You may have dreamed about Canada for years. It could be your final destination after many years of working away from your family. It could give you the security for you and your family.
You could be right.
But you have to think about what it would mean to live in Canada before you make the decision. The best intentions may have the worst outcome if you don’t do your homework and don’t prepare yourself for the new life.
So… what should you know about Canada?
It can be cold here! If you are arriving in the middle of winter, make sure you have a warm jacket and boots… talk to your employer about the weather and be prepared!
Canadians are nice people. Yes, most of them. But we have our share of not so nice people and you should be aware of possible scams and dangers that could make your life miserable if you don’t watch out.
Canada has free health care… not quite. In some provinces, you have to pay premiums… in others, the cost of the premiums is added to your income taxes. Some provinces have a waiting period before you can take advantage of the medical care. Do your homework and learn about the provincial rules before you arrive.
If you have never lived in the home of your employer before, you may want to talk to your employer and ask about her ideas of your place in the family. Some employers want a new family member but others may want to keep a distance and maintain a professional relationship. Be prepared; know what you are getting into before you arrive.
If you found this website, you may want to look for community services in the area where you are supposed to live; find where the churches are, where you can meet new friends, where the library with Internet connection is. Your future employer will most likely help you but don’t rely on it!