Do you want to move to Canada to live and look for a job? If YES, here are 21 truths immigration consultants won’t tell you about living and working in Canada.
Moving to Canada is made to look like ‘the’ dream, and everybody wants to live it. With the boredom and maybe other inadequacies people face in their current environments, migration seems to be the way out. I mean, who wouldn’t welcome a change in scenery, culture and country in a very promising economy?
And what with Canada touting its serene beaches, snow-capped mountains and welcoming citizens in their commercials, it would take someone who is very comfortable in his or her country not to start nursing the dream of relocation.
But before you start getting your papers ready to start making the move, or before you start contacting your immigration consultant, you need to stop and think more about your relocation idea. You have to look beyond the paid commercials and find out what it is really like to live in Canada.
You need to gauge the experiences of others before you make the leap. Failure to do this may result in you making a mistake that would cost you in money, time, and peace of mind. Truth be told, many have regretted this rash move. In this article, we would attempt to share with you those things that your immigration consultant would not tell you about relocating to Canada, and which are the realities on ground.
21 Truths Your Immigration Consultant Won’t Tell You About Moving to Canada
- Complicated immigration process
One difficulty people who want to migrate to Canada face is the very complicated immigration process. First off, it could take you years to get accepted, depending on the immigration process you are pursing. You immigration consultant would not tell you this of course, as he is eager to accept your application and get his or her commission. The process is lengthy and the wait is even more nerve wracking. And worse, your application can be terminated at any point with some flimsy excuse.
Another issue with Canada immigration is that there are a lot of so-called consultants parading around the place, who are all frauds. These people are just waiting to lay their hands on your funds and then disappear. This goes to show that the process of migration is very dicey, and one must be extra careful with it.
Again, the cost of migration is really exorbitant, but again, this depends on the migration process you are going through. But whatever be the case, have it in mind that Canadian migration is never free.
- High Cost of Living
If you are intending to migrate to Canada, yet another thing your immigration consultant would not tell you is that Canada is a very expensive place to live in. The cost of living compared to how much people make is huge. For this reason, a great majority of the population live below poverty line. You get to see a lot of poor people on the streets, but the commercials would not show you this.
According to popular opinion, this situation is seen to get worse even as the years go by. The cost of living is said to have increased so much over the years that is difficult to cover basic expenses with just one job, and it is quite difficult for professionals to earn a minimum wage.
For people who work for a minimum wage, food bank is the only option, or they simply cannot survive. Another thing that has been identified to be expensive is the internet, and it is equally slow. This goes to show that Canada still battles with serious economic issues, but your immigration consultant would not tell you this.
- Poor healthcare system
Big on one of the things your immigration consultant would not tell you about Canada is that the country’s health system is almost in shambles. For one, there is no such thing as free health care in Canada. In some provinces, you pay Health Insurance premium, unless you’re on a minimum income.
The Canada Health Act does not cover prescription drugs, home care or long-term care, prescription glasses or dental care. Costs for prescription drugs come out of your own pocket unless you have extended Health Insurance. Lots of people can only afford extended insurance when it’s paid by their employer.
And, learn to be patient; it’s not unusual to be on a two-year waiting list for you to have a surgery. People who have the money often go to the US to have surgery done. This goes to show that the Canadian health system leaves much to be desired. It is not free, costly and poor.
One migrant had reported that, “dental care alone is enough to make your wallet weep bitter tears of agony. Dental care is not free and many companies you’d work for won’t give you benefits to help cover it unless you’re full-time or unionized.”
- Poor food quality
Another worrisome issue about this beautiful country called Canada that your immigration consultant would not tell you about is that of food. There have been complaints that the food you buy at the supermarkets is of very poor quality and very expensive at the same time.
Much of the food is said to be unmarked, which means that there is no distinction between GMO food and the safe ones. If you want to make good sure that you are getting purely organic food, then you have to pay a small fortune just to eat. And food is generally more costly in the winter than the summer.
