In reading all the previous reviews I feel very identified with
opinions both positive and negative.
There is much to say about the experience of coming to Canada,
appreciating and being grateful to be here at this time would like to
share a little of my experience. On the positive side and as others have
described is incredible the level of safety, respect, peace,
cleanliness, organization, most beautiful landscapes, etc.. But on the
other hand depending on which program and immigration status, as well as
City and Province to decide to go. the experience will be very
different, it's like being in different countries, within oneself. I
have 3 ˝ years living in this country and arrived as a temporary worker
to the city of Edmonton, and have had the opportunity to travel as a
tourist for the country, which is also very different, tourism and
immigration is not the same thing.
Racism, yes, there is very strong and especially towards the west,
especially in Alberta, although it is very concealed and politely, it is
difficult to see but do happens, find someone to yell at you or
physically assaulting you, just to be different and to have foreign
accent in my experience the British is the only well accepted, however,
In a way very strategically planned they eliminate certain immigrants
from the social and labor field. The Canadian is polite to learn and be
open to immigrants, enjoy their company and to show sincere pleasure to
have us, the Canadian with low education, usually with small exceptions,
are discriminant, they're hard, abusive, there are many complaints abuse
in the workplace, and discrimination at school level. If you are an
immigrant European suffer less, as it is perceived as white and is well
accepted, if you are an African immigrant or with black or darkest skin
because of its community will have more options because there are quite
a number already established and good organization to help those who
come (I know this because I participated in some of its presentations of
organizations), if Arabic origin if there is also a great community and
usually have great family support, I would say are enterprise-class
immigrant , then the experience is different, if you are an Asian
immigrant has family here and have many possibilities, and will not be
so hard for the form of support as a great family, if you are a Latin
American immigrant, according to their country of origin may receive
support and assistance from their own, but depends on which country, the
fewer in number, will be harder, Mexican communities, Salvadoran, and
Chilean are the largest in Alberta, minorities and other countries are
very difficult to adapt more and influences the quality of social life,
although occasionally get good souls who want to support and receive it.
The labor market as many have described, being qualified from your home
country could say that 98% is not taken into account when applying for a
job application, but if you have made studies in Canada opens many
doors. The quality of studies here, in my opinion is not as high as it
promotes the view that the professional and academic level of many of us
who have done research in our countries is much more complete and higher
than the Canadian, but the system supports it and therefore it is you
who must adapt and tolerate being run by people with large gaps and lack
of experience, then remains of his pride to accept it or not.
In general and not dwell more could summarize that there are two
important aspects when coming to Canada, one is to be prepared
psychologically and physically for many changes including climate
variations, sometimes very pleasant sometimes very very hard, two, no
surrender I have learned that when all seems lost and if you give it
opens the door, so, I can conceptualized as persistent in your goals
(you can achieve what you want), and last one, luck, I know people who
have not lived traumatic adaptation and on the contrary, it was a very
nice experience, in my case I have of them, so everything depends on
you, your attitudes, skills and luck.
Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to get but if it does not work
take the consequences, is a very personal and serious.
Wishing you luck,
Mary. Edmonton, Canada.
I am very confused with the comments read, I know that all is not
always easy but I have received many good references of Canada, I am a
CPA and I have a baby for 3 years and I am pregnant, pass papers for the
resident visa as a skilled worker but really I immigrate there for my
babies because I am a single mother and my country has been very
difficult to get ahead and many people tell me that Canada give support
to my babies and give them free education and health and of good quality
and receive a subsidy because the most important are the children, I do
not care to start out if my babies are safe, but now I do not know if
it's a good decision not want to leave what I have in my country to go
hungry and having babies or who knows where to survive.
Please if anyone has any advice I cordially bless you for it. Thank you
Lucila P. Bogota, Colombia.
My family and I are looking to emigrate to Canada in the near future. We
have travelled to Toronto several times and really enjoyed it there. We
are both highly professional and earning a very decent wage in the uk.
The reasons that we would like to move is for our kids. We have both
seen the lifestyle that Canada can bring for us especially for our kids.
Having read most of the comments on this forum, I guess people are
writing about their own life experiences. We have never felt racially
abused and this doesn't bother us.
We are highly educated and in fact looking for a challenge to show what
we are made of :)
Jhon. United Kingdom.
My name is Fabian, I have 40 years and am considering going to Canada,
because of several sources from around the world I have heard it is a
great country, and with a very good quality of life!. I also had
understood that they were encouraging immigration with family, good
people, wanting to reconcile work and family life, (which here is almost
mission impossible). If so, why there are so many obstacles when asking
for a visa?.
Fabian M. Madrid, Spain.
