Living and working in Canada
Canada, second largest country in the world, hosts only about 37 million people. The country is divided into 39 natural regions, all with different rock, animal and plant life. There are almost 200 species of mammals and around 550 bird species that are sighted annually. Only about eight percent of the entire country can use agriculture. Forests occupy about 46 percent of the area, three percent are ice fields. Humans only settle in about one percent of the entire area.
An expat describes Canadians as “open-minded, tolerant, and benevolent”. Canadians are known for their friendly attitude towards foreigners. Several hundred thousand immigrants come to the country every year, which is one of the highest immigration rates in the world. About a third of the total population is of British or Irish descent, 28 percent are descendants of French immigrants.
The official languages are English and French. The vast majority of French-speaking residents live in the province of Quebec, where French Canadians make up 78 percent of the population. Descendants of immigrants from many other European countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Ukraine also live in Canada. Over the past few years, there has been increased immigration from Asians, especially from India, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Canada is a country in the North America consisting of ten provinces and three territories. World’s second largest country by total area. People here are friendly and safe place to live with or without your family. Local people are courteous and nice. Foreigners can be seen everywhere except locals in Canada. This country has beautiful and breathtaking scenery like Niagara Falls and Lake Ontario, which is world’s 14th largest lake.
The Following Factors Speak For An Immigration To Canada
- Very good Entrepreneurship
- Good for Adventure
- Highly respected Citizenship
- Good Cultural Influence
- Open for Business
- Good Economic Strength
- Best Quality of Life
- Very good for Education
- Very good for Green Living
- Very good to Raise Kids
- Very good for Women
- Fast Feeling at Home
Due to Corona Virus Pandemic there are some restrictions on traveling to Canada:
- Get your pre entry test done. After that register for the arrival test. Plan your quarantine there. Submit your travel details.
- Citizens of Canada, permanent residents of Canada or protected persons (Refugees) are allowed to enter Canada.
- Foreigners who are fully vaccinated may be allowed to enter this country.
- Testing and quarantine are the requirements should be followed by the person entering Canada.
- Wearing a mask all the time is must same as, maintain a list of close contacted persons of first 14 days in this country.
- Monitor your signs and symptoms of Covid-19.
- Even if your reason for entering in Canada may come under an exemption, you still have to follow the provincial and territorial restrictions, depending on your destination.
For more travel advice please visit: travel.gc.ca
How to Immigrate to Canada – Immigration Regulations
Moving to Canada is not too hard because the Government is open to welcome new immigrants and has multiple immigration programs to offer which makes it easy for you to enter Canada. Like any other country, here also you have to fulfill some requirements for the program you want to apply for. The list is given below:
- Get a visa first.
- Find a suitable immigration program.
- Next apply for the permit. Submit your application in person or apply it online.
- Prepare everything you need for Canada.
- Move to Canada.
Canada is multicultural and multilingual society, home to people of different ethnic, religious and natural origins, with the majority of the population made up of Old World immigrants and their descendents. Initially French people came to live here and then the British, after that a wave of immigration and settlement of non-indigenous group of people took place over the time for about two centuries and it continues till today. Canadians are the legal residents of this country, connected by historically or culturally. Canadians are consisting of Aboriginal peoples, French and English culture. People here are nice, positive and polite. They share important values such as pride. They have a belief in equality and diversity. And they have respect for all individuals, that’s why Canada is known as peace-loving, friendly and a secure place.
For more information please visit: www.canada.ca
There are some requirements you must fulfill depending on where you are from when you apply for your work permit.
Prove that you will leave Canada when your work permit ends.
- Deposit and show enough money, that you can take care of you and your family during your stay in Canada.
- There should be no criminal record and you should always obey the law.
- Do not be a danger to Canada’s security.
- Stay in a good health and do regular health checkups.
- Do not work for an employer whose status has ‘ineligible’ on the employers list.
How to apply
Application can be filled and submitted manually or through online.
- Apply for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit.
- Submit fingerprints and photos, called biometrics after applying.
- Submit required documents and carry along while travelling.
- Get identity checked after arriving in Canada.
For more information please visit: www.canada.ca
Job offers in Canada
To get a job in Canada is not easy, but it is possible. A job offer from a Canadian employer will increase your possibility to receive a work permit and permanent residence permit. Jobs highly in demand are Software developer, Manager, Nurse, Engineers, IT professionals, Drivers, etc.
