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Canada is not the same thing like USA. Is a whole lot different, and is one of the experience place to live in the world right now. And it a beautiful place and country one more thing is clean not like some places in USA and in africa that are dirty you can not even pull your pants down if you go to canada and visit you will say i wish my country will be like this
We are in the part of the world were people take advantage of other to enrich them self,Not so sure of the genie w one,most people have being scam all in the name of free help and guide immigration to Canada.but if there are good people that can be of help and stand by their word,It will help a lot.
Yes! I was at the tower yesterday (The tower appears to be moving!) but i wasn't able to get inside becos I do not enough CAN$ on me, it costs $22 for an adult (I'm not sure of the children's price) and I have 2 children including my wife, I wanted to change some sterling to CAN$ but the currency exchange around there want me to change my GBP at 1.30! I left and I eventually changed it at 1.525 on Younge street, I visited the Art gallery of Ontario but it was usually closed on Monday, anyway I had a great time and may be coming back very soon,
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@Hostepper, yes I'm having a nice time, Canada is a very beautiful country. I was at Niagara falls on Monday OMG!!! its absolutely amazing I'll obviously be visiting again. The G20 summit is spoilling my fun cos the security at Toronto Downtown is too tight at the moment, I wasn't even allowed to take any picture, I couldn't visit the CN tower because its being barricaded!, anyway I'm leaving next week and I'm hoping to visit there before returning to UK,
Please what is the job market like for IT guys, especially System and Network Administrators. I will be landing in August but I intend to either do a Masters Programme next year or finish my Cisco Certifications, I will appreciate if you can tell me if it is easy to get a job in IT.
I think students may find it a bit easier to navigate the regulated professions, simply because they will have a canadian degree and have acess to all the facilities of job search available on campus. Also they students typically have less responsbilities - as per cash outflow than a family person.
Everyones expereince of Canada is different, I agree that banking is more expensive in Canada and Telecomms because of monopoly. Also quality of clothes here is way less than Uk, but you can shop from US if that suites you better. On the other hand, mortagges are cheaper here than Uk, its easier to qualify here and earning potential is higher here than UK. Canada is generally more receptive and friendlier to immigrants.
i've decided to land in Canada earlier than schedule because the flight ticket in the summer is astronomical, I landed at Toronto airport few days ago.I'm already noticing some differences from the ways we operate in the UK and the way they do in Canada. I also feel some services are quite expensive in Canada; services like bus, banking, healthcare, motoring, housing and general household shopping are very expensive in canada compare to UK. In general I'm begining to conclude that i'll be more better off in the UK than Canada. I've applied for my SIN and healthcard anyway to at least make sure I still keep my option open
I won't leave here however without making sure I visited Niagara falls next week and also have a bus tour of Toronto city to make my journey at least memorable,
Another thing is that your money in Canada goes farther than in UK.
If I was still Uk, I dont see myself getting the equivalent in pounds of what I earn now.
But US is cheaper generally way cheaper than Canada, but there are a lot of downsides to living in the States.
Finally, if you dont like cold weather, dont bother coming except you are ready to adapt. I can tell you from experience that living in southern Ontario is not that cold after you get used to it. There are tons of things to do during the cold weather. I prefer the weather here to my UK experience. Uk is always cold even in summer.
Canada is as hot as lagos during summer.
The only people I will not recommend immigrating to Canada to are people in highly regulated professions such as Doctors, Pharmacist, Geologist, teacher, nursing all engineering. If you want to continue in your field of study and you have had serious demonstratable work experience in Nigeria, you must be prepared to take expensive exams. Doctors are the most difficult. I know others who have successfully re-certified in the other professions but it takes time.
But if you dont mind changing your career - the sky is the limit. The most important life skill for immigrants is flexibility and adaptability.
You dont have to over think this.
I have been in Canada for 3 years and I came here through the PR route. our application took 5 years to go through.
Everyone's experience is different and you should never allow other peoples experience ultimately determine what you do.
I have 1 friend that has been talking about Canadain immigration for about 7 years now if not more. He missed his opportunity because with the new rules he no longer qualifies.
To those who say there are challenges in settling, yes there are. However nothing is insurmountable.
I know many people that got great jobs within 1 month of arriving in Canada. Myself and my husband are examples.
At the moment I earn more than my colleagues I left behind in Banking and my money buys me more value. (value means different things to different people).
Canada is different from UK or US. You need to live in all these places to compare. Canada is easy going, even backward in alot of things, they hate conflict and so many other things. On the other hand, the ghettos in Toronto are like heaven compared to the ghettos in Newyork. People are friednly care about you and want to pronounce your name correctly. You wont find that in Uk or US, from my experience. US is dog eat Dog. It's very very competitive, Canada is laid back.
Maternity leave here is 1 year paid against 6 weeks in US. I have friends that have been in the states legally for 10 years with no hope of PR simply beacuse and employer wont file for them. Canada , you are guaranteed your passport within 3-4 years of arriving as PR as far you live there.
If you like a fast pasced life, go to the States even consider UK. If you want family/community oriented living come to Canada.
During the recent oil boom, Alberta oilsands companies were employing Nigerian-based Nigerians with oil and gas experience straight into the industry from their Nigerian jobs, not sure if they are still doing so or not.
So I guess depending on the demand for labor at a particular time and the industry, Canadian employers may not turn up their nose at foreign credentials/experience
@Liss, the time you will be doing away with, can actually be the time you will be waiting while doing other things until it comes true. From my knowledge, the Experience Class is not just for international Students but also for people outside who have the skill in those high demand sectors, read it again
Plus, if you are hoping on coming to Canada 1st as a student, wat's the possibility of getting there? I am not discouraging you but its good to work with your current situation, apply and wait
Are you suggesting I apply under the skilled worker class (PR)? Cos I don't fit under the Experienced Class since I have neither studied nor worked in Canada before.
It is the waiting period that stops me from applying 4 PR which why I am thinking of the certificate studies in HR route which will enable me under the experienced class.
Thanks for that. Read about the Experienced class but how we both it won't be an easy thing to do except I get in as a student and work for a while. Or is there a way one can work in Canada for at least a year without having gone thru school?
By work, I don't mean Live-in caregiver o! I think my best option is thru school from all I have seen and read.
@Liss, thats for watching out for me, really appreciate it
Well, peeps that studied abroad get to choose where they want to serve. As much as people will see it as a plus, I dont cuz I do not think there should be special treatment and divison, instead NYSC should be mindful of states they post people which I think they are beginning to do now with the whole Jos crisis. In fact, 2 yrs earlier, I said I was going to serve in the same Jos.lol I know I dont want to be in Abuja or Lagos but certainly a safe state I have not been to before. To prepare myself, I visit every year and all
@igbonla, hmmm, what city in particular does your family stay? Vaughan, Woodbridge, Thronhill, Richmondhill?
Nah, not Brampton of now, still doesn't appeal to me though but for a different reason. Good for tunnytox, large Nigerian community for networking.
You have good plans and look good to go especially with support from friends. My accountant is a hardworking naija dude and is not doing badly in his private practice. The date of your finally move is dependent on you as you should get a job pretty fast especially with your UK exposure.
Leave a note here if you still need info beyond what your friends can volunteer; my family lives in the city above Toronto.
i won't be living in Brampton, I'm only going to stay their for few weeks and that's because my friend who will be accomadating me lives there. If i eventually decided to live in Canada then I believe Toronto will be my best bet for jobs.
I salute your courage but for me i believe its always good to at least secure your canadian passport/PR before returning to naija in case things didn't go as planned, its always good to have a plan B