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Moving to Canada

Immigration to Canada. A description of Canada's visa programs. Questions and answers. Documents processing. Options for moving to Canada.
The complexity of relocation
Fairly easy country to emigrate, but there are difficulties with the purchase of real estate
Quality-of-life/price ratio
Inexpensive living, quality products, safety, ease of starting and running a business
The Climate
It varies from region to region, but in winter it is wet and foggy

Canadian visa programs

Information on residency visas for study, work, and family reunification

Immigration to Canada

A handy compilation of practical information

Polina
Imigrata Immigration Specialist
Visas to Canada:
Only citizens of the country and their relatives with a residence permit, foreigners with a work or student visa, diplomats or persons with a permit from the Public Health Agency of Canada are allowed to enter the territory of Canada. For tourists, entry is allowed only with a certificate of vaccination of one of the vaccines allowed in Canada (Russian ones are not recognized in the country).

Canada has temporarily suspended the issuance of tourist visas to citizens of the Russian Federation. Work and study visas are issued without restrictions.

Transit conditions:
Transit is allowed for a period of no more than 24 hours, quarantine and PCR test are not required.

Tickets:
Canada has banned flights of Russian aircraft over its territory, flights from Russia have been canceled. You can get into the country through Turkey, the UAE or from other European countries.

Epidemiological situation:
Entry to Canada is allowed with a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, upon arrival you will need to do an additional PCR test and stay in quarantine for two weeks. If Johnson&Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer have a vaccination certificate, repeated PCR testing and quarantine will not be required.

The best cities to live in Canada

The top 5 best cities to live in Canada include:
Vancouver is a city on the Pacific coast, one of the main port cities of North America at the foot of two majestic peaks Mount Seymour and Hollyburn;
Ottawa is not a very picturesque capital of Canada, perfectly reflecting the Canadian atmosphere of neatness and decorum. There are over 1000 parks, hundreds of museums and the largest world hockey festival is held here;
Burlington is a small town 50 km from Toronto, recognized as one of the best cities to live in the country. You will find tranquility, clean air and magnificent views;
Toronto is the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada, where skyscrapers perfectly get along with parks and squares. About a sixth of all working residents of Canada work here;
Calgary is famous for its ski resorts, where thousands of tourists come every year. The city is surrounded by rocky mountains, and you can appreciate the beauty of the place from the observation deck of the hundred-meter skyscraper Kelgery Tower.

Pros and cons of moving to Canada

Advantages of living in Canada:
  • High standard of living, and in almost all regions of the country;
  • Very diverse nature, which has no analogues anywhere in the world. Each state is different from the other and you can travel around the country almost indefinitely;
  • The crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Canada is one of the safest and most prosperous countries;
  • Favorable business conditions, high support of small and medium-sized businesses from the state;
  • Low level of corruption - Canada is among the TOP 10 least corrupt countries in the world;
  • A diverse and developed economy with favorable conditions for emigration. Qualified specialists from abroad are welcome;
  • Multiculturalism, multi-nationality and tolerance.

Disadvantages of living in Canada:
  • Expensive medicine. Medical insurance is the first necessity;
  • High living wage;
  • Low-quality and very expensive mobile communication - in some regions reaching up to $ 80 per month due to the poor choice of mobile operators;
  • The high cost of real estate, which has increased by 30-40% over the past few years%;
  • Loyal attitude to petty crimes and offenses, availability of drugs.

Housing in Canada

There are no problems with renting housing in Canada, but there may be problems with terminology: the usual division of an apartment into rooms does not exist, in Canada it is considered to be sleeping places. Studios in most cases are located on the outskirts of the city and are not popular. The most economically advantageous apartments are located on the basement and attic floors - this is the most budget housing.

Landlords prefer to rent apartments for at least six months. The contract is drawn up in the presence of lawyers, and utilities are mostly already included in the rental price. Among the main requirements: a pledge for the safety of furniture and a certificate of the tenant's solvency.

The cost of renting an apartment:
In large cities, the cost of housing depends on the location and square footage and varies from 500 Canadian dollars for a studio (400 US dollars) to 1500 for a two-room apartment (1190-1200 US dollars). In smaller cities, apartment rentals are, on average, 1.5-2 times cheaper.

The cost of utilities:
Utility bills in the country, on average, 400-600 Canadian dollars (315-500 US dollars).

Where to look for housing:

Medicine in Canada

The Canadian healthcare system is considered one of the best in the world and is funded mainly by taxes, both local and state, and corporate income taxes. Some provinces use sales taxes and even lottery revenues to finance the health care system.

Everyone living in Canada legally needs insurance, which is issued after three months of being in the country, for the duration of these months it is worth taking out private medical insurance in order to get qualified help if necessary.

Education in Canada

The education system in Canada is not much different from the Russian one:
At the age of 6-7, children go to elementary school (Elementary school), which is preceded by two years of kindergarten;
At the age of 12 - to secondary school (Secondary school);
At 18, they enter college (secondary specialized education) or university (higher education).

Education up to 15 years is compulsory in Canada. Until high school, children study at the expense of the state, further options are possible: to finish school for two more years or immediately go to college to get a practical specialty.

Diplomas of Canadian universities are recognized almost everywhere in the world.

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