How to get a job offer:
Prepare your CV according to the resume format in Canada.
- Do some research and find a good company for applying.
- Use social media for advantage in job hunting.
- References can also be a good thing which can help you to get a good job.
- At last take follow ups.
For more information please visit: www.canadim.com
Canadian unemployment rate has come up to 6.5% in January 2022, from 6% in December 2021. It is the first rise in jobless rate since the month of April 2021, while the variant Omicron was spread. Because of this scenario, the number of unemployed people has increased; simultaneously the number of employed people has decreased. In this country, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.
For more information please visit: tradingeconomics.com
Economy of Canada
Canada is the world’s second largest country by land area and has 10th largest economy. According to a report this economy has grew by 4.8% in the year 2021. This economy is highly developed mixed economy. Freedom score of this economy is 76.6, which makes it the 15th freest economy in the year 2022 Index. Canada’s market oriented economy is made up of automotive sectors, other manufactures, forest products, minerals, petroleum, etc. It has the world’s third largest oil reserve, and fourth largest crude oil and natural gas exporter, which makes its economy stand stronger among the other countries in American region. This country ranked first among the 32 countries in the American region as well.
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Renting and buying of real estates for foreigners
Owning a home is every person’s dream but also an important financial decision at the same time. Owning a home in a country like Canada can be an ultimate dream for you but now a day, it is becoming less feasible for Canadians as well as foreigners, so people are opting to rent. Ultimately, it depends on your lifestyle and financial situation.
Advantages of Buying:
It is a onetime investment.
It will be your own and can save money.
It is a source of pride and privacy.
It gives freedom and flexibility.
It is hands off and hassle free.
It lets you diversify your investments.
For more information please visit: www.creditcanada.com
Upper half of Canada has only two seasons summer and winters. Summers are short and warm with cool nights. Winters are long and cold with heavy snowfall for the whole year, everything covered in snow. Mainly Canada has cold climate, with short and warm summers, and long with cold winters. Northern and central Canada has subarctic climate. In extreme south has humid continental climate, and some of it has a cold semi arid desert. The best time to visit this country is in late summer and in early Autumn.
Season of Spring in this country, starts from March and ends in May.
Summer, here starts from the month of May, ends in August.
Autumn starts from August, ends till September.
Winter starts on December and ends in February.
For more information please visit: www.weather-atlas.com
English and French are the official and widely spoken language of Canada. Other than this, three more languages are mostly spoken in Canada are Cantonese (Chinese), Mandarin (Chinese) and Punjabi. Office work is done in both the languages English and French, so understanding and speaking the at least one of these language is must in this country, for education and work also. People here speak and understand both the language easily. English is the mother tongue of 56.0% & French is the mother tongue of the 21.4% of Canadians. Sign Language is also spoken at home near about by 25,000 people.
Canada is home to many indigenous languages. They have their own indigenous language, which is spoken by less than one percent of the population as their mother tongue.
For more information please visit: en.wikipedia.org
There are different types of transportation in Canada so that you can reach anywhere you want within and outside the country.
By Air: Due to this land’s large size, people travel here between major cities by flights which means all the major cities have airports with regularly scheduled flights.
By Rail: Rail network runs here throughout the country which is also safe and comfortable.
By Bus: There are so many benefits if you choose to travel by bus like, tickets are very cheap and if you are willing to go to the smaller towns, it is the convenient way to reach there.
By Ferry: To reach the coastal areas like British Columbia and the Atlantic region, ferry can be taken as it is the common way to travel to these places.
By Car: This country has a huge network of highways, so that each and every place can be explored by car. Car is the most means of travel used by Canadians as result traffic congestion in major cities is on the rise in Canada. According to a new report Toronto and Vancouver is dealing with the greatest delays of all.
Traffic rules in Canada:
1. Vehicles should be driven by the right side only.
2. The seat belts are mandatory the drivers as well as passengers.
3. Speed limits should not be less than 30km/h and should not exceed than 100km/h depending on your location, whether you are in town or are on the highways.
4. Give way to pedestrian first on pedestrian crossing.
5. Let others pass from the left side of the road.
The Canadian Currency is Canadian Dollar which is abbreviated as the dollar sign $ or as CA$, Can$, C$ to show the difference between other dollar currencies. It is divided into 100 cents. It has the image of a common loon (bird) on its back, the dollar coin and sometimes the unit of currency itself, are mostly referred as the ‘loonie’ by English speaking Canadians and also by foreign exchange traders and analysts. This currency note comes in denominations like CAD $5, CAD $10, CAD $20, CAD $50, CAD $100 and coins in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and $1, $2.
