So, you’ve made it. You’re in Canada and ready to get the next chapter of your life started in the Great White North. This is no mean feat, and you should be proud for making it this far. However, before you start patting yourself on the back it’s important to remember that it’s not all plain sailing. If you want things to go smoothly in Canada, then you need to avoid these mistakes commonly made by IEC Working Holidaymakers.
1. Failing to spot an accommodation scam for what it really is
If a deal seems too good to be true, then it usually is. While the vast majority of apartment listings on popular websites like Kijiji and Craigslist are legitimate, you should be aware that some individuals post rental listings for the sole purpose of scamming potential renters. Often this is achieved by posting ads for rentals in popular locations with a below average asking price. Unsuspecting apartment hunters are then asked to transfer a sum into a bank account. The problem is, that ad you saw isn’t a real deal. Now your money is gone and you still don’t have a new place to call home.Working holiday makers are not immune to this nefarious behaviour – in fact, because they are new to Canada, they are often a top target for scammers.
You need to keep your wits about you when it comes to finding a suitable place to live. Whether you are living alone or with a partner or friends, it pays to be as diligent as possible in your accommodation search. You should always view the apartment or house you are interested in before agreeing to sign a lease and putting down a deposit. Similarly, make sure you are as familiar as possible with all tenant rights in the province . Tenant rights can vary considerably from one province to another, so it pays to do your research. If the landlord is asking for something that contravenes the tenant rights of that province, or you simply feel that the deal is too good to be true or the whole thing feels a bit weird, then there’s probably something awry and you’d be better off trying another option.
Tenant rights in Canada
- Tenant rights in Alberta
- Tenant rights in B.C.
- Tenant rights in Manitoba
- Tenant rights in New Brunswick
- Tenant rights in Newfoundland
- Tenant rights in Northwest Territories
- Tenant rights in Nova Scotia
- Tenant rights in Nunavut
- Tenant rights in Ontario
- Tenant rights in P.E.I
- Tenant rights in Quebec
- Tenant rights in Saskatchewan
- Tenant rights in Yukon
Key resource: Finding Accommodation in Canada
2. Not going the extra mile with your job hunt
Moving country is never easy, and there is so much to be done in the first few weeks. From finding a place to live, getting a mobile phone plan and organising your SIN, it can be hard to fit anything else in. However, unless you’re coming to Canada with a briefcase full of cash, the reality is that you’re going to need to find a job sooner rather than later. Whether you like to admit it or not, as a newcomer to Canada you are more than likely going to have to work a little harder than a Canadian to land a job. This means that you will have to go the extra mile in pursuit of your first job – be it a dream job or not. Some top tips in achieving this goal include:
- Making sure your CV (called a resume in Canada) shows your achievements and value, and is refined and error-free.
- Pounding the pavement. An enthusiastic applicant will certainly outperform someone who is only submitting online applications.
- Networking properly with those in your chosen industry and maybe even people from your home country. It really helps.
- Exuding confidence. After all, you’ve made it this far and obviously have a lot to offer employers in Canada.
Key resource: Finding Jobs in Canada
3. Failing to explore all that Canada has to offer as a working holidaymaker
To say Canada is a vast country is somewhat of an understatement. It is the second-largest country in the world, and if you travel from Newfoundland in the east all the way to Vancouver Island off the west coast, then you will have travelled through six time zones, past diverse cities and a wide variety of jaw-dropping landscapes.
One of the biggest mistakes we often see from IEC working holidaymakers is a failure to explore the country beyond the city they move to. Air travel in Canada is not cheap, but there are plenty of bus routes and trains as well, or you may be able to rent a car for a road trip of a lifetime. If you are only here for 12 or 24 months, or even if you decide to stay longer, it would be a shame to miss out on all that this beautiful country has to offer. From well-known tourist attractions like Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains to quaint Maritime fishing towns and the old-town feel of much of Quebec, there really is something for everyone.