Living Abroad in Canada

By Rhiannon Davies Published on 9th December 2008 .

Living Abroad in CanadaEven though there is so much about Canada that is familiar to us in the UK, (and even more so for Americans of course), actually going to live in Canada still requires a considerable transition!

There is much to learn about the country, there are many pieces of paper and permissions to have in place, and as a result, a country that seems so close to our own in many ways can suddenly become very foreign indeed.

Which is precisely why you need an excellent guidebook to help you with moving to live in Canada if you’re in the process of planning a relocation!  We’ve found a fantastic title from the Moon Living Abroad range that will be perfect for any Britons or Americans thinking about exploring their options of a brand new life in Canada.  Living Abroad in Canada by Carolyn B. Heller guides you through every single element of planning, preparing and enjoying a new life.

The author was relocated to Canada with her husband’s work, and as a result she was largely in charge of making the transition happen.  She had to get the visas in place for her family to move, and she had to find housing and even a brand new social life because she was the one with supposedly more time on her hands!  And as her personal revelations throughout the book will reveal, despite the familiarity of everything being in English and many of the processes making complete logical sense, it still required a lot of tenacity and hard work to make the move to Canada happen.

As a would-be expatriate thinking of living in Canada, chances are you’re already aware of the visa process one has to go through in order to acquire the right to live and work or retire in Canada.  Well, just for the record, Carolyn B. Heller explores the intricacies of each visa type very thoroughly to aid and abet you with your decision about which route to go down when applying.  This is one of the first sections of the book that will attract would-be expats I’m sure.

There is also a very good section on why one should consider taking an extended fact-finding break to Canada – it comes complete with sample itineraries for people to consider so that they can see the most of Canada in a relatively condensed time period and determine whether it really is the right country for them and their family to live in.

Once the reader is indeed dead set on a relocation and they have set the visa process in motion, the sections of the book examining the different areas of Canada, the major towns and cities and places to live may well be of most value.  The author has spent a lot of time and dedicated extensive research into compiling this snapshot of Canada – and because the country is simply so vast, this information is invaluable to any reader trying to decide where in Canada they would like to live.

Once a move is more likely or certain because a visa has come through, the parts of Living Abroad in Canada where the author discusses everything from housing to healthcare and from employment to education will come in very handy indeed.  The depth of the information provided is excellent – with Carolyn B. Heller even looking at how to become self-employed in Canada, how to invest wisely or file a tax return.  This is an invaluable lifestyle handbook for anyone going to live abroad in Canada, it is written from first hand experience and in a very accessible style.  The book is also laid out logically, making it easy to navigate to the parts of most interest to the reader, and as a result we thoroughly recommend it - even if you only have just a passing interest in perhaps one day living in this fascinating, vast and stunning land of opportunities!

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Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon is the Publishing Director at Shelter Offshore. With extensive experience as a technical author, Rhiannon's expat life began in Frankfurt with Deutsche Bank. Later as a freelance writer she was able to realise her ambition of living in some of the World's most beautiful locations.

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