What to know if you want to do an international move to Canada
A few months ago the internet was all the rage about Americans searching on the topic of how tomovetoCanadaif Trump wins the U.S. election. But according to Justin Trudeau, the idea is not new. And, according to one comedian, the viable options of places tomove in Canada are probably limited for most Americans, who either don’t like the cold, or can’t speak French. Check out that video here for a good laugh. And let’s not forget, with Brexit in the mix, the Brits also seem towanttomovetoCanada.
But this article is not about moving internationally toCanada only ifyou’re not happy with your politicians (in a relatively peaceful country, we mean!). People movetoCanada for a variety of reasons. And as a moving company in Canada – one that has helped international movers in the past – we thought we’d give a bit of advice on the topic. It can be quite logistical!
We also wrote about some practical tips to help make the move emotionally easier:
While we will give some more logistical advice and tips here, be sure to also consult a legal professional on the topic ifyou are planning an immigration as a non-Canadian. And, before you start your move, get some good quotes and advice from international movers before you start shipping your belongings overseas. They’ll know how to help for your specific case.
Consider legalities of immigration before you call international movers in Canada
According to Wikihow, there are a variety of reasons a person can be revoked access tomovetoCanada. However, supposing you are qualified, and have applied for a particular visa that matches your case, you can follow their guide here.
The Canadian government also has a great (and probably more reliable) resource for both finding out ifyou would qualify tomoveto the country, and for the application process. They also have a section preparing you for life in Canada, which can be different from where you’ve lived before, even ifyou think it’s similar in culture and living standards.
The last thing you’d want is to get one small thing mixed up in your application process, or to not have your immigration processed correctly. Ifyou plan yourmove with an international moving company before sorting out these important details, you could end up with an expensive bill for nothing. And, not tomention, a lot of hassle and time without your belongings, which really can make life tough.
Consider how you will earn a living, and your cost of living in Canada
This is an important one. Ifyou’re reading this page, you may be considering tomovetoCanada as an expat with an existing job that will transfer youto an office in a Canadian city. Fair enough. Some companies may cover your costs of moving internationally too. But living in Canada can mean a shift in financial planning for your daily life too. And ifyou don’t already have a job, it’s important toknowwhat employers look for. For example, even as the comedian mentioned above notes, in some places, and for some jobs, not knowing French can be a setback for you.
This site has a great resource on matters to do with your finances ifyouwanttomovetoCanada:
Consider where you’re going to live when youmoveto a new country
Canada is a big country. The country does share a common ideological culture, with common federal laws that affect all Canadians (such as healthcare). However, there are definitely idiosyncrasies that define regions in the country.
The most obviously defined province would be Quebec, which is a traditionally (and officially) french-speaking province.
But there are more things to consider when picking a city to live in within Canada, such as:
Cost of housing (it can vary a lot!)
Nearby universities or schooling programs
Weather (this is a big one for many!)
Access to travel points like airports
Transportation systems and costs (public transport, gas costs, car taxes and laws, etc.)
And so on.
This article on our blog may also help when considering moving to Vancouver:
But even worse, if a company goes bankrupt, or decides not to help you anymore, it will be up toyouto cover the cost of getting your things out of storage, or shipping them to your new home. This is real, and we’ve seen it happen before. See this article on our blog about the true story of international movers with this terrible experience:
Now, one way to avoid this risk is to not try to bring your current furniture and ‘big’ things with you. But that can pose sentimental problems, as well as cost considerations. Depending on the type of furniture you have, it may be cheaper to ship your furniture in a container than to sell and re-buy new furniture whenyou get toCanada. This one site for expats recommends not opting for shipping, especially ifyouwanttomoveto an inner-country city like Calgary for instance: you’ll need to pay extra to get your container from a port and onto a truck!
But in places like Vancouver, the port is nearby. And like we already said: sometimes parting with your belongings is not an option. And neither is putting them in a suitcase for a plane ride.
For those instances, we recommend reliable furniture moves with international moving companies that can help you with the logistics of the move.
In addition to the logistical planning of shipping household belongings internationally, you may wantto check out our typical packing tips to keep your items safe during the long ride toCanada. Here are just some of our articles on the topic, though we encourage youto search more on our blog!
It takes more than a dream tomovetoCanada! But it can certainly start with the the dream! Surely Canada has benefits for anyone who wants to live in the country. And after you land, you may quite enjoy the country and culture, and all it has to offer. But like any move, the process can be stressful. For such a large decision, be sure to plan carefully and well in advance.
Ifyou need help with your international movetoCanada, feel free tocontact us! We’d be happy to provide quotes and advice on your case.