Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Canada
Reload this Page >

Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Old Nov 7th 2019, 1:07 am
  #16  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 2,879
scilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Be aware that you are coming to a different country ............... Canada is not England or GB transferred to North America.

Treat your move as if you were moving to a foreign country, albeit one that speaks English, with French as the other official language.

Things are different here ............ the language has lots of different words and spellings, food is different, favourite foods here are not the same as in the UK, ready meals in grocery stores will be different, veggies different, etc. The climate is different, make sure you know the requirements for winter driving in the province where you are going to live.

People behave differently, there is not as much social life centred around the work place or talking over the back fence. Instead it is people you meet through social activities............ running clubs, sports, meeting at the school gate (though that is also not as common as in the UK as people who pick up kids tend to do it in their cars, not congregate on the sidewalk and chat). You will have to reach out a lot, and it may take time.

Work very hard to not compare things here with the UK ........ you'll settle faster if you do that.

Work hard at learning what it does mean to live in Canada and to adapt.


In spite of much of the advice given on here, I see no need to keep a bank account in the UK unless you have income coming in or bills to continue to pay. We left the UK in 1967, and I closed my bank account about 15 years later because I was not using it. It had become a useless tie to the UK, with money sitting in that we could use back here.When we travelled back there, we took Traveller's cheques (when they were common!!), transferred money to our credit cards so there was an excess on there and drew it out in the UK. But as we haven't been back there since 2008 and no intention on going again, it doesn't matter to us.

We had no problems making close friends here, both through work but mainly from contacts outside work. One friend led to another and then another. It takes some time, but it does happen.
scilly is offline  
Old Nov 7th 2019, 1:15 am
  #17  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2019
Posts: 4
Thanksnan is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Won’t allow me to quote, but thanks CanadaJimmy, that made interesting reading.

Thanks for all replies. Luckily mixed herbs aren’t going to be an issue for me 🤣 Colman’s packet sauces on the other hand... I may bring a stash of those with me!

Im assured we don’t need a B4 form as we’re only bringing what we can carry in suitcases, but will prepare a list of everything we have brought with us, just to be prepared.
Thanksnan is offline  
Old Nov 7th 2019, 1:25 am
  #18  
MODERATOR
 
Siouxie's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 16,714
Siouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

You should be able to quote by clicking the "quote" button on CanadaJimmy's post

If you are moving here as Permanent Residents is there nothing in the UK (or where-ever you are coming from) that you might wish to bring over at some point in the future, ever? If there is, then you need a 'Goods to Follow' list.. and if you are bringing any electronics or jewellery, random items in your suitcases or hand luggage etc., then you should be making a 'goods accompanying' list complete with serial numbers and notes of any valuables. Do make sure not to bring anything that is forbidden - such as beef stock
https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Goods_To_Follow-Canada
If you are just coming on a TWP then there's no need for the goods to follow quite yet.
Attached Thumbnails Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?-quote.jpg  

Last edited by Siouxie; Nov 7th 2019 at 1:28 am.
Siouxie is offline  
Old Nov 7th 2019, 1:36 am
  #19  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2019
Posts: 4
Thanksnan is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?



Thanks Siouxie, it wouldn’t let me quote, saying I need to make 5 posts before posting a URL.

Ill check the forbidden list, although I’m sure we can survive without beef stock.
Not sure what a TWP is? A work permit? We have 3 year working visas.
Thanksnan is offline  
Old Nov 7th 2019, 1:50 am
  #20  
MODERATOR
 
Siouxie's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 16,714
Siouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by Thanksnan View Post


Thanks Siouxie, it wouldn’t let me quote, saying I need to make 5 posts before posting a URL.

Ill check the forbidden list, although I’m sure we can survive without beef stock.
Not sure what a TWP is? A work permit? We have 3 year working visas.
A TWP is a "Temporary Work Permit" - which you won't receive until you arrive at the border (airport). What you presently will have is a Letter of Introduction which you will hand over when you arrive and the 'worker' will be issued a work permit.

