The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Moving to Canada from Sri Lanka

Moving to a new country can be an exciting yet daunting experience, especially when it comes to settling down in a foreign land like Canada which is very culturally and geographically different to Sri Lanka. From choosing the right province to adapting to a new climate and culture, there are numerous factors to consider for a smooth transition. Fortunately, Canadian migration agents in Sri Lanka are equipped to help and guide you in every step of this process. Additionally, this comprehensive guide offers a great starting point and a few tips to help newcomers navigate their journey and settle in Canada successfully. Here are the top 10 things to consider when making a decision about such a big move.

  1. Choose the Right Province to Live:

Canada is a vast country with diverse provinces, each offering unique opportunities and lifestyles. Canada is almost 152 times bigger than Sri Lanka. Therefore, one can imagine the vast cultural and social differences that exist within Canada itself. Before making a decision, research and consider factors such as job prospects, cost of living, climate, and cultural amenities. For example, the Province of Alberta is known for its natural beauty, open spaces, forests and sunny weather whereas the Province of Ontario is known for its strong economy in finance, tourism, manufacturing, arts and sciences. It is up to you to figure out what kind of lifestyle and environment you would like and choose the province based on that.

  1. Plan Your Finances:

The cost of living and understanding Canada’s tax system is crucial for newcomers. This may be very different to what one is used to in Sri Lanka as you might have to deal with various insurance payments and instalments, but this is nothing one cannot handle. Learn about your tax obligations, including filing deadlines and deductions available to residents. You can consider seeking advice from a financial advisor to manage your finances effectively during your first tax year in Canada. Most importantly, plan your budget and expenses according to your expected income so that you are financially stable and avoid committing any sort of financial fraud. The Canadian system may be strict, but it is definitely manageable if you plan your finances.

  1. Research Schooling and/or Employment Opportunities:

Whether you’re relocating with your family or as an individual, researching schooling and employment opportunities is essential. Explore the education system in your chosen province, including public schools, private institutions, and adult education programs. Additionally, research job markets and industries that align with your skills and qualifications. Certain provinces have different occupations in demand, for example, Nova Scotia has a high demand for nurse aides, heavy equipment operators and construction trade labourers while Saskatchewan has a high demand for HR professionals, financial officials, accountants, and database analysts.

  1. Explore Different Transportation Modes:

Canada offers a range of transportation options, including public transit systems, ridesharing services, and private vehicles. The transport system might be more convenient and efficient than the network in Sri Lanka, but it still might take some getting used to. But do not let it overwhelm you, talk to people and ask around about what is closest to you and what is the mode of travel that would make the most sense. Depending on your location and lifestyle, choose the mode of transportation that best suits your needs and budget. Consider factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental impact when making your decision.

  1. Avoid Falling Victim to Fraud and Scams:

Unfortunately, newcomers are often targeted by fraudsters and scammers looking to exploit their unfamiliarity with Canadian laws and customs. Be aware and educate yourself about laws and common scams targeting newcomers, such as immigration fraud, identity theft, and financial scams. Talk to other immigrants as well as locals and seek advice. You can also talk to government agencies and community organisations to gain further clarity.

  1. Research Newcomer Services Near You:

Canada offers a wide range of newcomer services to support immigrants in their transition to life in Canada. From settlement agencies and language programs to employment services and cultural integration programs, there are resources available to help newcomers adjust to their new environment. This kind of support and network might just be what is needed to make the shift less drastic and to feel like you belong to a community.

  1. Your Credit Score Plays a Crucial Role:

Your credit score is an important factor in Canada, affecting your ability to secure loans, rent an apartment, and even find employment. Establishing and maintaining good credit is very important for building a successful financial future in Canada. Monitor your credit score regularly and take steps to improve it if necessary, such as paying bills on time and using credit responsibly.

  1. Improve Necessary Language Skills:

Proficiency in English or French is essential for success in Canada, both professionally and socially. If English or French is not your first language, consider enrolling in language classes or language immersion programs to improve your language skills. Practice speaking and listening regularly to build confidence and fluency in your chosen language. Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities for you to improve, all you need to do is be willing to learn!

  1. Prepare Yourself for a Big Climate Shift:

This might be one of the biggest differences when it comes to moving from a tropical island to a country known for its diverse climate, ranging from mild coastal temperatures to extreme cold in northern regions. Depending on where you settle, be prepared for significant climate differences! Places in Canada go as low as -47 degrees Celsius. So, while you buy your winter clothes, research the weather in the area you are considering and ensure that it will be something you can handle. Because if you are easily affected by the cold or have health complications that are worsened by low temperatures, a warmer location is something you might need to consider.

  1. Be Open to Experiencing Different Cultures:

Canada is a multicultural mosaic, home to people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities and is known as a melting pot of cultures. Embrace the opportunity to learn about different cultures, traditions, and perspectives, both within your own community and across the country. Do you think Sri Lanka is multi-ethnic? There are people from all over the world living in Canada, excited to share about their culture with you! Be open-minded and respectful of cultural differences, and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to engage with people from diverse backgrounds.

Settling in Canada as a newcomer requires careful planning, research, and adaptation. It might sound daunting initially, but once you get to planning you will be excited by the possibilities and potential that await. The above were just a few tips to help you navigate your transition smoothly and build a successful life in your new home country.

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