September 7, 2018

New to Canada? Check out these tips!

Posted by Fabiola Arevalo - Bellissimo Law Group PC

No one understands the challenges a newcomer encounters unless you have faced them yourself. There are physical and mental changes, along with a new country to explore, new people, new languages, and then lastly, the task of integrating into a foreign culture. It is an exciting transition nonetheless. In order to make the process of immigrating smoother, here are a few recommendations to consider that may help make the transition more enjoyable and less stressful…

1. Try enrolling in a language class

Did you know that there are some organizations that help you learn English and French for free? Since English and French are Canada’s official languages, Canada offers most newcomers who are permanent residents free taxpayer-funded language classes. Many of these organizations specialize in teaching English as a second language. You can attend these classes in-person or if you are currently living remotely, you can join an online class. However, attending classes in-person is more beneficial in regards to meeting other newcomers in your community. Click here to learn more about how to register for an English class and click here to register for a French class.

Of course Canada is known for its multiculturalism, therefore there are many other languages that are spoken throughout our country other than English and French. Try sharing your language with others while getting the chance to practice your English or French skills simultaneously.

2. Try volunteering

Looking for ways to make new friends and get to know more about your new community? Try volunteering! There are numerous ways to volunteer here in Canada as there are countless organizations that want to give back to the community in relation to a cause or social issue. We are sure you can find something that you are passionate about. This will also give the organization you are volunteering for the ability to grow and learn more about new cultures! Volunteering can also contribute to your language skills and even possible work experience. Click here to learn more about volunteer work.

3. Try getting involved with social groups

Immigrating to a new country can be scary in regards to social interactions and in some cases you can find yourself very lonely without family or friends. Meetup is a website built solely for the purpose to make social gatherings easily accessible for newcomers. It allows you to narrow your searches to find others that may have similar interests and hobbies, such as sports, music, adventure, reading, etc. There are so many other social groups available on social media, such as Facebook, that share posts about potential job openings or rental vacancies. These are all amazing places to search to find others that will help make Canada your home.