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Old Sep 30th 2019, 10:35 am
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what areas would be best to move to with a 3 year old and 1 year old? We enjoy being outdoors and want the kids to have plenty time outdoors. Schools are also really important.

my husbands an electrician and I work in a clerical type role at the minute. We want a good quality of life for both ourselves and our kids as they grow and we think Canada would be a great place to stay.

also how does medical insurance work? Do you just pay for like a monthly premium and if you need to see a doctor or need a prescription etc that should generally cover it? How much on average would you expect to pay for a family of 4 to be covered for any medical problems that may occur?
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Bit of a vague question to be honest, Canada is about the size of Europe! Anything else to narrow it down, do you at least have a province in mind? Any other criteria? In all honesty, if you just want outdoors lifestyle and good schools, then most of the UK will give you that. Are you looking for something specific from Canada?

And are you able to get visas without needing a job offer? If not, then you'll just have to go wherever you can find a sponsoring employer, so best not to worry about locations just yet.

Re: medical cost, it depends on the province, but most provinces have free healthcare, although that doesn't include things like prescriptions or ambulances that would be included under the NHS. This Wiki article has more info - https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Medical_Insurance-Canada

I see you've also posted a similar question in the Oz forums, so this Wiki article may be useful too - https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Canada_versus_Australia

And lastly, as you've asked about the cost of the move in the Oz forums, thought it may be useful for you to have an idea of it for Canada too (I'd imagine probably quite similar to the cost of moving to Oz), this thread is a good place to give you an idea - https://britishexpats.com/forum/cana...canada-735341/

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Thanks for all those useful links!
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Welcome back!

4 years on and a lot has changed since your previous threads - for Canada now it's Express Entry (Trades) for your spouse which will mean having to obtain a Certificate of Qualification from one of the Provincial bodies or else a job offer / job offer with Provincial Nomination - Electrician is a regulated trade and has compulsary certification. Each Province has their own regulatory body - were you still hoping to go to Alberta - if so this should help: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/expe...u-should-know/
(if he can get a job offer, this new pilot for getting certification might help: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/SOUR...Fact_Sheet.pdf )

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Have you considered Calgary? Very close to the mountains, affordable housing and seems to be jobs still even with the down turn.
Medical is free here with a visa 2yr I believe and definitely is with a PR
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Is everything medical free in AB???

Including cost of prescription drugs from the pharmacy, ambulance calls?????
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The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

Alberta provides free basic health insurance through the AHCIP. This plan covers permanent and temporary residents. It does not cover visitors or tourists.

You must register for the AHCIP within 3 months of arriving in Alberta.

Covered expenses

The AHCIP covers many medical expenses, but not everything.

Private health insurance is recommended for services not covered. Many employers offer insurance plans that help pay for these services. Any fees should be included as part of your job's compensation package. If your employer does not offer a health plan, or if you are self-employed, you can buy personal health insurance from a private insurance company.

Learn more about expenses covered by the AHCIP.
(https://www.alberta.ca/ahcip-what-is-covered.aspx)
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Have you considered Calgary? Very close to the mountains, affordable housing and seems to be jobs still even with the down turn.
Medical is free here with a visa 2yr I believe and definitely is with a PR
Provincial healthcare you mean, I presume. What is NOT covered (within the link on those words) includes Medications, opticians, dentists and etc., which will all still have to be paid for

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Health_Care-Alberta

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Is everything medical free in AB???

Including cost of prescription drugs from the pharmacy, ambulance calls?????
It's very similiar to BC, no way you can get away with paying $0 for medical anywhere in Canada, eventually you will end up needing something not covered be it dental, vision, mental health, a medication etc.

More professional jobs tend to as you likely know get extended health which helps offset these fees, such insurance is less common for us lowly workers, or even when offered pretty sparse in coverage.
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Have you considered Calgary? Very close to the mountains, affordable housing and seems to be jobs still even with the down turn.
Medical is free here with a visa 2yr I believe and definitely is with a PR
Worth noting as OP has previously mentioned IEC that if that is their route, even though people working in Alberta can enrol in healthcare for no fee, this would not absolve them of the program requirement to get healthcare insurance for the two year permit duration (and short insurance = non-extendable short permit).
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Provincial healthcare you mean, I presume. Medications, opticians, dentists and etc., will all still have to be paid for

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Health_Care-Alberta

That is what I thought!

So it is misleading to say that medical care is free .................... what is not included can actually add up to a large amount if you need expensive medications, opticians, serious dental care, etc etc
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Default Re: Areas to consider moving to from Scotland

my hubby is an electrician also , we live in Whitby near Toronto, ensure he has gathered all proof of his hours , then he will most likely need to sit the "Red Seal" test. can you give you more info if you are still interested
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my hubby is an electrician also , we live in Whitby near Toronto, ensure he has gathered all proof of his hours , then he will most likely need to sit the "Red Seal" test. can you give you more info if you are still interested
Red Seal is an endorsement on a Provincial Certificate of Qualification - it's the CoQ that must be obtained in order to work in a regulated trade. a Red Seal endorsement just allows you to work in a different Province to the one you have your CoQ in.


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