Relocation to Canada

All of our load shipping to Canada services are available at the highest quality and we can assure you that the service we provide is even higher.

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Canada, is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Canada.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your load shipping to Canada easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to Canada. For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; UK Embassy in Canada

Overall

Population; 32,805,041 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the conterminous US

Geography: Total area; 9,984,670 sq km. The terrain consists mostly of plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast

Climate; varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north

Language; English (official) 59.3%, French (official) 23.2%, other 17.5%

Currency; Canadian dollar (CAD)

Government; a constitutional monarchy that is also a parliamentary democracy and a federation

Religion; Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census)

Economy and Jobs

Job scene; Due to growth in the Canadian economy and a continued shortage of skilled workers the Canadian Government seeks skilled workers to live and work in Canada. Targets for 2005-2006 indicate close to 150,000 work rights visas for economic class applicants this year

Work permit; As a foreign worker, you not only need to get a good job, but you also need to be authorized to work in Canada. There are two options for working legally in Canada. You can either travel to Canada on a temporary visa and apply for a work permit or you can become a permanent resident of Canada.

Finding work; Newcomers to Canada rarely enter the job market quickly and often must start with jobs below the skill level they worked at in their home country. Once they have Canadian job experience and their ability in English or French improves, so do their job prospects.

Moving to Canada

Visas & Passport; Please note that Visa officers have a great deal of discretion in deciding whether to issue an immigrant visa or not. Even if you meet all of the criteria of the category under which you apply, the visa officer can still refuse to issue an immigrant visa if he/she has the opinion that you are not likely to become successfully established in Canada.
Because of the complexity of the Immigration Act the Immigration Regulations and the great amount of discretion that a visa officer has, it is important to have the right guidance and advice when preparing and submitting your immigration application.

Cars; New and Second hand cars are really not worth bringing in as they would have to comply with Canadian Road standards. In some cases Canadian motor vehicles are slightly cheaper than the same brand being manufactured in the US. There is a good marked for second hand cars all over Canada and you can get some very good bargains by surfing the internet or reading the local "Buy and Sell" avaliable at most supermarkets.
If you are buy a second hand car have it passed through a 180 point check ( See yellow pages for this service) before you buy and make sure not to buy one unless you have checked out the ownership and accident record through ICBC. This can be done for a very low fee through ICBC.

Living in Canada

Renting; When you first arrive in Canada, you will probably be living in a temporary home. Canada has many different types of housing and a wide range of prices. Finding the right place will take some time and effort. Your first decision will be whether to rent a house or an apartment, or to buy a house. Most newcomers decide they should first rent a house or apartment. This gives them more time to save money to buy a house and to decide where they want to live. You could expect to pay between $350 a month for a room, and $2,000 a month for a luxury apartment or a large house. Rental costs vary greatly across cities and across Canada. Housing is more reasonable outside the large cities. An immigrant-serving organization in the area where you plan to settle can help you find affordable housing.

Education; There is no national school system in Canada. Schools and universities are run by the provinces; therefore, education varies somewhat from province to province. Most elementary and secondary schooling is public, meaning it is free and open to everyone.

Health;
One of the most important things you need to do as soon as you arrive in Canada is to apply for a health insurance card. All members of your family, even newborn babies, must have their own card. You can get an application form from the provincial ministry of health office, any doctor's office, a hospital or a pharmacy. If necessary, the immigrant-serving organization in your area can help you fill out the form. To apply for a health card, you will need your birth certificate or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) and passport.

Canada has a public health-care system known as "medicare." It provides insurance coverage for health-care services to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. (You will be a "permanent resident.")