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March 2019

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Things You’ll Notice As Soon As You Move to Canada

March 26, 2019

Relocating to the Great White North? Here are some differences you’ll notice right away when you move to Canada.

It is Cold in the Winter

If you move to Canada from somewhere with a mild climate, the intense cold of your first Canadian winter may surprise you.

However, as you will learn from your new Canadian friends and colleagues – there is no such thing as bad weather – only inadequate clothing. Make sure that you invest in a warm coat and a pair of waterproof boots and you will be warm and comfy no matter how hard the cold winds blow and how deep the snow gets.

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Distances Are Long

Canada is the second largest country in the world (only Russia is bigger) and it’s population density is very low. This means that, once you leave the main cities, the towns are small and spread out.

This means that if you plan to drive or take a train somewhere else in Canada, be prepared to travel. If you are moving from a small place like the UK, driving for 6-8 hours can put you on the other end of the country. In Canada, it will barely get you halfway across the province.

Politeness is Extremely Important

Etiquette is very important in Canadian culture, which is why Canucks have a reputation around the world for being polite. Keep in mind that saying please and thank you is commonplace here, even in the simplest little interactions.

Plus, in general Canadians tend to communicate in an indirect, sugar-coated way and are careful not to cause offense or confrontation. This might be different from your own culture, so take the time to learn and adjust or you might accidently put your foot in your mouth.

Tipping is the Norm

When it comes to tipping, Canada follows the same format as the USA. Tipping is expected and not leaving a tip is seen as a direct protect against terrible service. If tips don’t exist in your home country, it’s important to pick up this habit when you move to Canada or your server will wonder what they did to deeply offend you.

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Smoking in Public is a No-No

In Canada it is illegal to smoke in any public places, including restaurants, stores, hotels, hospitals, offices and pretty much everywhere else. This also means that you can’t smoke in the common areas of apartment buildings or rental complexes. Smokers can indulge in designated smoking areas, within their own home, in their vehicle or in the great outdoors.

Now you know why the air in Canada smells so fresh and clean!

It’s Wonderfully Diverse

Canada has received many generations of immigrants from all over the world and as a country, it prides itself on being a Multicultural mosaic. For example, more than half of Toronto residents were born outside of Canada.

This is a great thing, because it means that when you move to Canada you’ll be able to experience many different cultures, traditions, cuisines and festivals – without having to travel the world.

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Relocating Employees – Common Mistakes Companies Make

March 19, 2019

If your employees are moving to work for you, don’t make it too difficult for them. Relocating employees is a complex process and there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of. However, it’s essential that it is done right – because it can be quite a stressful experience for your employee if the move isn’t handled well.

Unfortunately, many companies drop the ball on this part of the contract, by not paying enough attention to supporting their employees during the move. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid, so that you can help your employees make a seamless transition.

Common Mistakes When Relocating Employees

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Not Communicating With The Employee

Do your best to keep the employee informed about everything that will happen during the move, including all of the details about where they will stay, how their belongings will be transported and what paperwork they need to fill out when they arrive.  This will help to keep the employee in the loop and ensure that they are not confused when they arrive. Don’t assume that they will know what to expect!

Not Having a Clear Budget

Relocating an employee can be expensive, but it can be even more costly if you don’t have a clear picture of the costs. Having a budget is important, as it allows you to plan out how much you have to spend on each aspect of the relocation and accurately predict your expenses.

Remember, when making a budget it’s always a good idea to add on an extra 20% at the end, just to account for any surprises that might occur during the relocation process.

Not Helping Them to Get Set up

There are a lot of things that your employee will need to set up when they arrive in their new location – destination orientations, school find, settling services, legal services, temporary housing, bank account, phone number, internet, etc. Do your best to support them with this and help them to set it all up.

They will appreciate the help and it will assist them in making the transition go much more smoothly, so that they can settle into their new home more easily.

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Finding Unsuitable Accommodation

Another mistake that companies make when relocating employees is that they don’t put enough thought into choosing the accommodation where the employee will stay temporarily before they can move into their new home.

As a result, the employee ends up staying somewhere in an unsuitable location and without necessary amenities.

Our apartments are a great option for an employee relocation. These fully furnished apartments offer a spacious living area, bedroom and kitchen – so that the employee can settle in and feel at home. Plus the convenient location means they won’t be far from work. To find out more, contact us today!