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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Luce: 6:37pm On Jan 11
einsteino:


Welcome boss. a lil money saving tip, go for a plan with less data if you have wifi at home, it would be cheaper by a lot. I am on freedom too, my plan is 5gb, monthly bill + tax is $45(I'm assuming yours cost more). I mainly use phone data for whatsapp, browsing and google maps(I do everyother thing only when I am connected to wifi), my max data usage has never crossed 2gb in a month. To cut cost on google map, download offline map of canada using wifi, that way all google map would use your data for is to get your gps co-ordinates and transit info.

Lastly, you really get mind o! your POF really large for fear to gree you to wage paypal bills. Everyone else I know did it the other way round.

Thanks boss... You’re right it cost way more than that for the first payment, however from next month I’ll be paying 40 dollars + tax for the same 10gb for the next two years,thanks to some end of the year deal I got at the mall; which I’m guessing is your plan actually (with a promo attached to mine). Also, although I have unlimited WiFi at home here, I’m quite the data user.. been here since dec 28 and I’ve used 2.4gb on the road, so my 10gb safety net is gonna come in handy apparently lol. Thanks for the map tip though, I’ll download it right away and I’ll be patiently awaiting your post about the presto pass and transit.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Luce: 6:44pm On Jan 11
einsteino:


What you are doing is loading your presto with funds, not same as purchasing a pass. In this case, the fund is debited as you use and each transit agency would charge their own fee when you transfer on a trip, in the end it is way more expensive than a pass if you move around at least once every day. I had actually written a tutorial covering the use of google map for public transit and all one needs to know about transit system & fares(plus few tips), I even had picture aids from actual trips I took. unfortunately, just when I was done, I lost a friend and was disoriented for days so was in no state of mind to post. The next day Dec 29, the phone the whole stuff is in suffered an RPM Crash and I havent gained access to it since then.

Maybe I'd start afresh and write the much I can manage to, it may make people's integration quite easier.

Sorry about your friend, may the person’s soul Rest In Peace.
About the presto, yeah that’s what I meant when I said you would have to pay a new 3 dollar value when you cross to another city but so far I haven’t spent more than 6dollars in a day per city but I definitely can’t wait to hear your tips about cheaper fares.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by omidan21: 6:50pm On Jan 11
Uhnn this is one heck of a job. Pay extremely Cool.but lots of time away from home. Almost zero social life.

truckers without criminal records can make +$80,000 per year.It's easy to make 6 salary figures doing long haul, but you're usually never at home

U most likely Wld be working 16+ hours a day in a noisy, rough, sedentary seat where you're always away from home, have zero hobbies, zero social life, zero mental stimulation, zero exercise, shit food, sporadic hygiene at best.

U may also be stucked at the job cause t’s also a tough gig to get out of. Hard to attend maybe another interview when you are stuck waiting for a load a 1000 miles away.

But if age is on ur side Faaaa, and you re able bodied then its an option right?

The first step to this career path is getting your class 1License.thats what it's called in manitoba province I don't know if it's the same everywhere

quote author=Inception12 post=74637917] Hello people.. Is there anyone here who is a truck driver... I've been thinking about it for some time now but what I've read online is a bit discouraging
Apparently the hours are insane and getting into it is a bit expensive. Anyone to throw more light on it please[/quote]

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by topacs: 7:04pm On Jan 11
Please i need a very honest advice, Is a salary of close to 320K per month worth sacrifing for a conadian PR, What is the prospect of IT certification CCNA, CCNP, ITIL and MCSA with experience in canada, Lastly i intend to come alone if i finally decides to pursue the PR because of the CRS score and later work a way for my lovely wife and daughter to come join me, please i need you to be very real, insultive if you wish but with ur canadian experience advise me appropriately. Thanks.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by WoodcrestMayor(m): 8:34pm On Jan 11
No!
Why?
dkizzy01:
please are you a student of NOUN

Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by einsteino(m): 9:15pm On Jan 11
Luce:


Thanks boss... You’re right it cost way more than that for the first payment, however from next month I’ll be paying 40 dollars + tax for the same 10gb for the next two years,thanks to some end of the year deal I got at the mall; which I’m guessing is your plan actually (with a promo attached to mine). Also, although I have unlimited WiFi at home here, I’m quite the data user.. been here since dec 28 and I’ve used 2.4gb on the road, so my 10gb safety net is gonna come in handy apparently lol. Thanks for the map tip though, I’ll download it right away and I’ll be patiently awaiting your post about the presto pass and transit.

