Canada, as large as it is, really has something for everyone. It’s a beautiful country to start a new life, and one of the safest, friendliest and most diverse places to live. If you’re considering relocating to the Great White North, we’re not surprised!
However, as with any relocation, there’s a lot to consider. Before you start setting any plans in stone, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you plan your move.
Decide Where You’ll Live
Saying that you want to live in Canada is an extremely broad statement to make. As the second-largest country in the world, Canada is home to vastly different provinces and cities, each boasting different climates, atmospheres and opportunities.
Consider what you’re looking for – the bustling city life of Toronto or the gorgeous natural landscape of Vancouver – and try to narrow down your options. Once you’ve settled on a city or at least a province, start getting in touch with realtors in Canada that can help you learn a little more about specific neighbourhoods and find a home.
Have a Plan to Get There
Simply deciding to relocate, hopping on a plane and starting a new life sounds like a dream come true, but that’s obviously not the reality you’re going to be faced with. When you’re relocating, you’ll need a plan for how you’re going to get there.
You start applying for jobs or already have an offer from a company that is willing to help you relocate. Otherwise, you might be going over on a study visa to get educated at one of the top schools in the world.
Whatever your plan is, make sure you’re certain of the route and what you need to do for everything to go smoothly.
Make Sure You Understand the Cost of Living
The cost of living can differ vastly even within the different cities in Canada, let alone from country to country. Try to do some research, use Facebook to get in touch with some other people who relocated to Canada and figure out what daily life will cost you in your new city.
This will play a huge role in making decisions about job offers and study plans, so try to be as thorough as possible.
Plan Your Moving Budget Carefully
Finances are a major element of immigration – if not the biggest overall. Relocating to a new country can be a costly journey, and you’ll need to consider visa and travel costs, moving expenses, other legal fees, transportation of pets, finding accommodation, etc, so plan your moving budget thoroughly.
Do Some Research
Finally, you’ll of course want to do some actual research on the country itself so you know what you’re getting into. Find out from citizens what it’s like to live there, get an idea of the lifestyle you’ll be living and research fun things to do in different areas to get yourself excited and ready to start this new journey.
There’s no such thing as being overprepared for a big decision like this!