10 Things You Need to Know Before Arriving in Canada

10 Things You Need to Know Before Arriving in Canada

Canada is Big

The country is the second-largest in the world (behind Russia), measuring nearly ten million square kilometers. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, think of this: you could fit the United Kingdom into Canada over 40 times. It would take you over four years to walk its coastline if you ever felt like doing that.

Canada is in Need of Immigrants

The main reason for Canada to need immigrants is to support the growing economy by welcoming skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers to apply for permanent residency in Canada. A Canadian issue is our rapidly aging population, coupled with a low birth rate, which means our population isn’t growing at the pace we would like it to. Nearly 18% of the population is retired, and the current birth rate is 1.4 children per woman.

Cultural Diversity

People just love moving to Canada, and Canada just loves having them over. More than 20% of Canadians were born in another country, and this is expected to reach nearly 50% by 2031.

No matter what city you’re in, you’ll find yourself surrounded by people from just about everywhere. Multiculturalism has become a prominent part of Canada’s identity and Canada is seriously ahead of the game when it comes to embracing cultural diversity.

Canada is a Beautiful Place

Yes, the cities are good, but the spaces between the cities are even better. 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the American border, which means there’s a serious amount of room for exploring in the north. If you want to get away from other humans for a while (or indeed forever) then the opportunities there.

Hospitable Citizens

Canadians have a reputation for being polite. They generally behave very well in public and anything considered “disruptive” or “offensive” is frowned upon.

Cutting in line, making a scene, catcalling, loitering, littering, being drunk in public… just don’t do it anywhere, but definitely not in Canada!

Driver’s License

Many of the driver’s tests you have completed in your home country may not be valid in Canada or require additional paperwork in order to be converted.

Keep in mind that licenses are awarded by the provinces, not the federal government, and individual provinces have their own rules.

Also, different countries around the world have particular agreements with the provinces.

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