I have read all the experiences of each one of you, and I am not a
qualified person or scholar or something, I'm a simple person with 3
years living in Canada, Montreal. In fact when I get here i was an
ignorant, the French language is difficult, above the English, but I
overcome everything and so I want to tell the truth, if you are a
qualified person, the truth that the work is very scarce here.
I work in a company as a butcher and I have a salary of a nurse in a
hospital and I have no diploma, what I mean is that if you are coming to
Canada, get ready with good knowledge of the language and most of all,
get prepared mentally to know that is a racist country, respectfully and
consistently, to have the mentality and culture of another country will
be difficult to adapt here, that's good knowing that you come prepared
to start small with perhaps a minimum wage job.
You may wonder why I do this? if I am a certified doctor , qualified,
and so on., etc. you have to know that the Canadian mentality is, why an
immigrant have more than I if I was born in this country? It is the
Now we just really try to change that so you can make three school years
if they want to earn $ 60,000 a year and pay $ 4,000 tax every year or
more and the price is expensive truth but tranquility is really good.
That much is true depends on who you dig you find.
I hope have helped.
Juan I. Montreal, Canada.
I came to Canada as immigrant, I lived here for six years, all was
fine, except for the very first days, the fear from the unknown is
really the buddy of all new landed immigrants, it took me sometime to
that feeling dissappear after around 7 month, after I got a job and
things went on the right track, no discrimination, I feel like a human
being in this place.
Ayman. Toronto, Canada.
I live happily in Montreal, but one of the problems that I am
suffering is from temporary visas, because they do not allow my children,
which I think is very unfair, I included them in my application for
residency and are awaiting response. I wonder, which costs to the
government make less difficult to pending a decision when they are
delayed more than two years ..... if the processes were fast, one would
not ask for any visa. would expect the resolution.
It is a first world country for some things, but what is public
administration and health system is worse than a Third World country.
That does cause a lot of disappointment. And failure to allow families
to meet their relatives. It is so simple that if one does not respect
the rules, can be deported. Where is the risk to them???
Hopefully someday this will change and they finally take off their mask,
it is better to be direct.
Judith. Montreal, Canada.
People who criticize the country is because they did not found
the bag full of gold they sought, many Mexicans were deported from here
and all they end up cursing the country. The person who has a desire, a
mission, everything is done gradually, step by step, everything in this
life requires sacrifices, the country needs people with wisdom, not
people who live in the world of ignorance, if they were deported, were
for something or some reason.
CANADA IS A WONDERFUL COUNTRY
Maurixio. Toronto, Canada.
Well, to be honest I really need to get to Canada because this
country has been my favorite country since i was just an 8 years old kid
when my aunt and uncle were there and I've always wanted to be and live
there with my family but couldn't do it.
Now I am in Afghanistan where I see no future for me and most
importantly for my family in which my parents and younger brothers live.
I find this site quite reliable. I will request, if I can get any kind
of assessment, information, a forum to fill, for immigration along with
my family, or just me so I could help my family! I will really
appreciate that and hopefully I get a respond back for posting this
Mashal A. Kabul, Afghanistan.
I have siblings living in Canada. I will soon migrate to Montreal. The
only bad thing I've heard from my brothers is that their professions
they studied are of no use in Canada. One is a physician and the another
one graphic designer. My profession is in modern languages, but
obviously not to be native, no one would give me a job as a teacher,
maybe I could get something in my native language Spanish. I wonder
which professions are well paid in Canada? Quebec most of all.
Being a vet is a good profession in Canada? I love animals!! And I
thought of studying a technical degree in that area, they have told me
that nursing is well paid and are always hiring nurses.
Another issue is about "to populate Canada", It is better to get a
husband and have children? or that no longer taken into account? because
to be honest, currently I'm not interested to have a husband or children
in Colombia, but I'm told that Canadians are weird and they only
marry at age 50 hahahaha.
Thanks for any comment. It will be helpful.
Jazmin. Bogota, Colombia.
As an immigrant and now become neutral citizen, I can say that
Canada is one of the most racist countries in the world. The racism in
Canada is not minority-majority racism which one part of society who is
in majority based on their skin color or religion is racist against the
other part of society who held minority. The problem in Canada is
multicultural-racism. This means that each group of people who come to
country brings their own racism to country. Indians won't give jobs to
non-Indians, whites fire color people before they fire their own and so
on. This is a society of multiple-racism.
I think we should all blame to the government of Canada for clustering
people. You don't see such a thing in Europe or in US as you can see
visibly in Canada. The first thing a Canadian asks himself when he sees
someone in street is that what his origin is.
Peyman. Vancouver, Canada.
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