Live in Canada

Or Canada! This country is on the check list of every self-respecting traveler.
Live in Canada
Its landscapes will leave you with your mouth open and the proximity of its people, known worldwide, will draw a smile that will be difficult to erase during your stay in the country.

Its consistent snow throughout the year is the delight of lovers of winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. Also, if you are looking for a place to live away from stress and combining studies, work and social life, Canada is without a doubt, your answer. And we are not surprised, since it occupies a prominent position in the list of the best countries to live.

Do you want to know more about the advantages of living in Canada and what life is like in the country? Read on and start daydreaming about all the possibilities that Canada offers you.

Why live in Canada?

Looking for reasons to justify this desire to go live in Canada? Well, here we leave you 9 that will encourage you to stop thinking about it and make your dream come true.

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Peace of mind and security

The rhythm of life in canada It's quiet. Even the main cities breathe peace and, despite having a lot of life, there are no large agglomerations that prevail in other capitals of the world. To this we must add that people in Canada are very peaceful, being one of the countries with the lowest crime rate in the world. Thanks to this, Canada boasts a pristine 9.7 in the ranking of countries with the best quality of life.

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Education system

Canada once again leads the ranking. This time as one of the countries that offers the best educational quality accessible to all young people, both local and international. The Canadian government is one of the world's biggest spenders in education, resulting in highly skilled workers. This has prompted large companies to be based in Canada, offering good jobs accompanied by high salaries, also for international workers.

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To study English

If you want to study English, you should consider Canada as a great option. Less crowded than the United States, safer, with a better quality of life, and relatively closer than Australia or New Zealand. Also, the Canadian accent is much easier to understand.

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Nature

Did you know that Canada has 10 million square kilometers of wonderful mountains, lakes, fields and forests? From the ice of the Arctic tundra and its snow-capped peaks to its many Natural Parks just a short distance from major cities, Canada will easily take your breath away. Your weekends and vacations will be filled with skiing, whale watching, kayaking excursions, mountain trekking and camping into the wild.

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Economy and job opportunities

Canada has one of the most prosperous economies in the world, thanks to its low unemployment rate, high salaries and high quality of life. This makes job opportunities in Canada very juicy, since being able to work with these conditions is a dream come true for many. In addition, in Canada it is possible to work legally while you study, so you can get a job and make money to pay for your stay in Canada without any problem.

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Multiculturalism

One of the best sensations in the world is arriving in a new country and feeling welcome. And in Canada you will have that feeling as soon as you set foot on their land. The Canadian government supports inclusive policies and has always welcomed people from all over the world with open arms. That is why Canada has a multicultural population and each year thousands of workers and students from around the world choose Canada as the place to call home.

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Great social conscience

Canadians are known for having a strong social conscience and for actively speaking out against measures they consider unfair. In addition, they are very supportive people who usually offer help to anyone who needs it without expecting anything in return. As soon as you start living in Canada, you will notice the warmth and affection of its people.

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Canadians friendliness

If there is something that also characterizes Canadians, it is their way of being friendly and kind. Thanks to their pro-immigration policies, Canadians are very used to welcoming foreigners, be they workers or tourists, and best of all, they love it. In Canada you will feel like one more as soon as you arrive, not only among groups of students or foreign workers, but with the Canadians of all life.

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The atmosphere of their cities

Canadian cities are known worldwide for their great multicultural scene at all levels. This offers a great diversity of activities and plans that will make it impossible for you to get bored: museums, shops of all kinds, shows, coffee shops, craft breweries and many more events that will make any season in Canada your favorite season.

What are wages like in Canada?

As we have been saying, the quality of life in Canada is very high, and that translates into a high minimum wage.

Minimum wage in Canada is CAD $ 2013,79 per month, and the average salary is around $ 4647,21 CAD per month, depending on the area in which you live and the sector in which you work.

Normally working in unskilled positions, your salary will be closer to the minimum wage, although that gives you more than enough to support yourself and enjoy the experience of living in Canada: in Canada you can cover all your expenses with about $ 1100 CAD per month.

In addition, it must be taken into account that in Canada tips are mandatory and are distributed among all the staff, which will mean a significant extra in your monthly earnings. A waiter, for example, can earn between $ 3872,67 CAD and $ 4647,21 CAD per month.

How much does it cost to live in Canada?

If you plan to come alone to study, you will have to have good savings, since the cost of living in Canada is high. But if you plan to work, it will be very easy to pay your expenses, including travel and it will even allow you to save money during your stay in Canada. Here we tell you how much you will spend on average in your day to day in Canada:

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Accommodations

A room in a shared apartment will be your best option, both to save money and to live a much richer experience in Canada. Renting a room in the city center will cost you between $ 600 CAD and $ 900 CAD per month, being cheaper if you choose to live in the suburbs or in less known cities.

