10 Things to Know Before Moving to Canada

3. Tipping

Unlike other cultures where servers, receptionists, bartenders, etc. rely only on their wages and do not expect any tips, tipping in Canada is very common and is part of the Canadian culture.

In some Canadian provinces, for instance, servers and bartenders earn about $10 per hour. While in others, they earn only about $8 given that they will get the rest of their wages as tips. These tips may range from 15% to 20% of the total bill depending on the service offered.


Giving tips does not concern only clients, but also staff among them. That is service workers can tip or get tips from other staff in the workplace.

 4. Finding a job

Unlike your home country where you can wait for probably a short period of time until you get a job offer, finding a job in Canada is not that easy.

You may spend months before you finally find a job. Therefore, we advise you to make your job plans before you arrive in Canada. This will make your settlement in Canada easier. Here are some job-related things you may consider:

Finding a job
  • Ensure you can financially support yourself during the first months of your stay in Canada
  • Get ready to have a short-term non-career position at the beginning, but keep your eyes peeled for the next job opportunity
  • It is preferable, before you arrive in Canada, that you start thinking and acting like a Canadian. This entails learning the Canadian resume style and taking the initiative.

5. Living costs

Bear in mind that living in some Canadian major cities (like Vancouver and Toronto) is very expensive.

So before immigrating, consider making some research on the living costs in the city you want to move to, and in Canada as a whole.

Living costs

There are many websites on the internet where you can compare the living costs in Canadian cities.

and this will help you make a robust plan before you leave your country, and it will save you from a potential shock you might have if you arrive in Canada and know about the living costs.

6. Smoking

Like the majority of the countries in the world, smoking in public places (such as stores, hospitals, restaurants, administrations, and offices) or shared places (such as a rental complex or a flat) is definitely illegal in Canada.

You can only smoke within your own house, your vehicle (if you have no underage person with you), or in parks and other large outdoors.


7. Healthcare

Canada is well known for its high-quality healthcare system. This is one of the most important things that attract immigrants from all over the world.

It is distributed by a publicly funded regime whose use is largely free and depends on private companies for most of its services.

Healthcare is regulated by the provinces; despite the fact that certain federal funds are used to pay for it.  Each citizen enrolling in the system is offered a health card by PMH (the Provincial Ministry of Health), and all citizens benefit from the same standard of treatment.


Permanent residents are eligible for provincial health insurance. However, in some provinces, a few months will pass before they can receive it. During that time, permanent residents can resort to private thorough health insurance policies, in which Cigna Global company is the market leader offering twelve months of coverage to everyone moving to Canada, regardless of their age or where they are from.

Tourists and interim residents will need a privacy policy for the duration of their stay in Canada. For further information, you can have a look at travel insurance plans for Canada on the Internet.