Wow thats a very good deal.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Nogen: 10:21pm On Jan 11
topacs:
Please i need a very honest advice, Is a salary of close to 320K per month worth sacrifing for a conadian PR, What is the prospect of IT certification CCNA, CCNP, ITIL and MCSA with experience in canada, Lastly i intend to come alone if i finally decides to pursue the PR because of the CRS score and later work a way for my lovely wife and daughter to come join me, please i need you to be very real, insultive if you wish but with ur canadian experience advise me appropriately. Thanks.

if it were about salaries, a lot of us won't even make any move. It is beyond salaries. It is about staying in a sane environment where your life matters, where your children's education, health, wellbeing matter. Abeg, Naija wahala supersedes any salary earned there.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Inception12: 11:35pm On Jan 11
Thank you for this information. This is what i've seen online as well and that's why it has a massive staff turnover with so many unfilled positions. Just wondering if you can make good money without having to always be away from home. I'll research more about it
omidan21:
Uhnn this is one heck of a job. Pay extremely Cool.but lots of time away from home. Almost zero social life.

truckers without criminal records can make +$80,000 per year.It's easy to make 6 salary figures doing long haul, but you're usually never at home

U most likely Wld be working 16+ hours a day in a noisy, rough, sedentary seat where you're always away from home, have zero hobbies, zero social life, zero mental stimulation, zero exercise, shit food, sporadic hygiene at best.

U may also be stucked at the job cause t’s also a tough gig to get out of. Hard to attend maybe another interview when you are stuck waiting for a load a 1000 miles away.

But if age is on ur side Faaaa, and you re able bodied then its an option right?

The first step to this career path is getting your class 1License.thats what it's called in manitoba province I don't know if it's the same everywhere

quote author=Inception12 post=74637917] Hello people.. Is there anyone here who is a truck driver... I've been thinking about it for some time now but what I've read online is a bit discouraging
Apparently the hours are insane and getting into it is a bit expensive. Anyone to throw more light on it please
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by vcole: 12:07am On Jan 12
Rotflmao! To be a lil’ bit more “clinical” with numbers. Let’s just do some elementary mathematics. 320k/mth is about $1130/mth, annual $13560. Minimum wage is $15/hr here, for a 40hr week job comes to $28,800 annual income. On numbers alone (without relativity). Even after tax, still trumps the 320k/mth naija job. This is without factoring the “wahala” tangible and intangible costs and other things like life expectancy etc etc.
Nogen:


if it were about salaries, a lot of us won't even make any move. It is beyond salaries. It is about staying in a sane environment where your life matters, where your children's education, health, wellbeing matter. Abeg, Naija wahala supersedes any salary earned there.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 12:09am On Jan 12
Inception12:
Thank you for this information. This is what i've seen online as well and that's why it has a massive staff turnover with so many unfilled positions. Just wondering if you can make good money without having to always be away from home. I'll research more about it

Summary is that the more miles you log at the wheel then the more you can earn. There's no other criteria, keep driving, make more money. I'd say pursue other income streams though. If you made it to Canada with your Nigerian background, you have a lot more to offer and do for your self than drive. My little thots, all the best.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by maternal: 12:54am On Jan 12
topacs:
Please i need a very honest advice, Is a salary of close to 320K per month worth sacrifing for a conadian PR, What is the prospect of IT certification CCNA, CCNP, ITIL and MCSA with experience in canada, Lastly i intend to come alone if i finally decides to pursue the PR because of the CRS score and later work a way for my lovely wife and daughter to come join me, please i need you to be very real, insultive if you wish but with ur canadian experience advise me appropriately. Thanks.

