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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 8:31pm On Aug 20
egbaran:



I applied for visitors visa in d month of May and got d visa in d month of June buh my process was way different oooooo
hi

Pleas gist us this your process oooooo
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Pleasant19: 10:11pm On Aug 20
koonleh:


thank you,
i am coming with a student visa, no husband,no relations

pls can i get an idea of price of one bedroom with other bills. am trying to see the financial implications to journey so i plan ahead. thank you

Is there an option to keep the kids in Nigeria while you settle? I salute your courage but what you are planning to do will be very tough.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by egbaran(m): 11:50pm On Aug 20
19CannyMum:
hi

Pleas gist us this your process oooooo

Send me a mail.........
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by zeelo2014: 4:33am On Aug 21
koonleh:


thank you,
i am coming with a student visa, no husband,no relations

pls can i get an idea of price of one bedroom with other bills. am trying to see the financial implications to journey so i plan ahead. thank you
For a single person, your budget for a room + utilities is $500-600 depends on the location, this will be a room in a shared apartment or basement.
Transport- $100
Food-$100-$200 depends on you.
phone- $25-$50

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 4:43am On Aug 21
egbaran:


Send me a mail.........

Eyaah, my aproko no strong reach like that. You can keep your gist smiley

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by zeelo2014: 4:46am On Aug 21
Mamaroon:
So just curious...I've heard it said that we can't be spraying our "parfum" anyhow because of collegues' allergies, please is there any other workplace "etiquette" we should prepare ourselves for? Firm handshake, eye contact...tick.....but are there any other nuances a typical Nigerian should pay attention to?

Weather for small talk...ok.....but do you talk hobbies, holidays etc with your colleagues....or are these consided personal?

And ladies...do you make our hair however you like to work: braids (moderate length, not the 30inches kind), crochet, locs, kinky, twists, thread (kiko) grin? Makeup, nails, jewellery? Just seems Canadian employers are very easy going, mellow and I wonder what's considered "ok" versus "too much".

Also when you move houses, do you go say hello to your new neighbour or is that nosey?

I think you got most parts of the etiquette right, the handshake(pre covid) and eye contact. Speak slowly cos of accent, pick up their choice of words. Naija's English is more British-like, e.g pants vs trouser,booth vs trunk etc
You might say hi to your neighbors if you just a bought a house on the street if not no need for that.
Any hairstyle or clothing works, nothing too loud and check with your employer's dress code. Stay away from discussing your religious or political belief, be liberal at all times.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by XX01(f): 6:22am On Aug 21
zeelo2014:

For a single person, your budget for a room + utilities is $500-600 depends on the location, this will be a room in a shared apartment or basement.
Transport- $100
Food-$100-$200 depends on you.
phone- $25-$50

She's coming with 2 kids so she can't take a room. 2 bedroom basement maybe.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by egbaran(m): 8:41am On Aug 21
19CannyMum:


Eyaah, my aproko no strong reach like that. You can keep your gist smiley
grin grin grin

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by egbaran(m): 8:48am On Aug 21
Actually I applied through Botswana as a citizen of Botswana cox I av d international passport of Botswana and went to Canada embassy at Pretoria S.A to apply....

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by jjohndoe83: 1:41pm On Aug 21
19CannyMum:


Eyaah, my aproko no strong reach like that. You can keep your gist smiley
You take style wicked o. cheesy Anyways, me I'm landing in Calgary on 3rd September and I want to be your friend. Can I send a PM?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 1:57pm On Aug 21
koonleh:
Pls I just got admission for a graduate certificate course at Niagara college (1 yr), am a mother of 2 4 and 6. I want to knw Aw easy is it going to be with the children, and Aw easy for me to work and pay my rent and welfare. Thank u

I think you should take is one step at a time, right now the step you should worry about is getting your visa.

I don't know much about what students are entitled to and I don't know about prices in Ontario.