- Tough cultural integration
Canadian immigration commercials are known to tout easy cultural integration and a friendly local community, but the fact remains that this is not so. It has been found out that people do not really mix with each other well if they come from different cultures. This is because the people have no way of learning about each other’s culture.
They generally communicate via small talk, and are very polite, but that is all. This is because the citizens are very busy working multiple jobs that they do not have the time to fraternize. And there is always the case of race superiority to think of, as some Canadians feel that their culture is more superior to others.
One other thing your immigration consultant would not tell you as an intending immigrant is that the citizens of the country are mostly individualistic. Overall, this is a country of polite and nice people but they find it hard to create a sense of community and deeper relationships.
People commute huge distances to work, spend many hours in cars and cubicles at work, and have no energy for anything more but TV. People are very nice and polite, but very impersonal. They never show their true feelings or speak their minds, and that makes it impossible to develop authentic, meaningful friendships. The culture has been noted to be very passive-aggressive, as described by other immigrants.
The citizens are further described as having a superficial patina of fake friendliness, but underneath they are extremely cold. Because of the much struggle to live a comfortable life, people are prone to get to acquisitive. This goes to show up as people being so proud of basic things like home ownership, renovations, buying new TV or cars etc.
- Over controlling government
The system of government is another thing migrants complain about, and also something your immigration consultant would not let you in on. The government systems are very over-developed, they hire a lot of people, and as such everything must be controlled. Citizens very rarely push back against any injustice from the system or even complain because they do not have much of a say on how things are run. They tend to feel powerless with the system of things.
- Poor wages
Topping the list of the major complaints that immigrants have regarding their movement to Canada is poor wages, and your immigration consultant would not tell you this. The cost of living compared to wages and opportunities is atrocious. For this reason, people are forced to work two or more jobs to meet up. Without doing so, you may not be able to live a comfortable and decent life.
- Cash Discrimination Issues
Yet another issue that affects migrants that come from other backgrounds is the issue of discrimination. There is a huge complaint that Canadians only value migrants that are rich, or migrants that are willing to work for next to nothing.
There is also the issue of system discrimination. This was illustrated by one migrant with this example; “if you are a new immigrant, the Drivers’ Test will fail you three times. Since you need to go to driver training, the entire process costs you over $1,500.00.”
Another part to this issue is that of cash racism where non white or newer immigrants will never accept the fact that another colour other than old Canadian white can own executive businesses or hold executive positions like CEO, Managing Director, etc. Canadians mostly would be more comfortable co-existing with you if you are less successful than they are.
- Less life satisfaction
Because of how tough it is to make a good living in Canada, the citizens generally have less life satisfaction. They are stressed by finances, not having enough time to stay with their families because they have to work all the time, the poor healthcare system and other issues.
There culminate to make loads of people living in the country stressed out. The basic issue on the top of the mind of everyone is to earn enough to pay the exorbitant taxes and still manage to stay out of lack. Of course your immigration consultant would not tell you this.
- Limited job opportunities
Yet another thing your immigration consultant would not tell you about life in Canada is that there are very limited job opportunities in the country. Jobs here are not easy to come by, unless you would not mind menial jobs that pay quite low.
When it comes to the professional jobs that have all the perks, these ones are very tough to come by. Because jobs are scarce, most of the employers get away with paying low wages, and employees take it that way without complaint. Many Canadians are forced to work at two to three different jobs to have a large enough income to survive.
- High alcohol addiction rates
It is no secret that Canada has a drinking problem. Some say it is caused by boredom and a lack of anything better to do. The country has a strict drinking law, but these laws tend to be accomplishing just about the opposite of what they are supposed to do.
Many high school kids are already addicted to alcohol. The legal drinking age in Canada is 19, in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec 18. But according to a Government website, the average age when teens start to drink in Canada is 13. Though kids are seen to start drinking at a much lesser age.