Are you comparing 320k naira per month to Canadian citizenship ? Really think about what I just asked you. Furthermore, 320k naira per month is poverty once all your essential expenses are paid in naija.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Saintp(m): 12:55am On Jan 12
sistaj:

Sometimes,people living in Canada might need CAD and then you exchange with them for the equivalent in Naira which is sent to your designated account.People in the whatsapp group I belong to do that all the time and I am sure that happens in other groups too.
Pm me if you wish.Thx

Thanks, I have exchanged with someone. But what if there is no one interested? I think someone has mentioned that option before but I can't remember
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by WoodcrestMayor(m): 3:21am On Jan 12
My Manager was on 800k+ per month and had a status car with a driver. She left!!!
I have to warn you though...you have full control here and you must put in the required shift to get the pictures you've painted for yourself. Those certifications are valid worldwide so you'll be fine but don't expect to come in to a top job just like that. You might be without a desirable job for months; don't resign to fate. Grind out the first few months or years. Learn, unlearn and relearn and you'll start balling in no time.
topacs:
Please i need a very honest advice, Is a salary of close to 320K per month worth sacrifing for a conadian PR, What is the prospect of IT certification CCNA, CCNP, ITIL and MCSA with experience in canada, Lastly i intend to come alone if i finally decides to pursue the PR because of the CRS score and later work a way for my lovely wife and daughter to come join me, please i need you to be very real, insultive if you wish but with ur canadian experience advise me appropriately. Thanks.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by WoodcrestMayor(m): 3:26am On Jan 12
Guys, I need your input here.
Please my paddy don start this Canada package. He wants to know what it takes and process to get police report as he's not in naija at the moment. As a matter of fact, he's in far away China cool
What's the procedure and contacts if you have any.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by rainazoe: 4:06am On Jan 12
Best ask the question in the skilled workers thread

I know a couple of people who did their prints at a police/sherriff station where they were based. The prints was then clearly scanned and emailed to a naija contact who processed the police certificate for them and scanned same to them.

WoodcrestMayor:
Guys, I need your input here.
Please my paddy don start this Canada package. He wants to know what it takes and process to get police report as he's not in naija at the moment. As a matter of fact, he's in far away China cool
What's the procedure and contacts if you have any.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by WoodcrestMayor(m): 4:09am On Jan 12
Thanks boss!!!
rainazoe:
Best ask the question in the skilled workers thread

I know a couple of people who did their prints at a police/sherriff station where they were based. The prints was then clearly scanned and emailed to a naija contact who processed the police certificate for them and scanned same to them.

Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Labims: 8:35am On Jan 12
Hi all. Please does anyone here live in Brandon Manitoba?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Bracha: 8:42am On Jan 12
Labims:
Hi all. Please does anyone here live in Brandon Manitoba?

Hi, i'm coming to Brandon in a few days. I've also asked this question here but haven't gotten any reply. If you get a reply, i'll be very interested. Thanks.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Gregeal: 8:52am On Jan 12
WoodcrestMayor:
Absolutely! smiley
please kindly send me the materials too. gregeal_gd@yahoo.co.uk.
thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Stormbreaker(m): 9:02am On Jan 12
threadstone:



Make sure you add +1 when saving the number on your phone

Pls have u gotten a WhatsApp group for Alberta? I will love to be added. Thank u
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Labims: 9:19am On Jan 12
Pls i would love to be added on Manitoba's whatsapp group
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by gaggle: 10:39am On Jan 12
Hi all, pls if the validity of one's passport is less than 6 months(say 2-3 months away from expiry date) will they be let into Canada?
If No,is it ok to just renew passport and go. Note that visa and copr is already issued on the yet to expire passport.

Please I will really appreciate if I can get a reply. Thanks

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Debsify: 11:18am On Jan 12
vcole:
Rotflmao! To be a lil’ bit more “clinical” with numbers. Let’s just do some elementary mathematics. 320k/mth is about $1130/mth, annual $13560. Minimum wage is $15/hr here, for a 40hr week job comes to $28,800 annual income. On numbers alone (without relativity). Even after tax, still trumps the 320k/mth naija job. This is without factoring the “wahala” tangible and intangible costs and other things like life expectancy etc etc.
I think the expenses you'll run with minimum wage like rent, food, transport etc will finish up $15/hr salary in Canada, whereas with 320k in 9ja you can comfortably run all these expenses and still save more. But to me it's not about the money, but his wellbeing and the future of his family. He has to be willing to sacrifice that for a better future

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by gaggle: 11:27am On Jan 12
gaggle:
Hi all, pls if the validity of one's passport is less than 6 months(say 2-3 months away from expiry date) will they be let into Canada?
If No,is it ok to just renew passport and go. Note that visa and copr is already issued on the yet to expire passport.

Please I will really appreciate if I can get a reply. Thanks


Pleassssseeeee guys, biko,ejor any idea.

