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Things You Should Know When You Move to Canada

Canada is a beautiful place filled with people renowned for their niceness. So, whether you’re looking forward to the famous maple syrups, ski locations,...

Canada is a beautiful place filled with people renowned for their niceness. So, whether you’re looking forward to the famous maple syrups, ski locations, or gorgeous scenery, it’s no surprise you’re considering making the move to maple leaf country.

Aside from avoiding bumping into any bears along the way, we can tell you some of the most important things you need to know about moving to Canada. So, strap on your ice skates and enjoy the ride.

Canada has an inspiring human rights activist community.


Canada is an inclusive country with a diverse community scattered throughout its land. In fact, more than 20 percent of Canadians were born in a different country. Take it from Malliha Wilson, a Tamil Canadian lawyer who served as the assistant deputy attorney general of the Government of Ontario from April 2008 to November 2016. She’s been motivating human rights activists for years by fighting for her people and other underrepresented people across Canada and the world.

Canada has a diverse financial market.


Canadians enjoy a diverse financial market. For example, Canada’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) selection continues to grow every year, giving investors in Canada a broader selection to invest with. In addition, trading with a dividend ETF in Canada is primarily influenced by the financial and energy sectors. Despite some similarities these investments share, Canada still boasts a diverse financial portfolio and resources for potential investors to get started. So, if you’re looking to get into market trading, Canada may be the place for you.

Canada has two official languages.


Canada has two official languages: English and French. English is more often spoken in the western part of Canada while French is the primary language in the eastern province of Quebec. Not to mention, Quebec’s culture and architecture are heavily French-inspired.

There is even the office quebecois de la langue francaise (OQLF). The OQLF basically acts like language police. They were created to enforce the everyday use of the French language in Quebec. For example, if a store doesn’t use French on its signs or greet its customers in French, they may be visited by the OQLF. So, if you’re planning on moving to Quebec, you may want to brush up on your French.

Canada has beautiful, wide-open spaces.


Canada may have some of the most gorgeous cities around, but that’s nothing compared to the landscapes between these cities. Roughly 90 percent of Canadians live within 100 miles of the United States border. This means that there is a massive amount of land to explore to the north. If you’re looking for a place to get away for a while, or possibly longer, then you should have no problem in Canada.

Canada has almost every landscape within its borders. For example, the Carcross Desert, the smallest desert in the world, is in Yukon, and a temperate rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest, is located in British Columbia. Not to mention the rugged coastline of the Pacific Rim and the granite mountains of Gros Morne that more people are familiar with. No matter what you’re in the mood to explore, you can find it in Canada.

Canada is home to Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik.


No, a cat didn’t just jump on the keyboard. You’re reading that correctly.

Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik is a lake in Canada, and its name means “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks” in the native Cree language. When you move to Canada, you’ll find no shortage of wild, unique names for places throughout the country. You can move to a number of uniquely named towns and villages, such as Goobies, Lower Economy, Punkeydoodles Corner, Crotch Lake, and, finally, Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec.

It’s a good idea to learn as much as you can before moving to Canada. We hope you have a great time living here!



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