Moving from the United States to Canada

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11May

Moving from the United States to Canada

Things to consider if you are planning a move to Canada

If you’re thinking about moving to the Great White North, you’ve got the right idea! You’ll find that working with our team at TransCanada movers is easy and professional; we will work our hardest to ensure that moving to Canada from the USA is a simple, and relatively trouble-free, process. Having helped thousands of clients with their international move across the border, we can offer top-tier assistance backed by our experienced staff and the confidence of our satisfied customers. We’ll show you that your big move isn’t as complicated as you think.

Let’s get to the good stuff. Here are some important things you should consider when you move up north to Canada.

Five tips that will help your move to Canada go smoothly.

1) Visit the Great White North

Visiting the country you’re planning to move to would seem like the natural first step. Canada has a variety of different kinds of cities and towns where you could live. Would you consider living in Toronto, a buzzing, New York-like metropolis? Or would you rather prefer the laid back lifestyle in the coastal city of Vancouver? Finding a city that best suits you and your family will be the key to a seamless transition into your new surroundings. If you are a U.S. passport holder, you enjoy a stay of up to 180 days without having to apply for a Visa.

2) Get Your Documentation/Papers

If you’d like to move to Canada for more than 6 months, you’ll need to get the proper papers. You will most likely have to apply for Permanent residency in the country, as having a work visa alone doesn’t ensure you will be able to live there legally (at least for a lengthy stay). There are several different types of “permanent residency” that you can apply for, ranging from ones for skilled professions to ones that are family-sponsored. It takes around 45 days after you’ve fulfilled all your residency requirements. The full list of categories is available at the Immigration Canada websites. Be sure to check the requirements for each category to choose the one that is best for you. Once you’ve completed the form, be sure to submit it to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office to start processing your application.

3) Healthcare in Canada

Unlike the U.S., Healthcare in Canada is offered through a publicly-funded system. This allows holders of provincial government issued health cards to visit a physician for free! Everyone under a municipal health plan receives the same level of care, so private entities provide services above and beyond the standard checkup. As a US citizen in Canada, the privilege of being entitled to a health card may not be extended to you. It may be given to you along with your work visa, but be sure to check before moving. Not to worry! There are plenty of private insurance plans available for those without healthcare cards.

4) Driving & Getting your New License

The good news is that driving in Canada is pretty much the same as driving in the U.S. (although Montreal has weird rules about turning right on red, but that’s neither here nor there). Your biggest hurdle may be that all road signs will be in metric, which can be incredibly misleading if you’re reading 100 km/h as 100 mi/h. However, we are confident that your common sense will prevail. Most provinces inCanadaa offer U.S. License holders an easy way to convert over to the necessary Canadian documents. Be sure to check the provincial website regarding the requirements to exchange your license.

5) The Weather: Canada’s Favourite Subject

If you have ever had the good fortune of visiting Canada in the summertime and thinking that it’s definitely your kind of place, you should know what’s on the other side of the coin. Winter-time, in most Canadian cities, consists of 30 cm snowfalls, icy roads, cold winds, and a significant increase in the frequency at which you complain about the weather. It’ll be a big part of your life, regardless of where you choose to live, so you should know the facts before making the move. However, don’t let the winters fool you; summer can get pretty hot and humid, pretty quick.

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Reach out to our team at TransCanada Movers for quotes, details, and the results you deserve from a modern moving company that takes the time to connect with our clients. This ensures you get the rewarding experience that keeps you and your personal belongings safe and secure from one home to the next! Start working with us today!

Oh yeah, one last tip! When you are booking your move, use our FREE Weight Calculator to accurately estimate your move size. It will help us provide a more accurate quote and help you make sure you don’t forget anything.

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