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Settling In

Do you have questions about renovation, education, kids, transport, healthcare and more.  Within the 'Settling In' section we cover anything and everything to do with owning a property and/or living in Canada.

 


National sports and pastimes

The culture of Canada is that of having an active and outdoor lifestyle, and as such both spectating and participating in sport is hugely popular. The national summer sport of Canada is lacrosse, which is also the oldest sport. Lacrosse was first played by Canadian natives, the First Nations, some 500 years ago. It is, however, the national winter sport which is truly the most popular sport and as such, it has become synonymous with the Canadian identity: this is,  More...


Law and the police

When you relocate to another country, it is essential that you take the time to investigate the legal system so that you know what you can and can't do and what is acceptable behaviour. This week, Stewart Buchanan of the Canada Buying Guide provides an insight into law enforcement and policing in Canada and provides some need-to-know background on the most important areas of the law... Canada's system of laws and the police forces that enforce them  More...


Finding work in Canada

Beginning your job search when looking for work in Canada can seem like a daunting task, especially given the current economic climate. This week,Stewart Buchanan of the Canada Buying Guide provides an insight into employment in Canada, some tips on how to find work and how to increase your chances of finding employment by looking for the right employment opportunities. There are a wealth of reasons why the idea of working in Canada has led a huge number of expats to  More...


Healthcare in Canada: Part one

In Canada healthcare is provided to all residents and citizens through a publically funded system. Private insurance is available but it only accounts for a minimal amount of the overall system. Unlike the rest of Canada, where income tax funds things, the province of British Columbia imposes a modest fixed monthly premium to augment the funding. For individuals with a low income this premium can be waived or reduced. There is just one universal plan for everyone as all the essential  More...


Getting connected in Canada

Although in the past being connected to the internet would have been considered a luxury, in 21st century life it truly is an essential, particularly if you are leaving friends and family behind in the UK or if you need to search for employment opportunities.# In Canada you may initially think that the monthly subscription fee for the internet is quite high but unlike the UK, you do not need to rent a telephone line before connecting to the internet. This means that if  More...


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