Moving to
Canada

International Removals Guide

Moving to Canada

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and daunting. When it comes to Moving to Canada, careful planning and preparation are key. As a professional removals company, we understand the intricacies involved in a successful move. In this article, we’ll provide you with valuable insights, facts about Canada, and information on the necessary documents and Visas required to ensure your move to Canada is smooth and hassle-free.

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The gorgeous Toronto skyline.

Discover Canada
before you Move

Are you considering moving to Canada, the Great White North? Renowned for its stunning landscapes Canada has a diverse culture, a high quality of life and stands alone as one of the top destinations for expatriates around the world.
 
With its vast territories spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada offers a wealth of opportunities for individuals and families seeking a new beginning. According to recent statistics, Canada ranks among the top countries for immigration, with over 300,000 newcomers welcomes annually.
 
Whether you’re drawn by its robust economy, universal healthcare system, or multicultural society, this moving guide will help you navigate through the essentials of moving to Canada, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition to your new home in the Great White North.

Canadian
Statistics

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Canada is full of stunning architecture
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You can now apply for your Visa online
Cost of Living Canada United Kingdom
Family Cost of Living $4,592 $5,140
Family Rent $2,006 $2,363
GDP per Capita $54,918 $46,125
Transport Expenses $131 $151
Life Expectancy 82.6 80.7

Costs pulled from LivingCost.org

Important Things to Know when Moving to Canada

• Renting/Buying in Canada

When you first move to Canada you are allowed to use temporary housing like hotels, hostels or an AirBnB until you’ve found your feet. From there you can look at more permanent living options. During the initial stage of the move, we’d always recommend renting first. The average price for a one-bedroom apartment is around $1500. However, this cost could be higher if you choose a popular city.

• Bank Account

In order to complete money transfers and transaction in Canada, you’ll need a Canadian bank account.  To open a bank account in Canada you’ll need an identity card, but in most cases a permanent resident card will be sufficient. The following banks offer the best rates for “newcomers”. National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

• Healthcare

One of Canada’s biggest selling points is the free healthcare for all citizens and residents. However, this healthcare may not be available to you until about 3 months into your stay. As such we’d recommend purchasing private health insurance for the first couple of months. The only downside to Canada’s healthcare system, are that dental care, ambulances and prescriptions are not covered.

• Taxes

When working and living in Canada you have to pay taxes at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Income tax is automatically deducted from your salary, but if you’re self-employed, you have to pay your taxes separately or all at once. Also note, in Canada you are required to pay a sales tax. So don’t be shocked when the price at the register is different to the price marked on the item.

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Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada

Immigration Pathways for Moving to Canada:

  1. Express Entry Program: This program is the quickest way to get permanent residency in Canada. The only downside to this is you need to be a highly skilled individual to get into this express program. The entry pathway is points based, scoring you on your experience, qualifications, education and skills.
  2. Federal Skilled Worker Program: Another express form of entry, except this time you need at least 10 years of work experiences in either managerial/professional jobs or technical or skilled trades.
  3. Federal Skilled Trades Program: Before applying to this pathway, you need to have at least 2 years of work experience in a skilled trade, all within the last 5 years from the point of your application. You must also meet the language requirements for speaking, reading, writing and listening.
  4. Provincial Nominee Program: Each province in Canada nominates a person that meets the skillset required. They generally target groups such as students, business workers and skilled workers.
  5. Quebec Selected Skilled Workers: This pathway is specifically for people who want to work and live in Quebec. In order to get this permit, you need to apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate and follow their guidelines from there.
  6. Atlantic Immigration Program: If you’re looking to move to Atlantic Canada, which includes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Prince Edward Island, then this is the pathway for you!
  7.  Self Employment Visa: To obtain this Visa, you need to provide evidence that you can be self-employed in Canada with enough relevant work experience in cultural activities or athletics.
  8. Start-Up Visa: In order to qualify for a Start-Up Visa, you must have a qualified business idea as well as a letter of support from your designated organisation. You must also meet the language requirements and be able to prove your business will generate enough money to be viable in Canada.
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Vancouver city skyline at dusk

Becoming a
Canadian Citizen

There are several requirements that must be met before you become a Canadian Citizen. In addition to these requirements you also need to pass an interview and citizenship test. This test covers lots of topics including the history, laws and economy of Canada. Fortunately, Canada recognises dual citizenship, so any British citizens won’t have to renounce being a British national.

• Have spent 730 days in Canada within the last 5 years

• Have a Permanent Residency Visa

• Have a Permanent Residency Card

• Proficient English & French language skills

• Filed Taxes correctly

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Lake Yoho, British Columbia, Canada

Planning Your Move to Canada:

  1. Research Removals Companies: Select a reputable removals company experienced in international moves to Canada. Seek recommendations, read reviews, and compare quotes to ensure a reliable and efficient service.

  2. Inventory and Packing: Make a detailed inventory of your belongings and decide which items to take with you. Consider selling or donating items that you no longer need. Pack your belongings securely and label the boxes for easy identification during unpacking.

  3. Transportation: Depending on the volume of your possessions, consider sea or air freight options. Sea freight is cost-effective for larger shipments, while air freight is faster but more expensive. At Euromovers, we will guide you through the logistics process and help you choose the best option for your situation.

  4. Customs and Import Regulations: Familiarize yourself with customs regulations for importing personal belongings and household goods into Canada. Ensure you have the necessary documentation, such as an inventory list, packing list, and proof of ownership, to clear customs smoothly. For example, if you’re looking to move to Canada, fresh, dried, and cured meats (such as hams and sausages) are not permitted.

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Ferry port in Vancouver, Canada

Move to Canada
with Euromovers

Moving to Canada presents an incredible opportunity to experience a new life in a new country. By understanding the necessary documents and planning your move effectively, you can embark on your new adventure with confidence. Remember to partner with a trusted removals company, like Euromovers, to ensure a seamless transition to your new home. Canada awaits with its vast landscapes, stunning scenery, and warm hospitality! Just scroll down and fill out our international removal form to get your move to Canada started!
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article serves as a general guide. It’s crucial to consult official government websites and seek professional advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the requirements and regulations when looking a moving to Canada.
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During Winter Canada is a lot colder than the UK

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