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Vellicator posted Emigration Lawyers? on the Canada forum on September 24, 2014:
My intent is to become a naturalized citizen of Canada, but I need to move one step at a time. Have I missed a resource on this forum for emigration consultation? Thanks for your time.
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CanadaDreaming replied to the thread BEST areas in Canada? on the Canada forum:
CanadaDreaming initially posted:
Hi guys, Where would suit my lifestyle in Canada? I am a single woman in my mid 30's with a dog looking to move to Canada next year. I have looked at tons of places but how do you decide when you are judging on crime rates and house prices..?! So, what I'd love is just some ideas on where would be good to look at. I might even do an 8 week recon before I make the 'big' move. I love good scenery, great outdoor activities and obviously dog friendly open spaces would be great. I like great coffee and a good meal and cocktail but don't want a manic city centre. Lots of boxes to tick but I don't expect to tick them all. I work for myself so employment isn't an issue but would like to be around similar age people rather than 20 year olds. Any advice about how to go about deciding where to look would be amazing!! Thanks all!
CanadaDreaming replied on September 22, 2014 with:
Thanks. Van definitely seems more 'me' than 5 months of snow and cold in the East. Visa changes have made the move halt for now but I'll be visiting in March for a few months to look around and get some info about what to do. Wish the Uk were this thorough with immigrants.. it'd solve a few problems.. :)
fromcan replied on September 18, 2014 with:
I was born and raised in Calgary, moved to Van and then Ottawa and then back to Van. You need to think about SNOW. Do you like snow? Are you okay with the cold? BC is expensive but it doesn't snow like the rest of the country .... well southern BC anyway. Vancouver is the least snowest (is that a real word??) place in Canada. Back to being expensive, but it has a lot to offer and very dog friendly (except if you rent ... 1/4 are dog friendly) but it's a big place. Crime - normal for a big city of 1.5 mill peeps (with the tri-cities Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, etc - there's more than 3 so I don't know why it's called tri ...). If you don't want gang crime stay out of Surrey & Abbotsford. Good luck in your choice.
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fromcan replied to the thread Is Canada in our future? on the Canada forum:
gws53 initially posted:
We are a gay male married couple (one 52, one 60), both working in retail jobs. We have been seriously considering a move out of the USA, with Canada in general, and Nova Scotia in particular, as a possible new home. I have read that is very difficult with our backgrounds to enter Canada. Should we consider another locale? If there is a possibility, though, how do we go about making it more of a probability?
fromcan replied on September 18, 2014 with:
I am Canadian and I live in Vancouver. It is the most sexually open city I have lived in. We have pride painted cross walks (google Davie Street). It's expensive here but you will be fully adopted by the community. No one cares about your sexuality here. Good luck in your search.
oceanpaige replied on September 18, 2014 with:
I'm not sure about finding work in NS. The economy is quite slow here. It'd probably be better if you could start your own business. I think your sexual orientation is not likely to cause a problem in NS. Same sex marriage is legal here and there are communities that are quite liberal. I'd come here for an extended visit and travel around living in a few different areas first if I were you. The good news is real estate prices are very reasonable here if you're looking to buy.
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danaraujo replied to the thread French in its place. on the Canada forum:
lew initially posted:
I recently read an article concerning French in Canada. Contrary to this article, Canada is not Bilingual. One fifth of the Country is through Government Subsidy. A bill of expense to the whole Country placed before Health Care , Education. and Pensions. Definably a detriment to the wellness of the whole population. Walter Merritt.
danaraujo replied most recently with:
Hi busman7, As you didn't allow any shadow of doubt about your assertion that non-French are NOT allowed to take diplomatic posts abroad, I will be as unquestionable as you were: You are absolutely wrong. The truth is that such a person must be bilingual. As English is more an universal language than French, English speakers have the tendency of not learning another language, whereas many French feel that learning English will broaden their chances of career advancement. I've met bilingual Anglos working in diplomatic missions. Perhaps they sacrificed themselves to learn French, while others complained that the government was unfair, denying them a chance of working abroad while being unilingual. Or they were lucky to have enlightened parents who enrolled them in immersion French. Just for the record, I'm Canadian, neither Anglo nor French; of the two languages I only speak English.
barbarasuderman replied most recently with:
Hey--uh--I don't know where you got your information BUT--Canada IS bilingual--two official languages --English and French. That was what it was last time I checked and I am Canadian.