For the rest of you - if the spouse will be working in a skilled job then the accompanying spouse can request a spousal open work permit. At the same time, for your children you will want to ask for Visitor Records so that they can attend school. (Not the '6 month stamp' in the passport) - free of charge. There is no need to apply for Study Permits unless the children are over the age of 18.. If the accompanying spouse doesn't want to work then they should request a Visitor Record as well - then they will be able to obtain a drivers license etc., as you need to have valid immigration status and a visitor stamp isn't sufficient.

Siouxie is offline  
Old Nov 7th 2019, 2:00 am
  #21  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2019
Posts: 4
Thanksnan is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by Siouxie View Post
A TWP is a "Temporary Work Permit" - which you won't receive until you arrive at the border (airport). What you presently will have is a Letter of Introduction which you will hand over when you arrive and the 'worker' will be issued a work permit.

For the rest of you - if the spouse will be working in a skilled job then the accompanying spouse can request a spousal open work permit. At the same time, for your children you will want to ask for Visitor Records so that they can attend school. (Not the '6 month stamp' in the passport) - free of charge. There is no need to apply for Study Permits unless the children are over the age of 18.. If the accompanying spouse doesn't want to work then they should request a Visitor Record as well - then they will be able to obtain a drivers license etc., as you need to have valid immigration status and a visitor stamp isn't sufficient.

Thankyou again for such detailed info Siouxie!
Thanksnan is offline  
Old Nov 7th 2019, 3:46 pm
  #22  
A girly swot
 
BristolUK's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Moncton, NB, CANADA
Posts: 28,454
BristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by Thanksnan View Post
...mixed herbs aren’t going to be an issue for me 🤣 Colman’s packet sauces on the other hand... I may bring a stash of those with me!
There's very little here of the easy cook-in-sauce mixes so readily available in t he UK. There are Thai and Indian ones in jars and the chasseur type you see are just mixes for pouring sauces.

Of course you can do your own but the Colmans packs are so cheap in the UK. You can order from Amazon for about 4 times the cost plus postage.

BristolUK is offline  
Old Nov 8th 2019, 4:02 pm
  #23  
Just Joined
 
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 7
AMB1971 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Welcome to Edmonton!! all the condiments and sauces mentioned above are available locally and not at horrific prices, things i wish i'd known

when they say cold they mean it...
Used Cars and Cellphone plans are stupid expensive
just because its cold doesn't mean we grind to a halt, in fact people here are typically more outdoorsy during the winter
some of the politics and bureaucracies will drive you insane
you'll realise pretty quickly that the NHS was frickin awesome
Edmonton has a rapidly growing multicultural scene, take advantage of it, its one of the greatest cities to eat out in that i have ever lived in.
Driving, you may think driving to Cornwall was a long way, here thats a day trip.....
AMB1971 is offline  
Old Nov 8th 2019, 8:11 pm
  #24  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Jul 2017
Location: Ontario
Posts: 102
Lichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Bring a supply of painkillers, ibuprofen, paracetamol, calpol ( if you have small children) they cost a fortune over here. Definitely Bisto, some of your favourite chocolate Cadbury’s over here just isn’t the same. Good luck with the move.
Lichisadave is offline  
Old Nov 8th 2019, 8:40 pm
  #25  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 2,879
scilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Paracetamol is Tylenol here ........... no need to bring it! Ibuprofen is also readily available

If you are comparing having to pay for over-the-counter drugs and even prescribed ones yourself vs getting it free on the NHS, then yes, they are expensive.

But that's life here

The only thing that I wish I could get here as I haven't managed to find a suitable replacement is Savlon medicated cream. Everything else is here, or there is an alternative.
scilly is offline  
Old Nov 10th 2019, 12:29 am
  #26  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Jul 2017
Location: Ontario
Posts: 102
Lichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond reputeLichisadave has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by scilly View Post
Paracetamol is Tylenol here ........... no need to bring it! Ibuprofen is also readily available

If you are comparing having to pay for over-the-counter drugs and even prescribed ones yourself vs getting it free on the NHS, then yes, they are expensive.

But that's life here

The only thing that I wish I could get here as I haven't managed to find a suitable replacement is Savlon medicated cream. Everything else is here, or there is an alternative.

I mean that in general $10 for 40 painkillers as apposed to £1 in the UK is a huge difference, also my kids hate the kids Tylenol medicine here. We never got painkillers on the NHS not when it costs pence to buy over the counter.

