I was reading this morning the Toronto Star when I found an interesting article about immigration to Canada. There are a lot of different people who also immigrated to Canada and as a rule of thumb, they had the same issues as I also did when I arrived back in 2003.
I’d like to thank the reporters at the Toronto Star for giving us great information about the difficulties that we, immigrants, faced once we arrived. It is kind of crazy right? If you immigrated to Canada as most of us under the skilled worker program, it means that we have enough experience to work in companies. However, this is not the case!
I also understand that for some companies (most of them) it is difficult to integrate immigrants at the Canadian culture and way of work – it is unique. As it is in our countries too. The main reason is the language skills. I’ve been talking about this for a while at How to Live in Canada and I know that, if you can communicate well in English, your chances improve significantly. So, don’t blame the Canadian government if you don’t find a job (assuming your English skills are not good) – find another way doing what you’re supposed to do: work hard.
Canada offers a lot of programs for immigrants. Most immigrants, as I could see, do not do their homework – which is basic right? Research everything about the place they intend to live. I’ve been receiving lots of e-mails from people interested in living in Canada. They don’t even know where they want to live – they just want to leave their country. Sometimes it is not worth it. I know that each case is unique, but at least have a spreadsheet with the pros and cons of your situation know, and the possible situation once you arrive.
At the beginning it will be difficult. That’s why you have to bring a lot of money while the job doesn’t come. In addition, use this time to improve your language skills and ability to communicate, write, read and learn about Canadians.
You can find lots of information on the Internet. And I hope I’m also helping you talking things I’ve seen in Canada since I immigrated. If you are an immigrant living in Canada, why don’t you tell us your history? I am sure it could also help other immigrants living in Canada or planning to live in Canada.