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Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

Sunday January 26, 2014 (20:19:00)

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 ...

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Sam McDadi, McDadi Real Estate

Monday November 18, 2013 (21:44:15)
Sam McDadi
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 ...

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

Friday April 26, 2013 (19:30:19)
Montreal, Quebec
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 ...

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Living as an Expat in the Northern Climes of Canada

Thursday April 04, 2013 (13:47:07)
Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland
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 ...

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Schooling in Canada: What to Expect

Monday March 18, 2013 (16:55:21)

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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Are You Thinking Of Moving To Canada?

Saturday December 08, 2012 (00:37:14)

by John Rooney on behalf of Autoshippers

Providing a fascinating mix of strong national identity with stunning natural beauty, it is no surprise that every year thousands of Brits make the decision to up sticks and move to Canada. Nearly 10,000 UK residents were admitted to the country in 2010, complimenting an already broad range of ethnic diversity made up of 34 ethnic groups with at least 100,000 members in each.

However, if you're considering becoming one of the many migrants who choose Canada as their new home you will need to consider numerous factors before you begin the process of starting your new life.   more ...

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Alone In Canada: Ten Tips For Survival

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:56:20)

by Thelma O' Connor, Canada Wise

Moving to Canada means leaving behind family, friends, familiar food, routines and your place in the community.

In Canada, you have to start all over again, build a new life, make new friends and find your place in a new community. This is a challenge all newcomers face, but if you come here alone - with no close family or friends to help and support you - then this challenge may seem even more daunting for you.

However, there are a number of steps you can take to help yourself through this 'settling-in' period. Here are our ten tips for survival to get you started.   more ...

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Playing the Canadian waiting game wisely!

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:52:48)

by Thelma O' Connor, Canada Wise

By now you may feel you know Canada well, from surfing the internet, or from travel books and news items you've read. You've applied for your Permanent Resident (PR) visa and know it could take up to 2 years to receive it. You've been waiting what seems like an eternity and you don't feel like waiting any longer. So you've decided to throw caution to the wind and leave early to start your new life in Canada.

If this sounds like a plan you're making, then you're not alone. It would appear there is a strong desire and a growing trend among people who have submitted their visa applications, to get to Canada as soon as possible, even if they do not have their PR visa in hand.   more ...

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Canada - Top Dozen Moving Tips

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:49:58)

Some simple preparation and basic facts, however, can eliminate a lot of the anxiety from your move. It will also give you the best possible start to your new life in Canada. Here are a few helpful tips:

Know where you're going!

Canada is an immense country. Many newcomers are not familiar with the geography of Canada and don't have a true appreciation of its vast size and the diversity of its people, its landscape and its climate from coast to coast.

In choosing your settlement destination, consider the following factors, such as strength of the local job market, cost of living, access to affordable housing, weather patterns and the like, instead of basing your decision on arbitrary factors.   more ...

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Canada - No Work Experience?

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:48:04)

by Thelma O' Connor, President of Canada Wise

This is a dilemma that many immigrants face when they arrive in Canada. New arrivals are eager and enthusiastic to join the Canadian work force and make a smooth transition to their new life. They suddenly find themselves faced with what seems like a no-win situation: no Canadian work experience - no job; no job - no Canadian work experience!

It seems clear that most employers here will ask for Canadian work experience. What exactly does this mean? It usually means that employers want to see at least one to two years of work experience in Canada or in a Canadian work environment (which may include working for a Canadian employer in another country). Employers want to see that potential new employees are aware of 'Canadian workplace culture and work practices' and that candidates know about their field of work in a Canadian 'context', so that they can quickly become effective on the job.   more ...