Have le you tried Sudocrem as an alternative to Savlon? Shoppers sell it and it is amazing for a variety of ailments cuts, insect bites even mild sunburn.
Lichisadave is offline  
Old Nov 10th 2019, 1:07 am
  #27  
A girly swot
 
BristolUK's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Moncton, NB, CANADA
Posts: 28,454
BristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by Lichisadave View Post
Bring a supply of painkillers, ibuprofen, paracetamol, calpol ( if you have small children) they cost a fortune over here.
I'm not sure that's true.
I remember I used to buy Ibuprofen by the 96 in Sainsburys and that was much cheaper than the 12s and 24s but I don't think they do it that way anymore. I couldn't buy that many for a few years before I moved here.

Looking at Sainsburys, the biggest pack is 16 (you can buy 2) and the cheapest I'm seeing is 14p a 200g tablet. Currently that's about 24c. You can still buy large quantities here. 90 for $14 which is 15c each.

Paracetamol also seems to be restricted and comes out at 5p a 500 mg tablet. Or 8c. You can buy large quantities of Acetaminophen here also. 500mg x 400 for about $18, or 5c each.

Those two I know from buying large quantities over the years.
BristolUK is offline  
Old Nov 10th 2019, 1:55 am
  #28  
Concierge
 
spouse of scouse's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Western Australia
Posts: 12,498
spouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond reputespouse of scouse has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
I'm not sure that's true.
I remember I used to buy Ibuprofen by the 96 in Sainsburys and that was much cheaper than the 12s and 24s but I don't think they do it that way anymore. I couldn't buy that many for a few years before I moved here.

Looking at Sainsburys, the biggest pack is 16 (you can buy 2) and the cheapest I'm seeing is 14p a 200g tablet. Currently that's about 24c. You can still buy large quantities here. 90 for $14 which is 15c each.

Paracetamol also seems to be restricted and comes out at 5p a 500 mg tablet. Or 8c. You can buy large quantities of Acetaminophen here also. 500mg x 400 for about $18, or 5c each.

Those two I know from buying large quantities over the years.
I'm at an absolute loss to understand why drugs are so many different prices around the world. I had to buy a 100 tablet pack of 500mg paracetamol at the chemist recently, it cost AU$1.25 (around GBP.67p)
spouse of scouse is offline  
Old Nov 10th 2019, 2:05 am
  #29  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 19,399
Jsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

If you have a Costco membership they have sales from time to time on Kirkland generic pain medications, we bought a 2 pack of Kirkland Ibuprofen so 500 pills in total, for $10. So like 2 cents a pill, can't get much cheaper..

The small bottles with like 12 or 24 they tend to be a rip off, gotta buy in bulk to get the price per pill down.

Dollar store sells 24 tablet bottles for I think $2 for generic, nothing wrong with them, they are made by a company in Winnipeg, who makes private label brands for Costco, Wal-Mart, Shopper's and other retailers.

Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
I'm not sure that's true.
I remember I used to buy Ibuprofen by the 96 in Sainsburys and that was much cheaper than the 12s and 24s but I don't think they do it that way anymore. I couldn't buy that many for a few years before I moved here.

Looking at Sainsburys, the biggest pack is 16 (you can buy 2) and the cheapest I'm seeing is 14p a 200g tablet. Currently that's about 24c. You can still buy large quantities here. 90 for $14 which is 15c each.

Paracetamol also seems to be restricted and comes out at 5p a 500 mg tablet. Or 8c. You can buy large quantities of Acetaminophen here also. 500mg x 400 for about $18, or 5c each.

Those two I know from buying large quantities over the years.
Jsmth321 is offline  
Old Nov 10th 2019, 2:17 am
  #30  
A girly swot
 
BristolUK's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Moncton, NB, CANADA
Posts: 28,454
BristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond reputeBristolUK has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Is there anything you wish you’d known before moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by spouse of scouse View Post
I'm at an absolute loss to understand why drugs are so many different prices around the world. I had to buy a 100 tablet pack of 500mg paracetamol at the chemist recently, it cost AU$1.25 (around GBP.67p)
That's impressive. I think the UK stopped doing bulk paracetamol even before Ibuprofen was restricted.

BristolUK is offline  

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.