If you’ve got your eyes set on a beautiful apartment in Montreal, or a secluded house in Calgary, it’s likely that you’re super excited about relocating to the majestic country of Canada. However, before you sign on the dotted line and prepare for relocation, it’s vital that you are aware of the things that are likely different to what you are accustomed to. The more you are aware of these differences, the more chance you have of a successful relocation.
Unless you are planning on moving to the coast of British Columbia, you can expect to experience traditional seasons with hot summers and harsh winters. And, if you’re moving from a warm climate, the cold winters are sure to be a shock to the system. Yes, the snow can be fun. But can you really cope with it when you have to commute every day, or when you have to shovel your drive just to get your car out? However, if you come prepared with the right attitude (and clothing!), you’ll be fine.
Finding a job in Canada can take time, so it’s best to either find a job before you relocate, or have enough money to back you up for a few months whilst you search for available positions. Professional positions can take a few months to apply and be hired for, so it’s always wise to start sending out your resume and cover letter before you even get to the country.
Cost of Living
The cost of living varies in Canada depending on where you choose to live, so it’s important to research this before you move. Apartments in downtown Vancouver and Toronto can be really expensive, so you may want to consider renting one of the condos in Montreal instead. Montreal has lower property values, and lower rental prices, however those working in the city are paid lower salaries as well. When checking out the cost of living, make sure to also look into the cost of public transport, and any other amenities that you may need to use.
Healthcare in Canada is provided through a public funded system, and is predominantly free to make use of. You do, however, need to hold a Health Card to be entitled to free care. Whether you can receive a Health Card or not will depend on the type of visa that you enter the country with, so it’s worth researching this, and/or taking out a private health insurance policy if you need to.
Income taxes in Canada are determined by both the federal and provincial governments, and vary depending on where you are located. When looking for a job, make sure that you understand the difference between your gross and net income. A tax calculator should be able to help you out. Also keep in mind that sales taxes also vary, and they are not added onto the price tag you see in store, but rather at the point of sale.