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Canada is the second largest country in the world. How do you even begin choosing where to live in Canada?

To help you start making the big decision, we’ve gathered some information and resources to help you understand what each region offers.

Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories, spread over six time zones. You could further divide the regions by geography, from the Rockies and the west coast, to the prairies in the centre of the country, and the “Canadian Shield” marked with plateaus across most of central Canada, and finally the rolling Appalachian mountains that roll towards the Atlantic Ocean. To the North, you’ll find Arctic tundra and a lifestyle unlike that of most of the world. Before choosing a destination province or territory of Canada, it’s important to look at all your options.

Be sure to click on the links we’ve provided as resources which will help you understand how each province or territory approaches key aspects of living in that particular place.

With that picture in mind, here is a broad overview of each Canadian province and territory.

Canada's provinces and territories

British Columbia






New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Edward Island


Northwest Territories


Getting started in Canada may not always be easy, but figuring out your finances and navigating the Canadian banking system should be. Scotiabank is committed to easing the financial challenges newcomers face when they move to Canada. We do that by providing solutions and advice to help newcomers achieve their financial goals in the first days and weeks in Canada.

We offer advisors who speak your language, to credit products that don’t exclude you just because you don’t have a credit score yet, and we help you navigate the challenges that are unique to your situation. While we can’t lower the price of moving, we can help you to be able to afford it.

Ready to get your finances on track for your future? Come in and speak to a Scotiabank advisor.

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