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Food

Another must-have and delicious expense. Making the purchase in Canada will not be very expensive. If you do the shopping with your head and without whims, your food expenses will be around $ 300 CAD per month. The best way to save money in your shopping cart, access fresh produce and support local agriculture are the farmer markets. Find the one that is closest to you and make it your regular stop to buy quality at a good price.

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Transportation

If you are going to live in Toronto and plan to use public transportation a lot, we recommend saving money and getting a Weekly Pass ($ 43,75 CAD for adults and $ 34,75 CAD for students and seniors) or a Monthly Pass ($ 146,25 CAD for adults and $ 116,75 CAD for students and seniors), with which you can travel unlimitedly for a week or a month respectively. The prices are much better than if you buy the single tickets. Keep in mind that the cost of a single bus ticket in Toronto is $ 3,25 CAD or $ 2,10 CAD.

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Leisure

There are many free activities to do in Canada, such as enjoying many of its incredible natural landscapes. But if you want to spend a weekend enjoying everything the city has to offer, you can buy a movie ticket for $ 13 CAD or attend a play for $ 20 CAD or $ 100 CAD, depending on the show.

To party we recommend that you take advantage of happy hours, where drinks are usually half price so you can have a beer with your friends for less than $ 5 CAD.

Although you will find work quickly, We recommend saving at least $ 5000 CAD before embarking on your Canadian adventure so you can cover your expenses for the first weeks without stress.

How to live in Canada? Visas

Living in Canada legally is relatively straightforward. We'll see all visa options that the country offers you:

Visiting Canada as a tourist

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Tourist Visa

If you are Spanish or Mexican, you are in luck because to come as a tourist to Canada you do not need to apply for a visa. You simply have to apply online for an eTA, an electronic travel authorization. It is valid for 5 years and during this time you can enter the country as a tourist for periods of up to 6 months.
In order to safely enter Canada as a tourist, you may have to present a departure flight with a date prior to the expiration of your eTA upon arrival.
Traveling as a tourist to Canada is a good option if you are only looking to discover the wonders of this country, or if you want to see all the options it offers before choosing a city in which to settle with some other type of visa.

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Visitor Visa

It is the visa that tourists of most nationalities have to apply to the Canadian government. It is also known as Temporary Resident Visa, it can be requested both online and physically. You will have to request it whether you plan to travel around the country for a maximum of 6 months or if your flights stop at a Canadian airport.

Live in Canada with the Student Visa

If you want to study and work in Canada, this is your visa. With it you can work up to 20 hours per week during the class period and full time on vacation.

And yes, working part-time will make enough money to pay for your expenses.

Also, if you decide to study at a public college and have come with your partner to Canada, he or she can also work full time. For this to apply, it is necessary that you are married.

In order to apply to student visaYou will have to choose and pay for a course of at least 6 months and show that you have sufficient funds to stay in Canada for as long as you are studying.

Keep in mind that English courses are excluded from this agreement and you will not be able to work legally if you come to study English. The courses that you can choose from to have the option to work while studying in Canada are degrees, certificates, Co-ops and university degrees.

One of the great advantages of this visa is that once you have completed your studies, you will be able to access a Post Graduation Work Visa and easily extend your stay in Canada.

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Post Graduation Work Visa

This visa is issued after completing at least 8 months of studies at a public college in Canada. With it you can work legally full time for a period equal to the duration of your studies, up to a limit of 3 years.

International experience program

Every year the Canadian government offers about 1000 visas for young Spaniards between the ages of 18 and 35 to come to live and work in Canada.

If your idea is to obtain Canadian residency, one of these visas can be your master key, since once in the country there are multiple options to stay, such as being sponsored by a company or opting to work in a remote town where, for live one year, they guarantee you a permanent visa.

These visas are only granted once in your life and you have to be quick! They usually sell out half an hour after they come out.

In this program there are three types of visa:

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Working Holiday Visa

You will be able to work full time at any job for a year and study for up to 6 months.

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Young Professional

It is for recent graduates who have a job offer related to what they have studied.

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International Co-op Internship

With this visa you will be able to access 12 months of internships in a company related to your studies.

Permanent residence with Express Entry visas

Do you want to get permanent residence in Canada? One of these visas is for you.

To apply for any of the Express Entry visas, you will have to fill out a form detailing your profession, qualifications, level of English and work experience. All this adds up points and, if you get the necessary points, you will be granted a permanent visa with which you can live and work in Canada without a time limit.

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    Accommodation in Canada

    Determined to live in Canada? Here we show you the best accommodation options.

