posted moving to canada from scotland
on the Canada forum on June 18, 2013:
posted IMMIGRATING TO CANADA
on the Canada forum on June 16, 2013:
cozy & nice with just 52 unit approx: 1340 sqf
2 level unit. 7 years old.
Hi guys! I am from Latvia, currently living & working in UAE. I would just like to know what are the chances to get job in Canada being outside over here in UAE. The point is that while going through immigration process as Skilled worker one must have certain amount in one's bank account. We are 3 in the family and can't reach that amount at the moment. Can we actually get a job offer (one of us) and then go to Canada somehow... Sorry but I am not experienced in these issues. NEED Your HELP! Thanx. My e-mail: Enigmiasta@yahoo.com
replied on June 08, 2013 with:
I am moving Canada by End 2013. I have 9 years of Information Technology as Deliver/ Project Manager, Agile (Scrum Methodology) Experience handling J2EE Projects . 1) Can anyone please suggest which place of Canada has more opportunity for me? 2) Shall I get job prior to landing in Canada ? Thank you in advance
The majority would not consider you if you are not authorized to work in Canada, but once you are here it will be easier. I don't have much faith in those job sites since spam jobs are managing to find their way onto the internet. I approach potential employers direct and my job success has been pretty good.
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Moncton, Canada
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I have lived for 18 years in Vancouver Canada and 29 years in the States mostly pacific northwest. I don't agree with the writer. I took some post grad courses in Canada and in the US and did not find much difference. Canadians are way more openminded about most things. i.e. prostitution is legal, no one care if you smoke weed. There is a lot of resentment against Hong Kong Chinese and India Indians as they actively discriminate against native born Canadians and they do no assimilate well into the culture. Most Chinese do not speak the language. I have been asked to leave a Chinese meat store in Richmond as I did not speak Chinese. That really pissed me off. I much prefer the small towns, much more friendly people. Vancouver is a typically super congested large city too many cars, too few roads and maniac drivers. The rapid trasnit system really works and you can do without a car in Vancouver and avoid the stress and I mean STESS trying to drive in Vancouver. Drug users congerate in Vanouver as it is the mildest climate in Canada and they do have a needle exchange in Vancouver. Plus it seems that everyone in Canada wants to retire to Vancovuer or Victoria when they retire. Don't have to shovel snow or plug your car in at night. Witness the monster hi rises selling for 500K to 1.5 K for an apartment downtown. I think that the real estate is way overproced but it seems to be always that way. Everyone wants to move there and the supply does not eqaul the demand so high prices. Food is about 15% more cars 29 % more gas 1.50 more per gallon. Go to Craiglist and compare rentals for apartment between say Seattle and Vancouver. But drive a couple hours in you are in beautiful unspoiled country with some of the best hiking, fishing, skiing, camping and hunting. Tough to beat that. I have meet all kinds some good some bad. I broke down in Canal flats with a hole in my radiator during hunting season. The mechanic had to go fix an earth mover and once he found out I knew how to fix it, he GAVE me his wife's care to take the rad that I took out up the road 30 miles to get it fixed and drive back. Didn't ask for credit card nothing. I filled his tank and gave him a tip. Most canadians are very generous. As a country they volunteer more that I think any other country. Their social programs are much superior to the us. I was not excited when they brought in state run car insurance. That was a screw up and ended up making car insurance way higher. I hear they have introduced a combination of state insurance and private insurance. That brought the price down. But you don't have to worry about so many un insured drivers running around like you do in the states.
IN general the wages are much higher for construction and there is a way better standared of safety compared to the US. Unions still pay an important part in the industry and you will see a much more supporive relationship between the unions and the companies. OK, you don't buy the expensive car, you have to stick to a house that you can afford not want you want. but that is just an adjustment. Canadians are much more concerned about environmnet and somewhat distrustful of their jingoist American neighbours.
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Sounds like you might be the narrow minded one.