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Removals to Canada

Planning a move to Canada? Canada is the second largest country  in terms of land mass and is home to over 37 million people. Canada’s thriving economy, political stability and welcoming culture invites expats in from around the world.

Once you have made the decision to move to Canada, you will have to start thinking about the practicalities that come with international relocation. When it comes to moving your household belongings, enlisting the services of a reliable international removals company will be invaluable.

GoodMove have been successfully trading for over 34 years. In this time, we have built up a wealth of experience moving customers to destinations all over the world, including Canada and the USA.

Our industry knowledge and extensive range of industry partners will make your transition from the UK to Canada as seamless as possible. We can wrap and pack your belongings for export and advise you on all aspects of customs declaration and insurance options. To afford you that extra bit of flexibility we also have personalised storage facilities should you wish to take advantage of them.

To find out how we can get your dream move to Canada underway, don’t hesitate to contact us today on the number listed above. Alternatively, fill out a quick quote form and arrange a free home visit in no time at all.

Why choose GoodMove for removals to Canada?

Moving with GoodMove couldn’t be simpler. Our experienced and friendly team will be on hand to guide you throughout the process and will tailor your move to your time and budget.

We pack your belongings using a bespoke range of packing materials and deliver them right to your new home using our extensive fleet of vehicles. We supply the following packing materials so all your items are secure and avoid any damage in transit:

  • Boxes
  • Packing Paper
  • Packing Cases
  • Book Cartons
  • Packing Tape
  • Wine dividers
  • Acid free paper (for silverware)
  • Portable Wardrobes
  • Bubble Wrap

Once we ascertain the total volume of effects we will send you a free no obligation written quotation. If satisfied we will then provide you with a full schedule detailing every aspect of your move, ensuring everything runs smoothly on the day.

We also offer a range of flexible storage solutions should you wish to take advantage of them.

Why move to Canada?

Canada is one of the most researched relocation destinations for UK citizens, according to Simon Rogers, data editor for Google News Lab.

Canada boasts some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. From imposing mountains and sprawling forest valleys to the iconic Niagara Falls. It is perhaps the life in Canada’s man-made metropolitan cities however that is most alluring of all to British expats.

Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver are home to several of the world’s largest multinationals and exciting start-up businesses and the cities are just brimming with opportunity. Unsurprisingly, all three cities made it into the top 20 cities for Mercer’s ‘Quality of Living’ survey for 2018.

Life in Canada

Immigration has been a key factor behind economic growth and the country prides itself on its welcoming embrace of migrants. A socially progressive nation, Canada has acted swiftly and decisively to protect LGBT and minority rights.

One potential drawback for Brits however is the weather. Canada is a country of climate extremes, with very hot summers, and even colder winters, where temperatures plummet as low as -40 degrees.

While the thought of lots of snow may be appealing at first, be prepared for long-protracted periods of coldness and strong winds.

Rest assured however, that unlike here in the UK, the road and rail infrastructure is well maintained to deal with these circumstances and Canadians very much have a ‘carry on as usual’ attitude.

On a positive note, because of the cold conditions, Canada enjoys some of the world’s finest skiing resorts. Its favourite sports include, ice hockey, snowboarding, lacrosse and curling.

If you can brace an extended period of wearing hats and gloves, an amazing world of opportunity awaits those moving to Canada.

Working in Canada

Canada has remained largely unaffected by the global downturn the rest of the world experienced. At a time where many western nations have experienced high unemployment and taken a firmer stance on immigration, Canada continues to welcome new arrivals.

As such expats who have the skills and experience behind them will find that the economic climate in Canada can potentially be more welcoming.

Opportunities for employment in Canada are plentiful and it is easier than lots of other countries to obtain a visa. Potential migrants with a skilled trade behind them will find that their chances of successfully applying for migration to Canada are significantly increased.

Opportunities are also rife for businessmen and investors whose work will help to increase Canada’s already flourishing economy.

In order to legally work in Canada, you must have a work permit. There are many different ways to obtain a work permit. Much will depend on your nationality, age, as well as education and experience.

Working Holiday Programs (WHP) allow you to get an Open Work Permit for 1 year, and in some cases renewable for 3 years or more.

Once you have the WHP, you can then come to Canada and work for any employer.

Property prices in Canada

The price of housing in Canada is significantly cheaper than the UK, and migrants are often pleasantly surprised to discover that for a fraction of the price they sold their house for in the UK, they were able to buy the house of their dreams in Canada.

This comes with the qualification that housing in many of Canada’s largest cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver are fast falling foul of the same issues that London is experiencing.

However, purchasing property in Canada is a safe and secure process and relatively easy for UK expats.

Qualified realtors in most cities will be able to assist you with the entire home-buying process.

There are plenty of websites listing currently available rental properties in Canada should you wish to rent before you buy. Whether you need a house, condo, apartment, or studio there is a property style for all requirements.

Travel in Canada

All of Canada’s cities and most major towns in Canada have a public transportation system consisting of busses, trains, subways, light-rail trains and aeroplanes. The country’s transport systems offer travellers clean, efficient and reliable services.

Driving in Canada is a spectacular experience and the perfect way to discover Canada. British Citizens can drive on a full UK licence, which you must carry with you at all times. There are a few basics to be aware of:

  • Road signs are often in French (particularly in places like Montreal).
  • Canadians drive on the right.
  • Speed limits are in kilometres. Motorways are 100km/h, and 50kmh in urban areas. However, there are other speed limits, so you must be vigilant.
  • Prepare for a long journey in case of a breakdown. Canadian roads are often isolated and very long. Making sure you have water and something to eat, warm clothing and a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Traffic laws can differ from province to province so make sure you have researched thoroughly before setting off.

Healthcare in Canada

Canada offers its citizens and permanent residents a universal public health insurance scheme known as Medicare.

Expats living in Canada without permanent residency are not eligible for Medicare. To be treated by Medicare, a health insurance card is required, which foreign nationals can apply for once they have acquired permanent resident status.

As with the NHS in the UK, Medicare can mean long waiting lists for treatments and shortages in medical staff. The vast majority of expats choose to opt for a private health insurance known as Individual Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) policies.

Currency

The official currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar ($). It is denoted by the code’s CAD and C. A Canadian dollar is equivalent to 100 Canadian cents.

There are thousands of ATMs (also known as ABMs, or automatic banking machines) in Canada. You’ll find them in bank lobbies and next to bank branches, but also in other places, including shopping malls, supermarkets, petrol stations, bars and restaurants.

Shipping my effects to Canada

GoodMove, has over 35 years’ of experience moving people to destinations all over the world, including the USA and Canada.

We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation to be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. The surveyor will be able to answer any of your questions or concerns and offer advice where necessary.

The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in the container. Following the visit, you will receive a free written, no obligation quotation.

Export packing for UK removals to Canada

Rest assured that with GoodMove your possessions will be treated with the utmost respect and care throughout your door-to-door service. Our experienced teams located across the UK will pack and prepare your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture ready for export.

We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons.

Furniture will be be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection. Items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates.

Upon arrival at your residence in the Canada, our trusted agents will deliver your belongings and place boxes and furniture in appropriate rooms as directed. All belongings will be unpacked onto flat surfaces and packing materials disposed of.

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