There are few places in this world that very rarely suffer with negative reviews. Being seen as one of the happiest and friendliest places on the planet, Canada is often on the top of people’s lists for where they’d like to live. This popularity has contributed to how difficult it is to move here, with it taking months or years for people being granted immigration rights. But the challenges don’t end after being permitted to come here. Assuming you’ve been granted the correct visas or work permits, and have sorted your insurance and other important documents, we wanted to tackle the top things to think about when making your journey to your new home in the Great White North.
Canada can get pretty cold, especially in the fall or winter months. Pretty much everywhere in the country will be hit by freezing temperatures at some point. Don’t get caught out wearing poorly insulated clothes. Pack plenty of thermals, and warm outdoor gear for those snowy days. As well as warm clothing, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your essentials at hand in case there are any delays with shipping your stuff. Bring an extension cord and Canadian power adapter, some Canadian dollars for emergencies where an ATM isn’t at hand, phone and laptop chargers, and treats from your home country to make those first few days a bit more comforting.
This is arguably the most stressful part. Ideally, if you can, make sure you don’t take this on solo. If you’re moving with your family, get everyone involved that’s able. Moving to a new home, especially to another country should be fun and exciting. Remove the stress wherever possible. You could also consider hiring some movers to make the task less worrisome. Hiring a long distance moving company that also handles international moving is a great way of dealing with this problem. Don’t forget, Canada is very big. The flight over and the shipping of your belongings is only part of the journey. Depending on whereabouts you’re flying to, and where your new home is, you may find that you’ll be travelling via road for many hours after landing.
Take Care Of Yourself
Even moving to somewhere wonderful can feel overwhelming and lonely. Ensure that you’re healthy and happy and that you’re taking time out of your busy days to truly settle in. You may find lots of challenges such as adapting to your friends and family back home being in a very different time zone, or that you can’t find the right place to buy everything. Also, everything might seem so far away if you’re used to the short journeys going to the store in the UK for example. Take some time to acclimatize and remember that it will get better—it won’t be long until these challenges seem entirely insignificant.
Adopt The Canadian Way Of Life
Our country is staunchly multi-cultural. Canada has been built by generations of immigrants and we understand the importance of celebrating different cultures and working together. Being open-minded and tolerant of each other is key to being a good fit in Canadian society. Why not plan some trips to some of our most wonderful destinations to soak up what it truly means to be a Canadian?