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Removals to Canada | Shipping to Canada | Overseas Moving Service

Dolphin Movers undertake regular removals to Canada for individuals moving here to work in agriculture, oil, medical research and information technology, amongst other industries. We offer shipping to Canada either as part loads (for smaller moves, sharing a container with other shipments) or full loads (for bigger moves) transported by sea.

Our removals to Canada service includes all towns and cities including Ottawa (the capital), Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. Shipping to Canada takes several weeks depending on destination (west coast ports take longer to get to than east coast ports) so when moving house to Canada it is important to factor this in with personal travel arrangements and anticipate which belongings you might need access to more quickly – we can offer an air freight option for any urgent or essential items.

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About Canada

Geography and Demographics

The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. Other large cities include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Canada is divided into 10 provinces and 3 Territories, each with its own capital. In the south, from west to east, are British Columbia (Vancouver), Alberta (Edmonton), Saskatchewan (Regina), Manitoba (Winnipeg), Ontario (Toronto), Quebec (Quebec), New Brunswick (Fredericton), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) and Newfoundland and Labrador (St John's). To the north lie Yukon (Whitehorse), Northwest Territories (Yellowknife) and Nunavut (Iqaluit), all three of which have some land inside the Arctic Circle.

Canada shares a border with the US, which is the longest land border in the world. Although Canada is the second largest country in the world (after Russia) its population is a modest 34 million, which is just over half the population of the UK.

The thirteen official international airports are St John's, Gander, Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Flight times from the UK vary significantly. For instance, the flight time from St John's (Newfoundland and Labrador) is under 5 hours, while flights from Ottawa or Toronto are around 7 hours and if you settle in Vancouver and you can be looking at a 10 hour flight time. The largest ports are Port of Halifax, Port of Quebec, Port of Montreal, St Lawrence Seaway, Port of Victoria and Port Metro Vancouver.

Economy

Canada has the eleventh largest economy in the world and is one of the world’s richest countries. 75% of Canadians work in the service sector. Other major industries include logging, oil and manufacturing of cars and aircraft. Canada also has a large fishing and seafood industry.

History

Canada was initially inhabited thousands of years ago by the First Nation people and the Inuit. Europeans came for a short time in 1000 AD and returned in 1497 when John Cabot visited the Atlantic Coast on behalf of Great Britain. Subsequently explorers arrived from other countries. The original settlements were French, which were set up in the early 1600s. Most of Canada became part of the British Empire in 1840. Britain maintained control over Canada's foreign affairs until 1831 when Canada became a fully independent nation due to the Statute of Westminster.

Activities

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy and explore this spectacular country. You can be whale watching for orcas and belugas one weekend and going on an Arctic safari the next, perhaps to watch some caribou migrations or spot some grizzly bears. Fishing – both freshwater and saltwater – is abundant here, or if you like to be more active, all this open space and fresh air is ideal for skiing, hiking or cycling. For those who like spectator sports, Canada offers a range of competitive sports all played to a high standard including ice hockey and lacrosse (the official winter and summer sports), as well as soccer.

Expats in Canada

Many people moving house to Canada are going there to work and there is a wide range of industries including timber, oil, gas, metal and mineral mining and agriculture. There is also plenty of high-tech science and development here including car and plane manufacture, along with satellites and robotics for the Canadian space program. To encourage specific skills into the country, Canada operates a "Skilled Trades" list, similar to that of Australia and New Zealand, which identifies particular skill shortages. Skills relating to forestry, mining, oil and gas, construction and agriculture feature prominently.

Canada's excellent job opportunities and multicultural society are matched by its healthcare and education systems and the country consistently ranks amongst the highest in the world for aspects such as civil liberties and quality of life, all of which add up to an extremely attractive destination for people looking to start a new life.

Canada is officially bi-lingual, with both English and French being widely spoken and even some official business and documents being carried out in either or both languages – and nearly a fifth of all Canadians speak both! So for anyone moving house to Canada from the UK it is a big advantage to have some familiarity with the French language, especially if you will be living in Quebec, where 85% of French speakers live, or in Ontario, Manitoba or Alberta where there are also significant numbers of French speakers. But, due to the presence of a significant aboriginal population, as well as a variety of immigrants from around the world, you are also very likely to come across German, Italian, Punjabi, Cantonese and Spanish, as well as native languages such as Cree and Ojibway.

This diversity of cultures and language is officially encouraged by a government, which has a proactive policy of multiculturalism – a policy that is complemented by its encouragement of immigration. Around 250,000 people settle in Canada every year and Canada takes in 10% of the world's refugees each year, with this level of immigration being seen as a necessary part of Canada's growth.

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Further Information

Removals to Toronto, Canada
House Moves to Canada – A City Guide to Ottawa
Removals to Canada – A City Guide to Vancouver
Moving House to Canada – A City Guide to Montreal

 

 

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