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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 3:03pm On Mar 08
toparie:
Good morning house, would be good to read from people in Toronto/Vancouver. Especially families with kids, they're experiences to date and whether migrating to either of these cities is a good idea
I presently work in the finance sector and my hubby IT, and I would love us to be in an environment where both our careers and family lives would thrive.
concerning your career...you dont really have much choice. Toronto is the biggest city in canada and the hub of finance and IT related careers. you must have done some research to choose both cities. Concerning kids, they would be fine in any city you land.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 3:09pm On Mar 08
ladylco:

Hello, please pardon me i dont know if this is the right thread for my question but i urgently need to know what is the cost of renting a shared 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom apartment, around mohawk college. It is needed urgently. or any suggestion on contact of appartment or dorm or anyone who is interested in sharing.

Thank you
Where is mohawk college? most places would charge around 400 per person for a shared two bedroom or 350 per person for a shared 3 bedroom, but you have to be aware that these figures could be higher depending on location.

VEIL1234:
Hello house,

Please can someone help with detailed info on life for a family of four in saskatoon? Kids are 6 and 3. Huby an environmental management professional and myself a HR professional both of us with about ten years work experience.

Info on housing, career, education for the kids, social life and any other info will be appreciated. Thank ahead,
Your kids would be okay in any city. Environmental professional in saskatoon? most environmental jobs are located in much smaller towns and cities. With HR, i know there is a professional certificate that HR professionals aim for in canada to enhance their chances of landing a job, but i dont remember the name of the cert.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by ladylco: 3:19pm On Mar 08
ladylco:

Hello, please pardon me i dont know if this is the right thread for my question but i urgently need to know what is the cost of renting a shared 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom apartment, around mohawk college. It is needed urgently. or any suggestion on contact of appartment or dorm or anyone who is interested in sharing.

Thank you

Please oooo i need feedback on this. thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by toparie: 7:30pm On Mar 08
Thanks for your response. I have done some research, i'm just a bit weary of making the wrong choice

shinarambo1:

concerning your career...you dont really have much choice. Toronto is the biggest city in canada and the hub of finance and IT related careers. you must have done some research to choose both cities. Concerning kids, they would be fine in any city you land.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by VEIL1234: 7:55pm On Mar 08
[quote author=shinarambo1 post=54390624
Thanks a lot for the info I am no sure my huby even knows this as he is currently in saskatoon schooling. The certification for HR is CHRP. Well, let's see how he it goes.

Your kids would be okay in any city. Environmental professional in saskatoon? most environmental jobs are located in much smaller towns and cities. With HR, i know there is a professional certificate that HR professionals aim for in canada to enhance their chances of landing a job, but i dont remember the name of the cert.[/quote]
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by ladylco: 9:50pm On Mar 08
[quote author=shinarambo1 post=54390624]
Where is mohawk college? most places would charge around 400 per person for a shared two bedroom or 350 per person for a shared 3 bedroom, but you have to be aware that these figures could be higher depending on location.



@shinarambo, Mohawk college is in Hamilton. Any update on accomodation there?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by ebimarian: 3:28pm On Mar 09
justwise:


Then forget about Canada and possibly US for the next 5yrs.
Hello justwise...my case is somewhat similar...I applied to a recruitment firm in Canada via an agent (this was in November).... and I was sent that an employer in Scarborough, Ontario who is interested in my application wants me to send my ielts result and this said recruitment agency wants me to provide my police report.....well I'm yet to provide all this..but the question I want to ask is that...upon getting my employment letter and preparing for visa application, what should I expect? Please I need your honest reply...thank u
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 6:47pm On Mar 09
And the thread has been successfully derailed.

Una weldone. undecided

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by beejay112: 10:21pm On Mar 09
Nice topic,wish to visit Canada soon
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Arielle: 8:58pm On Mar 10
Please abeg you people should not derail this thread biko. Exactly what I'm looking for. Try to look for the right threads to ask your questions. Please!!

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Thetherapist: 10:13am On Mar 11
Can we please avoid derailing this thread. There are other pages in the travel section to ask questions. For FSW and express entry queries, there is a thread for you, Canada student forum is there and also a forum for tourist and visitors. This thread is strictly for landing purposes. For landed immigrant to share their stories, life in Canada, getting job offer, attending interviews, schools for kids, best province to land base on profession, changing profession after landing (courses to take) and all other related queries.