Canadians do payments by cash, cheque, debit/credit card, Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) or through online transaction depends on the situation and is a personal choice. Some top five online payment methods are MasterCard, Interac, Visa, American Express and PayPal. Interac is an alternative payment method which Canadian use to pay online through their trusted home banking application.
“My Payment” is another important and useful electronic service that helps you make payments directly to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) using your bank access card. You cannot use credit cards with “My Payment”. This service is available 21 hours a day and seven days a week.
For more information visit: www.canada.ca
Cost of living in Canada
Cost of living varies from province to province and city to city. Even the cost of living of two cities in the same province may differ. According to a report, for 2021, Canada is one of the most expensive countries to live in the world. Toronto and Vancouver are the two top most expensive cities of Canada, likewise their provinces, Ontario and British Columbia, respectively. So apparently, if you are willing to stay in one of these cities, the expenses will be more than the rest of the country. The average cost of living expense including groceries, dining out, etc., is $1,150 per month and rent will cost $2,250 per month. Total you need approximately $3,400 for one person. It also depends upon the lifestyle and the area you choose to live. The prices of food, accommodation, bills, clothes and entertainment will cost you less than the rent. The monthly rent is the huge expense in Canada.
For example (Approx):
|Monthly Travel Pass||$105||$156||$88.5||$122.3|
|New Car (1.4 90 KW)||$27,000||$25,500||$25,000||$27,200|
|Cow milk (L)||$2.15||$3||$2.71||$2.5|
|Loaf of bread||$3.50||$2.90||$3.8||$2.95|
For more info visit: www.canadafornewbies.com
Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Victoria are the main and big cities; hence the apartment rent is more expensive than other cities like Saskatoon and St. John’s. In Toronto, one bedroom apartment which is located outside the city centre will cost you $1,685. Room in a shared apartment will cost you around $500 – $600. Compared to this, if you want to rent an apartment in St. John’s, in the province Newfoundland and Labrador will cost you $714 approximately. If you want to rent a property in the middle of the city, then the price will go up and apartments for a family of four people then it will be quite expensive. Prices of accommodation may vary according to individual’s personal choices and depends to their lifestyle. Rent for downtown areas are higher, so sharing the apartment with someone will be affordable for a single person.
For more info please visit: www.canadafornewbies.com
Every resident in Canada should pay their income tax on worldwide income. Double taxation is not applicable and this relief is given through the Canadian International tax treaties, via foreign tax credits, as well as deductions for foreign taxes paid on income derived from non-Canadian sources. Non-resident persons also come under the Canadian income tax on income from employment in Canada or the income from running a business here in this country and capital gains from the disposition of taxable Canadian property. Residents here, who are staying only for a part of a year is taxable on worldwide income only for the period of there, were staying in here.
Personal tax credit, the dividend tax credit and miscellaneous tax credits are subtracted from tax to determine the federal tax liability. The Federal tax brackets and personal tax credit amounts are increased for 2022 by a factor of 1.024 (a 2.4% increase).
Healthcare is free of cost in Canada is not true, as many people may think. Canadians pay for their health insurance through taxes which means, it is funded by the State Government. Number of services whether it is from a hospital or a General Practitioner’s Office is covered by the government insurance, received by patients. The average Canadian family spends approximately C$2,000 on healthcare and C$4,000 on private insurance premiums. Most of the Canadians have some form of private health insurance provided by their employers.
This country provides good healthcare services to the locals and expats staying in the here in Canada. Public healthcare sites only offer essential services to the people covered by the local health insurance plan. Unlike this, private health insurance plans are more expensive but provide acceptable and suitable services to the clients.
For more information visit: www.internationalinsurance.com
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Canada is the world’s second largest country by land area with beautiful scenic places especially in the Golden hour. Clean and picturesque fishing villages, amazing costal sea cliffs and rolling green hills. Canada is a high-tech country with best healthcare system. It is a better place to live and as we all know every good thing is expensive. This country is very expensive and you can taste a quality life according to your lifestyle. Canada is a happy and beautiful country with a lot of foreigners earning good income. People are friendly and peace loving. It has plenty of job offers and good education system. It also costs you according to the lifestyle you choose to live. It is a task to find a good or high quality accommodation. Still it is worth living in this country.
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