How you can prepare for and settle in Canada if you’re arriving during the pandemic

January 19, 2021

By CIC News |

While moving to a new country can be both an exciting and somewhat stressful process on its own, moving during the pandemic comes with its own set of unique circumstances. With the right resources and planning, you will soon be able to successfully call the vibrant cities and stunning scenery in Canada your home.

Research as much as possible

Spending some time researching your desired community before your move is key. As the bank for newcomers, we suggest a few things you may want to consider when choosing your new city to call home:

  • Which province is best for my career choice? Each province’s government releases regular labour market reports for their province. This can be helpful to determine if your career is in high need in your desired living area.
  • Am I prepared for the lifestyle and weather? Weather and language preferences vary across provinces. Moving to a major city in Ontario or British Columbia, which are popular choices for newcomers, is going to be quite different than relocating to a rural town in Quebec where French is the dominant language.
  • Am I taking advantage of newcomer tools? You don’t have to brave this move alone. There are several free resources to help you find a job, home, and school for your children and assess your language needs.
  • Have I planned for COVID-19 delays and regulations? Expect documentation delays and mandatory isolation requirements.

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