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busman7 replied to the thread Expats can now vote on the Canada forum:
busman7 initially posted:
Good news for Canadian expats in foreign lands, we can now vote in Canadian elections. http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vote&dir=reg/etr&document=index&lang=e Herr Harper went to the supreme court trying to disenfranchise us, it backfired so register to throw the Nazi wannabe out in 2015
busman7 replied most recently with:
Oh Great Turtle, mariache, you must still be living in 'the stone age' like the idiots at CRA who insist expats MUST file tax returns by snail mail while the sheeple residing in Canada MUST file electronically. Ever hear of online newspapers where news is instantly available to keep tabs on the foolishness going on in Herr Harper's Canuckistan. In reality expats tend to be better informed than the average Canadian sheeple as we tend to get news from other sources than the government censored Canadian press. Keeping up on Canadian politics is also a necessity to keep track of the status our pensions/investments/tax guidelines, so we can take the appropriate action to any changes attempting to steal from us!
mariache replied most recently with:
I agree with PM Harper that Canadian expats should not vote in Canadian elections as after a while of living abroad it is very difficult to follow and "feel" how politics and other issues are going or doing back home.
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shavinder1983 posted CANADA PR on the Canada forum:
My age is 31 years. I have done dIploma in electronics and telecomm. in 2005 and started my first job in sepember 2005 which was an IT job. later on i did my correspondance B.SC. IT in 2010 . I am still working in the same profile but only the organizations have been changed . I have got overall 7 bands in IELTS with minimum in speaking (6 band). Am I eligible for PR of Canada?
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: It can be easy to feel lost in such as a colossal country, but sticking to a few top tips from David Hollins, Regional General Manager at Crown Relocations, can make settling in to the Canadian lifestyle much easier. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
While most of what is written here is correct it's not normal to send flowers in advance of a dinner party nor is it wrong to finish your plate. As much as others around the world think we are like Americans....try again, we are Canadian and there are many differences between us. Our national sport is Hockey not Ice Hocking! Tipping is yes, expected but I have never had it added automatically to my bill and don't feel you have to tip if the service isn't good. French is our official second language and if you travel to Quebec it will be useful to know at least a little. Most of Canada is however, English speaking. There are pockets of Francophones in Ontario, New Brunswick (the only officially bilingual province in Canada)and Manitoba. Canada is a huge country full of diversity, culture, sport, crazy weather and friendly, outgoing people. We are funny and yes even quirky! Come and enjoy all it has to offer!
MovingEast replied recently with:
Thank you for this article. I am a Canadian expat in Hong Kong. I lived all my life in Canada (until one month ago) and so was interested to read these recommendations for settling into my home country. I would like to offer my perspective on a couple of things mentioned. About the language, while a lot of people in Canada can speak French, it is only spoken consistently in the province of Quebec. The capital city of Ottawa, Ontario (where I lived) is bilingual and there's quite a bit of French spoken there, but anywhere west of Ottawa all the way to BC you will find almost exclusively English. This is also true in some of the maritime provinces, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland in particular. If you are living in Quebec, yes, you will definitely need to speak and understand French well in order to function there. But almost everywhere else in Canada operates in English. Re the social customs, I have never known anyone to send flowers in advance of a dinner party. It is quite common to take along an arrangement and present them as a hostess gift, but I would think it would be quite a formal affair for flowers to be sent in advance. (Perhaps that's a Quebec custom?) I also am not aware of any rules regarding how much or how little one eats. If you like the food, it is perfectly acceptable to have a second or even third helping! The information about money, the seasons and sports/clubs is great. Re tipping, yes 15% is normal, but you might want to tip on the food and beverage portions only, not the TOTAL amount of the bill which will include the provincial tax (13% in Ontario for example). Thanks!
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joband replied to the thread Schools in Canada on the Canada forum:
Dodda initially posted:
We are Egyptian family & soon will be landing in Canada. My question: I have two kids at an international frensh school in Egypt. The problem is that their age is not comparable by ages in schools of Canada & I madly don't want them to lose year that they've already finished it wz perfect results, moreover they will be very sad to repasse the same year & they will be so disappointed to see some of their friends & colleagues from Egypt are not in the same grade with them, I am really upset from this issue. What should I do???!
joband replied most recently with:
Many or most schools will test or do equivalency to place the students at the right grade level especially if you ask. Grades are not determined by age. There are also "gifted" and exceptional" levels for students that are very bright or conversely have some learning differences. Although province and city wide there are similarities there are also significant differences in quality between one school and another. What city and area are you moving to? IE Toronto is HUGE..pm me if you like.
busman7 replied most recently with:
Pay for private schooling!
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joband replied to the thread BC Medical on the Canada forum:
Btatlow initially posted:
I work outside the country on contract for 6 - 8 months per year. I am covered by the company for any medical issues. Do I still have to pay for BC medical?
joband replied most recently with:
Are you a BC residen?t..if so you have to pay for BC medical insurance or you can opt out..but that is not an overly publicized fact. If you opt out you will not be covered for any medical while in BC unless your employer also has provate medical coverage for that..but be sure it is not just "extended" coverage..which most non government medical plans are as Canada is a totally government based medical system. Each province determines coverage payments based on income (BC) or some other factor..or if it is free. If your company says you are covered be sure to check to see what that actually involves.
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