There is an abundance of information online relating to moving to Canada, which can seem overwhelming to people planning their move or settling into life in Canada. It’s important to know, however, which resources are of value to you. At Moving2Canada we feel we have covered all the relevant areas, but we also realize that using other resources is often necessary. We have divided this page into sections on planning, immigration, expat groups, professional articles and employment resources.
The Moving2Canada Getting Started Guide is the perfect tool to start planning your move to Canada. The guide exists so that you are primed for success as you embark on a new life in Canada. It asks three important questions:
- How do I get a work permit for Canada?
- How do I find a job in Canada?
- Where in Canada should I live?
Travel insurance is an important step in planning your move to Canada. This is mandatory for IEC/Working Holiday Programs. We have partnered with a number of vendors to offer you a range of options to suit your needs.
Any research into immigrating to Canada should begin by consulting what’s known as the ‘Come to Canada Wizard’. This is a free tool offered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It will let you know which immigration program(s) you are eligible for so that you may begin to plan your move to Canada.
The CIC website itself is well-designed and intuitive. It contains a wealth of information on all matters relating to immigration to Canada.
Many people first move to Canada on the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. This open work permit allows you to live and work in Canada for either 12 or 24 months.
If you’re thinking of applying for an IEC work permit or have already begun the process, we highly recommend that you join the Moving2Canada IEC Working Holiday Forum on Facebook, as well as other similar forums (the advantages of the Moving2Canada forum over others are that we are highly vigilant in preventing and combatting spam, and we’ve posted useful articles at the top of the forum).
Our own Moving2Canada IEC FAQ page is packed with answers to common questions. Bookmark it and refer to it as you go through the process of obtaining your IEC work permit.
For other classes of visa for Canada, please see our immigration landing page where you will find articles on all the main types of visa.
The spread of internet access in recent years means it has never been easier for expats to meet up or exchange tips and advice. For many people, a sense of home among new surroundings is paramount.
The British Canadian Business Association was created with the ultimate goal of ‘giving back’ to the business communities in the UK and Canada.
Having experienced firsthand the challenge of making professional and personal re-locations work, our directors recognized the need for a dynamic and well organized resource dedicated to providing businesses with the promotion, connection and support they need.
Today, the BCBA supports companies and individuals on both sides of the Atlantic, openly sharing our network and expertise with like-minded organizations to simplify the process and increase the chances of commercial and personal success.
Migrants from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are particularly keen to coordinate activities and share information. The following Facebook groups are full of active members, and we’ve divided them up by city:
Irish and new in Vancouver
Irish in Vancouver
Irish Women’s Network of BC
Irish Heritage Society
Expats in Vancouver
Aussies in Vancouver
International Travelers in Vancouver
Kiwis in Vancouver (Caniwis)
British expats in Vancouver
Brits in Vancouver
We aim to provide an overview of common professions on our site. These will typically tell you about accreditation, recruitment and expectations for beginning or continuing your career in Canada.
Moving2Canada Recruitment is now called Outpost Recruitment, which finds great jobs in Canada for suitable candidates. Since 2012, we’ve helped people get work across civil, infrastructure, and buildings projects.
While searching for a job in Canada you will need to provide a typed Canadian-style resume, as you will need to adapt to the Canadian way of presenting your experience and skills.
It is also likely that you will need to adhere to a different style of writing cover letters, which you will then use to put yourself forward for positions.
Networking is also a key component of the employment process in Canada.
One can distinguish between two types of interview: the informational interview (informal) and the job interview (formal). In your job search, it is likely that you will have to make use of the former and guaranteed that you will come face-to-face with the latter.