Knowing Canada

Reasons to choose Canada

Canada is a very popular destination with immigrants, who currently represent 22% of the population. There are many people who decide to move to Canada with their family, children or even to study. Canadians are very receptive to foreigners, which makes adapting easier. See below important aspects about this country.

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Canada Basics


Ottawa - ON

Time zone

From UTC-3.5 to UTC-8


Canadian Dollar (CAD$)


+37 million

official language

English and French

Dialing Code (DDI)

+1 (Same as US)

emergency number



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Canada Housing Information

When deciding to immigrate to Canada with children, family or as a student, you must first find a house or apartment.

Initially, immigrants usually choose to rent an apartment. Check average rental costs in some of Canada’s best cities to live as an immigrant.  

Cost to live in Canada


Where is located one of the largest Lusophone communities (Portuguese, Brazilians, Angolans and others). A 1-bedroom apartment can cost between $1,700 - $2,000, while a 3-bedroom apartment is between $2,500 - $3,500 per month.


If you decide to live alone in Canada, you can rent a 1 bedroom apartment for 1,600 - 2,000$ a month. However, if you decide to move with children, you can choose to pay between $2,700 - $3,700 for a 3 bedroom apartment.


Second city a number of inhabitants of the Smaller city, smaller with a high offer of employment for emigrants. The cost to rent a 1-bedroom apartment is between $800-1,200 per month and a 3-bedroom apartment, $1,300-$2,000.

Cost of Living in Canada

The cost of living in Canada varies greatly by city and region, so it is important to analyze which city is best for you, both in terms of lifestyle and the job market, in order to define financial planning.

Most foreigners prefer to settle in big cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. However, it is also worth considering smaller cities that might be in line with your profile, as the countryside also offers excellent professional opportunities and a lower cost of living.

Below, find average amounts of some of the top expenses to help you with your financial planning in Canada.

Some components of the cost of living in Canada

Monthly rent: 500 - 2000$

Internet: 50 - 100$

Electricity: 20 - 100$

Monthly public transport: 80 - 125$

Monthly supermarket per person: 200 - 300$

Monthly cell phone: 35 - 80$

If you plan to live and work in Canada, one of the first steps is to decide which type of visa is right for you.

In Canada, it is only possible to work legally with some type of work visa, since the country is very strict in its migration rules.

Canada Education System

If you plan to immigrate to Canada with your family and young children, it is important to familiarize yourself with the educational system in the region where you will be living, as regulations vary between provinces.

Public education is of high quality, but there are also options for private schools, international schools or homeschooling.

Education by age group in Canada

Preschool (Kindgarden)

Age range: from 0 to 5 years old - Required: No

Elementary School (Elementary School)

Age range: from 6 to 13/14 years old - Required: Yes

secondary education (high school)

Age range: from 14/15 to 17/18 years old - Required: In some regions

Higher education is not mandatory in Canada. If they wish to continue their studies, students can choose to enroll in a university or take a vocational/technical course. Universities in Canada are paid, but in general the cost is lower than American universities.

For this reason, many students decide immigrate to canada to study and work .

Health system in Canada

Canada’s public health system is called “ Canadian Medicare System ” and is financed by the government and by the payment of taxes by the population.

The system covers most of the medical costs, but depending on the province, patients may face long waiting lines for more serious procedures.

Who is entitled to public health in Canada?

All Canadian Citizens

permanent residents

temporary residents

* Holders of a work permit for more than 6 months.

The exception is newly arrived immigrants, international students and visitors who must pay for their medical expenses themselves. Dental care is not part of the public health system in Canada.

Visas to live in Canada

If you plan to live and work in Canada legally, the first step is to decide which visa is right for you.

Brazilian citizens need a visa for tourism travel to Canada.

When traveling with the intention of settling in the country, it is necessary to check the requirements for immigrating to Canada.

Canadian Visa Types

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP)

TRP visas allow you to live in Canada for up to 6 months, and can be single-entry or multiple-entry. These are some of the types of TRP visas: student visa, temporary work visa, holiday work visa, tourist visa.

Permanent Residence Permit (PRP)

PRP visas, also called immigrant visas, allow a person to become a permanent resident of Canada. The easiest way to qualify for a PRP visa is to be a skilled worker with a profession you are looking for in Canada. These are some of the types of PRP visas: investor visa, permanent work visa, Entrepreneurship program, Family Sponsorship program.

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What is it like to live in Canada

As it was a British and French colony, historically most immigrants arrived in Canada from Europe. Over the years, the scenario has changed and currently most immigrants who move to Canada come from Asian and South American countries, which results in an extremely multicultural country. 


Advantages of living in Canada


promising economic scenario

In addition to having a very low unemployment rate and excellent job opportunities, Canada is expected to recruit workers from other countries in the next 10 years.

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Public and education system

Health is free and the hospital system is state-of-the-art, offering state-of-the-art treatments. Education is free up to high school and the government and universities offer incentives for studying in higher education.

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Public security

Canada is one of the safest countries in the world, with very low levels of crime. Controlled use of weapons and extremely effective police force.

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