Don’t live in your fantasies, or form your ideas of the lifestyle of a country or city based on the movies you watch or the books you read; For example, old Nollywood taught foreigners that Nigeria is ruled by witchcraft, pastors are superman, and women would suffer if they leave their ‘broke’ boyfriend; Bollywood taught us that in times of crisis, Indians sing and dance in the rain, on the streets, and can basically choreograph their way out of anything.
Hollywood psychologically places America at the center of the world. If the world was to end, it starts and end in America; if flood or natural disaster was going to wipe off the planet, America saves the day. Well, Black lives matter and the capitol riots have glaringly shown us, that there’s no country that has it all smooth.
The Nigerian dream mostly revolves around “traveling abroad”; the American dream sees an opportunity for prosperity and success, a social mobility for everyone regardless of their background. What is your dream? Whatever it is, wherever your dreams and ambitions may take you in life, you would need firsthand knowledge and adequate preparation.
So if Canada is your choice of escape or tourism, here are few important things you should know.
The Extreme Weathers
Canada and Russia have been tagged the coldest countries in the world. With an estimated average daily temperature of -5.6 °C and because of its size, Canada has many different climates. The country consists of five separate climate regions, each of which offers its own unique blend of temperatures, precipitation, and humidity.
These regions consist of all 10 provinces and three territories of the country — The West Coast, The North, The Prairies which include Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta; and Central Canada: Quebec and Ontario. While many places in the north of Canada are relatively cold or temperate year-round, there are also places that observe high temperatures during summer.
The country also experiences extreme natural disasters like Avalanches; thousands of avalanches occur in Canada each year. Earthquakes; approximately 5,000 mostly small earthquakes are recorded in Canada each year. Floods are the most frequent natural hazards in Canada. Hurricanes, Landslides, Severe storms, Storm surges, and Tornadoes.
Canada is really big, yet really small
Canada’s land mass covers more than 3.85 million square miles. The country has about 58,000 more square miles of land than the U.S., but less than 12% of the population; Canada has a population of about 37.9 million people. The most populated provinces in Canada are Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta. Six metro areas in the country have a population over 1 million: Toronto; Montreal; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario (combined with Gatineau, Quebec); and Edmonton, Alberta.
Master your French
Canada has two official languages – English and French. Quebec, for instance, is a former French colony. Although you would also be fine without learning French because most provinces have an English-speaking majority, but having bilingual abilities will also open more doors for you socially and professionally. French can be valuable for making conversation with anyone from co-workers to retail employees.
Migrating to the U.S vs migrating to Canada
The cost of livelihood in Canada is cheaper than the US in some areas, though not all. You’ll be paying less for health insurance and rent, but what you’ll pay in utilities, gas, and consumer goods will increase. Canada is economically and politically tiny compared to the USA. Skilled migrants who intend to move to Canada can apply through the available immigration pathways for a Canadian Skilled Worker Visa; there are various immigration pathways that intending immigrants can choose from, which allows them to become perfectly legal permanent residents based on education level, work experience, age and language abilities.