Tips for newcomers to Canada

Moving to Canada? Great choice—Canada has a lot to offer. While relocating to a new city is always exciting, moving also comes with its stressors and complications. Though there are tons of resources to help you with the legal side of things, it can be hard to go about navigating the smaller challenges of moving to a new place. Here are some tips for getting started in your new home.

Editor’s note: This article has been newly updated.

1. Finding a job

If you’re moving to Canada but don’t already have a job lined up, don’t worry. There are many online and in-person resources created to help citizens and newcomers alike find employment opportunities. Make sure to update your resume and practice your interview skills and you’ll be ready for the job market.

Consider what type of work you want to do and how many hours you’d like to work. Kijiji is a great resource to find various job opportunities or part time work. Common jobs you can find on Kijiji include jobs in hospitality/restaurants, in programming, in childcare, in housekeeping, in customer service, as well as various office jobs.

As well, while you’re first settling in, consider finding opportunities that will allow you to work from home so that you can ease into your relocation. Consider working as a driver for ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft. Also think about working as a food delivery person for a food service such as Foodora, Skip the Dishes, or Uber Eats as both of these opportunities will allow you to work as many or as few hours as you’d like.

When you’re first starting out, be prepared that you might have to accept a job offer in a more junior position than you hoped for in order to gain experience and connections in a new country.

2. Buying a vehicle

While living in Canada, having a car is often a convenience, if not a necessity. However, there are many variables you must consider in order to find a car that’s right for you.

In order to easily find the right vehicle for you, browse Kijiji Autos to find a vast selection of new or preowned cars. To find your dream car, make sure to browse by lifestyle category and personalize your search to find the car that best fits your taste as well as your needs. For more info and useful tips to buy the perfect car, make sure to check out the Autos section of Kijiji Central.

3. Finding a home

When you first arrive in Canada, you may want to consider renting a place for a little while to get a sense of where you want to live before making a big investment in a house or a condo. If you choose to do so, try to rent in an area you are thinking about living in to give yourself an opportunity to see if it is actually the type of neighbourhood you’re looking for. Research general tips for renting to make your experience easier.

Make sure to check out Kijiji when looking for a rental property or your forever home as tons of new listings go up across Canada every day. However, as these listings receive such high traffic, they are very competitive, so make sure to download the Kijiji app and turn on your notifications to stay ahead of the game.

4. Furnishing your house

Congratulations, you found a place! Now you’ll need to find furniture for it. But don’t worry, you don’t need to spend a fortune as there are many ways to decorate on a budget. Instead of heading to a furniture store, go online and search Kijiji for all of the furniture you’re missing. With all types of furniture from home appliances, to TVs, to bedroom essentials, not only will you be able to find unique pieces, but you will save a ton of cash.

As well, consider heading to local garage sales and checking out the Free Stuff section on Kijiji to find unique pieces. Through practicing your DIY skills you’ll be able to turn a cheap old piece of furniture into a beautiful new addition to your home.

5. Setting up your tech

Once you’re in a new country, you’ll need a new phone number. And while you’re at it, you might as well get a new cell phone too. Instead of buying a new cell phone from a provider, consider buying an unlocked pre-owned cell phone on Kijiji that you can use to get a more affordable plan or use with a prepaid phone card.

If you’re going to school or working from home, consider searching on Kijiji to find a desk computer or laptop as well. For entertainment purposes, search Kijiji to find low prices on  tablets and video gaming equipment and turn your home into a high tech hangout.

6. Getting your baby gear 

If you’re moving to Canada with your family, you may want to leave your old children’s furniture and behind and buy new items once you’re here to make your trip a little easier. As baby supplies are so expensive and babies grow out of their clothing and other gear so quickly, out of all of the things you can buy second hand, baby items are among the ones that will save you the most money. You would be surprised how many baby essentials you can buy used! To save cash, head to Kijiji to buy everything from strollers, to cribs, to baby toys.

As well, if you’re looking for a new babysitter or nanny but don’t know where to find one, check out Kijiji’s child care section to find a caretaker in your area.

7. Learning the language

If moving is hard, moving to a country where you don’t know the language is even harder. Though you definitely don’t need to be fluent before you land, try to learn the basics of the language to make the transition to your new home a little easier. Depending on where you’re moving to in Canada, try to learn how to say simple phrases in English and/or French. Once you’ve settled in, consider signing up for language courses or finding a tutor to practice your skills.

8. Adjusting to the Climate

Canada is known for its weather. Though the climate varies greatly throughout the country, if you’re coming from a warmer country, you will definitely want to invest in a warm winter coat as you will likely need it for most of the Winter. Vancouver residents may prefer to invest in some solid rain gear and items to wear as layers. In snowy cities, salted roads and sidewalks are a fact of life in the winter, so make sure to buy a pair of quality winter boots to make it through the winter unscathed.

As Winter clothing can be expensive, try to buy them during summer months when they are in low demand or head to Kijiji to find second-hand items.

9. Fitting in

Introduce yourself to your neighbours! Join an activity in your community! Make sure to check out Kijiji to find sports teams, classes, and lessons in your area to help you get involved. Once you find your new activity, Kijiji has good deals on all the sports equipment and musical instruments you need to thrive at your new hobby!

Canadians are a friendly bunch, meaning that you are sure to find some new friends who will be happy to show you around the area and help you get settled in.

While you’re settling in, Kijiji is an essential tool to help you not only to save money and make money but also find ways to connect with your community while you establish your new life in Canada. Make sure to download the Kijiji app to find your move-in essentials whenever and wherever you want.

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