I think the best bet is to remove posts not related to this or not to get such question answered. When such question is left unanswered, u get forced to return to the appropriate thread for help.
My One cent.
Thanks a lot as you comply

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 10:22pm On Mar 13
Let me attempt to get our discussions back on track by initiating a few things to talk about.


I am once again thrown by someone that reminded me yesterday how cold it is in Canada. How you have to shovel your way out of your house.

Guys, how did you cope? Did you have to fall sick a couple of times before adjusting? I know oyibo would not give you antibiotics and the like when you catch the cold or flu. How did you cope? Did you have to get Benyln from Nija??

What about the kids? My kids do not even sleep under AC so this will be a huge adjustment for them. As for my husband, he never gets cold in a cold country so he will adjust just fine.

I know someone has said the trick is to cover up on layers, but having lived in the U.K., even after covering up, you will still be cold. At least your nose will...lol.

I understand that one gets used to it after a while but I want to know how you went through it.

Coping mechanisms in extreme cold environment. Please share.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 10:44pm On Mar 13
Do we have any IT professionals that can share their experiences like:

* Your work experience in Nija.

* Did you have to do a Diploma course or certification to get a job in Canada?

* How long it took to get a job in IT?

* How quickly did you catch up at work?

* Have you ever been fired for not doing your job well?

* Did you switch careers from IT? To what and why? Was it a good decision?

I have done all sorts that I can easily classify under NOC 2171 - IT Consultant. Have done a bit a web development as well. However, my Masters degree is in Web Technologies and Security. Anyone with IT Security experience in Canada?? I am wondering if this will be the right opportunity for me to develop that part of my career.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 10:48pm On Mar 13
Can I carry my garri, crayfish, stock fish, egusi, and the likes into Canada?? Are we given the opportunity to declare these items?

I have watched Border Control about Australia and have no idea what to expect with Canada.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Pinkygrace(f): 1:39am On Mar 14
oohunt:
Let me attempt to get our discussions back on track by initiating a few things to talk about.


I am once again thrown by someone that reminded me yesterday how cold it is in Canada. How you have to shovel your way out of your house.

Guys, how did you cope? Did you have to fall sick a couple of times before adjusting? I know oyibo would not give you antibiotics and the like when you catch the cold or flu. How did you cope? Did you have to get Benyln from Nija??

What about the kids? My kids do not even sleep under AC so this will be a huge adjustment for them. As for my husband, he never gets cold in a cold country so he will adjust just fine.

I know someone has said the trick is to cover up on layers, but having lived in the U.K., even after covering up, you will still be cold. At least your nose will...lol.

I understand that one gets used to it after a while but I want to know how you went through it.

Coping mechanisms in extreme cold environment. Please share.

Well the main coping mechanisms are staying in doors and layers.always buy good jacket and boots
E.g there was Extreme cold weather alert in Toronto over the weekend, I wore three layers of trouser and four of top, then my jacket. On Friday just from bus stop to my house I felt my hand freezing despite wearing gloves. But that's was just for Friday and early Saturday
You will get use to the cold, but some days is just too much. If you drive it might be better for you as oppose taking transit in which you have to wait for the bus.


You can always get benylin equivalent from shoppers or other drug stores here and most migrant kids I know adjust fine. My friend son loves the snow, it usually a fight btw him and his mum when it snows as he wants to go out and play inside.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Pinkygrace(f): 1:43am On Mar 14
oohunt:
Can I carry my garri, crayfish, stock fish, egusi, and the likes into Canada?? Are we given the opportunity to declare these items?

I have watched Border Control about Australia and have no idea what to expect with Canada.

All these items I brought in when I came in 2015 thou as a student, but my husband brought same in December. Always declare them, I know they have issues with milk for some strange reason but people getaway with it . If coming to Toronto you can get this item very easy from iru to potash to yam

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Apple19: 2:19am On Mar 14
Good day house, so lucky to have stumbled on this thread. Pls I will like to know of any Nigerian trained Nurse schooling or practicing in canada. Am planning ro immigrate and all am getting is I have to go to school to be able to write their board exams.

Pls how dis you do it?

Should I go ahead with sch or do I have other chances at practicing?

Am looking as albarta (also am very open to advice)

My main question is, how do you cope as a nigerian trained nurse in canada?

