Options for immigration to Canada?

Sproutie
#1
My husband and I are currently researching immigrating to Canada.
I am researching what the best way to go about moving, working, and becoming a permanent resident in Canada. So much of it seams to be pretty complicated with many different ways from skilled worker to sponsorship, etc. I am hoping to find someone who is familiar with immigration to Canada that can make any helpful suggestions or tips.

A little bit about us....
We have been living in Colorado for the past year and a half and before that we were in Texas. We had to leave Texas because we couldn't take the hot weather. And to be honest Denver, CO is not cold enough either.

My husband (34 years old) would not be seeking work in Canada he is a writer and our daughters primary care giver. Although he dose bring in almost half of our current income it is not enough for us to live on.

Me (30 year old) I would be the one looking for work in Canada. I have many years in management experience. Currently I am the live on site manager for a storage facility here in Colorado and I have been doing this for almost 4 years now. Prior to this I was an assistant manager at a pet store (3 years) and I also have experience as a shift manager in a restaurant (2 years) but was in various positions at the same restaurant for 3 years before working as a shift manager. Ideally I would be looking for work in the same field as I am in now working at a storage facility or possibly in a hotel or apartment management or assistant manager role.

Our daughter is four years old and currently in pre school.

We are open as to where we move to in Canada and we have researched many places. So far we think Edmonton would be an excellent fit for us but are open for suggestions as well. Unfortunately we don't speak French so Quebec may not be the best fit for us.

Any help or suggestions are very appreciated!
 
GrizzlyBear
#2
Come on up to Canada!

Smart move choosing Alberta...it's about as close to the States as we've got up here, politically. Culturally, I'd say Southern Ontario is more States-like than anywhere else in Canada.

As for Edmonton...well, if you're coming from Denver - and if you like mountains - you may want to consider Calgary which is closer to the Rockies, or perhaps a smaller center like Red Deer, or Lethbridge. Actually, if I had my druthers I'd be in Lethbridge right now...beautiful place, great location.

Weather-wise Canada is predominantly cooler, no doubt...though Southern Alberta can be prone to chinooks from time to time which can bring winter temps up into the 40s, 50s, and sometimes even the 60s! (Won't bother using the metric temps on you. )

When it comes to knowledge of the French language, the only provinces you'd have to worry about that would be Quebec and New Brunswick...and even in most of NB you can get by without French just fine.

Best of luck!
 
Ron in Regina
#3
Welcome Aboard. My Daughter-in-law emigrated from Salt Lake City
& now has her Landed Immigrant Status here in Saskatchewan. She
has made a few posts on the forum (I'll have to hunt them down though)
with some good first hand experience dealing with the immigration
system.
 
AnnaG
#4
One could do like a lot of people: commit some nasty crimes elsewhere and then scurry here illegally. The CIC will ensure your safety as you live here in comfort. They only get rid of the relatively honest illegals.
 
Liberalman
#5
The free healthcare Canadians enjoy is a bonus in itself.

Since you spent most of your time in western America you should come to the prairies because it’s nice and cold and the people have a simplistic view on different issues and I say it as a compliment because when one deals with the complex issues of life one gets depressed fast.

You would probably enjoy Calgary because of the population explosion a lot of it is new and has good job opportunities.

I hope this helped you
 
YukonJack
#6
I immigrated to Canada in 1957.

Back then immigrants like myself realized what current immigrants can't get thru their thick heads:

You came came here, behave yourself.

Don't expect to start at the top. Work for every incremental advancement.

Even though the darker your skin the better chances to be put ahead of everyone else, have the integrity to be honest.

LEARN ENGLISH!!!!

Your kids DO NOT need (and neither do you) wasted crap like English as Second Language.Your kids willl speak English at HOME, to your chagrin in two weeks after enrolling them in regular school. As for you, apply yourself.

Give Canadians the respect by NOT demanding of removal of Christmas trees, Nativity scenes, etc. Remember the freedom your old country would have give/gives to anyone not of state religion.

Your choice to be accepted or despised.
 
earth_as_one
#7
The goal of the skilled worker program is to bring in people with skills to match demand. Take the test to see if this program applies to you:
Immigrating as a worker: am I eligible? (external - login to view)

Also if you are willing to work in a remote location like Fort McMurray, you could get a job offer first and then apply to stay in Canada as a landed immigrant.

If your goal is to move to a cooler climate, it might be easier to move to Alaska.

I'd try visiting Canada first before deciding to immigrate. How about driving the Alaskan highway? Alaska Highway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)
 
Liberalman
#8
Quote:

NOT demanding of removal of Christmas trees, Nativity scenes

So you don't believe in equal rights?
 
YukonJack
#9
"So you don't believe in equal rights?"

Of course, I do!!!

Those who want to abolish Chrismas trees and Nativity Scenes are the ones who don't. And, obviously people like you.
 
earth_as_one
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

...prairies...people have a simplistic view on different issues ...

Maybe once you leave the major cities and maybe not even then.

Calgary and Edmonton are almost as cosmopolitan as Vancouver and Toronto.

Some of the most qualified people I've ever met in the IT industry in North America work at Sasktel. Saskatchewan may be Canada's most wired and connected province.
 
CDNBear
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

So you don't believe in equal rights?



Who's rights are being violated or made unequal by a Christmas tree?
 
Liberalman
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBearView Post



Who's rights are being violated or made unequal by a Christmas tree?

I am not against the Christmas tree or the Nativity scene but is the community is made up of other beliefs then the other religious symbols should be displayed or non at all.

This is the only fair way to go.
 
Liberalman
#13
Quote:

Calgary and Edmonton are almost as cosmopolitan as Vancouver and Toronto.

The keyword is almost as cosmopolitan.