For Alberta as a PR, you'd get about 1350 in CCB.
Free healthcare, extended healthcare for the children (dentist, eyecare, prescriptions) under Alberta Works
Dayhome subsidy of about 900

You'll pay about 1k rent for a 2br basement (utilities included)
About 600 for dayhome/afterschool (parent portion after subsidy)
Groceries about 300 monthly
Bus pass comes with your fees. Stay on a street with a school or 2, and a direct bus to a supermarket and train station. There'll probably be a dayhome opposite the school (My street is exactly like this, I'm not just yarning dust).

If you work for 20 hours at minimum wage, you will earn about 1k. Arrange your work hours to be daytime while your children are at daycare. Spend the evening with them. Do your homework while they're asleep.

If daddy is in the picture and working in Naija, hopefully he can support with like $500 monthly to keep the budget balanced.

Like I said I don't know much about Ontario, or if students get all these benefits and subsidies. Just dropped this here for any single mom (with no more than 2 children o! It becomes punishment when they're too plenty lol) planning to come to Alberta and having similar fears.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by SlowlybtSurely: 3:17pm On Aug 21
koonleh:

thank you,
i am coming with a student visa, no husband,no relations
pls can i get an idea of price of one bedroom with other bills. am trying to see the financial implications to journey so i plan ahead. thank you

Sis, let me not sugar coat this thing; it's going to be very difficult.

Estimate of monthly bills;
Rent: $1,200 (2 bedroom basement, with utilities inclusive)
Groceries: $300
Before and After Sch Care: $1,200
Transportation: $120
Phone bills+internet: $100
Miscellaneous: $200

Total of $3,120 and this does not include the money needed for school and to settle in initially. Unfortunately, you won't be able to make this much working only 20hrs per week. It could be manageable if you were coming in as a PR, cos you will be eligible for some benefits and grants. So except you have some good savings. . . It's going to be financially, physically and mentally draining.

Is there a trusted family member or friend in Nigeria that you can keep your kids with? Your studies is just for one year, you'll be done before you know it. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for. They'll join you once you finish your studies and have your post graduate work permit.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Cousiim: 5:16pm On Aug 21
SlowlybtSurely:


Sis, let me not sugar coat this thing; it's going to be very difficult.

Estimate of monthly bills;
Rent: $1,200 (2 bedroom basement, with utilities inclusive)
Groceries: $300
Before and After Sch Care: $1,200
Transportation: $120
Phone bills+internet: $100
Miscellaneous: $200

Total of $3,120 and this does not include the money needed for school and to settle in initially. Unfortunately, you won't be able to make this much working only 20hrs per week. It could be manageable if you were coming in as a PR, cos you will be eligible for some benefits and grants. So except you have some good savings. . . It's going to be financially, physically and mentally draining.

Is there a trusted family member or friend in Nigeria that you can keep your kids with? Your studies is just for one year, you'll be done before you know it. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for. They'll join you once you finish your studies and have your post graduate work permit.

Chief, what about a single person!
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Kekereekun123: 5:33pm On Aug 21
egbaran:
Actually I applied through Botswana as a citizen of Botswana cox I av d international passport of Botswana and went to Canada embassy at Pretoria S.A to apply....
all these wannable scammers looking for who to defraud. you applied for visit visa when there is a travel ban in place. looking through your posts self na 9ja you dey smh

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Paccus: 6:36pm On Aug 21
zeelo2014:


I think you got most parts of the etiquette right, the handshake(pre covid) and eye contact. Speak slowly cos of accent, pick up their choice of words. Naija's English is more British-like, e.g pants vs trouser,booth vs trunk etc
You might say hi to your neighbors if you just a bought a house on the street if not no need for that.
Any hairstyle or clothing works, nothing too loud and check with your employer's dress code. Stay away from discussing your religious or political belief, be liberal at all times.
Why must a person be liberal at all times, what if a person is conservative??