The scenario is Passport & PR Visa expires June. Travel date is last week of March. Is this a problem as passport validity will be less than 6 months. If it is, does CIC need to be contacted after passport renewal or just travel with the new & old passport that has the visa.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Influential101: 12:05pm On Jan 12
Debsify:
I think the expenses you'll run with minimum wage like rent, food, transport etc will finish up $15/hr salary in Canada, whereas with 320k in 9ja you can comfortably run all these expenses and still save more. But to me it's not about the money, but his wellbeing and the future of his family. He has to be willing to sacrifice that for a better future
You can comfortably run the above expenses in Naija including school fees and still save a lot? ??

Maybe outside Lagos shaa.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by SIRTee15: 12:22pm On Jan 12
topacs:
Please i need a very honest advice, Is a salary of close to 320K per month worth sacrifing for a conadian PR, What is the prospect of IT certification CCNA, CCNP, ITIL and MCSA with experience in canada, Lastly i intend to come alone if i finally decides to pursue the PR because of the CRS score and later work a way for my lovely wife and daughter to come join me, please i need you to be very real, insultive if you wish but with ur canadian experience advise me appropriately. Thanks.

Canada PR goes beyond salaries....
I think this has been thrashed in the previous thread...

However u can build a safety net.....
Process the application n if successful, send ur families over while u keep ur job in naija and visit until u deem it fit to move.....
The cons of families living apart due to PR was also discussed on the previous thread....

Whatever the case, this is a big opportunity for ur family especially the future of your kids and I'll advise u to consider this application seriously....
U can't compare the opportunity in the west to nigeria in all ramifications.....
If Anthony Joshua had grown up in Nigeria, he will most likely end up an agbero tout or political thug for likes of bola tinubu....

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Debsify: 12:35pm On Jan 12
Influential101:
You can comfortably run the above expenses in Naija including school fees and still save a lot? ??

Maybe outside Lagos shaa.
I'm using the context of him living alone, like being a bachelor.. He wants to even move to Canada alone, while his family will be in 9ja until he sponsors them, that's like even spending more on $15/hr
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Debsify: 12:40pm On Jan 12
Influential101:
You can comfortably run the above expenses in Naija including school fees and still save a lot? ??

Maybe outside Lagos shaa.
lol Lagos is a no go area, even on 1million a month, it's tasking..It's an expensive and stressful city I must confess, especially if you live on the island.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by r4blessing: 2:09pm On Jan 12
It's not all about the money!!! ---- agreed
But I wonder, why is the churn rate in A 'list companies especially oil and gas firm still very low
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford1: 2:32pm On Jan 12
r4blessing:
It's not all about the money!!! ---- agreed
But I wonder, why is the churn rate in A 'list companies especially oil and gas firm still very low
Lots of oil workers actually send their family over but stay on working from their base in Nigeria. When I lived in Calgary, the breadwinners of 2 families in my neighbourhood were oil workers still employed in Nigeria. They often visit their family in Calgary when they get a break from work. One of my bigger bros from uni also did not resign his job as a geotech in an oil servicing firm in Nigeria. He left his family back in Canada too. I do not know how much senior oil workers are paid back home, but I am guessing it's a lot since their wives here do not work, they own their homes and kids attend private schools in Canada.

Most techs/engr in the oil industry usually travel out of Nigeria for job assignments anyway. They could be in Brazil or Venezuela today, then off to Angola or Gabon the following week. It makes sense to leave the family in a safer country while they still progress with their career. They stay employed this way while still taking advantage of the safety net in Canada.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by bLacKGoLd3(m): 3:04pm On Jan 12
r4blessing:
It's not all about the money!!! ---- agreed
But I wonder, why is the churn rate in A 'list companies especially oil and gas firm still very low

C'mon! You can't compare O&G to other industries in Nigeria.
They earn wayyy above the average salary scale.

For example, when I and a classmate switched industries in 2008, my package was a paltry sum (Telecommunications) while his was 32 million (Mobil Upstream).
By his 3rd year, it had increased by another 5 million. This is is beside the fact that although they earn wayy more than the rest of the populace, a lot of their spendings are still subsidized by these O&G companies.

I had another friend whose Mum works at Chevron.
She kept her boys in the US and visited them every 2 months. Yes, you read well, EVERY 2 MONTHS.

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