When I say simplistic I don’t mean stupid I mean a simpler way of life.
 
YukonJack
#14
"This is the only fair way to go."

NO, NO and NO, Goddamn it!!!

The only fair way is that newcomers realize that there were and are people here before they came.

If they don't like Christmas trees and Nativity Scenes or for that matter, anything reflecting the country before these worthless bastards came here, let them go back to ewhere the Hell they came from.

And take worthless bastards like Liberalman with them.
 
CDNBear
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

I am not against the Christmas tree or the Nativity scene but is the community is made up of other beliefs then the other religious symbols should be displayed or non at all.

This is the only fair way to go.

And who's being stopped from putting up other religious celebratory media?
 
Liberalman
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBearView Post

And who's being stopped from putting up other religious celebratory media?

The town council
 
CDNBear
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

The town council

That's right, the hereditary rights of Canada are being infringe upon.

Thanx for conceding.
 
Liberalman
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJackView Post

"This is the only fair way to go."

NO, NO and NO, Goddamn it!!!

The only fair way is that newcomers realize that there were and are people here before they came.

If they don't like Christmas trees and Nativity Scenes or for that matter, anything reflecting the country before these worthless bastards came here, let them go back to ewhere the Hell they came from.

And take worthless bastards like Liberalman with them.


Everyone has equal rights so display all symbols so get used to it
 
YukonJack
#19
"Everyone has equal rights so display all symbols so get used to it"

That means the display of Christmas trees and Nativity scenes, so get used to it!!
 
Liberalman
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJackView Post

"Everyone has equal rights so display all symbols so get used to it"

That means the display of Christmas trees and Nativity scenes, so get used to it!!

Yes everything
 
earth_as_one
#21
I was in Edmonton last week. My meals included shawarma, sushi, tandoori chicken and AAA Alberta Prime Rib. I was working with four "Edmontonians". Only one was born in Alberta. The others were born in Quebec, China and Kenya. During breaks we discussed topics like the Iraq war, international travel, religion and politics. We had five different opinions on most subjects, yet we were able to share ideas without anyone getting upset.

In general Edmonton is culturally diverse and most people are tolerant. A similar experience is possible in some American cities. But I doubt those subjects could be discussed without someone getting angry.
Last edited by earth_as_one; Sep 7th, 2009 at 09:14 AM..
 
Sproutie
#22
Thank you all very much for the advice! Especially Liberalman and earth_as_one. I will be looking into some of the places you two mentioned. We are planning a road trip in October and plan on crossing close to Coutts and driving to Edmonton but stopping along the way in Lethbridge and Calgary. It will be our first trip to Canada.
As far as the suggestion for Alaska, it is not just the weather that will bring us to Canada. I have never met in all my 30 years a person from Canada that I didn't get along with. I went to college with someone from Yellowknife who was just as great as can be and have known two others from Vancouver. I have also met many others along the way that have just been wonderful. I have great respect for Canada and their views on healthcare, education, and the fact that they seem to genuinely care about their people are some of the reasons we want to join you guys there.
Liberalman I am not sure where the prairies are but I will have to look into that. I have lived most of my life in larger cities but I do like the more simple way of life as well. I would actually prefer that however here in the US it is not very easy to do that considering the more rural areas are very rough areas to find work. Is it the same there?


Clearly YukonJack has not had very good experiences with immigrants despite being one himself and I am sorry to hear about that. I am originally from Austin, TX and being so close to the Mexico border have had many experiences with immigrants both good and bad. I can only assure someone such as yourself that I am not that type of person to do the thing you have listed. First of all I think you are possibly mistaken as to where I am from since half of your post was about skin color and language spoken. I am a US citizen of European ancestry born in Austin, TX. You mention about not taking advantage of having dark skin however I am about as pale as you can get. When it comes to language spoken I might be able to ask where a bathroom is in Spanish but that’s about it. Much of my family can speak German but I never picked up on it. I am a hard working individual and have never had anything handed to me in my life so I am not the going there with the expectation of starting off at the top. As far as your concern about behaving myself and not asking for Christmas trees to be removed etc. I guess I fail to see where anything in my original post indicated that I would be that type of person. I am of the opinion that no matter where I am I will always treat others with the same respect I would like to be treated with. That includes being non-judgmental over others religious or political beliefs. However, that said I would hope that others beliefs would not be thrown at me either and that they would respect my choice of religion, political affiliation, etc.

With such hatred towards immigrants and statements about what the country was like before these "worthless bastards" came here, I can't help but wonder what the country was like before you got there, being as you are an immigrant yourself. You might want to consider that there may be persons of Canadian birth that are thinking the same thing about you.

Remember the same rights that allow you to have your views on your religion also allow others to have their views on religion even if it is different than yours.



 
GrizzlyBear
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

The free healthcare Canadians enjoy is a bonus in itself.

The health care is not free. It's government provided, which means we all pay for it.

Quote:

Since you spent most of your time in western America you should come to the prairies because it’s nice and cold and the people have a simplistic view on different issues and I say it as a compliment because when one deals with the complex issues of life one gets depressed fast.

This is ignorant.
 
jambo101
#24
There are several very active forums on the subject if you Google
Canada immigration forums,
heres a good one
Canada Immigration Forum - Index (external - login to view)
 
GreenFish66
#25
I am curious as to how many immigrant/refugee women claiming to be abused by husbands / family to get into this country,later bring their husbands and family into this country...?

Those who play by the rules are always welcome...
 
Bahadoor
#26
What is the chance of immigrating in Canada as a professional of 51 yrs
 
JLM
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by BahadoorView Post

What is the chance of immigrating in Canada as a professional of 51 yrs

It will probably be very difficult to find a job once you are here as we are just coming out of a depression and our number of unemployed is still in the tens of thousands.
 

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