International Removals | International Removals to Canada
Back in 2013 Canada was the third most popular destination for British Expats, pipped to the post by Australia and the USA. Following on from the UK Referendum in 2016, Canada’s popularity as a destination made headlines once again. Six weeks after the result, applications for Canadian visas spiked as did requests for permanent residency.
Canada is currently home to over 700,000 expats. Some of them have relocated there for work, but many are seeking a new life on a new continent. The ongoing allure of this country is its familiarity – it seems quite like home, and the dominant language for most of the population is English. Plus, it’s a country enjoying financial prosperity, which makes it easier for Brits to migrate there.
Whilst Canada certainly does resemble the UK in some ways, there are loads of things that are different. Here are 5 things Canadians do differently from the Brits:
Canada actively welcomes immigrants into the country; in fact multiculturalism is a core Canadian value. It’s also key to national policy making. So diversity isn’t something that politicians just talk about, it’s central to what they do. Currently 40 sitting MPs were born in another country, and all the major cities in Canada encourage a rich ethnic mix.
2. Canadians Tip
It sounds small, but in fact the tipping culture in Canada is a big deal. As in the US, employees in the hospitality sector rely on customers’ tips to make up their wages. Not tipping your waiter is the equivalent of asking him or her to pay to serve you – which isn’t considered acceptable behaviour. Unless you receive dreadful service, you should always tip 15-20% of the bill.
Canadian healthcare provision is considered to be one of the best in the world. And, like the NHS, it’s free at the point of use. For newcomers, there’s usually a wait for the provincial health cover to kick in. You’ll need, therefore, to take out private insurance cover for this period. There are a number of insurance companies recommended for this purpose by the Canadian government.
4. Check Your Driving License
It could be that your UK driving license isn’t valid in your new home. The regulations around the diver’s license are set by provinces, rather than by federal government. This means that agreements with the UK in Vancouver might not be the same as those in Toronto. There’s plenty of guidance on how to manage the complexity, but check it out before you move.
5. Check Out the Weather
Canada’s known for having the same four seasons as the UK, but don’t be fooled. Dependent on where you’re planning to live, you could find yourself dealing with pretty extreme winter temperatures. Plunges to 25ºC are pretty normal in Edmonton, for example. That’s cold like you’ll never have experienced in Britain, so read up on your local climate.
Moving to Canada with Schepens
Canada has a special place in our heart as Schepens has been providing international removals from UK to Canada for over 100 years now. We know all of the major cities well, and we love working in this extraordinary country. Because we ship regularly to Canada we’re able to offer flexible scheduling to clients. We can also provide dedicated or part loads dependent on your budget and the amount of goods you’re looking to move.
Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your move to Canada.
Canada Removals From the UK are Always Tailored
There’s no one reason why families move to Canada, and there’s no one way that they choose to organise their international removals. That’s why Schepens doesn’t offer standard removals packages. Instead, we allocate a dedicated Removals Co-ordinator to each client. They will work with you to determine a tailored moving plan that meets your needs.
At Schepens we offer a range of services for families moving to Canada. These include:
Packing: Every professional packer at Schepens is BAR trained. They can pack up your home efficiently, label moving boxes effectively, and create a detailed shipping inventory.
Insurance. Schepens insures your goods in transit: We can also arrange cover for Accidental Damage and Extended Liabilty should you require it.
Non-Standard Goods: If you’re planning to ship goods that require bespoke packaging and shipping, such as a large musical instrument, antique furniture, or works of art, we can arrange it.
Schepens Self Storage: Should you need to store any of your furniture or goods in the UK, Schepens can provide local self storage. We offer a door-to-door service, and a secure, climate-controlled environment.
Transport: Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.
Stress-Free Canada Removals From the UK
For over a century now, Schepens has been working to minimise the stress that accumulates around international removals. Our staff are carefully trained to provide you with excellent team supporting your move. They’re there to proactively work on your behalf, and to go the extra mile mile should you need them to do so.