    As a tip, we recommend that before booking anything online, spend the first nights in a hostel or hostel and from there you start your room search. So you can get to know the neighborhoods first-hand, see the types of accommodation, meet your future roommates ... and thus choose what best suits your needs and tastes. In addition, a hostel is the perfect place to meet people in the same situation and you can do the search together.

    The night in a hostel is around $ 30 CAD.

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    Share a flat

    Sharing a flat is the best option to stay in Canada, both economically and socially.

    Depending on your budget, you can rent a room just for yourself or to share with another person.

    Being a country with a large influx of foreign students and workers, there are many different options for shared housing.

    The prices for a room in the city center are between $ 600 CAD and $ 900 CAD, depending on the area, services, size of the home ...

    In the outskirts you can get better prices and the connections with the city are usually good, since Canada has good train and bus services that connect the metropolitan areas with the cities.

    Canada is a hotbed of nationalities, so we recommend you go with an open and curious mind, in order to enjoy 100% sharing a flat with people from different cultures who will contribute a lot to your experience.

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    Live with a family

    Another good accommodation option to immerse yourself in the local culture from the beginning and get rid of many worries, is to stay in a family home.

    The cost of a homestay It is between $ 740 CAD and $ 1000 CAD and includes expenses and three meals a day.

    With this option you can focus on your studies and make friends from the beginning and, in addition, it has the advantage that you will live with a local family that possibly has a lot to contribute culturally: many of the host families are usually descendants of Chinese or Indian immigrants, with which you will experience Canadian multiculturalism from within.

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    Student residence

    If you want to start your adventure in Canada and focus only on your studies, a student residence is your option. You will get rid of having to look for an apartment that is close to or well connected to your study center and transportation costs, since normally the student residences are located very close to or in the same campus of the institution.

    In a student residence you will experience the university spirit in its purest form. You will make lifelong friends from all over the world and you can participate daily in campus life with numerous cultural and social activities.

    The rooms are single or shared, and are furnished with the basics: bed, desk and wardrobe. The bathrooms, kitchen, living room and the laundry room are usually in common areas and are shared with the rest of the students.

    In addition, you can choose to have meals included or not, which can be a good all-inclusive option to spend the first weeks without stress.

    The prices of student residences vary depending on the accommodation options you choose.

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    Backpackers

    Staying in a backpackers is the perfect option for the first few weeks while you are looking for your definitive home in Canada, and it is also the perfect place for those who plan to travel a lot and do not want the ties of a permanent contract.

    Backpackers are hostels or lodges designed for backpackers. Its main advantages are that it pays per night, it is inexpensive, and it gives you the possibility of meeting people from all over the world in the same conditions as you.

    They tend to have a fun atmosphere and not at all quiet, so it is not suitable if you do not like to see people coming and going all the time.

    Backpackers students can pay them upon arrival, others require that you reserve them in advance and some will ask you to become a member. It depends on the area and the influx of people, some backpackers also establish a maximum stay of one week. As for the rooms, they are shared by 4 or 8 people, and the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry are also shared and will be located in the common areas. In some hostels your reservation includes breakfast.

    The night in a backpacker is around $ 30 CAD.

    Major cities in Canada

    Designed to make you feel comfortable in the harshest of winter, with multicultural environments, a wide variety of leisure and job opportunities. Let's look at the cities that have made Canada one of the countries in which, according to the UN, the best lives in the world.

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    Toronto

    It is known as the New York of Canada. It has almost 3 million inhabitants and more than half of these citizens are not Canadian.

    Toronto it is a cosmopolitan city, full of life and a spectacular nightlife. Its leisure offer includes events, concerts, museums, festivals, restaurants of all kinds, cafes and bars, where you will never be left with nothing to do.

    But if you get bored of city life, you can get away for a couple of days and enjoy the incredible landscapes of Canada. Very close to Toronto are the Great Lakes, one of the must-sees of this country.

    Toronto is a very safe city and has a good transportation system and other public services, focused on making the stay of locals and foreigners one of the most comfortable in the world.

    Of course, it is a great city, only suitable for lovers of the cold. Winters in Toronto are long and harsh, with temperatures as low as -10 ° C and strong winds that make the wind chill much less.

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    Vancouver

    It is located in western Canada, and is the most populous city in British Columbia. Possibly because it tends to be in all the rankings of the cities with the best quality of life in the world. The city has 600.000 inhabitants and its metropolitan area with more than 2 million.

    This city is chosen every year by thousands of foreign students to live their adventure in Canada, so it will be very easy for you to meet people and make friends.

    Vancouver It stands out for its great cultural diversity: 30% of its inhabitants have Chinese descent. This great variety of ethnicities, nationalities, cultures make Vancouverites very open-minded, very friendly and respectful people who will make you feel welcome as soon as you set foot here.

