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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by yimiton(f): 4:51pm On Dec 04
This tread is also about how to prepare adequately to land in Canada without much challenges. I am of the opinion that issues like FRSC letters, bridging courses that can be taken in Nigeria, Flight tickets from Nigeria, experiences at the airports etc and anything else that will prepare you to land in Canada gently are very important topics.

@TribeD, thanks again for pointing me to the right direction regarding the FRSC email addresses. There are people on this tread who demand money to 'help' people to get this letter, when all that is required is a simple letter to the right email addresses.

aklas87:
I think this thread is about life as a canadian immigrant?But now it has been derailed to how to get FRSC letter,, WES evaluation and other unrelated discussions.
No Building pix, no winter situation pix and rest of things that can make prospective immigrants eager to migrate

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by staronthemoon: 5:21pm On Dec 04
Hello Everyone.

I recently just found this thread. I have lived in BC, Manitoba and Ontario so if you have any questions relating to those provinces, I may be able to answer them.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 5:29pm On Dec 04
staronthemoon:
Hello Everyone.

I recently just found this thread. I have lived in BC, Manitoba and Ontario so if you have any questions relating to those provinces, I may be able to answer them.

You are most welcome here. Your wealth of knowledge will be of immense help to us. Please stick around. smiley

I haven't read much about BC. Not many people go there. How was it living there? Is it as expensive as people make it out to be? Are there job opportunities?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by staronthemoon: 5:50pm On Dec 04
SlowlybtSurely:


You are most welcome here. Your wealth of knowledge will be of immense help to us. Please stick around. smiley

I haven't read much about BC. Not many people go there. How was it living there? Is it as expensive as people make it out to be? Are there job opportunities?

Vancouver is expensive. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $2000. The average rent in cities outside of Vancouver in the lower mainland are more affordable but they are typically higher than what can be found in towns/cities in the prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba) and Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, PEI & Nova Scotia). Many people commute from the surrounding areas to Vancouver for work. There are job opportunities in BC but not as much as Ontario(specifically Toronto & Ottawa) and Alberta for English speakers. Additionally, salaries tend to be a little lower in BC than other provinces.

The weather in BC is not as extreme. The coldest it ever got when I was living in South Western BC was -10°C. It hardly ever snows either. There aren't as many black people per population in BC compared to the prairies, Ontario and Quebec so it is easier to feel homesick.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Feygbe: 6:05pm On Dec 04
staronthemoon:


Vancouver is expensive. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartmet is $2000. The average rent in cities outside of Vancouver in the lower mainland are more affordable but they are typically higher than what can be found in towns/cities in the praries (Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba) and Atlantic provinces (Nee Brunswick, PEI & Nova Scotia). Many people commute from the surrounding areas to Vancouver for work. There are job opportunities in BC but not as much as Ontario(specifically Toronto & Ottawa) and Alberta for English speakers. Additionally salaries tend to be a little lower in BC than other provinces.

The weather in BC is not as extreme. The coldest it ever got when I was living in South Western BC was -10°C. It hardly ever snows either. There aren't as many black people per capita in BC compared to the prairies, Ontario and Quebec so it is easier to feel homesick.
Hello Staronthemoon. Welcome here. Please can you share on living in Ottawa especially with regards to the bolded.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by maziude: 6:08pm On Dec 04
Feygbe:

Hello Maziude, I sent you a PM. Pls kindly reply. Thank you

Done.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by arizona20: 8:17pm On Dec 04
please which province is best for a Civil Engineer who intends to pursue a career in construction works.province that has more construction job opportunities and better salary.please explain in details please.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by staronthemoon: 8:18pm On Dec 04
Feygbe:

Hello Staronthemoon. Welcome here. Please can you share on living in Ottawa especially with regards to the bolded.

I am currently living in Ottawa. It is a great place to live, especially for families. Average wages are higher than in other cities and housing is more affordable than Toronto and Vancouver. There are a lot job opportunities in Ottawa, specifically in the government and technology sector. The only disadvantage to Ottawa for Nigerians is French. Many jobs in Ottawa require being able to speak both French and English, especially in the public sector. If you are bilingual and have a post-secondary degree, you will easily be able to find a well-paying job. If you can't speak French, finding a job is a lot more difficult but still possible especially if you are skilled in engineering/programming.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 8:40pm On Dec 04
staronthemoon:


Vancouver is expensive. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartmet is $2000. The average rent in cities outside of Vancouver in the lower mainland are more affordable but they are typically higher than what can be found in towns/cities in the praries (Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba) and Atlantic provinces (Nee Brunswick, PEI & Nova Scotia). Many people commute from the surrounding areas to Vancouver for work. There are job opportunities in BC but not as much as Ontario(specifically Toronto & Ottawa) and Alberta for English speakers. Additionally salaries tend to be a little lower in BC than other provinces.

