4 Things Every Expat Should Know Before Moving to Canada

With our specialist experience in international removals to Canada, we've compiled this simple list to help you get informed before you make the decision to move.

Over 250,000 people move to Canada each year. This is no surprise as it’s considered by expats as one of the best places to migrate to, coming in at 3rd place on the Expat Explorer Survey, behind Singapore and New Zealand.

Of course, Canada is home to many natural wanders including the Canadian Rockies and the Niagara Falls, however when combined with the friendly culture and high living standards, it’s easy to see how it has become one of the most highly sought after destination for British expats looking to move overseas. But it’s not all sunshine and roses, as there's always a lot to consider when moving to another country. Things such as the weather, living costs and cultural differences alone can be a deal breaker for some.

Space

Canada has a very small population when you consider that it's the second largest country in the world in terms of land mass, and as a result, there is a massive amount of open space on offer. As well as stunning areas of natural beauty like the Canadian Rockies, backed up against the vastness of the prairies, the landscape is wonderfully varied. The other advantage of having so much space is that land is cheap to buy, and as a result, house prices are low. However, with so much space to cover, it can be expensive to get around the country - internal flights can be very expensive, and long haul public buses and trains aren't cheap either.

Friendliness

Canadians are as friendly in reality as their stereotype suggests - strangers will say hello to you in the street in many cases. Politeness is also a way of life in Canada, and throughout your day, the people you'll meet working in coffee shops, service stations, and so on, will usually say please and thank you in every sentence. Canadians will also say "sorry" if they bump into you or think they are getting in your way at all. When you move to Canada, it is definitely a good idea to get on board with this politeness; you'll fit right in with the locals!

Extreme Temperatures

Cities located in the middle of the country in particular have some very changeable weather, with summer temperatures up to around 40 degrees Celsius, and winter temperatures plummeting to around minus 40 on a cold day! The weather can vary drastically from day to day - in months like May and September, it is possible to see a warm sunny day followed by overnight snow.

Hockey is a Way of Life

Canadians, as easygoing and peace-loving as they are, do tend to take one thing in particular very seriously: hockey. Virtually everybody has a favourite team, and one of the best ways to get swept up by some great Canadian enthusiasm is to choose a team to support, and get yourself to a game to enjoy some thrilling live sport (and fights) on the ice.

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