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5 Things I Wish I Knew About Before I Immigrated to Canada

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 2, 2018 4:56:00 PM / by David Singh

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When I first came to Canada I found that there was a lot that I was unprepared for, or simply had not heard of.  Even with all of my research and planning, there were still some surprises that I found along the way. Here are some things that I think that all newcomers should know before you leave your home county for Canada.

Pre-Arrival training programs

A lot of newcomers to Canada are not aware of this amazing resource that is available to all immigrants on a pre-arrival basis.  These programs are free to newcomers and if I had heard about the before I arrived I would have jumped at the chance to participate.  Yes!  They are absolutely free and funded by the Canadian government so you know that they are legitimate.  These government funded training programs are very well respected by major employment sectors in Canada.  


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Opening a bank account before landing in Canada

This is a step that would have made the process of bringing my savings to Canada a lot easier.  By opening a bank account in Canada as an immigrant before you arrive you can transfer your money directly into your own bank account.  This is very useful when you have to demonstrate that you have funds to an immigration officer when you land in Canada.  


You will have to be patient in your job search

Finding your ideal job in Canada may take some time so you should be prepared to start small and work your way up to your dream job.  The trick is to stay positive and keep working towards your goal.  Doing research on how you should adapt your job search strategies to the Canadian marketplace is essential if you want to give yourself the best chance of finding a great job in Canada.

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Tipping in Canada

If you are in a restaurant or bar it is customary to tip your server.  The rule of thumb is to tip 15%, which can add up to a little bit more than you expect to pay at the end of a bill.  If you are not sure of how much you need to tip in a particular situation then you should ask a Canadian friend to explain these unwritten rules.

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David Singh

Written by David Singh

Moved to Canada 6 years ago from India


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