The weather in BC is not as extreme. The coldest it ever got when I was living in South Western BC was -10°C. It hardly ever snows either. There aren't as many black people per capita in BC compared to the prairies, Ontario and Quebec so it is easier to feel homesick.

Interesting. Thanks for the insight.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Mire222: 9:49pm On Dec 04
donrabii:
I also noticed most of the apartments are unfurnished unlike what is obtainable in the UK


I was having the same challenge (see in my posts) until I decided to look at airbnb .didn't look there previously because my better half is adamant that we get our place before we land for convinience sake. Guess what, lots of beautiful options to choose from , it's furnished too and for a fair price . With what I have seen so far, Im confident there will be lots of wonderful places to choose from to rent . I guess the real estate websites are not just enough.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by revlane: 9:50pm On Dec 04
Please for those who have landed, to get a job can you use your WES and Academic Degree Certificate or one needs to do IQAS again.
Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nwandy218: 10:39pm On Dec 04
Great! Another Ottawian in d house. Now am getting more convinced in our choice. Hopefully PPR ll land soon. @maziude @feygbe @staronondmoon, hope you won't mind assisting with more specific details later.
I intend picking ur brains. Thanks in advance.
staronthemoon:


I am currently living in Ottawa. It is a great place to live especially for families. Average wages are higher than in other cities and housing is more affordable than Toronto and Vancouver. There are a lot job opportunities in Ottawa, specifically in the government and technology sector. The only disadvantaged to Ottawa for Nigerians is French. Many jobs in Ottawa require being able to speak both French and English, especially in the public sector. If you are bilingual and have a post-secondary degree, you will easily be able to find a well-paying job. If you can't speak French, finding a job is a lot more difficult but still possible especially if you are skilled in engineering/programming.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by AZeD1(m): 10:46pm On Dec 04
revlane:
Please for those who have landed, to get a job can you use your WES and Academic Degree Certificate or one needs to do IQAS again.
Thanks
I would say it depends on your field. Nobody has asked to see my WES or Academic degrees.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by revlane: 4:34am On Dec 05
AZeD1:

I would say it depends on your field. Nobody has asked to see my WES or Academic degrees.

Alright. Thanks. Just wanted to be sure what to expect.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by A555: 6:45am On Dec 05
revlane:
Please for those who have landed, to get a job can you use your WES and Academic Degree Certificate or one needs to do IQAS again.
Thanks

I believe these are probably never requested for, however, for some regulated professions, the professional body may request for your credentials (or credentials assessment for Canadian equivalency) as part of the registration process. For these professions, being registered can be a big part of being shortlisted for an opportunity. Again, there are exceptions.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by crazyinlove: 8:34am On Dec 05
Hi guys,

I am planning to land next year. The initial plan was to land in Calgary, but I got in contact with a close from who is currently in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Anyone has idea if its a good place to settle in.

thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by TSingerr(m): 1:41pm On Dec 05
Ajujuju2:


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So its now one on one thingz abi? Dia riz God o!
Me sef will send u PM.

Ma da Ade lohun.

Baba gan fe toju ara e.

Hardey Love. Lol
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by revlane: 3:11pm On Dec 05
Okay, I understand. Mine is not a regulated profession so I should be fine. Thanks a lot boss. You guys here are the best. You make our fears about Oyinbo land disappear.


A555:


I believe these are probably never requested for, however, for some regulated professions, the professional body may request for your credentials (or credentials assessment for Canadian equivalency) as part of the registration process. For these professions, being registered can be a big part of being shortlisted for an opportunity. Again, there are exceptions.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by 40manlappy: 9:01pm On Dec 05
staronthemoon:


I am currently living in Ottawa. It is a great place to live, especially for families. Average wages are higher than in other cities and housing is more affordable than Toronto and Vancouver. There are a lot job opportunities in Ottawa, specifically in the government and technology sector. The only disadvantage to Ottawa for Nigerians is French. Many jobs in Ottawa require being able to speak both French and English, especially in the public sector. If you are bilingual and have a post-secondary degree, you will easily be able to find a well-paying job. If you can't speak French, finding a job is a lot more difficult but still possible especially if you are skilled in engineering/programming.

