Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Establishing a network is hugely important, especially if you have no family or friends to fall back on. Whilst they may be only a skype call away, you will not be able to pop over to spend the weekend with them. Battling through surviving on your own can be truly tough. You can always join ex-pat communities such as internations ( or some sports associations in your area to get to know people.
Canada has a population of 36 million, with the highest populated cities being Toronto (4.7 million), Montreal (3.6 million), Vancouver (1.9 million), with Calgary and Edmonton just under 1 million each. Canada has the longest shoreline in the world.
Managing the weather may be another challenge. In Toronto for example the highest maximum average for 7 months of the year (Oct-Apr) is 15 C, with the lowest minimum averages of -7 C. That is cold. In January and February it rarely gets above 0 C. No surprise then that ice hockey is its national sport. Coping with a sudden drop in temperature means you have to be prepared for it.
Canadians love their outdoors. Hiking, visiting new places and sightseeing are popularfamily pursuits. Calgary held the Winter Olympics in 1988.
Rentals are not cheap, especially in Toronto and Vancouver. The average rental of a one bedroom condo in Toronto in December 2017 was 2,020 dollars per month. In Vancouver it was 2,000 dollars. Be prepared to share an apartment when you first arrive. Similarly medical bills, your visit to the dentist or taking your pet to the vet, may set you back more than you bargained for. Mobile costs are more expensive too with telecommunication companies tying you in with contracts.
You will earn considerably more in Canada but like other countries such as Australia and New Zealand, you will certainly be spending a lot more too. Be prudent and budget.
Whilst opportunities exist in Canada, you may have to start from the bottom rung of the ladder and work your way up. Your degree or masters may help you get into Canada, but you may have to study again to get the professional certification the Canadian way. It can be a steep climb, but for those who are prepared to work hard, put in the effort to succeed and overcome the challenges, the rewards are there for the taking.
First step of course is to get there. For this check out some of the migrant services that help with visas to Canada. Here are a few:
Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Lanka (Private) Limited, Colombo 3, Tel: 011-516 0304, email: info.c[email protected]
Pathway International Visa & Migration Consultants (Pvt) Ltd., Colombo 4, Tel: 011-250 5353 / 011-593 5135 / 011-538 5395, email: [email protected]
Canada Gateway Lawyers, Colombo 6, Tel: 011-236 5291 / 011-454 5586, email: [email protected]
iNishta, Mt.Lavinia, Tel: 077-654 1250, email: [email protected]
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