What You Need to Know When Moving to Canada
Have you ever considered making one of the greatest changes in your life and leaving your cozy town to move to another country? Have you, perhaps, considered moving to Canada? If your answer is positive, then you’re just at the right place. My International Movers offer you reliable moving service and highly professional movers who will help you sail through your relocation process. That’s right, you have finally found the long distance moving company you have been searching for, as we offer the best possible service at more than affordable prices.
Now that you don’t have to worry about looking for full service moving company anymore, you can devote some time to learning about the country that will be your new home soon, which in this case is Canada. In this article you can read about some basic and some peculiar facts about this country. We hope you’ll find it interesting and useful. So, let’s start.
To begin with, you need to know that Canada is the world’s second-largest country located in the northern part of North America. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. Its capital city is Ottawa, but Toronto is the largest one. What’s important for you to know is that Canada is geologically active, which means that earthquakes and potentially active volcanoes are something you should be aware of once you move there, depending on the area you choose, of course.
When it comes to the climate of Canada, whether you like cold winters or hot summers, you’ll have it there. Transitional seasons are rather short. You need to be ready to experience quite harsh winter periods when temperature drops below -25°C. In case you choose a noncoastal region, you should also know that there it often happens that snow covers the ground for up to six months a year. If you don’t like what you’ve just read, then you should better consider moving to a coastal region (e.g. British Columbia), where winters are mild more often than not and instead of being covered under snow for half a year, all you need to get used to during winter is some rain.
As for the education, in Canada it is of great importance to be well-educated – over 50% of the adult residents have at least an undergraduate college or university degree. Another detail that supports the fact that Canada is one of the top countries considering education is the adult literacy rate of the unbelievable 99%. Since the country is bilingual (both English and French are spoken), since 1982 in most places people are given a choice in which language they want to study.
Even though English and French are the two official languages in Canada, due to the fact that the country is multicultural, you can find many people who speak other languages, as well. For instance, in Toronto, more than 140 languages are spoken. English is most frequently used (it is the mother tongue of around 60% of the residents), but that does not mean you won’t get to hear some others, including your own native language (in case you’re not coming from an English-speaking country). Just remember that 50% of the overall number of people living in Canada were not actually born there.
Moving on to Canada’s etiquette, the first thing you should bear in mind is that you always need to be polite. Formalities are rather important there, so you should never forget to add ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ at the end of your sentence. You will also need to learn to read between the lines, because Canadians are not that straightforward, but rather indirect.
Another important thing to remember is that tipping is expected not only in restaurants, but also at hairdresser’s, in bars, and you should tip your taxi driver, too. Typically, you are expected to leave a 15% tip, but if you are particularly satisfied with the provided service, you can, of course, leave more. Not leaving a tip at all is not an option, because that would lead the person who provided the service to think not only that the service was not good, but that they offended you in a way. All in all, leave a tip, not doing so is simply considered inappropriate.
Finally, don’t be surprised if some stranger on public transport casually strikes up conversation with you – Canadians are extremely friendly. As previously mentioned, the country is multicultural, so they welcome new cultures, celebrate differences and are more than happy to meet new people and make friends with them, or at least offer help if they notice you need it. Well, it seems that fitting in in Canada is not difficult at all, don’t you think?
In conclusion, before you move to Canada, you would probably like to learn something about their national symbols. It’s always pleasant to see that someone who has moved from another state has put at least as much effort as to get to know something about the country’s hallmarks, so take a look at the following list – it might come in handy when you chat with your new Canadian friends.
– The maple leaf has been used as Canadian symbol since the 18th century;
– The Crown, which appears on the coat of arms, symbolizes the Canadian monarchy;
– Beaver and horse are the two national animals, the former being a sovereignty animal symbol;
– Lacrosse and ice hockey are Canadian national sports, though hockey is somewhat more popular.