Pls, Op am sorry for this questions, but i feel this is the best place to ask as I've been searching for a long tine without any satisfying answer.
NB...I am a graduate Nurse Midwife
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 9:04am On Mar 14
Pinkygrace:


Well the main coping mechanisms are staying in doors and layers.always buy good jacket and boots
E.g there was Extreme cold weather alert in Toronto over the weekend, I wore three layers of trouser and four of top, then my jacket. On Friday just from bus stop to my house I felt my hand freezing despite wearing gloves. But that's was just for Friday and early Saturday
You will get use to the cold, but some days is just too much. If you drive it might be better for you as oppose taking transit in which you have to wait for the bus.


You can always get benylin equivalent from shoppers or other drug stores here and most migrant kids I know adjust fine. My friend son loves the snow, it usually a fight btw him and his mum when it snows as he wants to go out and play inside.

Wow! 4 layers! This is serious business!!

Good to be reassured again that the kids will be fine.

Thank you.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by cliitex: 9:54am On Mar 14
From what I have read so far, it seems US and Canada immigration are intertwined. Does it mean that if one is refused a US visa, the person will definitely not be granted a Canadian visa? What are the chances of Canada issuing you a (tourist) visa especially when you have unresolved issues with the US embassy?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 10:26am On Mar 14
cliitex:
From what I have read so far, it seems US and Canada immigration are intertwined. Does it mean that if one is refused a US visa, the person will definitely not be granted a Canadian visa? What are the chances of Canada issuing you a (tourist) visa especially when you have unresolved issues with the US embassy?

I am sure you will better answer to this question in the "Travelling to Canada" thread.

I have no idea.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 12:02pm On Mar 14
oohunt:


Wow! 4 layers! This is serious business!!

Good to be reassured again that the kids will be fine.

Thank you.


Azzziiiinnnn! Afraid is catching me. Me wey dey shiver for harmattan.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by ifydio(m): 1:14pm On Mar 14
Any nairalander in mississauga? Please your help is needed
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Pinkygrace(f): 2:09pm On Mar 14
SlowlybtSurely:


Azzziiiinnnn! Afraid is catching me. Me wey dey shiver for harmattan.

You will survive and learn to cope , don't be afraid oh, I coped better this year as compared to my first winter last year.

Sent you a pm
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 2:20pm On Mar 14
Pinkygrace:


You will survive and learn to cope , don't be afraid oh, I coped better this year as compared to my first winter last year.

Sent you a pm

Responded since. smiley
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Jayjay0(m): 5:09pm On Mar 14
shinarambo1:

Your question on studying in canada would be best answered here.
http://www.nairaland.com/3315266/travelling-canada-part-11/361


Most of the question have been answered but i would add a little more.

I landed in calgary, alberta. I had a choice between Manitoba and Alberta. Friends in manitoba and family in Alberta. I went the family route. You should be out of the airport in 30min or less. I dont remember of any immigration rule to follow. You would be asked for your copr and passport.
An overzealous offficer could ask for your pof.
cash was in bank draft and notes...both US dollars. You would deposit same in your new bank account.

The school system...kids dont really start school till age 4. You can put your child between 3-4 in a pre-school(not free)...3hrs per day of instructions, but it really helps communication skills. Once over 4, you can register them in schools free of charge if i remember. Schools registration are usually done through the board of education and schools are chosen based on where you live. Areas and schools are zoned.

If you making less than a certain amount...your child could get up to a certain amount per month as benefit(this would help with toys, diapers, feeding e.t.c...not sure of d exact amount as it varies with income.

Yes you can combine work and taking care of kids..minders, nanniez, daycare are available but pricey. For daycare, there could be waitlist at times. Alot of families live apart in canada. Like husband working in ontario while the family lives in BC. So It's not much of a big deal if your husband is in Nigeria.

Culture shock could be encountered if you are fresh from naija. I mean your boss could be a gay or lesbian or atheist. A lot of Nigerians tend to be rude (not deliberate) ...e.g Dont tell people that they are fat or added weight ecvept they ask for an honest opinion..lol Telling someone that you are strong when you are ill is a concept not understood in developed countries... using words like half caste is derogatory, keep your religious believes to yourselves e.t.c. You would need to book appointments for many services...from barbing your hair to seeing a doctor. Women and kids are Kings here.... This wasnt a shock to me cos i had previously lived and worked in the UK.
You would need to invest in deodorants...These are not commonly used back home.

