (I am from France) but they are funny anyway.


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