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by einsteino(m): 6:40pm On Aug 21
koonleh:


thank you,
i am coming with a student visa, no husband,no relations

pls can i get an idea of price of one bedroom with other bills. am trying to see the financial implications to journey so i plan ahead. thank you

hmmm..... that's going to be tough, to put it lightly.

On a student visa you would be limited to 20 work hours per week. Assuming you only manage to get a minimum wage job, that would be 20hrs*4wks*C$14 = C$1120 monthly. less taxes, CPP and EI, it would drop to about C$1000 per month.

Now, you most likely would not be rented a one bedroom, I think the law forbids it for your family size.


The CNOS states that

* no more than two people shall share a bedroom
* parents or couples may share a bedroom
* children under 5 years, either of the same sex or opposite sex may share a bedroom
* children under 18 years of the same sex may share a bedroom
* a child aged 5 to 17 years should not share a bedroom with a child under 5 of the opposite sex
* single adults 18 years and over and any unpaired children require a separate bedroom


So, you are looking at 2 bedroom apartment. Although, you maybe able to get a one bedroom with your 3 kids but it would require the "special understanding" of the landlord. Anyways, a 2 bedroom apartment in Welland(I assume that's where your campus is) would be around C$1200 monthly. You may not even find anything other than a basement at that price.

Transportation: for yourself should be about $100 - $150 monthly (assuming you don't Uber), the kids are allowed free bus ride

Groceries: ah I can't make an estimate since I don't have kids. For an adult living frugally(and who cooks), groceries would be about C$100 - C$150 per month
clothing: if you come with your clothes from Naija, maybe all you may need would be winter wears. for an adult, expect to spend about C$250 for the basics
Phone bill: $45 - $50 per month should do

A crucial thing to worry about is where you would keep your kids while you are away. It is against the law to leave kids of that age by themselves. If the police finds out, they would take the kids away from you and you may not see them again until they turn 18. Hiring someone to babysit is prohibitively expensive. Expect to pay C$17 per hour plus C$1 to C$2 per hour for each extra child(roughly C$18per hour for all 2 kids).


If you can come without the kids, you'd be fine. By the way, did you manage to get a visa with the VO knowing you plan on coming with 3 kids?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by DivineGrace123(f): 7:21pm On Aug 21
SlowlybtSurely:
It's going to be financially, physically and mentally draining.

Gbam!

Ma’am Koonleh, the above is the truth. It will be very tough. In Ontario for instance, as an international student, you will not be eligible to apply for most benefits. Also, coming with two kids with no support will be physically and mentally draining just like Slowlybtsurely said.




SlowlybtSurely:
Is there a trusted family member or friend in Nigeria that you can keep your kids with? Your studies is just for one year, you'll be done before you know it. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for. They'll join you once you finish your studies and have your post graduate work permit.


You can try to do the above if it will be possible. Wishing you the best.

Cc: Koonleh

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by SlowlybtSurely: 8:00pm On Aug 21
Cousiim:

Chief, what about a single person!

If you're frugal, you should be good with $1,000 per month.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Dyolahh: 8:50pm On Aug 21
egbaran:


Send me a mail.........

I’m interested too but it seems I can’t send email
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Kekereekun123: 9:06pm On Aug 21
Dyolahh:


I’m interested too but it seems I can’t send email
this is his plan. Get people to PM him and scam them. I pity you. The dude is stillcin Nigeria, but claims he has Botswana citizenship lmao

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by cochtrane: 9:17pm On Aug 21
Paccus:

Why must a person be liberal at all times, what if a person is conservative??
I think "liberal" here just means keeping an open mind. I don't think they are advising you to be politically liberal. In Canada, and I'd say generally in life, you want to be tolerant of other people's beliefs, inclinations or idiosyncrasies.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Cousiim: 9:45pm On Aug 21
SlowlybtSurely:


If you're frugal, you should be good with $1,000 per month.