If you are a Christian..there are lots of churches including rccg. Same for mosques, but they worship in soundproof halls.

Yes. Canada can get extremely cold. Its called the great white north for a reason. It was -46c wind chill this morning in Regina while it was +4c in Iceland. There are sometimes extreme weather warnings in effect. There is one in effect at the moment in Regina. Usually put in place when the air gets colder than -35c. I am sure you read about the ghanaian refuge claimant that would be losing his toes and fingers for crossing into manitoba by foot around christmas. You would need to invest in good parka jackets, snow boots, head warmers and very thick gloves. The trick is to prevent anypart of your body getting exposed. It starts getting warm in may and starts getting very cold in Novembre. Some provinces are also warmer e.g its currently -1c in vancouver plus summers are very warm and awesome.

If you drive, try to get an original drivers license. from Nigeria. A whole year could get discounted if you come with your license. Make sure its original except you are ready to pay fines that could be as high as 1000cad if you submit a fake one. I havent seen someone with a fake license that got verified succesfully..They only got hefty fines.
Learn the road rules before you get on the wheels. Cops and cameras are everywhere. Drivers license is a privilege that could be withdrawn anytime.
If you buy a car, it would be a good idea to invest in block heaters so your car can stay plugged to the mains when its very cold. Cars dont like extremely cold weathers.

I dont visit Nigerian restaurant..i havent seem one in Saskatchewan or Alberta. I am sure there are lots in Ontario. You can always get nigerian food easily anyway from African or east indian shops.

How much a family survive on depends on your taste and lifestyle. it varies from family to family.
Can I send you a mail?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by keleto: 6:30pm On Mar 14
Good day house. I really appreciate what is going on here. Please I have a question to ask here.
1) am expecting my visa to be out any moment from now. Is actually a TWO YEAR WORK VISA.
my issues now is that I don't know if I will still be asked at point of entry to show POF.. and how much do you think I can go to Canada with, to sustain me before I get a job.
2) what and what am I supposed to travel with, as I don't have anybody when I land.
3)can someone advise me as per short stay hotel and permanent accommodation.
3)i studied electrical engineering, so which of the state will I be able to get a job quickly.
4)do you think I can go for a menial job first before I settle for a full time professional job. How do I go about it.
5)how do I really go about job hunting and accommodation.
6)how do I get a work permit

Please I need response s plus. Help your fellow brother in the struggle.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by jayriginal: 10:59pm On Mar 14
Nice info. People need to know the what's and wyzoe and such of relocation details.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Benekruku(m): 12:44am On Mar 15
keleto:
Good day house. I really appreciate what is going on here. Please I have a question to ask here.
1) am expecting my visa to be out any moment from now. Is actually a TWO YEAR WORK VISA.
my issues now is that I don't know if I will still be asked at point of entry to show POF.. and how much do you think I can go to Canada with, to sustain me before I get a job.
2) what and what am I supposed to travel with, as I don't have anybody when I land.
3)can someone advise me as per short stay hotel and permanent accommodation.
3)i studied electrical engineering, so which of the state will I be able to get a job quickly.
4)do you think I can go for a menial job first before I settle for a full time professional job. How do I go about it.
5)how do I really go about job hunting and accommodation.
6)how do I get a work permit

Please I need response s plus. Help your fellow brother in the struggle.


How did you get that?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by emmsana: 10:35am On Mar 15
congratulation bro.
Pls i will really appreciate if you can share how you processed it.
Thanks

keleto:
Good day house. I really appreciate what is going on here. Please I have a question to ask here.
1) am expecting my visa to be out any moment from now. Is actually a TWO YEAR WORK VISA.
my issues now is that I don't know if I will still be asked at point of entry to show POF.. and how much do you think I can go to Canada with, to sustain me before I get a job.
2) what and what am I supposed to travel with, as I don't have anybody when I land.
3)can someone advise me as per short stay hotel and permanent accommodation.
3)i studied electrical engineering, so which of the state will I be able to get a job quickly.
4)do you think I can go for a menial job first before I settle for a full time professional job. How do I go about it.
5)how do I really go about job hunting and accommodation.
6)how do I get a work permit

Please I need response s plus. Help your fellow brother in the struggle.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by keleto: 1:39pm On Mar 15
A family friend. Works at immigration.

Can someone help out with the questions I asked

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