Mandeep  Dhesi

Mandeep Dhesi

Sales Representative

eXP Realty

Mobile:
647-271-5000
Office:
(866) 530-7737
Email Me
Mandeep  Dhesi

Mandeep Dhesi

Sales Representative

eXP Realty

Mobile:
647-271-5000
Office:
(866) 530-7737
Email Me

Five Most Common Challenges for New Canadian Immigrants

New Canadian Immigrant

As exciting as it is to pack up and start over in a foreign country, it's inevitable for new immigrants to face some challenges along the way, especially since almost everything is so different from what they've been used to.

That said, migrating to Canada as a foreigner is no different. No doubt, living in the Great White North has its perks, but you're bound to encounter a few tiny bumps in the process. Read on for the Five Most Common Challenges for New Canadian Immigrants to be ready before you move! 

 

Adapting to Canadian weather and climate

Canadian weather

Whether from a tropical country or one with four seasons, you'll never be ready for winters in Canada. 

Here, winters are as harsh as it gets, enough to get hypothermia, especially if you're not used to super cold seasons! Sometimes, Canadian weather can also be quite unpredictable, even during the course of a single day, so be sure to check the forecast before heading out for the day.

 

Communication issues

Language barrier

Speaking limited English is not as big a problem as understanding the Canadian accent. One way to overcome this barrier is by taking the time to get the catch of how Canadians pronounce words and how they frame sentences. Note that trying to fit in by developing a FAKE accent is a big NO! 

Be yourself and remember that as long as the other person understands what you want to say and vice versa, you don't have to worry about a thing. Pro tip-- watch a lot of Canadian shows! You'll get used to the accent in no time!

 

Integration into the society or your community

Homesickness

In one way or another, you'll find yourself missing your home, friends, and family when living in a foreign country, especially if it's for work or a solo migration. Know that you're not alone. Not seeing people you are accustomed to can be quite troublesome, and that's okay.

If you miss the feeling of being in a community, you can join organizations, clubs, and institutions with like-minded people. It also helps to venture and explore during weekends or rest days to meet new people and acquaintances.

Don't isolate yourself. It will get better.

 

A lack of credit history

No Credit History

Any newcomer will have difficulties with their credit rating or lack thereof. Finding an apartment, for example, can be challenging because of your blank credit history, and people can deny renting their apartments to you. In turn, you'll pay as much as a year's rent in advance to have somewhere to live. 

Another challenge is buying a car without any credit history, which means less-than-ideal commuting, especially if you don't live in an area with easy access to public transportation. The only thing you can do is take buses but be conscious of the strict arrival and departure timings.

 

Having limited job opportunities

We're Hiring

While living in Canada means endless opportunities, they won't come served on a silver platter. 

At times, your work experience, education, and credentials will not be recognized by Canadian standards, and you may have to take courses as a requirement. As an initial step, start with whatever job you can get and work your way up to what you want. Many successful immigrants started as fast food servers, dishwashers, or convenience stores.

Don't let these challenges keep you from your end goal. Make the most of what you have and work hard to live the dreams you came with.

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