Happy to have you on board. Looking at Ottawa-Gatineau CMA smiley
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by eclectic139: 9:05pm On Dec 05
Good All,

Thank you all for the information provided so far.

I have a question related to job application from Naija before arriving Canada.

What phone number do i use on my CV?

I changed the address to the address of where i'll stay in Canada.

I'm worried they may decide not to contact me if they notice the Naija number.

Please any advice on how to deal with this is appreciated.

Thank you.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Feygbe: 9:57pm On Dec 05
eclectic139:
Good All,

Thank you all for the information provided so far.

I have a question related to job application from Naija before arriving Canada.

What phone number do i use on my CV?

I changed the address to the address of where i'll stay in Canada.

I'm worried they may decide not to contact me if they notice the Naija number.

Please any advice on how to deal with this is appreciated.

Thank you.
You can use apps, like freetone, to get a Canadian number.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by AZeD1(m): 11:09pm On Dec 05
For those looking to move to Ottawa, Vanier is like the cheapest area. Checkout Eastwoord park Apartments

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by nifeicon: 1:36am On Dec 06
Hello Everyone,
Compliments of the season.

A Sister needs your help here.
After 2 PGD programmes, my spouse and children have tried visiting during my programmes but was denied.
I am tired of living without my family.

I have a 3yrs work permit running but my visa has expired. I want to renew my visa and if possible apply for them.
Please what do I apply for ?
1. Work permit for spouse +visiting my son.+ Visiting for myself.
2. Visiting for all.
3.visiting for self and my son and later work permit for spouse.
4, PR straight for myself or for all .

Kindly advise

Thanks for your prompt response and God bless you.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Feygbe: 2:29am On Dec 06
AZeD1:
For those looking to move to Ottawa, Vanier is like the cheapest area. Checkout Eastwoord park Apartments

Thank you. Do you currently reside in Ottawa?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by maternal: 2:41am On Dec 06
crazyinlove:
Hi guys,

I am planning to land next year. The initial plan was to land in Calgary, but I got in contact with a close from who is currently in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Anyone has idea if its a good place to settle in.

thanks

It's a small oil town. Unless you have a job lined up, or some networking connections, I'd go to Calgary first.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by maternal: 2:43am On Dec 06
AZeD1:
For those looking to move to Ottawa, Vanier is like the cheapest area. Checkout Eastwoord park Apartments

That area is infested with drug addicts and prostitution at night. If you mind yourself one will be fine. But it's cheap for a reason.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by yokus(f): 3:19am On Dec 06
It is a decision you would have to make on ur own. What I would do though is- Apply to renew ur visa so you can contimue ur work permit, once renewed apply for PR.
nifeicon:
Hello Everyone,
Compliments of the season.

A Sister needs your help here.
After 2 PGD programmes, my spouse and children have tried visiting during my programmes but was denied.
I am tired of living without my family.

I have a 3yrs work permit running but my visa has expired. I want to renew my visa and if possible apply for them.
Please what do I apply for ?
1. Work permit for spouse +visiting my son.+ Visiting for myself.
2. Visiting for all.
3.visiting for self and my son and later work permit for spouse.
4, PR straight for myself or for all .

Kindly advise

Thanks for your prompt response and God bless you.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by yokus(f): 3:19am On Dec 06
Aswear i don miss your bluntness - always frank n straight to the point
maternal:


That area is infested with drug addicts and prostitution at night. If you mind yourself one will be fine. But it's cheap for a reason.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by AZeD1(m): 4:25am On Dec 06
maternal:


That area is infested with drug addicts and prostitution at night. If you mind yourself one will be fine. But it's cheap for a reason.
That's Montreal road. The other areas are pretty ok.

But yes Vanier is the "ghetto" of Ottawa.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by AZeD1(m): 4:25am On Dec 06
Feygbe:


Thank you. Do you currently reside in Ottawa?
Yes.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Macjazzy: 7:06am On Dec 06
hello Mr maziude, how is it going please i am coming to uottawa for MEng Electrical in January i read through the thread and you are also in that department,how can i contact you sir? i have also sent a PM thank you
maziude:


Done.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Macjazzy: 7:43am On Dec 06
hello house, i am new here, very informative thread by the way, kudos to all. is there anyone going to uottawa for MEng Electrical in january 2018?lets get to know each other thanks

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