A warm welcome in a cold climate


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Don't be fooled by the cold temperatures – a warm welcome awaits expat families in Canada

Canada is one of the top destinations for those seeking a better quality of life. Expats quickly warm to the spectacular scenery and diverse culture, making it hard for many to leave at all.

Canada is the perfect home for those looking to settle down with their family in a new country. With almost a third of Canada's students coming from abroad, the education system is well prepared for the unique challenges expat children face. Parents say their children quickly settle into their new surroundings, easily making new friendships and growing in confidence as a result.

Despite being the second largest country in the world, expats do not feel lonely in Canada. The majority of the population live near the US border, and a better work-life balance means trips to Niagara Falls are definitely on the agenda. Those opting for city life in Toronto or Montreal find themselves integrated into diverse and multicultural communities where parents and children alike form bonds that will convince them to stay in Canada long term.

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  • Population: About 37.5 million
  • Capital city: Ottawa
  • Neighbouring Canada: United States
  • Main languages: English and French
  • Time: Canada spans six time zones. Newfoundland Standard Time is GMT-3.30, Atlantic Standard Time is GMT-4, Eastern Standard Time is GMT-5, Central Standard Time is GMT-6, Mountain Standard Time is GMT-7 and Pacific Standard Time is GMT-8. In most parts of the country, clocks move forward an hour in March and back an hour in November.

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Be ready to live through cold and long winters.

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