    Despite its cold climate, people in Vancouver are very used to living outdoors and enjoy playing sports and spending the day in nature. It is a city with a very healthy and active lifestyle.

    How could it be less, Vancouver is also a very safe city, and despite its number of inhabitants, very quiet. In addition, it is one of the cities that attracts the most tourists each year, especially attracted by the natural beauties that it has around it.

    Vancouver brings together the dynamism of big cities, with the calm and natural simplicity of smaller places.

    In Vancouver you can enjoy activities typical of big cities, such as a great and varied cultural and gastronomic offer, with walks through natural parks and winter sports.

    The only downside? Although salaries are high, Vancouver is a fairly expensive city, and the rental price is one of the highest in the country.

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    Montreal

    If you allow us to have a favorite, this is Montreal.

    Located in the province of Quebec, it was one of the first cities to be founded in Canada. Located on an island between the Saint Lawrence River and the Riviere des Praires, the city has 1.704.964 inhabitants and a great university atmosphere. In addition, it is known for being "the capital of culture in Canada" and in this magical city the country's flagship sport, hockey, was born.

    Montreal's climate is humid and with well-contrasted seasons, which makes the variety of flora and fauna very beautiful and special. Among its unique species is the imposing silver maple, a symbol of Quebec.

    Montreal is a historically charged city with many iconic museums, including the Montreal Museum of Archeology and History, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Musée Juste Pour Rire.

    It also has many parks and green areas, which make it the perfect postcard for lovers of walks.

    Canada Climate

    Notice to navigators, Canada is not made for heat lovers. And is that if we have to define the climate, one of the first things that we have to highlight is its low temperatures.

    Keep in mind that low temperatures in Canada are things that come from afar, so the country is more than prepared to face the cold, such as well-insulated houses, good heating systems and, in some cities like Montreal and Toronto, there are underground streets with shops and others so that you do not have to face the cold every time you need to buy something or socialize.

    Canada enjoys a continental climate, which translates into very cold winters (-25ºC) and very hot summers, with temperatures between 30ºC and 35ºC. Even so, such a large country has more than one climate. For example, in the northern part of Canada, it has an arctic climate, and in Vancouver, the temperature is usually less extreme but more rainy, thanks to its proximity to the ocean.

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    What to do in Canada?

    If you come to Canada there are a number of things (perhaps too many) that you have to do yes or yes. Perhaps that is why it is never a good time to leave Canada and at the end of your stay you will be seeing how to extend your visa a little more.

    • Aurora borealis. One of the greatest spectacles of nature. You can gawk at them from Sasckatchewan.
    • See Toronto from 447 meters high. If you are in Toronto, you have to climb the CN Tower, the symbol of the city and the third tallest building in the world. Through its glass platform on the top floor you can enjoy panoramic views of Toronto not suitable for people with vertigo.
    • Fishing on the big lakess. Canada is one of the best countries to practice this sport, as it has large rivers and lakes where you can fish for trout, pike and black bass. Keep an eye out for Ontario, as it has beautiful spots for both professional and beginner fishing.
    • Befriend the bears at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. In the Canadian Rockies, you can visit four iconic National Parks that hide unsurpassed natural beauty and ... bears! You can visit the park on foot or by car and on your walk you can enjoy seeing how bears live in a state of freedom.
    • Ice Hockey, your new great hobby. It is the official sport of Canada and is followed by everyone. In winter games are held on the frozen lakes and the most followed league is the NHL. The games are a lot of fun to watch and attending one is one of the best ways to get head first into the local culture.
    • Hallucinate with the Montmorency Falls and the Santa Clara Canyon. Very close to Quebec are these falls, higher than those of Niagara and less crowded, perfect for those who want to enjoy less massive tourism. Then you can complete your day by walking through the Santa Ana canyon, a dreamlike place of forests, rocks, small waterfalls and hanging bridges.
    • Have fun in the snow! Ski, dogsledding (dog sledding) or snowtubing (jump on an inflatable donut down a snowy slope). If there's something fun to do in the snow, we're sure Canada already does it. Canada also has immense ski resorts, like the famous Whistler Blackbomb where you will have miles and miles to practice skiing or snowboarding.
    • Niagara Falls. If you want to see with your own eyes one of the most beautiful and most visited waterfalls in the world, this is your chance. It is about three large waterfalls that form the border between Canada and the United States.
    • Welcome to Otawa! The capital of Canada is worth a visit. We recommend you go in summer, since in winter temperatures can reach -35ºC. At its Museum of Canadian Fine Arts you can see internationally acclaimed works, such as works by the great Andy Warhol.

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