Thank you!
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by koonleh: 12:36am On Aug 22
zeelo2014:

For a single person, your budget for a room + utilities is $500-600 depends on the location, this will be a room in a shared apartment or basement.
Transport- $100
Food-$100-$200 depends on you.
phone- $25-$50

Am so grateful. Thank u
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by koonleh: 12:44am On Aug 22
DivineGrace123:


Gbam!

Ma’am Koonleh, the above is just the truth. It will be very tough. In Ontario for instance, as an international student, you will not be eligible to apply for most benefits. Also, coming with two kids with no support will be physically and mentally draining just like Slowlybtsurely said.



Yes, I have someone who can help with rent, he just want to knw Aw much it’s going to cost him. So he will decide if he is capable or not. Can’t leave my kids. At all.

I appreciate u all





You can try to do the above if it will be possible. Wishing you the best.

Cc: Koonleh

Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 12:55am On Aug 22
einsteino:


....By the way, did you manage to get a visa with the VO knowing you plan on coming with 2 kids?

They never said they have visa
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by koonleh: 1:03am On Aug 22
19CannyMum:


I think you should take is one step at a time, right now the step you should worry about is getting your visa.

I don't know much about what students are entitled to and I don't know about prices in Ontario.

For Alberta as a PR, you'd get about 1350 in CCB.
Free healthcare, extended healthcare for the children (dentist, eyecare, prescriptions) under Alberta Works
Dayhome subsidy of about 900

You'll pay about 1k rent for a 2br basement (utilities included)
About 600 for dayhome/afterschool (parent portion after subsidy)
Groceries about 300 monthly
Bus pass comes with your fees. Stay on a street with a school or 2, and a direct bus to a supermarket and train station. There'll probably be a dayhome opposite the school (My street is exactly like this, I'm not just yarning dust).

If you work for 20 hours at minimum wage, you will earn about 1k. Arrange your work hours to be daytime while your children are at daycare. Spend the evening with them. Do your homework while they're asleep.

If daddy is in the picture and working in Naija, hopefully he can support with like $500 monthly to keep the budget balanced.

Like I said I don't know much about Ontario, or if students get all these benefits and subsidies. Just dropped this here for any single mom (with no more than 2 children o! It becomes punishment when they're too plenty lol) planning to come to Alberta and having similar fears.

Thank u. I really appreciate
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by koonleh: 1:05am On Aug 22
Pleasant19:


Is there an option to keep the kids in Nigeria while you settle? I salute your courage but what you are planning to do will be very tough.


Thank u so much
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by koonleh: 1:08am On Aug 22
SlowlybtSurely:


Sis, let me not sugar coat this thing; it's going to be very difficult.

Estimate of monthly bills;
Rent: $1,200 (2 bedroom basement, with utilities inclusive)
Groceries: $300
Before and After Sch Care: $1,200
Transportation: $120
Phone bills+internet: $100
Miscellaneous: $200

Total of $3,120 and this does not include the money needed for school and to settle in initially. Unfortunately, you won't be able to make this much working only 20hrs per week. It could be manageable if you were coming in as a PR, cos you will be eligible for some benefits and grants. So except you have some good savings. . . It's going to be financially, physically and mentally draining.

Is there a trusted family member or friend in Nigeria that you can keep your kids with? Your studies is just for one year, you'll be done before you know it. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for. They'll join you once you finish your studies and have your post graduate work permit.

Thank u so much, so I can get one bedroom apt? For like $600

And the day care is so high God
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by listowell: 1:28am On Aug 22
koonleh:


Thank u so much, so I can get one bedroom apt? For like $600

And the day care is so high God
Do you have the visa?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Kekereekun123: 2:40am On Aug 22
koonleh:


Thank u so much, so I can get one bedroom apt? For like $600

And the day care is so high God
you can only get a shared room for that amount. But no one will rent a room out to 3 people here. To even get a study visa you need to prove financial resources.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by zeelo2014: 8:46am On Aug 22
Paccus:

Why must a person be liberal at all times, what if a person is conservative??
Like I said earlier, leave your religious and political beliefs at home.

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