- High Taxes
One other complaint coming not just from migrants, but from Canadians in general is the issue of high tax rates, and this is something your immigration consultant would not tell you about. People generally observe that their paycheck is not enough because a lot of money is extracted from it in the form of various taxes. Most people who have comfortable jobs find themselves living from paycheck to paycheck for this reason.
- Poor city planning
This may not be a discouraging factor, but a lot of people who have come into Canada with the high hopes of seeing a lot of organisation and modern architectural planning, tend to get disappointed with the city planning, especially those who have seen something better from where they are coming from. If you are a person that need to be surrounded by beauty and organisation, you would be pretty disappointed by the city planning, plastic houses and cheap 1980’s architecture.
- Outrageous daycare fees
With parents working multiple jobs in Canada, there is a high demand for daycare services. But the sad fact about daycare services is that it is very outrageous, and only few can afford it. The major reason for this is that daycare services are not government-subsidized, thus making it to be quite expensive.
- Children are given too much legal rights
Canada is a country where children are given a lot of legal rights. They are allowed by law to do what they like regardless of what their parents think. For this reason, parents are forced to over-protect their children due to different legislation, and they can easily get sued if they do not treat their kids like the law provides. If you are a disciplinarian, this country may not be for you.
According to one immigrant, “in Ontario, if a child wants to have his genitals removed and to be injected with hormones because the propaganda has taught him that it’s possible to ‘change gender’ then – if his parents object – the child can be taken into care. If you address a so-called ‘trans-sexual’ using the correct pronoun for his biological sex, you can be sent to jail.”
- Poor quality customer service
There is also the complaint of poor customer service, especially in the government sector. Companies are generally lax about giving out information. Customers usually complain that if you call up a Canadian company and expect even the simplest piece of information about one of their products, you will be disappointed. Compared with Eastern Europe, the quality of customer service is appalling. Nobody knows or cares what they are doing.
- Skyrocketing immigration fees
One other thing about Canada that your immigration consultant would not tell you about is the skyrocketing immigration fees. You are required to pay a lot of fees to finalize your immigration. Another issue is that the Permanent Residency, when gotten, have to be renewed every 5 years, and all these cost money, so you need to be prepared.
- Canada is mostly cold
Are you a beach bunny and don’t like the cold? This is the last place on earth you want to be. Depending on where in Canada you are moving to, the chance is that summer lasts six weeks with brutal heat, anything longer is a bonus.
Canada boosts of amazing beaches and a beautiful coastline, but summers are short and for the most part of the year, the lakes and rivers are frozen and the land is buried in snow at subarctic temperatures. So if you don’t like shoveling snow first thing in the morning and last thing when you come back from work at night, then you may want to look the another way.
- Young people have limited opportunities
Going to College or University doesn’t guarantee a job. According to The Globe and Mail, dealing with ‘job churn’ is a reality. Some graduates are forced to work for no pay to gain experience. Many end up with low-paid jobs and struggle for years to pay back their student loan.
No wonder not many young Canadians are travelling to broaden their horizon, because they cannot afford it. If you have children, and you are planning to immigrate into Canada with them, then you must have to take note of this, and you should also bear in mind that your immigration consultant would not tell you this.
- Flawed education system
The Canadian education system is another thing to take note of if you want to migrate to the country. There are complaints that the Canadian education system has big flaws and needs a major overhaul. This is probably why homeschooling is so popular in Canada, even in large cities. As long as the government does not save money to put into the education system, there is not much hope of any improvements.
Of a truth, the grass is really greener yonder, and things are never as it seems. But taking all these flaws to mind does not in any way mean that there are no migrants that are living a fairly decent and enjoyable life in Canada. One thing you need to keep in mind as an intending migrant to Canada is that you need a good source of income, or you should bring your money bag along with you and make sure it is loaded.
But asides that, if you are able to get self-employed or get a well-paying job, you can do well living in a low-cost city, baring other inadequacies.