Brief Introduction about Canada
The understanding is that you at least know a thing or two about moving to Canada in 2021 since you are already planning to move there. The obvious being that it is a fairly good place to settle in comparison to others, United States of America included.
On the world map, Canada is found in North America, just neighboring the United States. In this small write up, I would like to share with you 7 important bits of information about Canada that i wish i knew before moving in back in 2019.
1. U.S Credit Ratings do not count here
I don’t know whether this is a good or a bad thing for you. I guess it depends on how your credit ratings were back in the United states. If you had a good credit score, then this will be discouraging to know all the scores you spent bringing up for years will not be of any use here in Canada.
I guess you are laughing to death if your credit score was embarassing. It means you can start off on a clean slate.
2. Free Canadian health Care System
There are two bits of information that you really need to know
One, you will be exited to know that regardless of where you are coming from, Health care system here offers a very accommodating service where you pay next to nothing for health care. Let me not compare this to what the former US president had been proposing. I don’t like politics by the way.
What is also very important as pertains the Health care system is that this free health care only kicks in after three months of stay in Canada….. BOOOOOOOM.
Therefore, do not go in thinking that you are elligible. The advice is getting at least a travel medical cover for about 3 months which can come in handy in case of an accident or emergency that might come in before the three months are over.
3. A different Date structure
If you are coming from the United Kingdom, then this might be nothing. However, if you are coming from the United States like some of us, you will be keen to note that whereas in the United States the dates read, Month, Day, year, in Canada, there is a slight difference. The Date is structured as Day, Month, year.
Such is very important otherwise you might end up missing some important appointments or reporting date to your new job. Immagine being told to report yo work on 04/03/2021. If you are from the US, you might think you have over a month to settle in before reporting to work, while the employer is expecting you the following week.
4. Expensive Domestic Travel
This i never saw coming. Can you imagine travelling from Toronto to Vancouver is way expensive that it is even cheaper connecting flights from Toronto to a region in the United States then to Vancouver. Interesting and very weird.
This has something to do with government reguratory fees in doing domestic travels. I think this needs to be reviewed.
5. Switch all your Addresses to your Canadian Address ASAP
Again this is very trivial and circumstantial depending on your line of work and where you are coming from. Allow me to center on those traveling from the U.S.
It would make your life easier if you update all your addresses immediately to make the switch both for record keeping and for residency purposes. It will also aid in ensuring that you not only avoid missing important mails and bank notifications/transactions.
6. High Income Tax
And there i was thinking that Americans were the highest taxed individuals in the world…. Ding Dong, turns out i was wrong. You will realize that income tax is a little bit higher here in Canada as compared to the United States.
However, this is still dependent on your line of work, self employed or working in public sector. All the same, it is higher than it is in the U.S.
7. Cheap and Affordable University Education
I have kept the best for last, at least depending on your age and educational aspirations.
If you want to further your education, then there is no place better than Canada. Can you imagine you can pay $10k a year for University Edication for a medium scale course/degree. In the united states, that fee is about $30k. So as you can see, it is way way way lower.
Which reminds me, i have an assignment to complete. boooooo
There you have it, the 7 things that I wish I knew before moving to Canada. Hope this article was helpful.
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