5 Things you need to do if you’re moving to Canada

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Few things are more exciting than the prospect of moving to Canada. You get to start over and become whoever you want to be, and Canada is a wonderful place to do it. However, it can also be a stressful ordeal if you’ve never done something like this before.

Preparing to move is a big event, no doubt. But it doesn’t have to be an awful time. But, if you check off everything on this list, you’ll have the easiest transition possible so you can focus on making the most of your relocation.  

 1.   Know the Essential Places

Here, we’re referring to parts of daily life or emergencies that you cannot afford to have to look for after you get there. This includes the following.

  • Gas stations
  • Where to get car parts if needed
  • Grocery stores
  • Doctor’s offices and hospitals
  • Clothing shops
  • Convenience stores

Have these locations mapped out or saved before you make the initial move. For the best results, visit your destination before you move. This will give you the experience of finding your way to and visiting these places.

2.   Learn the Culture

The culture in Canada is influenced by American, French, and British customs and is often described as a mix of the three of them. In recent times, there have been other influences due to the arrival of other cultures.

The good news about this is that you will find somewhere to fit in no matter what your walk of life is.

You’ll find the people in Canada to be peaceful and relaxed for the most part. There isn’t much you have to worry about in the way of offending someone with something you do or don’t do. However, you are encouraged to take part in Canadian holidays.

3.   Build Community 

One of the most stressful things about moving is that you’re back at ground zero in terms of a social circle.

This is another reason you should visit beforehand if possible. It will give you an opportunity to meet people face to face, which is the most effective way to build connections.

While that’s ideal, there are options if that’s not available. Almost city will have an online community. There, you can announce your upcoming entrance and talk with the people there through online messaging.

4.   Secure Work

This is true for any move you could make anywhere. Do not start the process or make any big commitments until you have secured a transition of income sources from your current place of residence to your next one.

Start putting your resume out now, and send out multiple applications every day. Don’t put all of this off until you get there, and then you’re scrambling for work on top of all of the other responsibilities in moving. 

5. Obtain Citizenship

This is one of the most important points if you’re moving in from another country because you want your residency to be legal and immutable.

The process can be slightly different depending on where you live, but the process of gaining citizenship in Canada always follows this blueprint.

  • Applying for citizenship
  • Filing taxes in the country
  • Living in the nation for at least three years
  • Becoming fluent in the language
  • Passing an exam that shows you know your legal rights in the nation

Getting this taken care of will be a load off of your mind and make the move official.

Fitting in Seamlessly

As daunting as this move seems, it will be much easier to get under control than you think.

Checking off these boxes will add up to you being fully prepared to live your new life to the fullest. Welcome to Canada!

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