When we’re young, making friends comes like second nature. It’s just what we do as humans. We make friends in school, at soccer practice, online, and everywhere else in between. But making friends in Canada as a newcomer can be a challenge.
Your peers in the Canadian town or city you decide to move to are less likely to need you (the newcomer) as much as you may need them. In all likelihood, it will be harder to make new friends than it would have been when you were still in the education system or enjoying your first job as a twentysomething. As people grow older, they are generally more likely to stay later at work or take their relationships more seriously, leaving less time for everything else — like making new friends. But, that does not mean it’s impossible to create a great social life as a newcomer to Canada. In fact, we often hear fulfilling stories from members of our community whose experience in Canada was enriched massively by making friends with locals and other newcomers. But what’s the best way of putting yourself out there and creating your very own Canadian social circle? Here are our four top tips for making friends in Canada.
1. Join a club
This may sound like a pretty obvious suggestion, but is it that easy to pick up knitting or softball if you haven’t done it for years? Well, in a word, yes. No matter where you end up in Canada, the chances are that you will be in close proximity to a club or society that enjoys a particular sport, pastime, or activity that you enjoyed doing when you were younger or before moving to Canada. From athletics clubs and yoga to book clubs, soccer teams, and community activism groups, there are so many opportunities to dive into your new community and make some new friends along the way. All it takes is a quick perusal on the internet or better still, a stroll through your neighbourhood. Soon you’ll not just be hitting a home run or debating the plot twist, but making new friends at the same time.
2. Apps for making friends in Canada
We all know that when most people think about meeting someone online, dating apps are usually what comes to mind first. However, in addition to Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, and Hinge, there are multiple apps available for making friends too. For example, Nextdoor, which connects people living in close proximity with each other, and Bumble BFF, the best friend version of the popular dating app of the same name, do just that.
You may be a little apprehensive when using apps like these for the first time, and that is totally understandable. After all, in your home country you may have never considered taking this approach, as you never had to. However, with more and more relationships starting online these days, why should friendships be any different? Making friends as a newcomer to Canada can be challenging, but it’s a lot easier if you’re willing to use the technology that exists to help you out along the way.