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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 ...

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Canada - Choosing Your Destination

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:46:16)

by Thelma O' Connor, President of Canada Wise

You've decided to move to Canada but before you go you must choose a destination in which to settle. Canada, with over 10 million square kilometers of territory, is the second largest country in the world, with many wonderful cities, towns and rural communities beckoning the newcomer. The vastness of this country makes choosing a destination all that more difficult. Do you choose to live near the ocean, in the mountains, in a large city, on the prairies, or in the lake regions? Suddenly, choosing somewhere seems overwhelming!

So how do you go about deciding which place is best for you and your family? You might imagine that most newcomers would suggest that economic factors were the chief reason for their choice of final destination, perhaps even climate or the existence of a particular ethnic community in an area. However, surprisingly enough, according to a recent survey of immigrants to Canada, most newcomers (78%) settle in areas where their network of friends and relatives live! Three quarters of all new immigrants also settle in one of Canada's three largest cities, Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal. Only 19% chose their destination because of job prospects, 7% lifestyle, 6% education prospects and 6% because of housing prices in the area.   more ...